It’s a big week for the wearable industry’s top players.
And with its longer-than-average battery life (seven days in smartwatch mode; 13 hours in GPS mode) and accessible pricing ($299.99 to $329.99 depending on model), it looks well positioned to compete with Apple and Fitbit in the category.
For a pure-play sports wearable, it’s fairly attractive. The Vivoactive 3 has a relatively slim, round face—a welcome change from the thick-and-blocky faces of past Garmin smartwatches.
Top and above: Garmin Vivoactive 3 models (courtesy of Garmin)
Naturally, it’s packed with high-tech goodies: a top-notch GPS system and heart rate sensor; more than 15 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps, including yoga, running, and swimming; stress monitoring and VO2 max calculation features; and support for third-party watch faces and apps.
And like the Apple Watch and the Fitbit Ionic, the new device packs NFC for contactless payments. The Vivoactive 3 also debuts Garmin’s proprietary app for payments, Garmin Pay, which supports Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards through a virtual Garmin Wallet.
So you can track your jog up to the Starbucks, swipe your wrist to buy a chilled espresso, and monitor your run back home.