Garmin Vivofit 3
AN INTERESTING MIX OF FEATURES.
LAUNCHED MID-2016, THE Garmin Vivofit 3 can be picked up online, or at many retailers, for just under $100. It’s a wrist-style tracker, but the actual unit itself is removable and there are loads of third-party bands and clips available. The Vivofit 3 does the usual activity and sleep tracking, but does not have a vibration motor.
Instead, it uses a 64 x 64 pixel backlit LCD and audible alerts to give feedback on different goals. On the plus side, this setup means the Vivofit can use a non-rechargeable battery, which gives an impressive one-year life. It also works as a watch, and is actually rated for swimming. On the wrist, the Vivofit 3 is quite chunky, but comfortable. Tracking such as steps were quite accurate, and the audio alert is loud but not annoying.
The other half of the tracker is the app, and while Garmin Connect is fairly well featured, it’s not quite as user friendly as some of the competition.
GARMIN VIVOFIT 3 CRITICAL SPECS
$99 www.garmin.com 64 x 64-pixel LCD; audible alerts; waterproof; 1-year battery life; Garmin Connect app