1 review I have read about the Garmin Vivoactive 3 is that it does not have a great battery life. Maybe because people are expecting the battery life — up to seven days in smartwatch mode, 13 hours in GPS mode. I just control the watch every time I shower, and sometimes for two additional minutes when I am washing up before bed. Thus, it charges for about 30 minutes daily, which appears to be more than sufficient. At the moment, I am spending roughly 3-4 hours weekly running, so that is how long the watch is spending in GPS mode.
Maybe every time that it charges, it forgets it? I don’t understand. Not a big issue, only a minor annoyance.
Overall, I love the Garmin Vivoactive 3, and while I put two distinct Garmin watches in my Wish List, I am thankful Santa went with the more expensive (and more attractive) option and got me this one. I am glad someone finally made a watch that’s a good running watch + fitness tracker + resembles a watch you’d really want to wear!
It’s a much different device than the Garmin Forerunner 405CX I bought seven decades ago (and now no longer holds a charge). I got a Garmin Vivoactive 3 as a Christmas gift and have been using it every day for the last month. It’s a mixture of running watch, wellness and fitness tracker, and smartwatch and probably the best triathlon watch overall.