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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music Review

Video Review


Video Transcript


hey what’s up everyone my name is
Donovan this is the vivoactive 3 music
from Garmin and tonight I want to share
with you my thoughts on this watch after
using it over the last week so let’s go
ahead and jump right into it so first of
all let me just mention that I’ve been a
runner for the last I think 21 years of
my life I also am a tech junkie and so
I’ve actually reviewed a ton of GPS
smartwatches over the last few years on
this channel but then also ones that I
just bought before I even had this
channel and I have never had a Garmin
watch in the main reason I’ve never had
a Garmin watch is because this is the
very first one that’s available with
music now they’ve actually added the
music feature to a number of their
Garmin five series watches as well but
this is the very first one available
with music and that’s kind of a big
stipulation for me whenever I’m using a
GPS SmartWatch is I really like to have
music or at least the capability of
having music with me on my run so let’s
go ahead now and talk about this watch
so the vivoactive 3 has actually been
available for quite a while so that’s
without the music part it’s basically
the exact same watch but it’s 50 dollars
cheaper and it doesn’t come with the
option of music so now that this one’s
available the vivoactive 3 is available
for $300 I picked it up at Best Buy and
that’s actually the very first thing I
want to talk about is that price point
so one of the main reasons why I haven’t
tried out Garmin watches other than the
fact that they don’t have music up until
now is the fact that the price has
always been kind of a little bit high
for me I’ve never personally felt that
GPS watch was really worth that much so
here is kind of like my go-to watch when
it comes to GPS smartwatches this is the
Amaze fit Stratos you can see at the
moment it’s dead because I’ve been using
this over the last week but this is kind
of for me the gold standard at the
moment love this watch basically all the
same capabilities that you get with
but you can pick this one up for a
hundred and sixty dollars using the
coupon code below and I’m going to do a
direct comparison with these two
probably in the next week or so but for
right now I want to focus on this watch
so number one thing I don’t really like
about it is the price point but I will
admit that I do really love this watch
so far so price that’s number one
so second thing I don’t really like
about the garmin vivoactive 3 music is
really unfortunate and that is
unfortunately the Bluetooth connections
so with obviously the music you’re gonna
need some Bluetooth headphones so I’ll
just share with you kind of a quick
background so these are my favorite
earbuds to wear while running so these
are called the xgo – unfortunately
they’re not even available anymore but
I’ve used these over the last two years
with just about every GPS SmartWatch
that I’ve been using and they’ve been
fantastic
unfortunately on day three of wearing
this watch I took them out in a major
rainstorm and I killed the left ear bud
that’s a problem because not only the
right earbud works and the left earbud
is the main ear but for these and so
that’s kind of an issue so with that
being said since then I’ve had to try
out a bunch of other ones so these are I
believe they’re called the origin
something I can’t remember but these are
obviously wired versus true Wireless and
these ones work fine with the watch as
long as I’m wearing the watch on my
right wrist which is a problem for me
because as you can see based on my
little tan line here I always wear my
watch on the left side and it’s a little
awkward wearing it on the right for me
so these did work just fine with it
again because the Bluetooth receivers on
the right and if I wear it on my right
it’s just fine so that’s just I tried
those out but I’m not really content
with wearing my watch on the right wrist
it’s kind of annoying so then I tried
him out with my Apple earpods they have
a skin on them but I tried him out with
my Apple earpods
kind of the same issue is if I wear it
on the left wrist I would find it that
it would skip the music would skip every
once in a while because of a lost
Bluetooth connection so then I tried out
these earbuds because these are the QC
yt1 Pro
I’ve had these for a little bit and
these ones you can actually choose which
one is the main ear but so I course
chose the left one but the signal on
these is pretty terrible so they didn’t
work either so then I went out and
bought some really expensive ones these
are the Jabra elite active 65 T’s so
these are available for $200
I’m thinking that these would work a
little bit better with this watch but
the problem of these is that again their
right ear but is the main earbud and so
as long as I wore the watch on my right
wrist it’s just fine but the same issue
if I wear it on my left wrist I get
skips so the Bluetooth connection on
this is not particularly strong so if
you are going to wear this with
bluetooth headphones which probably is
the reason why you got it since it is
the music version of the watch you’re
gonna want to find a pair of bluetooth
headphones that have the left side as
the main side or the main receiver of
the earbud so that’s why these ones
worked so well is because the left is
the main ear button and the right is
just kind of like it works off of the
left one I have it backwards anyways
yeah there we go and anyways yeah so
that’s why those worked so well so
that’s reason number two and then the
reason number three is kind of minor for
me the third thing I don’t necessarily
like and that is the music options you
have with the vivoactive 3 music so
there are basically three ways you can
get music at the moment actually really
only two with a third one on the way so
number one is you can just transfer
music directly and that’s basically just
a drag-and-drop so that’s the same way
you get music onto the Amaze fit Stratos
basically just drag and drop it over
from your computer that’s fine that’s
how I’ve been using it and that’s okay
the second way you can do it is if you
have I Heart Radio playlists you can
transfer music from those playlists over
to the watch as that’s number two and
then the third one that’s not available
yet but supposed to be available soon is
using Deezer so if you’re premium
subscriber to DS or you pay for their
monthly subscription you can also
transfer music from there so obviously
missing our Apple music google play
music Amazon music and Spotify none of
those
work on this watch as of yet so the
music options are a little bit limited
so now let’s go ahead and talk about the
things that I really love about this
watch so that’s pretty much everything
else I really like the design of it so
there is just one physical button on the
watch everything else is touchscreen so
I’ll go ahead and kind of show you so if
you touch it once it’s gonna take you
right into your workouts if you slide to
the left it’s gonna go into kind of like
your no there we go okay so if you slide
to the left it’s kind of like your back
you’re going back and then basically
from there it’s just up and down so it
just went to midnight so everything’s
going to be at zeros right now but yeah
so other than that is pretty much it so
it says no notifications that’s because
I pretty much turn off notifications on
the watch I’m not really a huge fan of
having a bunch of notifications but the
notifications on this watch do look
pretty decent you can read them but
that’s about it there’s no responding to
them actually I should correct that you
can actually set up SMS with the watch
so that it has some automatic responses
so that’s kind of cool but that’s pretty
much it
as far as the watch oh and I should show
you also if you hold it down there are
some shortcuts here so that’s kind of
cool so you can turn Do Not Disturb on
and off right here
answer phone call turn it off you can go
directly to music your files turn the
power off lock it and then adjust the
brightness honestly you don’t really
even really need to adjust the
brightness that often because in perfect
daylight you can see it just fine so I
actually I should probably adjust it
right now so we can see a little bit
better because it’s kind of dark right
now but yeah so but in daylight it’s no
issue because it has some kind of like
technology that allows you to see the
watch face quite easily
same thing with the Amaze fit Stratos
this one the brighter the daylight the
easier it is to see obviously right now
instead you won’t be able to see it but
it’s just fine so now we’ll slope to the
left and go back now in terms of the
activities that you can track here so
I’ll go ahead and hit that button one
more time so we have run treadmill bike
walk pull swim cardio and then navigate
so those the ones I set up
to use but if you come down here you’ll
see that there are quite a few other
ones available as well those are just my
favorites but there’s a bunch of them
here available these are a couple that I
added so if you want to find your car
you can actually set that up you can
also that’s like the stuff popular
seven-minute workout and of course you
can add more but basically any kind of
activity that you want to do is
available here the one thing I noticed
it’s missing here with this being a 5
atmosphere water-resistant watch
basically you can go down deep-sea
diving down to 164 feet and be just fine
with this watch so the one that I
noticed it’s missing is there is
actually no specific triathlon feature
in this watch so for those of you that
are triathletes um there’s no way to
automatically jump from run them bike
then sweater sorry swim and then bike
and then run so just a quick note there
maybe not the best triathlete watch
correct me if I’m wrong there I haven’t
done a triathlon in quite a few years so
that’s not something I was looking for
anyways so that’s something I like I
like the build quality I like the
software on the watch I also really like
the software on your phone so let me go
into that real quick um so this is the
software in the phone it’s going to use
Garmin Connect as you can see right down
here you download the Garmin Connect app
works on both Android and iOS you can
see everything just changed because the
D switched but let’s go ahead and you
can see obviously heart rates not going
to work but it tracks your heart rate
throughout the day so it’s going to show
you here so I went for a workout a
little bit later tonight there’s those
are the runs I went on a little bit
earlier tonight obviously June 25th with
it being 1209 I don’t have any heart
rate up at the moment has been sitting
down there the whole time
but yeah so in terms of the tracking the
GPS works perfect it’s spot-on
absolutely no issues with that so go
into this is actually like my main run
the other one was just a cool-down but
then you go in here you go to gives you
kind of all kinds of details about your
runs so your average pace your fastest
pace your speed pretty much everything
you could possibly want is available
here it gives you your laps here
and yeah really no issue whatsoever
heart rate is spot-on no issues there
you notice there’s no blips wear it like
dropped your heart rate so the
definitely the heart rate sensor on here
is fantastic battery life is also very
good so I’m at 33% actually I don’t know
that I’ve even fully charged this really
completely at all yet I think usually
when I charge I just get it up to 80%
which is good enough to last me a couple
days but they claim I believe seven days
a better life let’s see here on the box
that says yeah so seven days on watch
mode five hours if you’re using GPS and
music mode so that is kind of key if
you’re using music it actually drains
the better considerably faster than just
GPS so if you’re just using GPS you can
definitely get more than five hours but
if you’re using GPS plus music mode five
hours is probably accurate in general
like let’s say on a six mile run so
about four you know forty minutes for me
it’s going to drop about ten percent
battery so just kind of a ballpark there
and but battery life is very good easily
can get through two or three days I’m
just by getting up to eighty percent for
me and that’s with activities each and
every day everything about the actual
app is really great I have no issues
with that it’s super easy to navigate
this is my very first Garmin watch I had
no issues navigating it now if you are
somebody who likes kind of like the
Fitbit community the community on here
is definitely nowhere near what you get
with Fitbit but there is the connect IQ
store if you want to add some apps it is
pretty limited still and another thing
that I’ll mention that is also maybe
just a slight negative is at the moment
it doesn’t it has NFC built-in but
that’s not a feature available on the
watch quite yet so it will be available
but at the moment it’s not so just
something to keep in mind there but with
your activity as you can see there’s
multi sport I found it it’s amazing I’m
doing the video now and I finally find
it but that’s the multi sport there
alright so I’m here the connections so
you can see at the moment I don’t have
quote-unquote connections apparently
none of my friends actually use garmin
watches but we do have groups and so
there are a lot of local groups that I
found so I’m from Michigan so I found
some groups and I knew some people in
those groups haven’t made any
quote/unquote connections with them yet
to share my live feed with them but
overall I just really like the software
super intuitive really easy to use no
issues there whatsoever so software wise
fantastic watch so honestly my only
complaint is that if I were a runner
that didn’t care so much about the music
part of it this would be really a
perfect SmartWatch GPS Smart Watch the
tracks you’re running I can mention that
GPS is spot-on
the heart rate is spot-on everything
about the tracking is fantastic
the altitude I should mention that is
also really good you can even navigate
it so I mentioned earlier that there’s
just a navigation app here so it’ll
navigate you through your maps and
that’s really cool but again the one
issue I have of that is the fact that
it’s not great for music as of yet so
maybe that will update maybe things will
get better the Bluetooth connection
could get better or just find a pair of
bluetooth headphones where the main
receiver is on the same side that you
wear the watch so anyways quick look at
the vivoactive 3 music fantastic watch
with just a couple of exceptions thanks
for watching and I will see you all the
next video peace

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Garmin 010-01985-01 Vivoactive 3 Music, Gps Smartwatch with Music Storage and Built-In Sports Apps, Black

  • GPS smartwatch with music storage and playback. Fits wrists with a circumference of 5 to 8 inches
  • Easily download up to 500 songs on your watch, and connect with headphones enabled with Bluetooth technology (sold separately) for phone free listening
  • Garmin Pay contactless payment solution (available for supported cards from participating banks) lets you make convenient payments with your watch, so you can leave your cash and cards at home
  • Customize with thousands of free watch faces, apps and more from our connect IQ store
  • More than 15 preloaded sports apps, including yoga, running, swimming, strength training and many more; The nexgadget replacement for Garmin charger is perfect compatible with our Vivoactive 3, we highly recommend it
  • Monitor your fitness level with VO2 max and fitness age estimates, plus keep an eye on how you handle stress through estimated heart rate variability
  • Battery life: Up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and up to 5 hours in GPS with music mode. Case material: Polymer

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