Garmin vivosmart 3, Purple, S/M
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- The thinnest HR-equipped activity tracker from Garmin at 4mm thinner and more form fitting than vívosmart HR
- While not in use, the discreet display disappears into the device so as not to overshadow your style
- Measures VO2 Max, which is widely recognized as an excellent measure
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Your activity tracker doesn’t define you, but what you do with it certainly can. That’s why vívosmart 3 features a discreet but attractive profile to help it fit right in with any fashion, and its smart features keep you on your toes. Track activity, monitor your heart rate, get smart notifications, and even access detailed fitness monitoring tools such as VO2 max estimate and your fitness age.
Smart Activity Tracker with Wrist-based Heart Rate and Fitness Monitoring Tools
- Includes fitness monitoring tools such as VO2 max, fitness age and strength training
- Monitor wellness with all-day stress tracking and the relaxation-based breathing timer
- 24/7 heart rate monitoring with Elevate wrist heart rate technology
- Tracks steps, floors climbed, calories burned, intensity minutes, sleep and more
- Safe for swimming and showering
- Battery life: up to 5 days
Subtle, Stylish and Smart
Your sense of style is uniquely you. Let vívosmart 3 complement that style without trying to overshadow it. Featuring a slim, inconspicuous band, vívosmart 3 is as hip as anything in your closet. Even better, it’s a master of subtlety. The tracker’s hidden display is only visible when you want it to be. When you’re not using it, it disappears into the device. It’s the perfect companion for the office, the gym, the pool and everywhere in between.
Daily Fitness Monitoring
Thanks to Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology¹, vívosmart 3 activity tracker is full of great features that let you get a better idea of your current fitness level. For example, it’s our first dedicated activity tracker to offer VO2 max estimate. It can even estimate your fitness age, which you may be able to decrease over time with hard work and regular exercise.
vívosmart 3 tracks heart rate variability (HRV), which is used to calculate and display your stress level. You can look at this graph right on your device anytime you’re sitting or at rest. When the level starts to move up, it indicates that your stress is getting higher. What causes this? Any number of physical or emotional external sources. vívosmart 3 helps you recognize when this is happening so you can find a way to relieve the stress.
Your Personal Rep Counter
Gym rats, rejoice. We’re adding a companion to your workout — or more specifically, a companion that’s great at keeping count. When you start a strength training activity on vívosmart 3, the device will capture your exercises, reps and sets along with your work and rest times so you can leave the notebook at home. That data gets pushed to Garmin Connect during your next sync so you can review your workout in even greater detail.
Smart Notifications and Smarter Features
To help keep up with your busy lifestyle, you can view emails, text messages and social network notifications right on your wrist. Other features that help you stay linked with life include automatic uploads to Garmin Connect and compatibility with TrueUp, which lets you synchronize multiple activity trackers. The ability to find your phone and music controls are also available right at the wrist.
|vivofit 3||vivosmart HR||vivosmart HR+||vivosmart 3|
|Battery Life||Up to 1 year||Up to 5 days||Up to 5 days||Up to 5 days|
|VO2 Max & Fitness Age||✓|
|All Day Stress Level||✓|
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We'll see how the replacement does. But for $100, I expected the band to last more than 75 days.
I guess I am glad I got 15 months instead of just 6 months as several other reviewers did.
Old review begins here: This is my 3rd garmin. My first (old model vivosmart) was a great starter fitness tracker. It did wear out after about a year though -- the display became hard to read, and then the band broke. I moved up to the vivoactive which tracked cycling and swimming. I used that for a couple of years, but got tired of the large watch face. I still use it for swimming and cycling, but really like the new vivosmart 3 as an everyday fitness tracker. I like all the features (heart rate, stress level, steps, phone calls/emails/texts, intensity minutes, etc), and I especially like its size -- it is less obtrusive.
I'm going to start with my biggest issue with the Vivosmart 3: the strap. The unit is completely enclosed in the strap. I hesitated buying the Vivosmart 3 because I didn't particularly like the colors and unlike other Garmin (and FitBit) products, you can't change the band. I got over the color choices and bought it anyway. It's one month later and I regret it. The buckle part of the band fell apart while I was running errands and I could not find the silver buckle anywhere. I figured I could just get a replacement at a jewelry store or watch repair shop. Wrong. None of the parts fit the Vivosmart. Three stores later, I had to call Garmin only to find out that they don't even have replacement buckles and the only solution is to send the entire watch back to them and wait for them to send a new one. That seems pretty ridiculous and makes a stronger case for competitor products, especially if it's going to fall apart that easily.
As far as some actual features, I'll start with HR. I was well aware that the wrist based optical HR monitoring would not be as accurate as the chest strap I was using with the Vivofit and I was fine with that. Overall, the HR feature seems to be acceptable and close enough to the readings I would get with the strap. My biggest issue with the HR feature is that Garmin seems to be utilizing HR in their algorithm to calculate overall daily calorie expenditure. The difference between calorie expenditure with my Vivofit and this tracker is well over 500 calories per day and the only difference between the 2 products is the HR feature. I'm a personal trainer and I've participated in several studies in clinical exercise physiology labs, so I know my BMR and RMR, as wells METS during various exercises. The Vivosmart overestimates my calorie expenditure significantly. HR is only an accurate measure of calorie expenditure during sustained exercise that is at least 40% of VO2 max ( ie steady state aerobic exercise). Your heart rate may elevate throughout the day from climbing a flight of stairs, hauling groceries, etc. but that does not mean you are burning the same amount of calories as you would if your HR reached that level during exercise. I realize the Vivosmart 3 also estimates V02 max, but it's just an estimate. It's not nearly the same as having it measured in a clinical setting. The bottom line is, if the strap was not an issue, I would only recommend this unit to a client who was seeking to change their body composition if they turned OFF the HR monitoring for the majority of the day. If your main exercise is steady state aerobic activity, the HR feature is probably acceptable. I was pleasantly surprised during HIIT on the treadmill, but wrist based HR monitors have a horrible track record, so be warned. The HR feature is useless for CrossFit and metabolic weight training. Also, the continuous HR feature drains the battery. I have to recharge every 2.5 days. I will say that it charges pretty quickly, though.
The sleep function is acceptable, though I think the Vivofit was more accurate. The Vivosmart showed that I was in deep sleep when I was actually cleaning up my kid's puke for a few hours one night.
I pretty much forget that the stress measurement even exists. It's never alerted me to stress and I'm pretty much a hot mess these days, so I'm not convinced of it's worth.
The V02 max feature tells me that my fitness age is 19 (I'm 46) and that I'm in the top 20% percent for my age and gender so I'm totally going to vouch for that feature. (It's really just a loose estimate. If you really want to know your V02 max, you'll need to go to a lab, get hooked up to a bunch of contraptions, and run your a$$of while wearing an uncomfortable mask).
The rep counter drives me nuts. It just doesn't work for the type of strength training I do (metabolic, compound exercises, etc).
Lastly, I find it difficult to start and stop an activity, but that could very well be user error.
1) "hidden" display is a nice concept but the thin layer of rubber over the screen reduces the sharpness and creates a slight ghosting effect
2) screen cannot be seen at all in direct sunlight (Vivosport has a color display that is sunlight visible)
3) has less activity options than the sport (for example, cannot choose biking as an activity... seriously?). This affects the accuracy of the calories