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Garmin vivoactive 3: A stylish GPS smartwatch with built-in sports apps and wrist-based heart rate

25th September 2017 Print
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The Garmin vivoactive 3 is a GPS smartwatch with Elevate wrist-based heart rate and over 15 built-in indoor and outdoor sports apps to keep up with a varied active lifestyle. Multiple passions? Not a problem. Cardio class on Tuesday and yoga on Wednesday? This smartwatch can handle it. vivoactive 3 is also our first wearable that is GarminPay ready, so customers can now pay for purchases with their watch. And with thousands of watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps available to download for free from the Garmin Connect IQ store, users can customize the vivoactive 3, making it the perfect accessory for playing and paying.

“vivoactive 3 is perfect for anyone who is out and about being active, whether you run, swim or go to the gym you can enjoy all your activities and with built-in GPS can feel confident everything is recorded without the need of your phone,” said Andrew Silver, Garmin EMEA Product Manager. “If you fancy a change of style or want your vivoactive 3 to do something different, you can download a new app or watch face from our established app store, Connect IQ. Plus, a first for Garmin, vivoactive 3 is GarminPay ready; with compatible banks it allows you to not only leave your phone, but now your wallet at home and you can still grab that post-workout drink right from your wrist.”

Garmin Pay, enabled by FitPay, supports Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards from major issuing banks, with more being added every day. Adding these cards into their Garmin Pay wallet gives users the same rewards and benefits of the physical cards, with the convenience of having them right on the wrist.

Smart, sturdy and stylish, the vivoactive 3 features polished stainless steel metal details and an always-on high-resolution Garmin Chroma display for great readability in all lighting conditions. The vivoactive 3 also introduces Side Swipe, a control which makes for quick scrolling and swift navigation of menus, widgets and stats. And because some users will prefer to scroll with their thumb and others with their index fingers, the vivoactive 3 features an ambidextrous design, allowing it to be worn in whichever orientation is most comfortable. Like all of Garmin’s wearables, the vivoactive 3 is safe for swimming and showering and has a battery life of up to 8 days in smartwatch mode and 13 hours in GPS mode.

With Elevate wrist-based heart rate, users can access fitness monitoring features including VO2 max and fitness age which provide valuable data to monitor changes in fitness level. All-day stress tracking is also available on the vivoactive 3 by monitoring HRV (heart rate variability) data. The ability to view both current stress levels at the wrist and a longer timetable of stress on Garmin Connect allows customers to identify patterns and consider making lifestyle changes to avoid or better cope with stress-inducing situations. A Four-Fold Breath relaxation timer further helps users balance stress and rest.

With thousands of watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps available to download for free from the Garmin Connect IQ store, users can customize their device, making it go from being a smartwatch to something way more personalized. Keep tabs on when Uber is arriving, turn on the lights at home with the SmartThings app, and even use the AccuWeather MinuteCast app to find out when the rain is going to start.

The vivoactive 3 is designed with an on-the-go lifestyle in mind. With more than 15 built-in sports apps including new profiles for snowboarding, cardio, yoga, elliptical and stair stepper, the vivoactive 3 takes customers from the gym to the slopes and everywhere in between. With the new strength training activity, users can stay focused on their form and let the vivoactive 3 do the rep counting. Strength training keeps track of reps, sets and even rest times during free weight and bodyweight exercises. Bored of the same old workout routines? With vivoactive 3, users can mix it up by creating customized running, cycling, cardio and strength workouts on Garmin Connect and downloading them straight to their device.

Stay connected on the move with smart notification vibration alerts delivered right to the wrist. When paired with a compatible smartphone, users can receive and even respond to text messages and see social media updates, app alerts, calls, emails and more. The vivoactive 3 can also be used to control music on a smartphone, send an alert to locate a misplaced smartphone and control a Garmin VIRB camera (sold separately). The vivoactive 3 includes LiveTrack, a feature that provides loved ones with peace of mind during outdoor workouts by tracking activity and location in real time. Those individuals receive invitations via email, Facebook or Twitter with a link to a webpage that includes the position of the connected vivoactive 3 device.

Throughout the day, the vivoactive 3 automatically syncs with the Garmin Connect mobile app to save stats for easy access later. In Garmin Connect, a free online community, users can see their workouts, strength training activities, stress levels and sleep patterns displayed on detailed graphs. View outdoor workouts on detailed maps, compete in weekly challenges and connect with other fitness enthusiasts, right from a compatible smartphone or desktop computer.

The vivoactive 3 comes in three colors – black/stainless and white/stainless (with a suggested retail price of £279.99) and black/slate (£299.99) and is available from Q4 2017. Users also have the option to switch up their style with compatible accessory bands (sold separately). To learn more, visit

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