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Garmin Vivoactive 3 1,2 Watch is a Winner So Far
March 15, 2019
There are several "smart" functions that I haven't used yet, such as swimming laps, GPS mode, Garmin Pay, etc., so I'll reserve the right to update my evaluation of those functions at a later time (which is why I only gave this a 4-star rating). Right now, I primarily use it for daily activities that are transferred to the phone app, such as # of Steps, Sleep Cycles, Heart Rate Monitoring, Calories Burned and manual entry of workout sessions. This has been very useful in helping me pay closer attention to my daily routines.
Since I don't use some of the more energy-intensive smart features, I only have to recharge the watch every 6-7 days. It charges very quickly. The one thing I haven't gotten an answer to yet, is whether or not I can use my cell phone's wall plug to charge the watch. Garmin states that the chargers for most name brand phones (mine is an LG ThinQ G7) should be compatible. However, LG was unable to tell me if the charger that came with my phone is UL rated or not. So, I've been reluctant to try it. I see this as a potential problem if I'm going to be away from home for several days and don't have access to a computer's USB port for charging. If anyone has some insight into this issue, I'd love to hear from you.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the watch so far. The band is a soft, light weight, pliable rubber that's extremely comfortable. Changing the phone's settings is relatively easy to do. And, I didn't even have to change the time when we went to Daily Savings Time recently.
So far, this watch is a definite winner for me. I would absolutely buy it again. And, I haven't worn any of my other watches since I got this one. I suspect the others are beginning to feel a little "neglected". Sorry about that, guys.