At the beginning of the International Consumer Electronics Show (IFA) in Germany, Garmin made not one, not two, but three separate product announcements.
This includes the hybrid Vivomove HR and the Vivosport smart band, both of which came as a surprise to many people. The Vivoactive 3 sports watch is packed with features. The Vivoactive 3 is the activity tracking equivalent of a Swiss army knife and has the highest-end specifications of the range.
At the event in Berlin, we were able to get sight of all three of them.
The previous model, Vivoactive HR, has been improved and is now known as Vivoactive 3. Its predecessor is likely one of the fitness trackers that offers the finest value for the money among all of those that are now available. There is only one issue, and that is the fact that it is ugly. To put it delicately, the situation is dire.
Garmin has come to the realization that it needs to create a more attractive form factor in order for it to appeal to a wider audience. This may not be a problem for people who are more concerned with the usefulness of a product than its aesthetics. And in this regard, the Vivoactive does not fall short of expectations. In no way does it.
The refined new look is more in keeping with the aesthetic of Garmin’s Fenix and Forerunner product lines. The first thing that sprang to me when I saw it was that it possibly most closely resembles the Fenix 5S, which is the smallest of the Fenix 5 watches. It measures 43.4 x 43.4 x 11.7 centimeters, weighs only 43 grams, and has a unisex design that will appeal to both men and women equally. Finally, a sports watch that will appeal to both men and women equally has arrived.
The very vivid and simple to read memory-in-pixel (MIP) screen has a diameter of 30.4 millimeters and is sunlight readable, transflective, and uses memory-in-pixel technology. Utilizing the solitary physical button located on the right side of the device, as well as swiping your finger across the display of the touchscreen, is how navigation is accomplished.
The Vivoactive 3 has a lot of features and functionality despite having a design factor that is rather modest. GPS, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, an altimeter, a compass, a thermometer, and an optical heart rate sensor are all included in this watch.
This indicates that obtaining all of the fundamental fitness tracking steps, such as calories, distance, heart rate, activity, floors, and sleep, will not present any difficulties for you. You will remain linked to your loved ones thanks to the alerts on your smartphone, and in addition, you will have control over the music on your device, as well as the ability to locate your phone.
In addition to this, you will be provided with details regarding your VO2Max and your fitness age. The Vivoactive HR did not have this feature, which was a significant omission. The in-built GPS will ensure that the statistics you receive regarding distance, time, and pace is accurate.
There is monitoring of your stress levels throughout the day as well as recording of your workouts for those of you who are gym junkies. When the third generation of Vivosmart was released in April, these two new functions made their first appearance. It’s possible that the all-day stress tracking will prove to be particularly popular among users.
Regarding athletics, the Vivoactive 3 monitors each and every conceivable statistic. There are 15 pre-installed sport profiles, some of which are more recent additions, such as those for snowboarding, cardio, yoga, elliptical, and stair stepper. You also have the option to install other sport profiles. You’ll also have the ability to create individualized exercises with the Vivoactive 3 system.
Aside from the redesign, the most noteworthy aspect of this product is that it supports Garmin Pay, which is a first for the firm. This means that Garmin consumers can finally use their timepieces as a form of payment when making purchases. FitPay is the company responsible for enabling this new functionality, which enables debit and credit cards issued by major issuing banks that are Visa and Mastercard branded.
The omission of other more complex Firstbeat measures like Recovery, Training Load, and others is something that Garmin has chosen not to do, which is something that will undoubtedly come as a letdown to some users. My best judgment is that this is done to maintain the allure of its more complex line of products.
The watch can function for up to seven days on a single charge, and it can stay operational for thirteen hours with the GPS feature turned on. This is a really impressive battery life, and it provides Apple with a benchmark to strive towards.
The fitness watch is available in black/stainless as well as white/stainless for a price that starts at $299.99. Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017, it will be on sale.