Keep an eye on your fitness routine

Jan 31, 2018 AT 19:21 PM | BY LifeBanter


Another day, another vivo-something from Garmin.

The new Vivoactive 3 smartwatch though, seems to be radically different from its predecessors, which have a square or rectangular in shape, and resemble the performance of watches.

With its circular stainless steel bezel and minimalist design, the Vivoactive 3 looks more like an analogue watch instead. It is available in three color combinations: black/ stainless steel ($449), white/stainless steel ($449), and black/slate ($499, the version tested).

It has a 1.2-inch (240 x 240 pixels) touch screen with a side button on the right. On its left is a touch panel quick scroll, called the Side Sweep.

During the installation, you can choose what side you want the side button to be, and the display will be returned accordingly. As I wear my watch on my right hand, I chose the button on his left. I then swopped the top and bottom of the watch, straps to wear it. You can also purchase off-the-shelf 20mm watch straps to use with it.

A short press of the side button which takes you to the workout page, while a long press will take you to a menu of options such as “enable”, “do not disturb” or “off”.

To view your physical activity, statistics, drag your finger toward the top or the bottom of the screen or scrolling on the Side of Scanning.

As a smartwatch, the Vivoactive 3 is limited in terms of display of notifications and SMS response. As a fitness tracker, it is more well rounded. It can monitor your daily physical activity and sleep. It has a built-in heart-rate sensor for all days of heart rate monitoring, and can monitor the intensity of your exercises. It also enables you to track your swim.

In the conditions of the step of monitoring accuracy, it has registered a mere 3% of more steps than on my calibrated Apple Watch 3 of the Series.

But you have to wait around 90s to get a GPS lock before it runs. His GPS distance tracking is quite accurate, recording only 200 metres longer than the actual distance to my usual 5 km jogging route.

For the follow-up of your swim, you must first set the length of the pool. He has recorded less of laps of the track in a 500m swim, I did more laps of 25m.

The watch accurately pin-pointed the time, I went to bed and woke up, and recorded the amount of light and deep sleep that I have had.

The Vivoactive 3 is supposed to be Garmin’s first mobile phone to support the company for payment without contact, Garmin Pay. At press time, Garmin Pay is not yet available here.

According to Garmin, Vivoactive 3 is supposed to last up to seven days in smartwatch mode and 13 hours in GPS mode. In my tests with the latest firmware, the Vivoactive 3 lasted three days, when it is connected to my smartphone for notifications, with a stretch of 5 km and 500 m of swimming during this period.

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