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Garmin Vivofit 3 Review

First released in 2014, Garmin’s Vivofit entry level line of activity trackers is into its 3rd edition now. I had been using Vivofit 2 for almost 2 years and I am very happy about its price/performance ratio.  The Vivofit t is very simple to use while offers multi functions. It uses a CR1632 coin cell battery that you commonly find nestled inside an analogue watch, so there’s no proprietary charging cable to carry around, and you won’t have to worry about it dying on you for a while.


You can see the features listed on the box. The Vivofit 3 tracks steps, distance, calories, intensity minutes and sleep. It’s Garmin’s entry level activity tracker, so it you’re new to activity tracking, this is a good start.  Right on the Vivofit 3 activity tracker, you can access information such as time, date, steps, distance, calories, intensity minutes and number of steps left to reach goal. With Garmin Move IQ, vivofit 3 captures different activities such as walking, running, biking, swimming and elliptical (cross-trainer). No need to switch out your watch or start a new activity, vivofit 3 recognises when your movement changes and records your activity in Garmin Connect. Access Garmin Connect via mobile app or desktop to see your data in more detail, join challenges and compete against others.


The tracker has to work with Garmin’s Connect Mobile APP to view your activities, track progress toward goals and wirelessly upload and share relevant data directly with the online Garmin Connect network. Garmin Connect is home to your data . There’s so many tabs, dropdown menus and sections making it overwhelming for a fitness tracker newcomer.

IMG_1528In the box, you can find a Vivofit 3, a White/Black Wave band, and a Quick Start Manual


The strap is at least light and comfortable to wear 24/7. It comes in regular and extra large sizes so should be accommodating for most wrists and there’s a new clasp mechanism that aims to make it fit more securely and largely it works. There’s now a twisting buckle to clip the clasp into place, but it did manage to fall off at least once in our time using it. For swimmers, it is waterproof and is slapped with a 5ATM rating, which means you can take it into a pool up to 50 metres depth.

Below the screen is a single physical button which is your means to navigate through the different screens, including a watch face and calendar date. Pressing and holding the button will turn off a dim backlight, while holding it down gives you access to pairing and syncing modes along with quick access to the stopwatch mode.

Althogh the screen is smaller, the screen still works with providing all necessary information. With the option of replaceable band, new watch faces, and Move IQ make this Vivofit 3 a great upgrade from the previous version.







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