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Garmin v vosmart 3 Fitness Activity Tracker with Smart Notifications and Heart Rate Monitoring Purple

6.1
SCORE
/10
Total Reviews
445
Old Reviews
0
Unverified
83
0.16 meters
SIZE

Review Summary - 362 recent, verified reviews

Detailed Mode
Band
 87
strap, wrist, tracker, garmin, replaceable
+23%
-77%
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" ...  band broke and the tracker detaches from the rubber band, what I hate(sorry for the word), no replacement band available in store, i wished they have one so I can still use it 😞  ...  "
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" ...  - After around 3 months of normal use the loop that closes the strap broke ... - the strap itself is very fragile, it broke without any major accident/force ... - THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT STRAP . ... - So you end up with a useless watch missing a US$ 1 loop or a US$ 5 strap that don't exist ... the strap is fragile and WILL break sooner than you think with normal use.  ...  "
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" ...  The strap is poor quality and broke after only two months of wear  ...  "
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" ...  but you'll get over that within about a week of wearing the watch). ... And no, moving it to a different place and tightening it around the wrist/low forearm DOES NOT help.  ...  "
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" ...  However, the watch fell apart a few days ago when I was visiting Las Vegas for a week. ... And then when I put the watch on one morning the rubber coating tore and what I found was quite surprising.  ...  "
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" ...  i was so disappointed because the fit bit bands keep falling apart & you can't get the fit bit wet.  ...  "
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" ...  After 2 months using the watch, the band began to unglue, after 10 months it has broken. ... Problem is that the band is NOT replaceable, so, now I have a perfectly functional smartwach that I can't wear.  ...  "
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" ...  The build quality, specifically the strap, is not well made. ... I started to look online into buying a replacement strap when I discovered that this particular model of Garmin's activity trackers did not have that option. ... It's now almost 2 months in with the replacement unit and the strap is again starting to show signs of it falling apart. ... I would easily have given 5 stars if not for the strap problems. ... The strap continued deteriorating and finally got so bad that I could no longer wear it.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 53
sync, garmin, syncing, notifications, connect
+36%
-64%
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" ...  Very sporadic syncing.  ...  "
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" ...   Item would not pair with phone tried resetting and everything. ... I even tried multiple resets and nothing, while my other devices pair with my phone.  ...  "
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" ...  Bad BT connectivity to Samsung A5, few notification.  ...  "
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" ...  Regrettably, I had to return it because I could not connect it to the Garmin app on my phone. ... My very computer literate son-in-law, very computer literate grandson and I (reasonably computer literate) all failed.  ...  "
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" ...  Disconnects from phone frequently and doesn't work properly.  ...  "
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" ...  Am having difficulty syncing to my iPad.  ...  "
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" ...  The device DOES NOT sync to the computer. ... Then, just out of the blue, it will sync.  ...  "
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" ...  Apple Health synch is often off.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 49
days, month, year, vivosmart, update
+16%
-84%
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" ...  Unfortunately I was going crazy with the constant annoyance of a vibrating interruption with an unrecognized symbol.  ...  "
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" ...  Cons: The gesture functionality NEVER worked (and I've tried it dozens of times). ... The vibrate functionality worked for a day, but stopped working after 2 days, and has never come back. ... EDIT: These were both operator error. ... EDIT: Changed my rating from 3 to 4 Stars.  ...  "
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" ...  It only lasted 8 months and wasn't even used for a month of that.  ...  "
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" ...  It will charge, but I have been trying to get it to sync for a week now with not luck. ... Then wait another 10 days for the event to occur again.  ...  "
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" ...  Very disappointed I purchased in October it’s been barely two months and it’s broken. ... It randomly shuts off or just doesn’t function.  ...  "
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" ...  This Garmin Vivosmart lasted about a year. ... I replaced it with a 3rd party charger which has lasted for 10 months.  ...  "
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" ...  It used to last about 5 hours, and then one day it just stopped.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought this on June 24th.  ...  "
Comfort
 47
wear, wearing, comfortable, strap, wrists
+55%
-45%
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" ...  The clasp hits a tender spot on my wrist.  ...  "
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" ...  * Light and Comfortable. ... If I want super accurate HR, I'd get a chest strap.  ...  "
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" ...  Works nicely when the strap is intact, though!  ...  "
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" ...  - Comfort - this thing scores an 8.5/10 for comfort when awake.  ...  "
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" ...  The stress feature is a guess.  ...  "
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" ...  My favorite part about the product so far is it is comfortable to wear, and very low profile.  ...  "
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" ...  On the same wrist and both ways on separate wrists.  ...  "
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" ...  this is my wife device, its look very nice even with casual wear, works really good  ...  "
Apps
 45
garmin, data, syncing, sync, interface
+53%
-47%
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" ...  Lots of customizations on the app for your specific activities as well.  ...  "
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" ...  The app seems fine, although there is sooo much information bombarding you. ... I think Fitbit's app is simpler and much nicer because of it.  ...  "
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" ...  I LOVE my Garmin and the app is getting better with each upgrade.  ...  "
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" ...  As a cyclist, I had already bought into the Garmin ecosystem.  ...  "
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" ...  The interface on both the watch face as well as in the App I have loved and easy to use and see your stats.  ...  "
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" ...  The app interface is smart and it works well.  ...  "
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" ...  The app you use to track the information is also have well designed and makes tracking information very easy.  ...  "
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" ...  I like all of the other features and the app provides lots of detail, but I don't know how useful it is when I question the data.  ...  "
Heartrate
 44
hr, accurate, heart rate monitor, chest strap, tracker
+70%
-30%
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" ...  Stress monitor is pretty interesting, may take some time to train and figure our what your natural resting heart rate is.  ...  "
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" ...  I like Wahoo since I can do GPS on my phone and broadcast my heart rate through the tracker to get a better picture of my activity.  ...  "
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" ...  Tracks sleep, stress levels, heart rate.  ...  "
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" ...  The second generation added heart rate monitoring which made it much more useful.  ...  "
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" ...  It keeps record of steps, heart rate, stress, workouts, and will log diet (as long as you link to the My Fitness Pal app)  ...  "
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" ...  The Vivosmart 3 was the answer, it has heart rate monitor (flex 2 doesn't have one), Vo2 monitor, stress monitor and is waterproof (real waterproof), and it costs only a couple of bucks more than the Flex 2.  ...  "
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" ...  I love the way it tells my heart rate, but I don't understand how it calculates the steps up and down.  ...  "
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" ...  As far as I can see a good HRM detector when you run.  ...  "
Pedometer
 41
tracker, hr, accurate, calories, tracking
+61%
-39%
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" ...  Everyone knows this is a fitness tracker.  ...  "
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" ...  PROS: Accurate with the step counting.  ...  "
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" ...  I absolutely love this fitness tracker.  ...  "
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" ...  If you don't care about the 2 extra metrics that the "3" records, then I would get the HR over the "3."  ...  "
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" ...  Just needed a fitness tracker to count my steps, but I'm glad I got this.  ...  "
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" ...  Since you connect it to your phone via Bluetooth, I find the distance tracking in walks/runs very accurate.  ...  "
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" ...  The pedometer seems to work perfectly,  ...  "
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" ...  I did a hilly route the map said was 11 miles.  ...  "
Display Clarity
 38
display, sunlight, blurry, vivosmart, touch
+24%
-76%
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" ...  Because the directions border on bad. ... The screen at first was Finnish or something that I don't read. ... Then you have to swipe the screen multiple times to get to the gear icon.  ...  "
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" ...  The screen is terrible.  ...  "
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" ...  I was not able to read the instructions on the screen of the device because it was in a foreign language.  ...  "
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" ...  I have to try about a half dozen times before I see anything on the screen. ... The previous version had an always on display, but this one doesn’t.  ...  "
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" ...  However, the display was not visible in sunlight, which was a deal breaker for me. ... I probably could have lived with that issue if the display had been visible in sunlight.  ...  "
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" ...  Too small to read the display, light and functional but at the end of the day if you can't read the data , then its not very helpful.  ...  "
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" ...  This was for my wife, the display was very fuzzy, not sharp at all.  ...  "
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" ...  The main screen functions are too sensitive and I end up in sub-menus quickly and then have to scroll back to the main screen.  ...  "
Accuracy
 37
steps, hr, tracking, inaccurate, heart rate
+54%
-46%
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" ...  Since you connect it to your phone via Bluetooth, I find the distance tracking in walks/runs very accurate. ... I think you have to realize this is not a precise medical instrument, it gives you an estimate of your activity and the calories you burn.  ...  "
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" ...  Slowly starting to use some of the other tracking functions and the ones I have used appear to be reasonably accurate.  ...  "
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" ...  * Distance estimator (via steps + stride, based on height) has been within about 3% accurate for me, which is excellent considering there is no GPS. ... If I want to know the exact distance, I can map it afterwards (which is what I used to determine accuracy).  ...  "
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" ...  The activity tracker is slightly more accurate than the old vivosmart hr in terms of both heart rate and steps. ... The old one was already very accurate for me compared to fitbit so there was little to gain there.  ...  "
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" ...  Haven’t had any problems with this product it works like a charm and has been for the most part supper accurate with all its features  ...  "
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" ...  I love the way it tells my heart rate, but I don't understand how it calculates the steps up and down.  ...  "
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" ...  The accuracy of the tracker is great.  ...  "
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" ...  Perfect to measure daily activity and pulse.  ...  "
Water Resistance
 33
swimming, water, water proof, tracker, swim
+76%
-24%
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" ...  I have gotten this one wet several times and didn't have any issues.  ...  "
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" ...  I like that's waterproof and sweat can be cleaned off easily.  ...  "
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" ...  Simple, easy to use, and water proof!  ...  "
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" ...  Waterproof is great.  ...  "
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" ...  It's waterproof and that's what you need, not some band you have to keep taking off near water.  ...  "
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" ...  Waterproof, keeps a charge pretty well and easy setup  ...  "
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" ...  I like that I can wear it all day even during showing and swimming, also can see times and weathers .  ...  "
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" ...  very solid construction, water proof.  ...  "
Battery Life
 32
battery life, charge, lasts, 5 days, days
+72%
-28%
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" ...  Battery lasts 4-5 days but I don't know exactly how long it would last for me as I recharge it on a regular basis before it is fully discharged.  ...  "
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" ...  Battery life is decent, about 4 days with constant use.  ...  "
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" ...  The only improvement I would really like is a longer time between battery charges.  ...  "
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" ...  Battery lasts a few days  ...  "
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" ...  The battery lasts much longer than my Fitbit battery did.  ...  "
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" ...  Least- battery charge don't last long enough.  ...  "
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" ...  - Battery Life: I've gotten 4-5 days per charge, and charge time is quick . ... typically under an hour  ...  "
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" ...  The battery life is excellent.  ...  "
Software Platform
 31
software, garmin, interface, sync, connect app
+42%
-58%
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" ...  Tried everything and I know how to work with software.  ...  "
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" ...  The app software is really BAD.  ...  "
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" ...  * Software could be a bit better organized.  ...  "
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" ...  Besides, the lack of integration and compatibility with others apps, and even google fit, limits the usage.  ...  "
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" ...  I had to go to Google Translate to navigate through the screens to find out how to switch to English. ... I downloaded Garmin Express on my desktop, nope, it won't sync there either.  ...  "
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" ...  Upon doing that, I got a message that chat was not available to assist me with this problem and I need to use their webpage email option.  ...  "
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" ...  From what I find so far the language might be a setting that can be changed by app. ... But I can't pair it to phone so the app won't work.  ...  "
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" ...  just search Amazon and Google  ...  "
Ease of Use
 28
interface, user, intuitive, easy to use, easy to set
+61%
-39%
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" ...  This is simple to use and works great for what it is.  ...  "
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" ...  I have a Vivoactive from a couple of years ago and found the directions to be much better for it.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to set up.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to read, despite what other say about being fuzzy.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to set up and use right out of the box.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm an IT professional, so the setup should have been easy.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to use.  ...  "
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" ...  Simple fixes here, y'all. ... Simple fixes, I think.  ...  "
Sleep Tracking
 28
tracking, activity, wake, heart rate, tracker
+64%
-36%
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" ...  3) Sleep data and not just how long I slept.  ...  "
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" ...  This keeps track of sleep, stress, reps, steps, heart rate, stairs, calories burned (estimated), etc. ... This watch does everything you need to keep track of your daily routine when it comes to exercise.  ...  "
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" ...  Slim, unobtrusive, does what I want re: heartrate, sleep tracking, alarms . ... And I just was wearing it for basic life--nothing 'stressful' other than work and sleep.  ...  "
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" ...  brought it for my daughter to track HR during workouts and sleep info and needed it to be waterproof.  ...  "
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" ...  For the important measurements like steps, sleep and heart rate it works great.  ...  "
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" ...  Tracks sleep, stress levels, heart rate.  ...  "
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" ...  As mentioned my band hasn’t broken yet even after taking the device on and off several times already and using it while I sleep and in everyday use for the last 5 days I’ve owned it.  ...  "
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" ...  * tracks sleep, steps, etc ... * easy to wake from sleep mode  ...  "
Build Quality
 28
band, strap, break, rubber coating, buckle
+21%
-79%
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" ...  I am very unhappy with the customer service and the quality i which it was constructed.  ...  "
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" ...  the strap is fragile and WILL break sooner than you think with normal use.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought from Amazon warehouse and the band only lasted 3 months before breaking.  ...  "
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" ...  the wristband broke after 2 months and of course it's irreplaceable.  ...  "
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" ...  However build quality is really poor.  ...  "
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" ...  Or Garmin manufacturer a wearable that doesn't use flimsy materials?  ...  "
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" ...  Only reason for updates is failure of the plastic band, and or looking haggard after heavy use.  ...  "
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" ...  I am not confident that it isn't going to break exactly the same way.  ...  "
Returns
 22
send, replacement, sent, returning, shipping
+9%
-91%
comment
" ...  I sent it back to Garmin and they sent me a new one.  ...  "
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" ...  I would send it back if it wasn't past the return window.  ...  "
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" ...  I’ wish I cou,d return it!  ...  "
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" ...  so I’m constantly hitting the return arrow to try the swipe again, exaggerating the gesture, which is still sometimes misinterpreted!  ...  "
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" ...  This is my 3rd one and I have to return another.  ...  "
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" ...  It is too late return it as it took me until now to fully try to get it to work, when I realized it is faulty.  ...  "
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" ...  But if they don't fix the following issues, I may have to jump ship because here .  ...  "
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" ...  I would have liked to return the device but I waited to long so it looks like I am stuck with it.  ...  "
Design
 21
look, design flaw, thin, poor, wrists
+52%
-48%
comment
" ...  This black wristband is perfect for people who still want to wear a traditional watch like me. ... Better alternative than a big bulky smartwatch.  ...  "
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" ...  A must buy considering functionality and practicality in design.  ...  "
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" ...  But it doesn't look cheap like most of the others and the data it provides is a dream if you like to analyze and see trends to correct or tweak.  ...  "
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" ...  Love the number of choices to look at.  ...  "
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" ...  The design is elegant and i like to have it all the time.  ...  "
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" ...  I prefer function over design.  ...  "
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" ...  If you are looking for a minimalist tracker that is subtle, then this might be your ticket.  ...  "
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" ...  It does all of that and is lightweight and thin.  ...  "
Bluetooth
 20
bluetooth, would not pair, via bluetooth, blue tooth, syncing
+15%
-85%
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" ...  The reason it took an hour: it would not pair with my phone after turning blue tooth on and off multiple times as instructed. ... After all that I finally got it to pair  ...  "
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" ...  Looses blue tooth connection frequently with phone, even though they are only a few feet apart.  ...  "
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" ...  It paired flawlessly with an iPad, but would not pair with the phone.  ...  "
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" ...  Beacuse the bluetooth.  ...  "
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" ...  It will not pair with my phone.  ...  "
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" ...  However, after less than two weeks, it lost the bluetooth connection and even after trying all the troubleshooting, it still won't reconnect.  ...  "
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" ...  Quit syncing with phone and computer within a month and cannot get it to resync.  ...  "
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" ...  Unit works fine but will not sync via Bluetooth.  ...  "
Charging
 18
charging, charges, charger, battery, garmin
+50%
-50%
comment
" ...  After four months Vivosmart 3 battery needed to be charged twice a day just to make it through the day.  ...  "
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" ...  Would have to plug it into the charging cable to turn it back on.  ...  "
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" ...  The strap keeps failing on the underside of the device, near the charging contacts.  ...  "
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" ...  It will charge, but I have been trying to get it to sync for a week now with not luck.  ...  "
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" ...  Doesn't keep charge.  ...  "
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" ...  Except when the unit won't sync, or charge via the USB cable.  ...  "
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" ...  Had it less then 90 days before it stopped charging.  ...  "
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" ...  i have to charge it again in to make it work .  ...  "
Features
 16
options, training, timer, stopwatch, rep
+69%
-31%
comment
" ...  Various features give crazy tabulations.  ...  "
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" ...  Unfortunate because it had features she really liked.  ...  "
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" ...  I am very impressed although it does take a while to get used to all the features  ...  "
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" ...  That being said strength training rep count is a cool feature.  ...  "
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" ...  I was excited about this based on the features  ...  "
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" ...  It has more options than I need, but I prefer too many options to too few options.  ...  "
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" ...  So-so Features  ...  "
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" ...  Below are the features that *I* cared about and why I gave this a 5 star rating .  ...  "
GPS
 15
gps, device, hr, vivosmart 3, sync
+40%
-60%
comment
" ...  I bought two Garmin vivosmart 3.  ...  "
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" ...  Garmin app didn’t work.  ...  "
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" ...  Garmin product support have been unresponsive!  ...  "
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" ...  Application doesn't provide GPS MAP tarck  ...  "
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" ...  Garmin needs to work on their RnD.  ...  "
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" ...  The issue was that Windows 10 was 'seeing' the device as a GPS device.  ...  "
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" ...  The garmin was off by up to 40 and 50 bpm (lower).  ...  "
Fit
 14
fit, fit bit, wrist, trying, things
+71%
-29%
comment
" ...  After trying a bunch of things, gave up on Garmin, going to try the very popular Fit-Bit.  ...  "
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" ...  It was between this one and the fit bit model.  ...  "
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" ...  Fits what I need.  ...  "
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" ...  It fits me fine.  ...  "
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" ...  I got the large and it fits perfect.  ...  "
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" ...  - Fit - I'm a 5'7" 170 lb. ... The device fits fine with about 6 "notches" to spare.  ...  "
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" ...  This tracker fits the best although I'm not a fan of the rubber used.  ...  "
Marketplace
 13
works, shipping, seller, replacement, received
+69%
-31%
comment
" ...  Otherwise it works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  Excellent product, reliable seller!  ...  "
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" ...  The watch worked as described.  ...  "
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" ...  It works well and does all the metrics and measurements as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  It was everything I expected.  ...  "
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" ...  Amazon provided exceptional service .  ...  "
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" ...  In picture I'm showing difference between my precious garmin and this one.  ...  "
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" ...  Received Thursday 6/1/17. ... I'll keep you posted.  ...  "
Price
 12
price, worth, waste, spent, lot
+58%
-42%
comment
" ...  Best money I have ever spent on a product.  ...  "
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" ...  Great watch for the price.  ...  "
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" ...  Especially for its price.  ...  "
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" ...  best money I have spent.  ...  "
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" ...  I'd been looking into fitness trackers for some time now but couldn't find one that was cost effective for what I needed, until now.  ...  "
Delivery
 12
replacement, received, days, unit, transaction
+75%
-25%
comment
" ...  Arrived on time - works great as a replacement for the one I lost  ...  "
comment
" ...  Arrived on time.  ...  "
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" ...  Arrived in great condition and happy with the vivosmart 3 look and ease of use.  ...  "
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" ...  The transaction was easy and they got the new one to me quickly.  ...  "
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" ...  Delivery was prompt and so far the product has been working as described.  ...  "
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" ...  Product arrived as expected, used everyday and works well.  ...  "
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" ...  Received Thursday 6/1/17.  ...  "
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" ...  It was a nice surprise to receive it earlier than promised.  ...  "
Controls
 10
menus, tap, swipe, screen, menu
+20%
-80%
comment
" ...  You have to tap extremely hard on the display multiple times to get any response from it. ... The display menu was clunky and confusing.  ...  "
comment
" ...  First of all, I would like to express how much im surprised of the misleading info the watch provides, when at 11 o'clock in the morning the watch shows that i climbed 11 floors while i didn't climb even one floor, the watch's readings becomes inaccurate at all !  ...  "
comment
" ...  Well, it has given up the alternate screen button in favour of solely swiping movements to access the various displays and settings.  ...  "
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" ...  The settings are not the same as in the booklet and are very few.  ...  "
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" ...  Even when functioning normally, the interface on the device tries to do too much and the menu system is not intuitive.  ...  "
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" ...  The swipe feature left me on menus I didn't intend to go to, and it was barely responsive.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The main screen functions are too sensitive and I end up in sub-menus quickly and then have to scroll back to the main screen.  ...  "
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" ...  Tapping and scrolling among menus is cumbersome.  ...  "

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Specifications

Body
Size:  0.16 meters