Garmin Vivoactive 3

Garmin Vivoactive 3

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Features

  • Multisport features
  • Daily Activity and Calories Burned tracking
  • Heart Rate monitoring
  • GPS Tracking
  • Distance Walked and Steps counting
  • Auto Sleep Monitor
  • Swimproof (5 ATM)
  • Seven Day Battery
  • Color LCD Touchscreen

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Specs

Basic Info

Wear TypeWristband

Activity & Fitness Tracking

Sleep Analysis / Sleep Time
Heart Rate / Pulse
VO2 Max
Stairs / Floors
Exercise Tagging
Smart Coach
Goal Setting
Inactivity Alert

Additional Features

Watch / Clock
Alarm Clock
Music Playback
ReportsActivity, Sleep

Smartphone Remote Features

Caller ID
Music Control
Call Control
Camera Control
Find Phone


Duration7 days

GPS mode: 13 hours

Battery TypeRechargeable Battery

Physical Specs

Water Resistance
IP Rating5 ATM
Weight43 grams
Dimensions43.4 x 43.4 x 11.7 mm


Display TechnologyLCD Screen
Display Size1,2 inches
Screen Resolution240 x 240 pixels
Color Display
Touch Screen
Gorilla glass


OS X / Mac
Windows Phone
Web Portal
Social Features



Sports and Fitness Activities

Best For:
  • Biking
  • Crossfit
  • Golf
  • Gym
  • Outdoor
  • Running
  • Ski
  • Snowboard
  • Swimming
  • Training
  • Triathlon
  • Walking
  • Workout
  • Yoga

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Review

For all-day wear and fitness tracking, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 does not come cheap and packed with features to keep you moving. The big question is how well is this device received by the public when it comes to using it as a watch and fitness tracker. Let us find out.

Pros / What Customers Like:

  • Many sports consumers found the wearable a breath of fresh air compared to the other wearable from Garmin. They love the fact that it looks like a traditional watch and is not too heavy to wear all day.
  • Another standout most consumers found outstanding is the 50-meter water rating and great to wear outdoors, in a pool or the shower. Swimmers found the watch tracks their swimming exercises accurately.
  • Other sports enthusiasts found the one button use to access the display menu and sport profile menus great. Even the sideswipe function is easy to use.
  • One user mentioned the backlit display is great when used in direct sunlight and visible enough to see the information on the screen.
  • The features most professional sports users raved about is the compass, accelerometer, thermometer and GPS/GLONASS as a hiker found this very helpful when outdoors on the mountain.
  • The design for reading the heart rate is accurate and most users found this feature helpful.
  • Other standout features sports trainers found helpful is the Garmin LiveTrack, auto-tracking, daily activity stats, weather, smartphone notifications, heart-rate graph, listen to music and more.

Cons / What Customers Don't Like:

  • According to Garmin, the battery should last up to 7-days with a single charge and when used in GPS mode up to 13-hours. However, one consumer found it only lasts up to 36-hours at the most after updating the firmware.


The Garmin Vivoactive 3 has some great new features such as Garmin Pay and might even become one of the best fitness trackers available today. It does have the disappointing battery use, but all the perfect features make it worth buying.

Compatible Applications

  • Garmin Connect


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Expert Reviews and Ratings

  • • Expert Review by the5krunner

    The Vivoactive 3 is NOT an Apple Watch killer. No way. Really it will just about hold Garmin’s current market position, perhaps doing well from ... Full review

  • • Expert Review by Adam Sinicki

    While there are a few areas for improvement, the Garmin vívoactive 3 does practically everything you could ask for in a casual fitness tracker. It's ... Full review

    9of 10
  • • Expert Review by Valentina Palladino

    Apple and Fitbit may get all the attention, but Garmin deserves just as much credit. Full review

  • • Expert Review by Phil Tann

    This is a really solid device – Great design, well thought through, exceptionally well engineered and links into the already existing Garmin ecosystem. It’s comfortable ... Full review

  • • Expert Review by Andrew Williams

    The Garmin Vivoactive 3 is one of the tastiest fitness watches we've seen so far. Full review

    5of 5
  • • Expert Review by Strava Colin Levitch

    Activity tracker with tons of built in sensors Full review

    4of 5
  • • Expert Review by Alvin Soon

    The Vivoactive 3 isn’t Garmin’s most comprehensive tracker, but it is the company’s most user-friendly smartwatch. It sits in-between the company’s Vivomove HR and Fenix ... Full review

    8of 10
  • • Expert Review by Cam Bunton

    The Garmin Vivoactive 3 is just as comfortable being a high-end activity tracker as it is being your daily fitness tracking wearable. In this regard, Full review

    4.5of 5
  • • Expert Review by Ben Drew

    The vivoactive 3 continues the tradition of providing a ton of activities and features on a reasonably priced watch. Full review

  • • Expert Review by Hugh Langley

    The Garmin Vivoactive 3 is a big improvement on the HR in design that also beefs up its sports tracking. Not only that, but it's ... Full review

    4of 5

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