Boxing day Garmin Vivoactive 3

Garmin’s sports activities tech legacy, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 has a heart rate sensor, GPS monitoring, and a choice of built-in apps dedicated to keeping tabs on a vary of sports activities, from going for walks and indoor cycling to skiing and snowboarding.

The Vivoactive 3’s focal point may additionally be on fitness, however, this versatile wearable additionally has masses of different features to shout about, which includes smart notifications, an onboard payment system known as Garmin Pay as well as each sleep and real-time stress tracking. And its design reflects its sporty but smart credentials, as it appears extra like a watch than a bulky fitness tracker.

It’s no shock that the Vivoactive 3 does fitness well. After all, the Garmin brand is as synonymous with high-end sports activities devices as it is with GPS systems nowadays. Speak to any runner or triathlete and they may probably cite one of Garmin’s Forerunner, or even Fenix, bands as their favorite gadget.

But that hasn’t stopped Garmin from venturing into an extra consumer-focused space either. Devices in the Vivofit, Vivomove, and Vivosmart ranges may additionally nevertheless be aimed at those who like working out, however, may want to be described extra as lifestyle wearables have given they care as a good deal about step counts, sleep and stress as private bests and optimizing performance.

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 would not fit neatly into both categories. At around half the price of the brand’s high-end fitness devices, like the Fenix 5X, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 is a more cheap choice and but still packs a punch when it comes to sports activities tracking.

It has an onboard way of life features, like sleep and stress tracking, however is additionally geared up to compete with comparable multi-purpose smartwatches with its notifications and price system.

As you would expect, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 is not occupying this attractive space all on its own. Retailing at $249.99 it entered at a comparable price point to new devices from some of the largest names in wearable tech.


  • Circular design
  • Comfy strap
  • Screen counteracts glare


  • Huge range of workouts tracked
  • Always-on heart rate monitoring
  • Great GPS tracking

Battery life

  • Almost seven days of battery life
  • Easy to charge


  • All notifications delivered to the screen
  • iPhone users can’t reply to messages
  • Notifications are all or nothing


  • Easy-to-read interface
  • Customizable face and widgets


  • Newly designed app
  • Lots of data but it’s easy to digest

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 has GPS capabilities, improved battery life and it’s waterproof, which means it’’s really for fitness enthusiasts. 

Especially those who want to regularly track their fitness and would be interested in heart rate stats, performance graphs, and other kinds of data rather than just goals or badges.