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Garmin Vivoactive 3

Garmin Vivoactive 3
alaAverage 4.3

314 reviews

Jan, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 314 reviews of Garmin Vivoactive 3. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the price and performance. The size and design are also mentioned favorably, whereas the image quality and software get mixed comments.

usability, design, size, performance, price

On average, users rate this product 87/100 and experts rate this product 86/100.

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Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

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

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 Music


The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music packs all the best features from running watches and fitness trackers into a timepiece you can wear anywhere.

Holds up to 500 songs locally. Measures steps, stairs, sleep, continuous heart rate. Includes advanced fitness metrics: VO2 max, fitness age, stress. Contactless payment and smartwatch features.

Can only reply to messages from watch when paired with Android. No women's health tracking.

Finding the features you want in a fitness tracker or smartwatch is essential, but it's equally important that it checks a few other boxes, too: reliability, ruggedness, accuracy, and solid battery life. Rest assured the Garmin Vivoactive 3 delivers on...

Nov, 2018

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 : David Carnoy (

Garmin's Vívoactive 3 is a more well-rounded GPS smartwatch


The third generation of Garmin's Vívoactive moves to a circular design and has more robust smartwatch capabilities, including Garmin Pay.

Aug, 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

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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

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 ; Base model can't support music playback

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.

Jul, 2018

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 review: Now just £174 for Boxing Day sales


A brilliant all-rounder, delivering multi-sport tracking, GPS and all-day heart rate tracking in a slim lightweight package

Lightweight ; Great battery life ; 24/7 heart rate monitoring

A little ugly ; On the pricey side

That it does all this while also packing in some degree of smartwatch capability is truly remarkable and, while it isn’t a beautiful device to look at, it achieves pretty much everything I’d want from a fitness-cum-smartwatch. The only major misfire is...

Dec, 2018

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

Product Specifications


Band colour:Black / Blue
Band material:Silicone
Band size:One Size
Buckle colour:Stainless steel
Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver / Silver, White / White
Housing colour:Black
Housing material:Polymer / Polymer, Stainless steel
Lens material:Glass
Product colour:Blue
Protection features:Water Resistant
Removable strap:Y
Splash proof:Y
Water resistance:5
Waterproof:N / Y
Waterproof up to:50
Wrist size range:127 - 204


Colour display:Y
Display diagonal:3.05
Display diameter:3.04
Display Resolution:240 x 240


Built-in Camera:N
Display diagonal:3.05
Display Resolution:240 x 240
Display size (HxV):30.4 x 30.4
Heart rate monitor:Y
Mobile operating systems supported:Android,iOS
Personal goals:Y
Personal info management (PIM):Calendar,Pedometer,Stopwatch
Quality of sleep:Y
Smart notifications:Y

GPS Performance

GPS (satellite):Y


Memory capacity:7


ANT+ enabled:Y
GPS (satellite):Y

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):-20 - 60

Other features

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

Packaging Content

Charger cable:Y
Chest strap:N


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

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth version:4.2
Headphone connectivity:Bluetooth
USB port:Y


Battery Life:13 / 7
Battery life (GPS mode):13
Battery life (max):1
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Rechargeable battery:Y
Standby time:168


Compatible operating systems:Android, iOS
Sports activity apps:Connect IQ


Compatible memory cards:Not supported

Technical Details

Strap material:Silicone

Weight & Dimensions

Band width:2
Depth:13.6 / 43.1 / 43.4
Height :11.7 / 43.1
Strap length:20.4
Weight:39 / 43
Width:43.1 / 43.4