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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 742 reviews

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    SmartTool That is So Worth It!

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    I work in a very fast paced, stressful federal office. My husband became concerned and insisted I learn about and find a way to manage my stress level and blood pressure over the day. This is the best investment I’ve made in a while. It enhances the quality use of my iPhone because social media is way too much for me when it comes to subscribing/following/contributing to simple and meaningful daily health routine. Since my Garmin snatch watch purchase, I have learned ways to mitigate stressful days and intentionally incorporate some type of movement/exercise DAILY. Loving the results! I may upgrade in a year because we are now training for 13.1K. Having this smart watch has enhanced our quality of life! The gentleman that helped us to make our selection is by far the most knowledgeable, patient and helpful techie we’ve experienced! You can tell that he really likes what he does. Best Buy is reaping the rewards!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Garmin vívoactive Smartwatch

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    Posted .

    Great product, best customer service. The data provided by this watch is amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great priced Garmin Device

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Gps

    This is my first Garmin fitness device. I use the device for running more than anything else. The device has a different kind of LCD screen that can take some getting used to. The display works best with the sun beaming direct on the screen. GPS works really well. Takes a single configuration to make the treadmill function well. Plenty of watch faces to choose from. Battery works well. My criticism is music. This watch does nothing for music.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost 5 stars....

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    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design

    In terms of functionality, I give the watch 5 stars. I only deducted a star due to aesthetics. A little background: I had been a loyal Fitbit user for many years, starting with a Flex and then a Charge HR. However, in 2016 after seeing the discrepancies with wrist based HR during workouts (I had used a Garmin running watch with a chest strap to track my heart rate in the past), I searched for a different fitness tracker. I found the Withings (now Nokia) watch and liked that it looked like a regular watch. I also starting using a Garmin Forerunner 15 with a chest strap to track heart rate during workouts. Well last year, my Withings watch died and I went back to Fitbit with a Charge HR 2, but still used my Garmin Forerunner 15 for workouts. However, I got sick of using 2 different watches/trackers during workouts. That's when I found the Garmin Vivoactive 3. I love that it looks like a regular watch instead of the square look that everyone else has seemed to embrace. There are many different options for watch faces and all of them can be customized. I have analog watch face with a white background with a move progress bar, step progress bar, date and battery level. The always-on display is a bonus and the backlight can be customized to turn on when you'd like it to. It does everything I want - track steps and sleep and I can connect my chest strap to track my heart rate and calories burned during workouts. There are so many options with this watch. You can also purchase any 20 mm watch band to change up the look. I also love that you can "lock" the watch display. I don't think the watch looks too large on my wrist, which was a concern at first. Now what I don't like and why I gave it 4 stars. The display is not as crisp as seen on Apple Watches or on Fitbits, but it's very easy to read in the sunlight. The overall functionality of the watch was more of selling point than a less than ideal display. I also don't like how the watch case is either white or black. It's not so much the sides that bother me, it's that watch band prongs aren't silver. But that's just me and how I think it looks with colored watch bands. I think it would give it a more polished, professional look. Overall, it does exactly what I wanted and I don't have to tote around another watch for working out.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for light activity use

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    Pros mentioned:
    Features

    I use the activity tracking function of this watch only for a few hours a week and with that amount of use this watch is perfect. I've shut off the auto light-on function since I found I really didn't need it and I'm getting about 7 to 8 days of use before I have to recharge which is fantastic. I didn't really need or want a full-blown smart watch that's much more expensive and I found this watch to be perfectly suited to my needs. I was mostly interested in the heart rate tracking and I found that even though I didn't buy the watch for being able to check text messages and incoming phone calls, those turned out to be pretty handy features. I found some great watch faces for it on the Garmin Connect app and also love the fact that the display is always on. It may not have the higher resolution full-color displays that some of the more expensive smart watches do, but it still has a nice crisp display that I am perfectly fine with. So I would say that all in all it's a great watch, especially if your activity use is on the lighter side.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great size and sports based watch

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery

    I have been wearing this watch for about a week now, and I use it to measure 6 to 7 miles runs. I also wear it to track my sleep, and in my point of view, it does it very well since the supposedly times I sleep seem accurate to my calculations. The GPS does drain the battery faster, however I think you should be able to make two days of two hour runs with this watch without having it to charge. Anything longer than that, might be a stretch. (With the HR on all the time, and without the screen backlight). But like I said this is my first week, I need to do more testing and push it to the limits and see exactly how far can it go. The battery charges too fast by the way. The metrics compared to my iPhone are far more detailed but I need to do more testing and compare it to other watches or activity trackers, but it is a Garmin, it should not be that far off from the best products out there. The next feature I would like to try out is the swimming tracking, but that would be in the next couple of weeks. Overall I am very satisfied and I would recommend it to anybody physical active and that is interested on an Apple Watch or activity tracker. This is a good product that is in between an Apple Watch and a Fenix 5, and in some ways better, for the size, battery life, metrics, and price. The only negative would be with the Garmin App on iOS, it kind of lags, and sometimes doesn't sync immediately the data, however, it does sync eventually after 30 seconds of touching the sync option in the iOS app.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The best for fitness

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    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Gps

    Accurate gps Battery life: 3 days when running every day and 7 days in smart watch mode only

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice features but watchface is dark

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Features

    The Vivoactive 3 is a great featured watch but it is not bright. Outside in the sun, it looks great and even with the backlight on - don't be fooled. Te pictures of the watchface everywhere, even like the one you see here is NOT ACCURATE

    Features

    Quality
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Make sure you see it in person before buying!

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design
    Cons mentioned:
    Band, Color

    It is nothing like the sleek, beautiful photos. The watch band is extremely flimsy and cheap feeling. The screen is incredibly dull and grey - not the dark black with popping color as in the pictures. It actually looks like some of the first cell phones with screens that were way too bright and washed out. It was such a disappointment in looks when I took it out of the box that I put it right back in and am returning it without even trying the functionality. For $300 and basically the same functionality of trackers that are 1/2 the price it should be as stylish looking as it is in the pictures. I paid extra so I wouldn't be wearing something that was obviously just a tracker and looked more like a nice watch. This is actually worse than a plain FitBit or other tracker because it looks like an extremely cheap watch. I've included a pic taken in a dark room so you can see how it glows a dull light grey. In light, it is almost unreadable. Very disappointed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from GarminProductExpert
      Posted .

      Hello Meghann, Thank you for posting a review of the vivoactive 3. We appreciate all feedback. We wanted to take an opportunity to address the concerns that you had about the screen on the device. The vívoactive 3 display features an enhanced reflective mode allowing the contrast and color saturation to be optimized for daytime use under real world outdoor lighting conditions. In low light or nighttime conditions, the built-in backlight right amount of illumination for adequate viewing. If desired, the backlight level can also be set manually. Under dim or nighttime conditions, there may be some reduced color saturation compared to sun-lit daytime use. Thanks again for posting a review. -JFH Garmin

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good watch

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    I have always had Fitbits but had gotten tired of them breaking as soon as the warranty period ended. Decided to try out Garmin vivoactive 3 after reading good reviews. So far so good. It is a heavier , much better built watch. I like the touch screen and ease of seeing all my data. My only gripe is that it keeps disconnecting and reconnecting to my phone if I dont have my phone within 10 ft. I may have to play around with settings or something.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Does the basics

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    Owned for 4 months when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    I wanted a watch that would do the basics but not be super intrusive. Some watchs are constantly going off and become a distraction. I wanted something that would work in the background but not disturb me on a daily basis. Battery life is about 3 days. Has constant heart rate tracking. I enjoy a this watch and it looks great. Has held up great to falls and scratches.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Not perfect but decent

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    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    I picked this up to help track running as using my phone to start and end logging during races was less than perfect. I selected this based on price and the fact I could connect to mapmyruns which I had been using for my tracking. I like the data that I gained by using the watch and like the integration with my android phone. However, I have found that the mileage reported tends to be less than the actual fairly consistently. When running 5ks, I am usually recording 0.1 to 0.2 miles short. For a Spartan 10k, it reported 5.9 miles instead of 6.2 miles that others using their phones recorded. I have recently turned on GLONASS in addition to GPS as well as updates every second instead of smart updates. I don't know if this will help but the mileage accuracy is consistently reported as an issue.

    Features

    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than when first release!!!!

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    I remember getting it when first released. Today's version offers pretty much the same operating system/software found in the Fenix 5. I have had ZERO issues with the heart rate monitor being steady - DURING WEIGHTLIFTING!!! The supposed time when the heart rate is inaccurate on these watches. Such is not the case. Snappy touch screen. More than enough legibility indoors. And if not, THAT'S WHAT THE BACKLIGHT IS FOR!!! Download a watchface called Optimus HR. You will love it. The dark background watchfaces are the ones that I am certain are prompting people to complain about reading difficulty when looking at the watch. Optimus HR has a white background with all texts being whatever color you choose them to be. Steps are accurate. Calories are accurate. Notifications come through promptly. Vibration is more than noticeable. Soon Garmin will bring the price back up. GET IT AT 149 BUCKS. You can't go wrong. The strap is comfortable. The watch is solid and just the right size. A steal at 149 bucks.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use. Comfortable and attractive.

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use

    Recommend this GARMEN sport watch to anyone looking for quality and functionality. Readily syncs with smartphone and other devices.

    Features

    Quality
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid watch and contender to other options

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    Posted .
    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    This is a pretty solid watch with a lot to offer for the price. I managed to price match this so it was a much better deal. The biggest drawback to this watch is not having wireless charging and a proprietary charging cable. If you lose or the cable breaks, you're forced to buy a new one.

    Features

    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for Running

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    Posted .
    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    I was branching out fo Fitbit and found these to work well. So far it’s been great. It does not register steps as well as the Fit it but does a great job tracking runs and walks (the only two features I’ve used so far). Ot track heart rates, stress, and sleep. My biggest con is that it does not integrate well with Apple fitness. It sync data to Apple but does not receive data from Apple. I’m sure there is an app somewhere for that but I haven’t found it yet. I’m still using it and testing features. I’ll update in a couple of months than if there are changes

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Ben using Garmin GPS watchs for 7 yrs

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    İ have been using Garmin GPS watches for 7 yrs. When Vioavtive 3 was introduced about 2 yrs ago, i immediately bought it, as my then current Garmin watch was bulky. İt is small enough that I can use it as normal wrist watch, but it does all other smart functions very well. İ specifically use it for hiking around the world and other fitness, and sleep functions. İt has nice and practical cell and laptop interface. İ am very happy w it. İ just bought 3 of these in black and one in white as gift for young relatives. They are very pleased wearing it.

    Features

    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR

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    Originally had a Pebble Steel and a Moto 360 2nd Gen. Both had their strong points but lacked one major aspect that I missed from my Garmin Forerunner: accurate activity tracking. Main focus of this watch is activity tracking with a hint of smart capabilities. Main reason I got this one over some of the others is because it has standalone GPS at a cheaper price than some of the other watches in this category and it doesn't have that square design that a lot of watches are going for. If I'm going to wear a watch most of the day, I want it to fit it with my style, not look like I'm wearing a Casio calculator watch. All-in-all, you get a lot of bang for your buck. If you are looking for something that will track your activity while receiving notifications from your device, this would be perfect for you. If you are wanting to answer calls/text and control your phone through the watch (with activity tracking being a background feature), you would be better off looking at the Samsung, Huawei, LG watches.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    excelente smart-sport watch

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    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    This is a great fitness watch. It is light on the wrist and the colour looks nice. It tracked my runs, hikes and cycling well and synced well with garmin connect

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Fenix 5 at half price

    Posted .

    I originally tried a Fenix 5...it was nice, but having to wade through the menus using buttons was aggravating. The hardware of the Fenix 5 is top-notch and this Vivoactive is certainly cheaper feeling, but that's a perk IMO. It's lighter and has gorilla glass 4 so it won't scratch easily. The Fenix does have a sapphire version, but the cost goes up fast. I went into REI and the staff thought this was a Fenix 5s... In my opinion, this is an outstanding buy if you don't do a million different sports each week. I run outside, on the treadmill, road bike. It tracks all of this with flying colors. Connected my Polar HR strap and it works great. Don't miss my Apple Watch 2, although you do need to know the Garmin line is fitness first, smartwatch second. The Apple Watch is the other way around. I do miss the screen and "taps" from my AW, but nothing else. Staying fit is my top priority and only Garmin can deliver on this with it's ridiculous metrics and data. I bought this with lots of thoughts of returning it, but to be honest.. I'm keeping it. Really happy and I don't really see the need to drop $700+ on a proper Fenix, to be honest.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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