Garmin Vivofit 3 Review


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A Deep Dive Into The Garmin Vivofit 3

If you’ve been thinking of buying an activity tracker hopefully this review of the Vivofit 3 will give you the important facts and help you make a decision.

A key feature of the Garmin Vivofit 3 is no more messing around with USB charging cables. The range of Vivofit models including this Vivofit 3 and the Vivofit Jr all come with a coincell battery installed. These batteries should last a minimum of 1 year.

When the batteries run flat either self change the CR1632 battery yourself or pay a jeweller a couple of pounds to do it for you. This review of the Vivofit 3 has been brought to you by Tristan Haskins aka CardioCritic

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Customisation is King

If you want your Vivofit 3 to make a statement and match your outfit or mood, there are many different strap and case designs available. Just pop the main display module out and replace it in to the case/strap of your choice

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A range of strap/cases designed by Jonathan Adler are also available to buy online.

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The Vivosmart series offer far more smartphone functionality like music control, incoming call / message alerts, find my phone and more.

 In April 2017 Garmin released their new Vivosmart 3 with wrist based heart rate, breathing exercises, VO2 Max and Fitness age score.

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The Vivofit range are Garmin’s entry level fitness trackers.

For the youngsters in the family there is also the Vivofit Jr, similar features but attractive junior styling supported by an FUN application.


This is one of the most competitive sectors of the fitness industry right now with Fitbit and Garmin leading the way in innovation. If you want your fitband to incorporate time of day but at the same time remain discrete and stylish the Vivofit 3 is perfect.

It’s a shame it doesn’t have floor climbed like the next model up, the Vivosmart HR, and the Fitbit Alta, but that’s all it’s really missing.

I personally prefer this display technology to the OLED display of the Fitbit Alta and Vivosmart HR as they are quite hard to see in bright daylight. The Garmin Vivofit 3 is easy to read in all light conditions.

Everything considered, it’s a good value for money, easy to use and stylish activity tracker worthy of a solid 4.5/5 star review rating.

Last Updated on March 28, 2019

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