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V And Iacute;Voactive 3 GPS Smartwatch - White Stainless
From playing to paying, vvoactive 3 is the smartwatch for your Active life. Make mobile 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. ...
GARMINV And Iacutevoactive 3 GPS Smartwatch-White Stainl
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GARMIN

V And Iacute;Voactive 3 GPS Smartwatch - White Stainless

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1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
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White With Stainless Hardware
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From playing to paying, vvoactive 3 is the smartwatch for your Active life. Make mobile 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.

  • Garmin Pay contactless payment solution lets you pay for purchases with your watch (available for supported cards from participating banks)
  • Personalize your watch with thousands of free watch faces, apps and widgets from our Connect IQ store
  • More than 15 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps, including yoga, running, swimming and more
  • Monitor your fitness level with VO2 max and fitness made estimates, plus keep an eye on how you handle stress (see garmin.com/ataccuracy)
  • Get connected features such as smart notifications, automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, LiveTrack and more when paired with a compatible smartphone
  • Battery life: up to 7 days in smartwatch mode; 13 hours in GPS mode
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Good deal
by Valued Customer on August 09, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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Uses: I've used Garmin fitness devices for over a decade and owned 3 others previously. My previous Garmin broke about a year before I bought this. I tried just using apps in my phone during that time. My current uses are: hiking, biking, running, step tracking and sleep measurement.Likes:The integration of so many functions into a single wrist based device.Integration with 3rd party appsSeeing my distance on my wrist (as compared to pulling out my phone and unlocking it during a run).The wrist based HR monitor seems at least as good as the first polar chest strap I bought 10 years ago, even if it isn't as good as the newer chest straps.No issues so far with syncing to the app on my phone (unless I accidentally deleted an activity before saving)Dislikes:I've mostly adapted to the sensitivity of the face, but there's a learning curve and I still occasionally look down and see a settings menu instead of my watch face. I lost 25 mi of a 50 mi bike ride early on.Wishlist:Provide a way to select texts and calls for notifications without allowing ALL phone notifications through.Create an integrated category called hiking. Maybe this is a standards issue, for compatibility with other apps, but I have to change all of my hikes.The ability to add a battery indicator data field to an activity screen. I recently ran out on a really long day hike. If I had known the battery was low, I could have given it a boost.

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Disappointed considering the brand
by Valued Customer on August 09, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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Mediocre performance on heart rate. Switching between various modes is not easy. Screen is sensitive to touch so your recording can be paused very easily by accident. Also, not pairing with iPhone after initial installation of Garmin Connect. Compass function works only during activities. Same with Altimeter. Not sure what Garmin is trying to accomplish with releasing such unrefined gadget. Plus the annoying buzz telling you that you have achieved your goal! I just did a trail marathon and did not know how to stop this gold cup showing on the screen at random times telling me I achieved my goal Reminds of old Reader Rabbit learning games.

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Four Stars
by Valued Customer on August 09, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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No portuguese into the watch system.

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heart rate more accurate. sleep quality, stress ,lots of activities, weather info great.
by Valued Customer on August 09, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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heart rate more accurate. sleep quality, stress ,lots of activities, weather info great.

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Wife loves it
by Valued Customer on August 09, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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Purchased for wife, loves it.

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Four Stars
by Valued Customer on August 08, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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La pantalla pudiera brillar mas

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Still Working out the kinks
by Valued Customer on August 07, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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I have had this watch for a little over two weeks, I am a crossfitter so the best app I found was the HIIT tracker that you have to download through the connect. Only complaint is that it doesn't count steps accurately and battery life can tend to be poor.

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Great watch
by Valued Customer on August 07, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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Great watch big improvement over my vivoactive HR GPS tracking for riding is very accurate

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Battery for the Garmin Vivo 3
by Valued Customer on August 07, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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I have to charge my Garmin vivosmart 3 every night, because it is drain the battery like crazy. I wear it to work everyday with 100% charge. By the time, I get out of work ready to go to the gym the battery already drain to 30%.

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Nice fitness tracker/smart watch-but check your barometer
by Valued Customer on August 07, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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I like this fitness tracker/smart watch for its versatility. I bought it primarily for tracking my swimming, as once you tell it how long the pool is, it can monitor how many feet you swim. It also provides a measure of your swimming efficiency (SWOLF), which is based on how fast you swim a lap and how many strokes you take. It also has a very accurate GPS tracker, which can tell you how far you run, walk, or bike.I've never had a smart watch before, so I particularly like the feature that alerts you to incoming texts, and even shows the message on your watch screen. I have an iPhone, so I can't respond, but just knowing who the texts are from and what they're saying is very helpful.I'm not sure I'll ever use Garmin Pay. I don't really see this as a useful feature.Customer service is excellent, as I discovered from having to contact them. I was curious as to how the Garmin Vivoactive 3 (VA3) compared to my Garmin Edge 810, so I took them both on an outdoor bike ride. The watch easily paired with my heart rate strap and cadence sensor. When I got home I compared calories and ascent on the VA3 vs the Edge. To my surprise, the VA3 measured about half the calories and ascent that the Edge measured. I contacted tech support for help. They promptly responded. Unfortunately, I discovered that there is a known issue with certain barometers not working properly, and hence not measuring ascent properly. Garmin immediately offered to send out a replacement unit, and once I asked, provided a pre-paid return shipping label-I've only had the VA3 for about two weeks, so I could also have returned it to Amazon for a replacement. However, I preferred to do it through Garmin, with the hope that it is more likely they'll send a non-defective unit. Still unresolved, however, is why the calorie estimate on the VA3 is half of that on the Edge 810, but tech support asked me to retest once I get the replacement watch. So, if you're interested in this issue, you may want to come back here for an update in a couple weeks.One has to wonder why Garmin has not recalled the faulty units, since they know which ones they are by their serial numbers. I'm also a bit surprised since I just ordered this watch on Prime Day, that Amazon is still shipping defective units if this is a known issue.Would be happy to hear from Garmin and Amazon on the above questions (recall? still shipping defective units?).If you're concerned about your watch, make a note of the serial number, and call Garmin to see if it's one of the known defective units. If you have a way to compare ascent with a reliable unit, you could also do that.I hope I can improve the above scores for quality and durability once I receive the new unit. I lowered my scores because of the defective barometer. The watch itself is a very handsome watch and I wear it all day.

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Awesome would buy again and recommend to others
by Valued Customer on August 07, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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loving this watch. i am female and the other fitness watches just do not fit right. this one looks great. i love the notifications for text/phone etc. and i love that you can turn off notifications. i am still learning features of this watch.. but so far so good

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Significant upgrade from my Vivoactive HR
by Valued Customer on August 07, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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When the Vivoactive 3 came out last year I was immediately drawn to the improved form factor compared to my Vivoactive HR. Unfortunately, having just spent over $200 a year earlier on a smart watch I wasn't too keen on dropping even more money for an upgrade, plus I was a bit disappointed that the 3 did not have on-board storage for music, so I decided to hold off. When the Vivoactive 3 Music came out, I took some time contemplating whether to buy it or keep using my HR, considering I was quite happy with it, before ultimately deciding to go ahead and upgrade. I'm glad I did. This review will primarily draw on my experience with the HR, so if you are wondering whether to get this over say a Fitbit or Apple watch, I don't have much advice for you since I have not used those products. That being said, on to what I like.What I likeTouchscreen: At first I was unsure about whether I liked the 3 Music better than the Vivoactive 3, as I actually preferred the look of the metal bezel on the 3. I like the appearance it gives the watch and the protection it provides to the screen. Now that I've been using the 3 Music for a few weeks, I better appreciate the lack of a raised bezel, as I suspect it might get in the way when swiping the screen. This watch is very smooth when interacting with the screen, almost as if the glass were slicker than my HR. I suspect either an improved chip or more memory is the reason, but whatever the cause, it is a nice improvement from the HR. Swipes and taps are very responsive, whereas my old watch often had some lag to it. There is one exception which I will cover in the What I don't like section.Screen optics: Speaking of the screen, I love the round design, and the bigger screen is put to good use. It also has a higher pixel density which makes it easier on the eyes. Definitely not as nice to look at as the LED screen on your phone and watches like the Apple watch, but I prefer it for its better daylight visibility and vastly better battery life compared to those products. In any case, this is definitely a big improvement from my HR's screen.Battery: I plug it in while in the shower every day and battery never gets below around 85%. If I forget to plug it in I can go multiple days before needing to recharge it.Music: You never really know how much you will use a new feature, even if it's something you want. I use this feature pretty much every day. I put some of my favorite MP3s on there for workouts without the phone, and download podcasts to listen to during my daily walks. Garmin has created a means of putting these files on the watch via their app, but I find it easier to just sideload by opening the requisite folder on the watch and dragging the files there on my computer.Weight: This was a totally unexpected improvement. On paper this watch is slightly lighter than my HR. In daily wear, this watch is so light! I really never had any problems with feeling the HR was heavy, but now in retrospect it seems like it was, only because this watch is like a feather. It is extremely comfortable, especially with the velcro band I bought for it. The band is designed for the Samsung Gear Sport, but it works fine on this watch.Band: Yes, I'm calling out the watch band. Why would I do that when I replaced the one that came on the watch? Because it has a standard 20 mm band with quick release function. Super easy to replace, especially compared with the HR's band which required using 2! custom screwdrivers simultaneously to remove or add a band.App updates: This watch adds a few new tricks - stress level seems a little gimmicky, I don't really find it useful but others might. I do like the improved sleep tracking which adds REM calculations to the deep and light sleep of earlier models. It also includes VO2 calculations. I don't really use this one either, but it's still cool that they have added more functionality. If I weren't already in pretty good shape it would be useful to see my ratings hopefully increase over time as I got more fit.Accelerometer: My HR didn't have an accelerometer. Supposedly you could activate the backlight by bringing your arm up towards your face while twisting your wrist, but for me this never worked. It works every time on my Vivoactive 3 Music, presumably because of the added accelerometer.What I don't likeTouchscreen: whenever I do an activity and go to save it, for some reason it sometimes will not accept my tap to save. I don't know if the watch is still processing the activity in the background or what. This probably occurs somewhere around one out of every 10 times. Much less often than my HR, where I almost always had to wait several seconds or repeatedly tap the screen after going for a walk to save the activity. Big improvement but still not quite where it should be.Music: No support for any streaming apps except iHeart Radio, and ""coming soon"" Deezer. No company that I know of supports Amazon streaming, which is my preferred app, so of course I would like to see that one, but I don't see any reason that all streaming apps should not be supported - Spotify, Pandora, etc.Headphone connectivity: The first couple of weeks I tried syncing my headphones I had severe issues getting it to work. Now they almost always sync up within seconds, so I only add this to the negative side because I would expect quick syncing from the start, and I have some fear of having issues again in the future. Only time will tell if this was a temporary issue as it seems to have been.Microphone: If I could change one thing about this watch I would add a microphone to support phone calls and voice dictation for texts. I don't really want to hold a phone conversation through my watch, but when the phone rings downstairs it would be great to answer it on my watch and let the caller know that I'll be available as soon as I get to my phone. Being able to create texts on the fly would be nice as well.Running commentary: Having the watch vibrate as I complete a lap so I can look at my arm to see my overall time, pace, etc is great. Know what is even better? Having a voice come over my headphones to give me that information without having to hold my arm in front of my face. I should be able to tell my watch what info to give me for each sport, and when (every lap, every mile, etc). This technology has existed for over a decade. Get with the program Garmin.Apps: Probably the biggest shortfall of Garmin watches compared to Apple and maybe Android and Fitbit (don't really know) is their app store. More quality and quantity is needed. I wouldn't give Garmin an F here, but they aren't close to an A either, maybe a C+. Definitely lots of room for improvement.Materials: I haven't had this watch for long, but so far no scratches on the screen or case, which is good. That being said, the case is made of plastic and doesn't come across as high quality. It's hard to ding the watch for this, both because it looks fine to me and the lightweight feel is probably in part due to the plastic body. At the same time, a little more class would be nice, and it could be a turn-off for more fashion conscious folks.Bezel: I'm not talking about the external bezel here, but the black space around the screen that is useless. Every screen has a bezel of some size. Considering there is about a quarter inch outer bezel (the part with hatch marks for every minute), I don't see how Garmin was unable to put the screen inside that bezel without adding an additional small dead space around the screen. Hide the dead space under the outer bezel, Garmin! On the positive side, the screen bezel is really small and blends pretty seamlessly with the outer black bezel. You probably won't even notice it unless you look for it.Battery life: I consider the battery life a positive feature of this watch, but in full disclosure I have to point out that it does seem to be a little less than my HR had.Strength training: I like the concept, but the execution leaves something to be desired. If it doesn't accurately capture my number of reps every time, or at least most of the time, I would just as soon have it not try to capture reps. More importantly, when I create a workout based on the different exercises I am going to do, I would like to be able to change the order on the fly. If there is a way to do this I haven't figured it out. So if I was planning on starting with leg curls, but someone is using that machine at the gym and I instead to calf raises, it would be nice to be able to tell the watch I am doing calf raises. Instead, it just thinks I'm doing the leg extensions. I also can't figure out how to manually change the number of reps done until after the workout is captured on my phone's app. Either I'm too dumb or it's not intuitive enough, take your pick.That's everything I can think of worth saying. Overall, I really like my Vivoactive 3 Music, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a smartwatch that is more weighted towards fitness. It feels great, looks good and has lots of great functionality. The app that comes with it for viewing your stats on your phone is really solid as well, and battery life is phenomenal. There's definitely room for future models to keep moving the bar up, which is why I only give it 4 stars, but it is a large improvement over the Vivoactive HR and I believe a solid competitor to the other brands' smartwatches, depending on your personal preferences.

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