CNET First Look
Garmin Vívosmart 3: One slim, feature-packed activity trackerThe next-generation Vívosmart has a built-in heart-rate monitor and new fitness monitoring tools, including VO2 max and all-day stress tracking in a slimmer design.
Gamin's Vivosmart 3 activity tracker may not have HR in its naming scheme like its predecessor did. But it does include a heart rate monitor with 24/7 monitoring. It used smarter features while returning to the slimmer design and hidden display of the original Vivosmart. It costs a little less, too. At $140, it competes with the Fitbit Alta HR and the Fitbit Charge 2. It comes in two color options, black and purple, although the purple version is only available with the smaller band that won't be suitable for those with bigger wrists. What's new? Well aside from the ultra slim design, which I liked a lot, you get higher end fitness tracking tools such as VO2 Max and Fitness Age. All day stress tracking and a rep counter when pumping iron or doing push-ups and pull-ups. This model is fully waterproof down to 50 meters, a big plus in it's favor. Both the Fitbit and this tracker also feature notification alerts. When connected via Bluetooth to your phone, battery life for the Vivo Smart 3 is rated at up to five days, and I was able to consistently get close to that. This is the first product in the Garmin Vevo family to estimate VO2 Max, a measurable indication of Aeriboic performance that was previously available only in higher end Garmin running watches Your VO2 max score translates into a fitness level, ranging from poor to superior. And it's also used to calculate your fitness age. The idea, of course, is to increase your VO2 max, and reduce your fitness age through a steady work out regime. I found it a little more comfortable to wear than the [UNKNOWN] but I thought the fit bit was a little more responsive, more user friendly and display is a little easier to read also the display didn't always turn on when I turned my wrist which could be annoying. Ultimately this is a very good activity tracker that's water proof and loaded with features but it does have some small down sides. The biggest of which is that some people may find that it's a little hard to navigate and access all those features quickly and easily and to make use of them in general. I'm David Carnoy for cnet.com that's a quick look at Garmin's Vivosmart 3, thanks for watching.