Garmin's range of activity monitors has grown today. Two new models were announced before the start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. I've already told you about the Garmin Vivoactive HR, so now it's time to dedicate a little love to the other device we met today, the Garmin Vivofit 3 bracelet. It is, to all intents and purposes, a renewal of the Vivofit 2.
The main new feature is the Garmin Move IQ function, which automatically detects the type of activity you are doing. The sports you can recognize are walking, running, cycling, swimming and elliptical cycling. And before you continue, just to be clear, swimming is simply a sport, not counting strokes or distance. That is, it only counts the activity to determine the level of calories consumed. Of course, this new feature does not eliminate the possibility of starting an activity manually at any time.
Now it has a new screen, square format (rectangular in the case of Vivofit 2) and somewhat smaller. It is backlit and as usual, in addition to displaying the time (now also with an optional analog dial) will report the number of steps taken, calories, distance and minutes of intensity per week, putting you on target to reach 150 minutes in those seven days. And continue to show the bar of inactivity, to try to keep you always active.
The battery is not rechargeable, but has an autonomy of one year. After that time, change the battery (uses a CR1632 button cell) and keep moving. And don't forget that, as with Vivofit 2, it is compatible with ANT+ pulse sensors for a better calculation of the calories consumed during the activity (except during swimming).
Vivofit 3 will be compatible with a lot of different style straps, so combining it with your personal aesthetics will not be too complicated, because activity monitors are becoming more and more fashionable accessories.
Garmin Vivofit 3, availability and price
The Garmin Vivofit 3 bracelet will arrive throughout the month of April with a price of 120 ?, in white or black. The straps that are sold as accessories will come in packs of 2 units (except those in relief, which will be three), with prices ranging between 30 and 40 ? per pair.