Top positive review
Excellent GPS-enabled smartwatch for the price point
September 22, 2018
It offers step, stair, heart rate, stress, VO2 max and sleep tracking features, as well as the ability to record a number of different sports activities with or without GPS data included. Additionally, a broad selection of downloadable widgets, app screens and clock faces from the Garmin IQ store make this watch quite customizable. I added a few widgets and a new clock face almost immediately and it’s now suiting my needs quite nicely. While it doesn’t offer the advance sports metrics found in more expensive Garmin devices, it can broadcast heart rate data to other ANT+ devices. This means that I can send my heart rate to my older Forerunner 620 when I want to see advanced running metrics (which I only do on occasion). I can also send the data to any ANT+ compatible bike computer to get complete cycling data with heat rate included.
Given the price for this watch new compared to the Forerunner 935 or Felix 5 series of watches, I’m fine with what limitations the Vivoactive 3 does have. Since I bought the refurbished model for even less, and it works like new (and looks like it, too), I have absolutely no complaints. If that should change for any reason, I will update this review accordingly.