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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good activity tracker but rep counter a gimmick

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    Mfcshrike
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    I'll save you the reading, if your friends have Garmin or you have other Garmin stuff and want it all on Garmin Connect get this. Otherwise, get a Fitbit. The Fitbit app is more polished plus your friends probably have a Fitbit anyway. I've owned a Fitbit Charge HR and in comparison, the Vivosmart 3 isn't a bad tracker. The all day heart rate is a HUGE improvement over the Vivosmart HR I tried last year which only seemed to record your heart rate every couple of minutes outside of a workout. My reason for getting this is that I use a Garmin Forerunner to track my runs so I wanted all my activity under Garmin Connect. This part is going to be long. First off, the "selling" point for this over the Fitbit is the rep counter for strength training. It's a gimmick. As you workout, it will automatically count your reps. When you're done with the set just swipe to go into rest and you can edit the reps if it didn't get them right. Half the time it gets them wrong so you spend a good amount of time tapping it to correct the rep count. This feature is useless for leg days unless you want to strap this to your ankle. My other problem is I forget to go back into rep mode on my next set so I spend a lot of time editing reps. It does have an auto rep/rest feature that detects when you start/stop a set, but it's in Beta. It does a decent job until you walk to the next piece equipment and it starts counting your steps as reps. So I turned that off. The next problem is when you sync to Garmin. When you edit your workout, you'll find your reps counts but you have to select what exercise was performed. It tries to auto detect based on motion but it's inaccurate and you still have have to select the workouts from a list, no free form text. I go to a Planet Fitness, you can't get more generic than that, but I still have to find a close but not quite right match. It's really really really tedious. If I do 3 sets of 6 exercises I have to edit 18 different sets and when I do the workout again later in the week, I have to do it all over again. I gave up on tracking the weight and reps in Garmin. I still record the workout just so it shows up as a 60 minutes "Chest & Back" etc. but I don't bother editing the details and instead use an app on my phone. If Garmin would let you create a workout template on the website and then have the reps filled in when you sync, this would really be a useful feature. The rest of the features. The all-day Heart Rate accuracy is decent and as long as you have a snug fit. Sweat will make it start to slip down your arm, so workout HR tracking requires a snug fit but not so tight it feels like a tourniquet. During workouts it's typically within a few beats of my chest strap or the gym equipment, but activities where your wrists flex can throw it off. My Fitbit did that too. If you're really picky about tracking your heart rate during a workout go with a chest strap and Garmin or Polar watch. If you're ok with it occasionally putting you a little higher or lower for a minute here and there, the VS3 is fine. The battery lasts several days and charges up very pretty quickly. I'll plug it in when I shower and that keeps it going. If you do use it for Strength Training, make sure it has a good charge. That is the only workout mode where the display is on the entire time so between that and heart rate tracking it can eat through your battery. It's only run dead on me once, though. Tracking stairs - At home it's hit or miss. At work I'm on the 4th floor and it gets it right, I think it's calibrated for slightly higher "Stories" than my house has. Sleep tracking is meh. x hours deep sleep x hours light sleep. When I get up and have coffee and browse the web, my heart rate is low enough that it thinks I'm still sleeping. Water proof. I've taken it swimming in the ocean, but you want to turn "gestures" off otherwise the water hitting it will activate the screen and start selecting stuff at random. Pet peeve, the VS3 is made from a slightly grippy rubber/plastic so when I wear a long sleeve shirt I have to manually lift my sleeve to look at the time as the VS3 will "grip" instead of sliding out from under it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice product, didn't work for me

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    Yamen
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    So i struggled with the decision to keep or return this product for almost 30 days before i eventually decided to return it. I loved the design and feel of it as it is one of the smallest and lightest fitness bands out there. It's got a sleek one piece all-rubber design (which includes the display front as well). It's light weight, comfortable to wear and easy to read. I chose the Garmin product lineup over Fitbit for the simple fact that all Garmin fitness bands are water proof and can be used for swimming and showering, Fitbits are not believe it or not. That was a deal breaker to me for Fitbit. Eventually what turned me off this particular model however were two things. First, the display was not always on. The display turns on when you lift your arm to look at the watch, which i found to be not very practical. You couldn't just glance at it to tell the time you had to move your arm towards you to activate the display which did not always work the way it's supposed to all the time, that meant i had to double tap the display to get it to turn on just to tell the time, so again, not as practical for telling time. Second, i found the bluetooth range was not that great. I mainly got this band to receive notifications while i'm away from my phone at work but the connection would cut off about 2 rooms away. So to sum up: PROS: Comfortable, light, small and discrete, nice overall design, all-rubber no plastic, WATER PROOF, built-in heart-rate monitor, receives notifications (calls, text, email, social apps, weather, news, ...), very good fitness tracking capabilities, touch display, bright display, auto brightness feature, can be set to display in vertical or horizontal orientations, different display faces to choose from, very customizable, good battery life (5-7 days for me). CONS: Display is not always on, bluetooth range is not that great in an office setting, display seems a bit "cloudy" because of the all-rubber casing and display cover (some people complained about that but personally i didn't mind it) RESULTS: I ended up returning it and getting the next model up from Garmin called "vivosport" which even though is a bit wider, thicker, heavier and more expensive than this mode, has an always-on color display, not cloudy, and had a slightly better bluetooth range in practice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for general fitness and health tracking

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    SteveO
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    This unobtrusive little fitness tracker will not satisfy everyone, but it is perfect for those looking for a decent all-rounder with a couple of neat tricks up its sleeve. The distinguishing factors between the VivoSmart 3 and other fitness trackers are is its sleek, minimalistic design and its ability to track activity that is not just long-distance cardio. The low profile design of this fitness tracker makes it feel just like one of those rubber wristbands. When the display is not active, it just looks like a black band, and I think this understated look is very appealing. It doesn't look like a tracker or piece of electronics. You can wear it with anything and it won't draw too much attention to itself. You can wear it in the shower or washing up. I wear it all day, even while sleeping, and it fits in comfortably with my lifestyle. The other thing this does well that other trackers do not do is it can track weightlifting sets and reps. This feature is not perfect, but I find it useful for approximating sets and reps, and more importantly for keeping track of how much time I'm resting in between sets. This band is geared more towards general fitness and exercise enthusiasts than towards long-distance athletes. I love the sleep tracking as it now tracks REM sleep in addition to deep sleep, light sleep, and awake times. Battery lasts a full 5 days and charges back to 100% within less than 2 hours. This allows me to pretty much leave it on all the time. One thing intriguing about this tracker is that it approximates your V02 max. I don't know how accurate it is but it does give you another metric to help you gauge your general fitness level. Some limitations are that it does not track naps or poly-phasic sleep patterns. You only get one chunk of sleep to track per day. Its heart rate sensor is also a bit wonky when doing very vigorous exercise for some reason, but otherwise is accurate. All in all, I would recommend this tracker for those who just want to track steps and sleep with a few nice extras, but don't want anything fussy or too gaudy looking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for starters

    Posted
    Theycallmemellowyellow

    What I like: Its good with counting steps, reads stress levels, very good syncing info into the phone app, its water resistant, small, its about 80% accurate and affordable. What I don’t like: If you get very sweaty it will have a hard time reading your heart rate so you have to keep moving it around. Battery life is not that great if you keep using it and looking at it a lot. I have to charge it about 3 times in the week with consistent workouts. I mostly bought it for the lifting feature but its very innacurate counting your reps so if you lift a lot you’re gonna have to manually correct and manually correcting it is a bit tedious. Last thing I don’t like is you can’t change it up much, its black or purple and thats it. But other than that it does have certain things down packed, im not an athlete I just needed something to keep track of basic things for occasional workouts. Im pretty sure that most of these devices are innacurate unless you spend top dollar. Basically this one its average and simple which is what I wanted.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Tired of broken Fitbits

    Posted
    jjzak
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    My first Garmin tracker. I was a fan of the Fitbit Charge HR but after having 4 that failed because the band broke, got wet, or the battery would not charge, I decided it was time to try something different. The Vivosmart 3 has is a great replacement for the Fitbit Charge HR at a better price. The interface took a little time to learn but once you figure it out, it is pretty nice. I love that it is WATERPROOF! Yes, you can wear it in the shower!!! It has a longer battery life and so far looks to be better constructed. Garmin needs to do something about their Connect phone app. The app looks great but drops connection frequently. Once it drops the resolution is to reboot your phone or set it to airplane mode for a few seconds. After that the app will reconnect. Some days it happens once or twice, others days it seems like non stop. There is a "connection aid" option that I tried but it seems to do nothing. There have been days where I had to reset the connection 5+ times. I researched the problem and see many people complain about the issue. If Garmin resolves the connection dropping issues, this would definitely get 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good step tracker and motivater

    Posted
    GettinFit
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    Having previously owned a Fitbit with software problems I decided to give the Garmin Vivosmart 3 a try. I like that it automatically sets step goal according to previous accumulation of data. Of course you can set your own goals but I found this a nice feature especially for beginners. It also prompts you to move after being stationary for a period of time. Being waterproof is also a nice feature. Battery lasts an acceptable amount of days and recharges quite fast. I give it only an average rating mainly due to the fact that I liked the Fitbit app better as it displayed the stats in a better format. The other disappointment was that it's inaccurate at counting flights of stairs which is one of my main goals. Having read the reviews online stating this, I still figured I could use the Fitbit trick of raising your arm after climbing a standard flight of stairs to get a somewhat accurate count but not so. Maybe they could do a software upgrade to correct this problem or just not advertise this feature. Overall I'm satisfied with the product at this stage and have to see after a longer period of time if my satisfaction holds up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Customizable and mostly accurate - Watch sizing!

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    Delphineous
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    Important - using the sizing guide on the box can be deceiving. If you appear to be in the smaller size, but come close to the Large unit you may be better served to purchase the Large. I purchased the Large although I was barely inside the gauge for the smaller size. The large is almost too small for my wrist. Most customization of the unit requires a smart phone application. Through that you can turn off screens that aren't going to be used and set the clock face options. I wish there were a few more useful options. I'd like to have the time, weather and battery status on screen. I don't know how the stress levels are calculated, but at times it shows me as high stress when I do not feel stressed at all. Sometimes it doesn't give a stress level at all. Heart-rate function works nicely. Exercise options need better programming. Automatic detection of certain weight lifting exercises are incorrect or sometimes fails to register reps. Overall though, I really like the product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Functionality is Great, Durability (band) is bad

    Posted
    Greg

    Bought in Nov 2017. Steps tracker is really accurate, stairs climbed may be a little on the high side but not bad. I thought the fit and comfort was really great. My only complaint is with the band. It looked durable enough. And I really take care not to bang it or to even test its durability at all. I simply reached in my pocket to get my keys and the band snapped off right at the thickest part where the band connects with the tracker. I was disappointed to say the least but I did go to Garmin support website and there is a note about band replacements. Even though my unit is still under warranty it looks like they will repair/replace any device with a band issue. Good job on Garmin's part to fix this issue. Stuff happens and it looks like they are making it right. I give it an average rating because Garmin is going to make it right. Otherwise, a broken band renders the device unwearable and useless which would equal a 1 star.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good wearable for the price, gets the job done

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    manzur
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    Although it took some to get used to the smaller display than the vivo hr, it is much lighter and it fits better on the wrist, I have tried three different garmin watches around this price range and liked wearing this one the best. Measures steps really well and the stairs are okay too, kinda decent with guessing which exercise you are doing when you start it, but not that good for leg workouts, either the reps do not show up or it can't identify the type of exercise you are doing. Finally, the big issue I have is, the touchscreen gets confused under water at times, and when I am swimming the timer may pause by itself coz of the water sometimes! Other than that, great watch!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Awful

    Posted
    Meanballer
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    This is a big disappointment. While the appearance has improved, it's less bulky and the screen is far more readable, the performance is just awful. I wore it for two weeks with a Garmin Fenix 5 and a wahoo chest strap to get three individual readings. The HR on all three were in sync with each other. Yet the Vivosmart 3 would say I burned 350-375 calories, the Fenix 650-675 calaroies and the Wahoo 750-800 calories. I checked the Wahoo against the Suunto Spartan Sport and Apple Watch and the calorie burn was. Within 3% to 5%. Bottom line, there is so,withing off on the Garmin algorithms, and the Vivosmart is way out of whack. Tech support was useless - first they tried to shuffle me off by saying to just rely on the Fenix. In other words treat the $150 Vivosmart is a paperweight. They didn't even mention the material difference on the Fenix I was supposed to rely on. They had me change a few settings and tomamVO2'max test - no change. This is junk.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Hello Meanballer, Thank you for taking time to review the vivosmart 3. We would like to take a closer look at the calories burned estimates provided by your devices. Typically when a Vo2 Max is established you will get the most accurate calorie burn. If this is still not occurring on your device please send an email to social@garmin.com so that we can investigate this further.

      Thanks again for posting a review. -JFH Garmin

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable, easy to use

    Posted
    Lighthouse
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    I bought this for a family member after he suffered a health event. My hope was that it would show him that he was not “doing” as much as he thought he was (there were battles brewing in the house about getting up for a walk and doing home therapy). But I doubted that he would actually wear it (he doesn’t even wear a watch). I paired it with his phone (using easy to follow directions, although I did have to go through the proceed twice - I’m not tech savvy). Put it on his wrist. And he has continued to wear it and look up his activities. He now checks out of curiosity but it also has helped him to recognize his activity level and gives him a goal which does incentivize him to get up and go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    It's comfortable.

    Posted
    kpickle

    Not all I can say for it. It's my second gardenFitness monitor I have the vivo hr for lap swimming.It's like wearing a Texas instruments circa 1981 calculator on your wrist,So I thought the smaller when my kids good solution for certain activities, I was concerned my other garmen Didn't have an accurate heart rate monitor But this one Shows hr thats completely different heart rate. I think this is even less accurate.I don't know How to Get it to register when I'm doing some activities that arent running or weight lifting or walking . yoga which it doesn't give you any credit for at all How could I be burning no calories doing hardcore yoga? why is there no pilates setting? the other one was worth the money ,this is WAY overpriced. its pretty useless.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Kpickle,

      Please review the FAQ below for suggestions on how to improve the accuracy of your heart rate monitor on the vivosmart 3. Also, if you are performing an activity other than running or walking, you will need to select the Cardio or Other profiles to record this activity. Depending on what you are doing, you may be able to change the activity type in Garmin Connect after the fact.
      https://support.garmin.com/faqSearch/en-US/faq/content/xQwjQjzUew4BF1GYcusE59

      |BB| Garmin

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bad Battery, and stair counter

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    gilbert0686
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    The battery would only last 8 hours for me, I had to constantly keep it charged, I was finally able to make it 16hrs, by turning off every feature, HR, notifications, MY IQ, everything was turned off but the step counter. The stair counter never worked. My bedroom is on the the second story of house, I never logged climbing one flight of stairs in the 30days I had. Otherwise the tracker was what I wanted, something that could blend in with a bracelet and not look so techy. The screen going to sleep was a huge help with that. I would only recommended to a friend if they can get one with a good battery and stair climber tracker

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product for the price.

    Posted
    Matt
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    I recently purchased the Garmin Vivosmart 3 to replace a broken Fitbit. The Garmin Vivosmart 3 is one piece, it is small and light weight, and holds a charge for days! The Garmin Vivosmart 3 is easy to set up and comes with many of the same features that more expensive activity trackers have (ie: smart notifications, controls smartphone music). The app is also easy to use and provides timely feedback. So far my only complaints are that the Vivosmart 3 has not picked up each flight of stairs I have climbed and the sleep tracker has not been as accurate as I had hoped. Overall, this has been a great product with lots of options and I would recommend it to anyone looking at this price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not overly impressed

    Posted
    RDAGJ
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    The Garmin Vivosmart 3 is a relatively new product. I am not overly impressed. As a former Fitbit user, I find the Garmin not to be overly user friendly. It has a swipe screen, but if you are not extremely careful, it swipes in a direction you didn't mean to go. I bought it because I wanted a good heart rate monitor on my wrist, and it does seem to be good for that. However, you can have your heart rate, or you can have the number of steps for the day, on the main screen; but not both. Disappointed in that. I also had to order a replacement charger the day I bought it, because the one that came with it broke on use. Also, the plastic wristband tore the first week I was wearing it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Garmin Vivosport: Heart rate inaccurate

    Posted
    Mit1
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    I switched from a fitbit to the Garmin because it was highly rated and had both GPS and heart rate monitoring. Problem is that the heart rate monitor was low by 15-25 heartbeats while I was working out (not good). Went back to BB and they called Garmin while I was there and we were told they knew about the problem and their engineers were working on it. Great! In addition, it was very complicated to use and certainly not intuitive. I could never (and neither could BB) figure out how to START/STOP an activity, in order to measure my workout stats. It also would not support an indoor bike at the gym, as a workout. I returned it!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great feature packed tracker with minor quirks

    Posted
    Mark
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    This tracker works very well and is comfortable to wear. I've found it to do a good job of tracking both steps/activities and sleep. The customization options and menu navigation also work well. My only minor complaint is the calorie estimation. The device has an option to calibrate for a more accurate estimate by walking for ~15 minutes; however, I've entered that calibration mode and walked for almost an hour without it completing successfully. I think the built in estimate is still reasonable, so this does not invalidate the device, but in my opinion if you offer a feature it should work as advertised.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great with one big ommission

    Posted
    williw
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    I loved this band for what it tried to accomplish. It is sleek. Really comfortable. Don't even realize it's on. I used it along with my 935 since that is a big running watch. I thought it would be a better 24/7 tracker and I'd use the 935 for my outdoor workouts. Was good for a while, but began to notice that not having GPS built in really bothered me. If it had GPS I never would have returned it. In the end, I just decided the 935 would have to be enough until hopefully a GPS version comes out. Caveat....if you really just want activity tracking and not accurate outdoor activity tracking this thing is great.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great HR Monitor

    Posted
    Chris
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    I have been really pleased with how comfortable this tracker is . I don't wear a watch, so I thought that it might be uncomfortable but is really light and comfortable on my wrist. I bought this mostly for the heart rate monitor, and it seems to be pretty accurate based on readings I've done concurrently with other tracking equipment. I also like that it is completely waterproof. I have found that the sleep tracker corresponds pretty well to how I refreshed I feel when I wake up even if I slept the same amount of time when the tracker says I have more deep sleep I feel better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy it

    Posted
    Ivy2776

    This device is awful. The HR monitor is SO bad that it's useless. It takes 30 minutes (and I mean 30) for it to pick up my HR. I've taken pictures of my HR during high intensity spin classes... 30 mins in and I'm at 64*.. seriously? I'm sweating and can't breathe.. at that point I'm always at least 140! Also, the activity "tracker" is awful. In the midst of a workout, it just decides the activity is over. Movement from my arm continually starts and stops it. Annoying! If I had another $150 to drop on a new device, I'd do it. I wish I could throw it in the Ohio river.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Hello Ivy2776, Thank you for taking time to review the vivosmart 3. We are sorry to see that you are having trouble with the heart rate on your device. Please use the following FAQ link for some suggestions for getting the most accurate data:
      https://support.garmin.com/faqSearch/en-US/faq/content/xQwjQjzUew4BF1GYcusE59
      We would also love to help you with the other issues you metioned with your device. Please send an email to social@garmin.com so that we can assist you directly. Thanks again for your review. -JFH Garmin