Garmin vivoactive 3 £147.95 @ Amazon
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Garmin vivoactive 3 £147.95 @ Amazon

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Posted 10th Nov
Cheapest I could find. Torn between this and vivoactive 4

Garmin vivoactive 3
GPS Smartwatch with built-in Sports Apps and Wrist-based Heart Rate
From playing to paying, vivoactive 3 is the smartwatch for your active life. Make contactless payments* with ease, right from your watch, and with more than 15 preloaded sports apps - you can choose how you like to get fit. Built-in GPS lets you record the distance, pace, location and more for your outdoor activities
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I have the Vivoactive 3 - fantastic watch and can highly recommend it. Shout if you have any questions
Lexx_UK10/11/2019 18:44

I have the Vivoactive 3 - fantastic watch and can highly recommend it. …I have the Vivoactive 3 - fantastic watch and can highly recommend it. Shout if you have any questions


Do you get the option to customise the power settings like with the fenix 6 and what is battery life like with notifications on?
Lexx_UK10/11/2019 18:44

I have the Vivoactive 3 - fantastic watch and can highly recommend it. …I have the Vivoactive 3 - fantastic watch and can highly recommend it. Shout if you have any questions


I do if you wouldn't mind! What do you dislike or what would you improve on the watch?
Lexx_UK10/11/2019 18:44

I have the Vivoactive 3 - fantastic watch and can highly recommend it. …I have the Vivoactive 3 - fantastic watch and can highly recommend it. Shout if you have any questions


Ooh I have questions... I've currently got a Fitbit Versa and I'm looking at the Vivoactive as the Fitbit is so buggy (not tracking exercises, adding extra steps) how do you find the overall experience?
amy60610/11/2019 19:27

Ooh I have questions... I've currently got a Fitbit Versa and I'm looking …Ooh I have questions... I've currently got a Fitbit Versa and I'm looking at the Vivoactive as the Fitbit is so buggy (not tracking exercises, adding extra steps) how do you find the overall experience?


I have one and agree with previous poster, it's a great watch. Exercise tracking is spot-on for running and pool swimming. Accurately tracks steps and floors (has a barometer which is also useful for running elevation). The only thing that's slightly worse than Fitbit is the sleep tracking.
I have a Vivoactive 3 Music. Great watch. If there is any chance you will want to use the watch as a music source in the future go for the 3 Music or the 4 rather than the basic 3.
I have Vivoactive 3 as well, can't fault it. With notifications on, auto backlight off, I get several days, four or five maybe. Charges in about 30 minutes. Perfect for basic stuff, running, walking, cycling, and the GPS is faultless. Downloadable apps for most exercise types but a lot can be a bit faffy. Step count and calorie count drop dead accurate on mine but everyone has a different experience. The range of screens and what have you isn't all that. Unlike the cheaper Vivosmart and others it comes with gorilla glass so today I've done six hours of hard gardening, pruning scratchy things and digging holes and I didn't need to take it off to do so. The mobile and web apps [Garmin Connect] are great, reliable and easy to use.
Edited by: "nigelnorris" 10th Nov
If contacless payments are something you want to use, check if your Bank etc are participating.
I bank with LLoyds, have Barclaycard, Mastercard and Amex plus Paypal (Google Pay) etc and cannot use any of them to facilitate this well advertised (Uk ?) feature.
From memory Santander may be Ok ?
I have Vivo 3 and Vivo 3 music, they track (everything) reliably.
And have great battery life.
Edited by: "H-otter" 10th Nov
H-otter10/11/2019 20:20

If contacless payments are something you want to use, check if your Bank …If contacless payments are something you want to use, check if your Bank etc are participating.I bank with LLoyds, have Barclaycard, Mastercard and Amex plus Paypal (Google Pay) etc and cannot use any of them to facilitate this well advertised (Uk ?) feature.From memory Santander may be Ok ?I have Vivo 3 and Vivo 3 music, they track (everything) reliably.And have great battery life.


Just open a Starling account. Takes 5 mins. You don't have to use it as your main account, just stick some money on it every now and again for occasional purchases using the watch.
blake_710/11/2019 19:55

I have one and agree with previous poster, it's a great watch. Exercise …I have one and agree with previous poster, it's a great watch. Exercise tracking is spot-on for running and pool swimming. Accurately tracks steps and floors (has a barometer which is also useful for running elevation). The only thing that's slightly worse than Fitbit is the sleep tracking.


Thank you for that! I'm looking at switching over especially as Fitbit havent been tracking properly for ages. I want something that's more accurate for steps / exercise. Thanks again
Lexx_UK10/11/2019 18:44

I have the Vivoactive 3 - fantastic watch and can highly recommend it. …I have the Vivoactive 3 - fantastic watch and can highly recommend it. Shout if you have any questions


If I buy this watch, the main reason would be to use it for golf. Can you recommend for it?
Hi all, for the people who have this, if you had a choice would you go for the 3 or the 3 with music storage.

Always had an apple watch but the recently the screen cracked and prices are shocking to fix or replace so looking at alternative watches now.

Any guidance would be great as i can get the 3 Music through Argos for £164
Will this price fall more at Black Friday with the 4 now out and this version is 2 years old .
Is it waterproof so you can use it whilst swimming?
STEVENM100010/11/2019 22:11

Will this price fall more at Black Friday with the 4 now out and this …Will this price fall more at Black Friday with the 4 now out and this version is 2 years old .


I got this for £135 earlier this year, so the price can drop anytime. Excellent watch, mainly use it for tracking walks and I find it very accurate. Like how it directs you back to the car as well! Battery life is great and it charges really quick as well.
blake_710/11/2019 20:53

Just open a Starling account. Takes 5 mins. You don't have to use it as …Just open a Starling account. Takes 5 mins. You don't have to use it as your main account, just stick some money on it every now and again for occasional purchases using the watch.


I would go with Santander if I were to open another account, but I wont be doing that.
Potential buyers have the choice.
Thanks
vincento_110/11/2019 21:25

If I buy this watch, the main reason would be to use it for golf. Can you …If I buy this watch, the main reason would be to use it for golf. Can you recommend for it?


It does work for golf, giving distance and helping keep a basic score card. It does also track your shots relatively well. Though you'd be better off with a dedicated golf watch, like the approach 20.
STEVENM100010/11/2019 22:11

Will this price fall more at Black Friday with the 4 now out and this …Will this price fall more at Black Friday with the 4 now out and this version is 2 years old .


Yeah. I love my VA3 but only paid slightly more than this a year ago. I'd hold out for a bigger price drop or maybe a good offer on the VA4.
Christopher_Law10/11/2019 21:59

Hi all, for the people who have this, if you had a choice would you go for …Hi all, for the people who have this, if you had a choice would you go for the 3 or the 3 with music storage.Always had an apple watch but the recently the screen cracked and prices are shocking to fix or replace so looking at alternative watches now.Any guidance would be great as i can get the 3 Music through Argos for £164



I have both and they seem to work the same, music feature aside.
They are (slightly) cosmetically different, my preference is the Gunmetal non music look, but as I use a protector that covers the whole thing it kind of negates this.
So I would opt for the music version, although Vivo 4 (££) is out too.
Got mine (VA3) off the Amazon Truck April 18 for £159.99 (Gunmetal).
On a one day (Prime) deal now @ £147.95 in Black, other colours on Deals too.
amazon.co.uk/dp/…c=1
ookitnow10/11/2019 18:49

Do you get the option to customise the power settings like with the fenix …Do you get the option to customise the power settings like with the fenix 6 and what is battery life like with notifications on?



Battery life is pretty great if you are just using it day-to-day, including having notifications on etc - pretty comfortably will last you probably 5-6 days. However, every time you do an activity, it drains a lot faster. For example: I do a 15km walk in Richmond Park a few times a week - it takes me on average 2hrs 15/2hrs 20. If I press start on the watch and it's just been charged, by time I press stop it will drain to around 50-60%. So If you are using the inbuilt activity tracking, then you will need to charge it a lot more often.

I do find that it charges very quickly though. 30-45 mins from <10% to full in my experience.

I'm not sure about the power settings - I have never touched that kinda stuff. You can choose whether it sends through various notifications, whether it auto locks, brightness etc.

Overall very happy with it
lewish10/11/2019 19:00

I do if you wouldn't mind! What do you dislike or what would you improve …I do if you wouldn't mind! What do you dislike or what would you improve on the watch?



Mmm, I'd say the sleep tracking is nowhere near as accurate as Fitbit. My gf uses a Fitbit Charge 3 and it's very good on tracking her sleep, any points that she was awake etc. Vivoactive 3 doesn't seem to do it so well. It still tells you how much deep sleep etc you've had but even I am sometimes aware of waking up in the night yet the watch doesn't track it. Not a massive deal but sleep tracking is something you care about, this is worth considering. By the way many reviews point this out too so not just me.

The proprietary charging is annoying. I don't get why they can't figure out a way to just have USB-C on everything now. So it's another cable to carry but I think that's the issue with every watch (?)

I still to this day (had it for 7 months now have trouble remembering where certain functions are - eg. long press on screen for options, quick press on button for activities, long press for shortcut options menu. Not saying it's not a well designed UI but there are a lot of options and sometimes it takes a while to get to the one you want.


Overall, can't really fault it. If I knew that a few months later I would buy wireless earbuds, I would definitely spend more for the Music version as I still have to carry my phone around for runs. So the watch itself is fantastic but for this price, I would maybe hold out for a deal on Vivoactive 3 Music or see if 4 is on special!
amy60610/11/2019 19:27

Ooh I have questions... I've currently got a Fitbit Versa and I'm looking …Ooh I have questions... I've currently got a Fitbit Versa and I'm looking at the Vivoactive as the Fitbit is so buggy (not tracking exercises, adding extra steps) how do you find the overall experience?



Yeah I was considering the Versa myself but just didn't like the design of it. Overall, I am very very happy with the Vivoactive 3. It works well, tracks steps without major issues (will get to that in a bit), looks great and tracks most things as it should.

When you say yours doesn't track exercises, not sure if you mean at the gym etc or some sort of an automatic mode? The Vivoactive 3 has an option where you can set it to kinda "smart track" things so it knows when you go walking or running or cycling but I don't use that as it's never going to be as accurate as starting a manual activity. I don't use it for tracking stuff at the gym either - it often misses reps and editing your workout takes ages and not sure what benefit you really get from that from weightlifting stuff.

I have had *some* issues with the watch adding extra distance to my walks but this was only when I did the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal where GPS signal is naturally not as strong as in a big city. I think it struggled with locating me so sometimes came out with really random times like saying I walked 1km in 4 minutes at 4000m. So some of my times were thrown by that and I had to delete the activity. It could have been something that was sorted by firmware updates but was definitely a bit annoying at the time. I haven't had similar issues in built up areas but do try and keep an eye on this when I am in the mountains. Notably, I don't think this ever affected my step counts - so it just thought I was walking faster as the GPS was struggling to locate my position.

Garmin Connect is a very in-depth app - way more so than the Fitbit one and gives great insights and reports on our activites and performance. The UI is less intuitive and you have to dig around in it but it's worth it. Then you can of course connect to Strava, Runkeeper etc.

Can definitely recommend it but as I mentioned in another comment, consider the Music variant if you have wireless earbuds or check out what improvements they have made for Vivoactive 4 (haven't looked into it because I will probably want to buy it haha)
vincento_110/11/2019 21:25

If I buy this watch, the main reason would be to use it for golf. Can you …If I buy this watch, the main reason would be to use it for golf. Can you recommend for it?



I don't play unfortunately so can't comment on my experience but I know Garmin now has a dedicated Connect Golf app which apparently is very comprehensive. You can also download golf courses which I just tried and it seems very straightforward - it suggests courses near you. The app does say that soon you will need the dedicated app rather than accessing all the golf info in the normal Connect app. Sorry I can't be of more help!
Christopher_Law10/11/2019 21:59

Hi all, for the people who have this, if you had a choice would you go for …Hi all, for the people who have this, if you had a choice would you go for the 3 or the 3 with music storage.Always had an apple watch but the recently the screen cracked and prices are shocking to fix or replace so looking at alternative watches now.Any guidance would be great as i can get the 3 Music through Argos for £164



I'd go for the music purely because I now use Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds and it would just be easier to go for runs without a phone. However I actually prefer the design of the normal Vivoactive 3 as it has a stainless steel bezel which the Music one doesn't. Just my preference but may also make mine a bit sturdier and less prone to scuffs? Minor point though
It's a great smartwatch for basic stuff. Functionality is fairly limited but the bonus is that you get a 5 days with notifications from a single charge. With daily cycle commutes I charge mine twice a week.
As mentioned earlier sleep tracking is not perfect. And the interface isn't very sleek. While workout tracking is rather basic (small screen). The daily activity metrics tracking is not as good as Apple's and there's little gamification around that aspect. I was hoping for better watch faces becoming available over time.

The one thing that sets it apart for me is that it looks and feels like a classic watch.
It's also quite well built. I smashed the glass screen protector to pieces in an MTB crash and the case and screen are both intact.
It's a good watch for a reasonable price. With VA4 out I would expect the prices to drop further.
I have just watched on YouTube a review of 3 verses 4.
The guy reviews loads of fitness trackers and in his opinion for the minor upgrades he does not believe the price differential is worth it and if already have a 3 then not worth the upgrade.
So if the 3 drops even more then probably worth going for the 3 unless you are a person who likes the latest tech.
Edited by: "STEVENM1000" 11th Nov
Not sure why this is hot when it has only dropped by £2.04 ???
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