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Garmin Vivoactive 3

Garmin Vivoactive 3
alaScore 98

263 reviews

Mar, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 263 reviews of Garmin Vivoactive 3. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Smart Watches for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Smart Watches the Garmin Vivoactive 3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Becca Caddy (

Garmin Vivoactive 3 review


A subtle smartwatch built for life as well as fitness

Subtle, circular, stylish design ; Good GPS and heart rate monitor ; Tracks a range of activities

Can't choose which apps get alerts ; iOS users can't respond to texts ; Garmin Pay not available in UK yet

With smart notifications, GPS, sports tracking to rival high-end devices, an on-board payment system and a subtle, stylish design, Garmin has created a versatile wearable with true mainstream appeal.

Dec, 2017

Pocket-lint Recommended 2017

Expert review by : Cam Bunton (

Garmin Vivoactive 3 review: Serious multi-sport tracking at a sensible price point


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,

Affordable ; Long-lasting battery life ; Lightweight design ; Versatile and capable of tracking multiple activities ; Degree of data detail

Garmin Pay isn't supported in the UK yet ; Some connectivity issues ; Screen less attractive than Apple/Fitbit competition

In the Vivoactive 3, Garmin has tried to build a device which is predominantly an everyday, normal persons', lifestyle-focused fitness watch. Think of this as more competition for your high-end Fitbit than a "serious running watch for serious runners".

Dec, 2017

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Jill Duffy (

Garmin Vivoactive 3


The Garmin Vivoactive 3 is an attractive, durable wearable that hits the sweet spot between fitness tracker and smartwatch functionality.

24/7 heart rate and stress monitoring. Great features for runners. Tracks wide range of activities. Supports contactless payments. Compact and fashionable.

May feel heavy and bulky to some. Charger is proprietary.

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 has just about every feature you'd want and expect from a fitness tracker, plus a few extras—stress readings, contactless payments, cadence measurements, ability to reply to texts when paired with Android—that make it more...

Feb, 2018

Expert review by : Richard Easton (

Garmin Vivoactive 3


Garmin Vivoactive 3 review: Garmin's sports watch has great battery life, excellent tracking and has some smartwatch functionality to sweeten the deal.

Easy-to-read display ; Accurate distance tracking ; Good heart rate monitor ; Long battery life

Feels a little plasticky ; Limited coaching elements ; Garmin Pay isn't widely available ; No onboard music storage

A well-featured sports watch with just enough smartwatch functionality.

Feb, 2018

Expert review by : Lee Crane (

Garmin Vivoactive 3 review


A weak vibration alert cripples the otherwise powerful Garmin Vivoactive 3.

Connects to ANT+ sensors ; Smart Notifications ; Garmin Pay

Weak vibration alert ; Easy to miss notifications

Dec, 2017

Expert review by (

Garmin Vivoactive 3 review: A solid mid-range GPS sports watch with wireless payment support


The Garmin Vivoactive 3 is the third version of the Vivoactive with a form factor now matching other Garmin GPS sports watches. It accurately and reliably captures workout data for a number of sports and is an excellent option at $300.

Dec, 2017

Expert review by (

Garmin Vivoactive 3 review


This Vivoactive hits the sweet spot between sports and smarts...

Great exercise tracking ; Very good battery life ; Contender for smartest Garmin watch yet

Software not as slick as Wear or Watch OS ; Garmin Pay not ready yet ; No standalone music playback

If you're into sports rather than all-round fitness tracking, then this is the smartwatch for you

Oct, 2017

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 review

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The Garmin Vivoactive 3 promises a lot. It's a smartwatch with built-in 'Sports Apps', GPS and a wrist-based heart-rate monitor. The latest version features a round screen, and it's the first Garmin wearable that's Garmin Pay ready. Is the Vivoactive 3...

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : Edward Munn (

Garmin Vivoactive 3 review: The perfect sports-orientated smartwatch?


The Garmin Vivoactive 3 is light, comfy and packed with features — what's not to like?

It might sound stupid but one of my favourite things about the Vivoactive 3 is just how comfortable and discreet it is. Despite being packed with all the great features you’d expect from a top-level multisport watch, it doesn’t have the substantial...

Jan, 2018

Expert review by : Caitlin McGarry (

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Review: This Apple Watch Rival Wins on Fitness


Garmin's Vivoactive 3 is an extremely fitness-focused smartwatch, much more so than the Fitbit Ionic or Apple Watch Series 3 . That makes this device perfect for extremely fitness-focused people. The watch also looks better on the wrist than the Fitbit...

Always-on watch face ; Round design ; Advanced workout-tracking

Garmin Pay supports few cards at launch ; Inaccurate sleep-tracking ; No onboard music storage

The Vivoactive 3 is one of the best fitness-focused smartwatches available, but the Fitbit Ionic has music storage and the Apple Watch Series 3 has more apps.

Dec, 2017

Product Specifications


Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver / Silver, White / White
Housing material:Polymer, Stainless steel
Lens material:Glass
Protection features:Water Resistant
Water resistance:5


Display diameter:3.04
Display Resolution:240 x 240

GPS Performance

GPS (satellite):Y

Packaging Content

Chest strap:N


Activity monitoring:Y
Advanced workouts:Y
Alarm Clock:Y
Automatic pause:Y
Barometric altimeter:Y
Built-in distance meter:N / Y
Calories burned:Y
Distance travelled:Y
Electronic compass:Y
Find my phone function:Y
Foot pod:Y
Heart rate data transfer:ANT+
Heart rate monitor:Y
Heart rate-based calorie computation:Y
Integrated timer:Y
Music control:Y
Personal goals:Y
Quality of sleep:Y
Recommended activity:Cycling, Golf, Rowing, Running, Skiing, Swimming
Smart notifications:Y
Time/distance alert:Y
Weather forecast:Y

Ports & interfaces



Battery life (GPS mode):13
Battery life (max):1


Sports activity apps:Connect IQ

Technical Details

Strap material:Silicone

Weight & Dimensions

Height :11.7