Analysis and handling of the Vivoactive 3 from Garmin.

And to begin with…

You may find that the connected watches are identical, with a small screen, rather fragile and not very evolutionary?Does it seem complicated to you to find your way through all the possible choices?

Several weak points on this watch :
– Not enough functionality for good health monitoring
– Few sport-oriented features
– The impossibility of putting new applications

In detail, here is what it is according to the use you will have of it.

The perfect watch for health monitoring?

Many technological developments have taken place since the first health monitoring watches.They may or may not be coupled with other devices such as the telephone or computer.
The Vivoactive 3 is a little outdated compared to the latest devices on the market.It may be used for simple information purposes only.

Instead of running his watch with a known system, Garmin decided to use his own portable operating system.It is still slow and not very intuitive to use.Menus and features are less easy to find.Count a few days before you know how to use it perfectly.
Unlike many other models, this model is not equipped with sleep monitoring.
The accelerometer built into the watch provides accurate information about your fitness and health.It will then be possible to follow your activity during the day.This smart watch will be able to identify gestures or actions, which will be analyzed through health applications.
It can monitor your heart rate, movements and then transmit this data to the associated application.
There is no sensor and no application that reproduces the electrocardiogram curve on this watch.

A connected and practical watch

Do you need a smart watch?Knowing that high-performance models are usually expensive to buy.For the Vivoactive 3, this is what you can expect.
Garmin has designed a reliable model that corresponds to classic needs.It quickly becomes part of your daily life.
As for the autonomy, Garmin considers that it will last 8 hours.
This model comes standard with GPS.Something that some say is superfluous, but nice.Note by account, that in full GPS mode – with GPS tracking enabled, the watch’s autonomy will last less time.
Note that it has a watertightness certification.Don’t worry about immersing it in your bath water.So we left him underwater for a few minutes and nothing to report.
No security glass has been fitted to this watch.
An ingenious feature on this Vivoactive 3 is the ability to recharge wirelessly.The watch is placed on its base, and the battery charging is activated.
The touch screen of the watch is efficient and you can navigate through the various menus without difficulty.This Vivoactive 3 is equipped with the NFC function; quick and easy to use.You will be able to make your purchases by pointing your watch at the payment device in the stores.
Finally, even if it is not essential, we would have appreciated being able to listen to music.The function is not available here.

The smartwatch designed for sports

A connected watch is for everyone, which means you don’t have to be an extreme runner or jogger to use it.It is a relevant choice for many physically active people.And as far as the Vivoactive 3 is concerned, here’s the thing.
This new model is not for those who play sports on a regular basis.It does not allow you to follow your evolution in the sport you practice.
The watch includes GPS support so you can track your runs.This will allow you to navigate easily, even when you are travelling.
The watch does not have a SIM card, and therefore does not have 3G access.In return for this inconvenience, you will have an extended battery life.
In addition, this smartwatch has a sensor for measuring heartbeats.
Most importantly, it records all data on calories burned.

On the music side, it is also important to specify that this watch does not allow music to be played.

The Garmin watch: a good choice to be connected?

The best connected watches on the market run under Wear OS for Propriétaire or watchOS for Apple, but there are others.The original applications may not be enough for some, hence the interest to choose the one with the most suitable OS.Applications that may correspond to health monitoring but also to the measurement of performance in sports.
Most of the time, you will have to content yourself with the applications installed by default on this smartwatch.
Due to a specific operating system for this watch, you will not be able to download new applications.Only those installed by default are available.
And if you need an application in addition to those installed by default, you will have to turn to another model.It is a basic watch, dedicated to simple uses.

Vivoactive 3, the right choice for the right use

The overall score of this watch is among the lowest.Its low price may make you want to buy it.
Several weak points appeared to us on this watch:
– Little functionality for health monitoring
– Not enough sport-oriented features
– The impossibility of putting new applications