Garmin Vivofit 3

Garmin Vivofit 3

Garmin Vivofit 3 Features

  • Activity/Inactivity and Calories tracking
  • Distance and Steps counting
  • Sleep Monitoring with Sleep Reports
  • Splash-proof (5 ATM)
  • One Year Battery Life
  • Monochrome LCD Display

Garmin Vivofit 3 Specs

Basic Info

Wear TypeWristband
ReleaseApril 29, 2016

Activity & Fitness Tracking

Sleep Analysis / Sleep Time
Heart Rate / Pulse
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


Duration365 days
Battery TypeReplaceable Cell Battery

Physical Specs

Water Resistance
IP Rating5 ATM
Weight26 grams

X-large: 28 grams

Dimensions22,3 x 11 mm


Display TechnologyLCD Screen
Display Size0,39 х 0,39 inches
Screen Resolution64 x 64 pixels
Color Display
Touch Screen


OS X / Mac
Windows Phone
Web Portal
Social Features



Garmin Vivofit 3 Review

The Garmin Vivofit 3 is not a newcomer in the fitness-tracking department, but remains a highly recommended device by different sports professional users. Many different consumers from joggers to gym fanatics had the following to say about this fitness wearable.

Pros / What Customers Like:

  • Most sports enthusiasts found the screen better to read and use compared to the previous models designed by Garmin. Most women liked the elegant screen, but still found the Fitbit Alta display much better. The great thing one user mentioned is she replaced the band with a Jonathan Adler + Garmin designer band.
  • Another standout is the water-resistant design and most consumers love this feature enabling them to wear it in the shower.
  • One more highlighted feature is the portrait screen loved by all gym users, as it is easier to read the time and information displayed on the screen. The screen is easy to read in daylight and visible outdoors.
  • While most runners love the two modes available, full screen and split screen. Here they can view the distance they have run, calories burned, the time and date, and the intense activities they have taken part in the day.
  • Health fanatics found the exercise recognition great and by pressing the button available for a long time, it registers your activities with separate logged entries in the app. In addition, the smartwatch can differentiate between walking and running.
  • Another feature talked about by all users is the device automatically logs your sleep pattern and has an alarm to wake you up.

Cons / What Customers Don't Like:

  • The downside most professional runners would love to see on the watch is the GPS, a heart rate sensor and it does not have stair/climb track.
  • Another problem most athletes found is the unreliable synch of the device to the app and the lack of the GPS offers you no effective tracking when out on a run.


If you are in the market to buy a basic fitness tracker to keep track of your steps, the Vivofit 3 is perfect. There is no need for charging the device and affordable to buy. The battery use provides you up to a year of tracking and affordable to replace.


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Expert Reviews and Ratings

  • • Expert Review by David Wise

    The Vivofit 3 from Garmin is an entry-level fitness tracker that did well in our testing, earning a 59 out of 100. While this model ... Full review

    3of 5
  • • Expert Review by Adam Sinicki

    The vívosmart 3 is a little strange and awkward but should be commended for trying new things. For the right user, this will be a ... Full review

    7.9of 10
  • • Expert Review by Zachary Walton

    I could say that the Garmin Vivofit 3 is a decent fitness tracker with big aspirations. However, I feel that it does not live up ... Full review

    8.5of 10
  • • Expert Review by Rob Hodges

    As the entry level activity tracker from Garmin, the Vivofit 3 does the basics well such as daily step goals and the Move Bar. Move ... Full review

    65of 100
  • • Expert Review by Valentina Palladino

    Rep counting in a $140 device is great, but that's not the whole story. Full review

  • • Expert Review by Andrew Williams

    The Garmin Vivosmart 3 is a fitness band with several personalities. It’s a step counter. It’s a semi-hardcore fitness band. It’s a basic smartwatch. Heck, ... Full review

    4of 5
  • • Expert Review by Jonathan Bray

    The Vivofit 3 has a huge one-year battery life but we'd rather charge the Fitbit Alta occasionally instead Full review

    3of 5
  • • Expert Review by Michael Sawh

    While Garmin is excelling with the pricier wearables in its range, the Vivofit 3 feels like a more underwhelming addition. It's a solid fitness tracker ... Full review

    3of 5
  • • Expert Review by Timothy Torres

    Garmin's Vivofit 3 does a fine job monitoring basic activities, but there are better fitness trackers out there for the price. Full review

    3.0of 5
  • • Expert Review by Richard Easton

    A great mid-range fitness tracker that ticks all the boxes, with the added bonus of water-resistance and decent smartphone notifications too. Full review

    8of 10

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