Garmin Vivoactive announced; a cross-breed between a smartwatch and a fitness tracker
I think it’s safe to say that smart wearables are the next big thing in the tech industry. Companies which weren’t even in the wearables space are pacing up their research and operations to keep up with what’s most likely to dominate the future. Garmin, a well respected for its specialization in GPS, is now directly competing with the likes of Apple & Fitbit with their new smartwatch; the Vivoactive 3.
The Vivoactive 3 is everything you want it to be. From GPS tracking your runs to making payments, the watch covers a lot. The phone is a very healthy offspring of a fitness tracker and a Smartwatch and offers the best of both worlds. To start with, the Vivoactive now looks much more ‘wearable’ for fashionistas. The watch features a stainless steel metal body and has an always on Garmin Chroma display. It only has one button to the right of the watch and features a new ‘side swipe’ technology to the left. This textured portion can be used to scroll up and down through the user interface.
Just like the recently launched Fitbit Ionic, the Vivoactive 3 also features a contactless payment solution with which one can pay using their existing cards. It currently works with VISA, MasterCard and cards of some other banks with new ones being added every day. The service is offered in partnership with FitPay, a third party solution provider for contactless payments for wearables and IoTs.
The Vivoactive 3 is also a hardcore fitness tracker and is capable of identifying and tracking 15 different kinds of indoor and outdoor sports. From swimming to yoga and elliptical to cycling, the Smartwatch covers a broad base of sport profiles. And yes of course, the watch is waterproof and is wearable to a good swimming session! It includes features which were previously seen on the Garmin’s Vivosmart. Elevate heart-rate monitoring, VO2 max estimates, all-day stress tracking, and guided breathing exercises all make their way to the Vivoactive 3. The Vivoactive 3 also supports notifications and alert from applications, including social media apps like Facebook or Instagram.
As I mentioned before, Garmin specializes in GPS and has incorporated GPS tracking in the Vivoactive 3. With the help of Smartwatch and a compatible phone, the Vivoactive’s Live Track feature can track the user so that one doesn’t get lost while going for a jog or a bike ride in the woods. With the GPS mode on the battery will last for an approximate 13 hours, but otherwise the battery should be good for 7 days of normal Smartwatch use.
With the Vivoactive 3, Garmin is now in direct competition with the Apple Watch & Fitbit.
The Vivoactive 3 features a lot of watch faces, widgets and compatible apps which can be downloaded from the Connect IQ Store which will let one customize their watch. It also connects with Garmin Connect, an online community, where users can see their workouts, strength training activities, stress levels and sleep patterns displayed on detailed graphs.
The Vivosmart will be made available in black/stainless, white/stainless and black/slate for a retail price of $299.99 for the former 2 and $329.99 for the latter. Users will also have an option to upgrade or change the look with compatible accessory bands.
What do you think about the Garmin Vivoactive 3? Can it deliver on both the fitness wearable and Smartwatch fronts? Let us know what you think about it in the comments below.