Garmin tried to beat all other manufacturers to the start of the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, by dropping its two new wearables, the Vivofit 3 and the Vivoactive HR, earlier than everyone else!
As by this moment the wearables market is oversaturated with products from many companies, Garmin decided that an early release was need to attract customers’ attention.
Looking at the new products themselves, the Vivofit 3 is a stylish, fashionable and affordable fitness tracker (costs $99). At the same time, the Vivoactive HR is a fitness tracker / smartwatch “hybrid”, priced at $249.
Garmin’s Vivofit 3 is, indeed, a trendy activity / fitness tracker. While most similar wearables by the competition feature a more utilitarian and practical design which the user is stuck with after the purchase, Garmin’s well-priced product offers different looks. For a price, of course…
Specifically, after buying the Vivofit 3, users have the opportunity to buy fashionable wristbands from either Garmin’s own Style collection, or a new series of wristbands designed by Jonathan Adler. Available design range is huge, ranging from a cameo band to a blue Godard-like chevron pattern. These wristbands will cost an additional $40.
Apart from the design, Garmin Vivofit 3 is just like any other fitness tracker. However, it is upgraded with backlit display, waterproofing for up to 50 meters (164 feet), one year of battery life (using coin cell batteries) and auto-tracking of different training activities such as running, biking, swimming and elliptical training.
On the other hand, Vivofit 3’s bigger and more advanced brother – the Vivoactive HR – has all of the features found on the Vivofit 3 and more… hence the higher price tag. The Vivoactive HR is a fitness tracker / smartwatch hybrid. With a full-on display, this device shows incoming calls, text messages, emails and even calendar alerts coming from your smartphone.
Needless to say that the Vivoactive HR also has the fitness tracking capabilities of the the Vivofit 3, but it also features GPS, thus being able to track how many floors the wearer has climbed, along with new activities that include rowing, skiing and snowboarding.
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