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Garmin Vivoactive 3 vs. Fenix 3HR

Old 11-09-17, 02:51 PM
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Garmin Vivoactive 3 vs. Fenix 3HR

Man, both can be had for the same price right now at Best Buy ($299) and it's a tough one.


Vivoactive 3 has all the features that I need, except power meter pairing which the Fenix 3 has, but the Vivoactive 3 is slimmer, lighter, and has some cool upgrades from the vivoactive 2 that I currently own... choices choices...
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The big thing with Garmins' to me is what features do you not get with a particular device and maybe more importantly, what external sensors and other devices will it not work with.

Just because it's Ant+ doesn't mean it'll use all sensors that are ant+ . IE, some won't work with a power meter, or some won't work with cadence and/or speed sensors.

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2017/10/...th-review.html

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2016/02/...hr-review.html
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I originally bought the Vivoactive, but then immediately returned and got the Fenix 3 (no HR) which is a much better watch IMO (it used to be a lot more expensive too before the Fenix 5 came out)

My main reason to get the Fenix is that, at the time, it was the only Garmin that could track open water swimming

But it also feels a lot more luxurious than the Vivoactive

On the downsize, the Fenix is heavy and bulky, although I like the style
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Fenix 3 is indestructible and does just about everything, including turn by turn navigation. The HR sensor makes the watch a little uncomfortable though.
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I just bought a VA3 and decided to return it. The main issue I had with the VA3 was battery life and pairing with with sensors in the Bike Activity was a pain.

I think with future firmware updates both of these issues will be resolved but, I certainly do my homework before taking the plunge on the VA3.

FYI - It was more expensive and has way more features that I will ever need, I went with the Forerunner 935
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Originally Posted by Planemaker View Post
I just bought a VA3 and decided to return it. The main issue I had with the VA3 was battery life and pairing with with sensors in the Bike Activity was a pain.

I think with future firmware updates both of these issues will be resolved but, I certainly do my homework before taking the plunge on the VA3.

FYI - It was more expensive and has way more features that I will ever need, I went with the Forerunner 935

Ended up going with the vivoactive 3 and so far I'm liking it. Mostly for the look. The vivoactive HR didn't look very good in a professional setting while the 3 looks pretty versatile. The screen and brightness is much much better. Now, let's see if I can get $150 for the HR on fleabay!
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Originally Posted by Genaro View Post
Ended up going with the vivoactive 3 and so far I'm liking it. Mostly for the look. The vivoactive HR didn't look very good in a professional setting while the 3 looks pretty versatile. The screen and brightness is much much better. Now, let's see if I can get $150 for the HR on fleabay!
The VA3 is on Amazon for $250 and VAHR will be $125 at Best Buy on Friday.

If you paid the $299 hopefully, you will be able to get a price match.
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The VA3 is on Amazon for $250 and VAHR will be $125 at Best Buy on Friday.

If you paid the $299 hopefully, you will be able to get a price match.
I got it for free from my companies anniversary points reward program... , but it looks like it will be hard getting any more than $75 or $80 back for my VAHR. I am very happy with the VA3 so far. Only wish they would have had the slate colored one as I think it looks better than the stainless steel which is still nice
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I recently bought a Vivoactive3.
The battery life is lousy compared to the original Vivoactive.
The 3 is clearer, especially at night but the need to charge daily is painful and for that reason I'm sorry I bought it.
If I turn off the bluetooth of my iPhone, I sometimes lose the ability to connect to my watch upon turning it back on.
I then have to delete the watch from my phone "connections" and re-pair which is a PITA.
The original Vivoactive never gave this problem.
The feature set is great on the 3 but the battery life, or rather lack there of, is woeful.
I specifically ignored the iWatch or whatever Apple calls it due to knowing about the daily charging requirements.
Despite reading reviews, I somehow missed that the VA3 suffers similarly.
I don't even have that many of the functions turned on in the watch.
I'd love to be able to pair the HR of the watch with my Garmin Edge 1030 but can't imagine what that would do to battery life of the watch.
I don't bother connecting to the bikes sensors with the watch for the same reason and simply take the 1030 even though I grabbed the watch thinking it convenient for when I didn't want to take the computer.
Im not anti the watch but am fairly ambivalent towards its stated capabilities and wished i'd saved my money.
I may decide to try to sell it but second hand units seem to go for chump change hereabouts.
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Originally Posted by rifraf View Post
I recently bought a Vivoactive3.
The battery life is lousy compared to the original Vivoactive.
The 3 is clearer, especially at night but the need to charge daily is painful and for that reason I'm sorry I bought it.
If I turn off the bluetooth of my iPhone, I sometimes lose the ability to connect to my watch upon turning it back on.
I then have to delete the watch from my phone "connections" and re-pair which is a PITA.
The original Vivoactive never gave this problem.
The feature set is great on the 3 but the battery life, or rather lack there of, is woeful.
I specifically ignored the iWatch or whatever Apple calls it due to knowing about the daily charging requirements.
Despite reading reviews, I somehow missed that the VA3 suffers similarly.
I don't even have that many of the functions turned on in the watch.
I'd love to be able to pair the HR of the watch with my Garmin Edge 1030 but can't imagine what that would do to battery life of the watch.
I don't bother connecting to the bikes sensors with the watch for the same reason and simply take the 1030 even though I grabbed the watch thinking it convenient for when I didn't want to take the computer.
Im not anti the watch but am fairly ambivalent towards its stated capabilities and wished i'd saved my money.
I may decide to try to sell it but second hand units seem to go for chump change hereabouts.
I think if you are patient that Garmin will get this all worked out with firmware updates.

I've gotten a couple emails from Garmin on a ticket I turned in and they are actively working on the problem.
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I think if you are patient that Garmin will get this all worked out with firmware updates.

I've gotten a couple emails from Garmin on a ticket I turned in and they are actively working on the problem.
Your likely right as being early adopter of both the Edge 800 and then 1000 units it was an initially slow road to full functionality till updates cleared most of the bugs.

Theres plenty I like about the watch.

Hopefully the time in-between charges gets better with time and updates like was my experience with the Edge units.

I've only just sorted out installation of my 1030 so will likely face some initial frustration till the bugs are ironed out of it.

I've yet to do a ride with it so I'm thus far unaware of just what they might be.
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Originally Posted by rifraf View Post
Your likely right as being early adopter of both the Edge 800 and then 1000 units it was an initially slow road to full functionality till updates cleared most of the bugs.

Theres plenty I like about the watch.

Hopefully the time in-between charges gets better with time and updates like was my experience with the Edge units.

I've only just sorted out installation of my 1030 so will likely face some initial frustration till the bugs are ironed out of it.

I've yet to do a ride with it so I'm thus far unaware of just what they might be.

I have a handlebar mount and was pretty unhappy with how sensitive the screen was when I picked up speed. It got wonky with the wind. You have to lock the screen
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