Analysis and handling of the Vivoactive 3 from Garmin.

And to begin with…

Connected watches have become powerful.Some of them are oriented towards monitoring physical condition and even go as far as monitoring calories burned, others are more for office automation with e-mail synchronization.

Several weak points on this watch :
– Little functionality for health monitoring
– Not enough sport-oriented features
– The impossibility of putting new applications

Our analysis has identified all cases of use of this connected watch.

Is the Vivoactive 3 compatible with healthy use?

Tracking systems for connected watches have become very sophisticated, and can perfectly provide information about your physical condition.They are now equipped with many advanced sensors.
Our tests have shown that the Vivoactive 3 is one of the least interesting models if we want to have a healthy follow-up.It was clearly not designed to be a tool for monitoring your physical condition.

The operating system remains the weak point of the watches produced by Fossil; and this Vivoactive 3 is no exception.This choice induces a greater difficulty to handle the different buttons and icons present.We are far from the smooth navigation of models with Propriétaire or Apple Watchs.
After a few weeks, you will be more comfortable with its handling.
This model does not have a sleep measurement.
Through the accelerometer, the watch will be able to follow your physical activity.It will then be possible to follow your activity during the day.That is to say that the gestures of the hand or arms will be translated into movement, synchronized to your health application and will give rise to health advice.
It also allows you to easily monitor your heartbeat and generate alerts in case there are too many beats.
With no ECG function, this model does not allow you to see the heartbeat curve.

Is this watch useful in everyday life?

Are you still sceptical about buying an intelligent watch because you doubt its real need?It is a product that is sometimes expensive, for limited use.For the Vivoactive 3, this is what you can expect.
In terms of the needs of daily life, Fossil allows this model to meet them well.It quickly becomes part of your daily life.
As for the autonomy, Garmin considers that it will last 8 hours.
Among the list of interesting features is first of all GPS.A detail for some, but not for many.The counterpart to the activation of this mode will be that the battery life will be less.
Next to that, it is advertised to be water-resistant.So you can safely swim with it.So we left him underwater for a few minutes and nothing to report.
No security glass has been fitted to this watch.
An ingenious feature on this Vivoactive 3 is the ability to recharge wirelessly.You no longer need to plug in a cable to charge it.
Its touch screen allows you to navigate through the different menus of the watch.One of the most useful applications to have on the wrist every day with this Vivoactive 3 is undoubtedly the NFC.You’re taking it to the next level with a simple and convenient contactless payment option.
Finally, even if it is not essential, we would have appreciated being able to listen to music.You will have to choose another watch for this.

The watch to improve physical performance?

A connected watch can allow you to keep track of your sporting activity, but not only that.This tool allows you to combine the advantages of conventional products in a small format and can be connected to other devices such as your phone or laptop.We explain what Vivoactive 3 can do for you.
Fossil has not really provided this watch for users who are physically active.It is interesting, but not for those who want to improve their sports results.
The watch includes GPS support so you can track your runs.GPS support is relatively simple and will allow you to track your position even without a paired phone.
You will not be able to read the tracking data on your watch; you will have to do this on your smartphone.However, this will mean a much longer battery life.
Another positive point of the Fossil watches is the presence of heart rate monitoring.
An analysis function of the calories burned is present on this model.

On the music side, it is also important to specify that this watch does not allow music to be played.

The watch and possible applications

Depending on the type of smartwatch and its operating system, you will be able to install or use applications.This means that not all applications are equivalent, nor is the use you will make of them.These applications not only display notifications on your wrist, they can keep you entertained, track your fitness and health, and help you stay organized.
This model is not really designed to install new applications.
This watch works with a specific operating system, making it impossible to add new applications.You will need to make sure that the applications installed by default are suitable for you.
Last point concerning possible new applications in addition to what is planned: this will be out of the question due to its specific configuration.However, it remains a simple and cheap product for basic uses.

The Vivoactive 3 in conclusion

To conclude, this connected watch is not very technologically advanced and is very simple to use.It’s not too expensive, so you can easily change it if you want a more advanced model.
Several weak points appeared to us on this watch:
– Little functionality for health monitoring
– Not enough sport-oriented features
– The impossibility of putting new applications

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