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Garmin Vivoactive 3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 330 reviews of Garmin Vivoactive 3. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Comments about the portability and battery are overall positive. The size and design also get good feedback. There are some negative opinions about the reliability. There are some mixed reviews about the image quality.

usability, design, size, battery, portability


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

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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

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 (

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 : DC Rainmaker (

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music: Everything you ever wanted to know


Today Garmin announced the Vivoactive 3 Music, which makes it the second Garmin wearable they've added music playback functionality into, following the . In the most simplistic sense, the Vivoactive 3 Music merely takes the announced last August, and...

Jun, 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

Expert review by : David Wise (

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Review


This flashy, quasi-smartwatch fitness tracker is a solid product, but it is a little pricey for our taste

Great display, good fitness tracking capabilities

Expensive, harder to use

The is a great product that just seems a little lost, toeing the line between a fitness tracker and a smartwatch. It's one of the smartest — and priciest fitness trackers that we have tested, but it still has some work to do to claim an award.

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : DC Rainmaker (

Garmin Vivoactive 3 In-Depth Review


It's been about 6 weeks since the new Vivoactive 3 GPS watch. This watch builds upon the Vivoactive HR by adding in more features including things like contactless payments with Garmin Pay, as well as structured workouts. It, of course, retains the...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : DC Rainmaker (

Garmin Vivoactive 3: Everything you need to know


Garmin has dropped the price of the down to $349, making it one of the best Garmin tri watch deals out there for a relatively new unit. This is a good deal if you're looking for a tri watch and don't want to shell out for the more expensive or . You...

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : DC Rainmaker (

Garmin’s new Vivoactive HR & Vivofit 3: Hands-on & First Run


On . As you'll remember, my post was rather short and pretty limited in terms of content (just one pic!). I promised that come around Sunday, I'd get some hands-on time with the units and then post back on my thoughts. Phew – lots of details!

Feb, 2016

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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.

Jul, 2018

Product Specifications


Color 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:1.2
Display Resolution:240 x 240


Display Resolution:240 x 240
Heart rate monitor:Y
Personal goals:Y
Quality of sleep:Y
Smart notifications:Y

GPS Performance

GPS (satellite):Y

Other Features

Color of product:Black / Black, Silver
Protection features:Water Resistant

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 traveled: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