Walk, ski and run with the Garmin Vivofit 3 wristband. You can monitor your exercise using this device, and it also tracks the number of calories you're burning and can tell the number of minutes of intense exercise that you do. Tailor your fitness routine to your strengths with the data from this Garmin Vivofit 3.
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1yr Batt, use it swim/shower, small but easy 2read
Posted by: SeanMc from: on
Theres a lot to like about the Vivofit 3, mostly the fact that I can shower, swim, and wear this all day and night without recharging!
The screen is small but very sharp and clear, and it's big enough to read at any arms length. Seriously, if you have any concerns about legibility, the numbers are bigger than the ones on the keyboard i'm using right now. if you can read keyboard numbers, then you can easily read these numbers. If you press the button, there's a light that reminds me of my old casio watch. lights up easy to read, at night, but outside it's perfectly fine.
Having used this for about 2 weeks, I love the little fireworks animation and the calendar animation for days I've gotten consecutively. Its a small thing but it keeps me motivated to keep it up. The alarm is kind of quiet but it's not any quieter than my old casio digital watch.
Syncing is mostly OK, I've tried it a bunch of different ways and i think i've found what works best usally. I open up the app, press the button until the screen shows the sync symbol, and put my phone right next to the vivo. it usually takes a minute or so. It's not always connected because it think that's how it can keep the battery for a year.
At first I thought it wasn't recording any activities because for the longest time it always showed nothing in the activities window. But i discovered a couple things. If you start the stopwatch by holding the button down, and letting go when it says START, then it starts a timer. Then I go for a run and when I'm done, I hold it down to STOP it. After I sync, then I get a "1" in the activities and it shows what I did. It DOES NOT do this if you just go for a run without starting the timer.
The other thing I found is that when you're in the app, you can find a timeline of your day. Usually it's a squiggly line of movement, but if you go for a run without using the timer, there's an icon that shows I was running. If you hit it, it shows your time, it's call MOVE IQ. It does this for Elliptical, Walking and Running, but I haven't gotten it to work with biking or swimming yet. I think it's because I'm not doing it long enough. I looked back through the last few days and I can exactly tell when I was walking my dog cause there's a walking symbol at 6:30 or so each night. AWESOME!
The app is pretty good if you can spend some time figuring things out. I think its like anything else, you have to try it a few times to get used to it. For example, it took me the longest time to figure out how i could change the watch faces. There's so many settings, but I finally figured it out. You also have to back out of the settings all the way and THEN sync. If you just sync it won't change anything. After I realized that, then I experimented with all the different watch faces and settled on the analog watch face. It fits really nicely and I've gotten a bunch of compliments about it from people at church and work. I also LOVE the split screen watch, and might go back to that when I get tired of this one.
As far as the band its pretty big on me, but i think they're trying to make it work for a lot of people so whether your big or small it should fit. If you're really thin, I think amazon sells some other bands. I want to get the camo band but there's some others I think. The little circular clasp is easy to turn to lock. I forgot to lock it a couple times and it almost fell off, but if I lock it, it's not going anywhere. The band itself is nice and smooth, really soft.
A couple of wierd things for me is that I do get something like 50 or so steps at night. What's up with that? Maybe it's because my arm was moving? Also, I think it doesn't track steps when I'm pushing a shopping cart or something like that. My friend told me to strap it on my belt. I'll do that next time.
21 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Switched from Fitbit Flex to Garmin Vivofit 3
Posted by: BoilerGoldRush from: on
The Vivofit 3 is exactly what I was looking for in an activity tracker. I used the Fitbit Flex for over a year and finally gave up on it. I was tired of charging the battery at a minimum once a week. Eventually I went through three different charging cables as the tracker would not charge. The tracker eventually just died and no amount of troubleshooting or resetting would work. I was referred to the Vivofit 3 from a family member with the best value of all, no charging!!! I have now had the Vivofit 3 for over 3 months and it works like a champ. Took some getting adjusted to with a new and different app, but it syncs well and tracks the activity I was looking for. Highly recommend this for those just getting into tracking your activity.
9 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Great wearable tracker
Posted by: Luckypt from: on
The Vivofit 3 step counter seems to be accurate however the mileage tracker is not. I am still adjusting the custom step length to try to improve this. The sleep tracker seems to work fine. I am glad I switched from a Fitbit charge because the Fitbit battery was lasting 24 to 30 hours at best. I tried 4 Fitbit Charges within 15 months and each of them worked and held a charge initially but failed to hold a charge for more than 30 hours after 1 to 6 months. I love the fact that this tracker has a replaceable battery.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Great affordable device
Posted by: Purdueguy from: on
This replaced the original vivofit that I have. This device works as advertised, syncs to garmin connect with no issues (galaxy note 4). I love the backlight, activity timers, and intensity minutes. Good device to help me reach my health and fitness goals.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Excelent Fitness Band
Posted by: Ace1983 from: on
I love this prouct it works as exoexcted and would def recommend to others
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Randini from: on
My wife had the first Vivofit and loved it until the numbers started to go out 3 years later. She did not have to change the batter until 2 years after using it daily. the new version is even better with the back light.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Good price and good functionality...
Posted by: coolaggie from: on
Owned the Vivofit2 prior to buying V3. Substantial improvements from the previous version. Lock-clip on strap has been redesigned to be sturdier (the clip broke in my previous unit). Another big plus is the display which is clearer and the orientation of display has been changed for easier viewing.
5 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great upgrade from 2
Posted by: Enjoyable from: Denton, TX on
Much better than the second generation tracker. Everything I did not like about the second generation has been improved upon any third-generation. It knows when I am walking even if I am not swinging my arms and does not come apart as easily as a second generation.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Very good device
Posted by: sembler3 from: on
Purchased this as replacement to a vivofit2 that did not survive being run over by my pickup. Looked at a replacement 2 but as this 3 was now available I checked it out as well. Very pleased with it except for a few minor things. Not a big fan of the band, have a small wrist and where the 2 size band option of the 2 was great, this single size isn't as useful to me. It's also very flexible and one side will come undone occasionally. My sleeping habits as a firefighter are sometimes very irregular and the automatic option doesn't keep up with it. The manual sleep option on the 2 was useful to have. The last negative is that the display is sometimes hard to see, unlike the 2 which is significantly larger. Aside from those few things I've been extremely pleased with this 3. As long as I don't drive over it, it should be an excellent tool as have all of the other Garmin devices I've owned over the years.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Good basic activity tracker
Posted by: AnneM80224 from: on
I am really enjoying my VivoFit 3. It tracks my steps and shows how many I need to complete my daily goal. It is easy to sync to the app on my iPhone, where I can also track sleep data, and connect the MyHealth app to track my food calories. I also bought 8 bands online for about $2 each to change the color/pattern I wear every day. The only problem is that the VivoFit doesn't always track/credit time on the elliptical machine at the gym. Not sure if this is something it will "learn" through the Move ID. Overall I recommend this tracker.