a new wearable gets released every few weeksfrom different companies. and the newest fitness tracker to get releasedas of now is the garmin vivosmart 3. but who knows, in about a few weeks theremight be a brand new wearable to review. but until then, i thought it would be a goodidea to put the brand new garmin vivosmart 3 up against the now 6 month old fitbit charge2. so which should you get? lets find out. price wise, both of these fitness trackersare competitively priced. the fitbit charge 2 comes in 6 color ways,and currently retails for $148.95 or $179.95
depending on the color. amazon also randomly puts the fitbit charge2 on sale from time to time. the garmin vivosmart 3 on the other hand currentlyonly comes in 2 color ways, black or purple. im not sure if more color ways will be releasedin the future. but both color ways retail for $139.99. iâ€™ll have links in the description if youwant to pick either of these up. when it comes to the design these fitnesstrackers are pretty different. the fitbit charge 2 is slightly more premiumwith its stainless steel housing, removable wristbands, and a side button that has a verysatisfying click to it.
where as the garmin vivosmart 3 is mostlymade out of silicon, and when the screen is off it just looks like a black live strongbracelet. fitbit gives you the option to mix and matchyour wearable with your outfit if you’d like with swappable wristbands, where as with garminwhat you get is what you’re stuck with. but when it comes to actually wearing thesethings i have to say the garmin vivosmart 3 is more comfortable. its slightly lighter and a bit slimmer andsome times i forget i’m even wearing the thing compared to the fitbit charge 2. the wrist band on the vivosmart 3 is alsoslightly more flexible and stretchy than the
charge 2â€™s which allows it to conform alittle better to your wrist. its just a small observation of mine. when it comes to features both fitness trackershave a built in heart monitor and can track your heart rate all day, they both have anoled screen thats easy to read in most environments, they both connect via bluetooth and have a30 foot range, they’re both rechargeable with a battery life of around 5 days dependingon how active you are, they both track your steps taken, distance walked, flights climbed,calories burned, they can both automatically start tracking your workouts, they track yoursleep quality, and they both can show you basic phone notifications.
but these trackers do have some big differencesbetween them. for starters the garmin vivosmart 3 is waterproof while the fitbit charge 2 is not. if youre a swimmer and you’re looking forsomething to track your stats and count your laps while you swim then the garmin is foryou. the vivosmart 3 can also track your stresslevels. but like i said in my initial review, trackingmy stress levels and having guided breathing sessions on my fitness trackers isn’t a musthave feature. i honestly feel like its just a gimmick. one cool feature the garmin vivosmart 3 hasthat i wish the fitbit charge 2 did as well
is rep counting capabilities. again like i said in my initial review, itsnot 100% accurate and is really suited towards full body or upper body exercises but itsstill cool to have. and probably with future firmware updates garmin will improve it. also, keep in mind neither of these fitnesstrackers has a built in gps, so if you’re a runner youâ€™re still going to need to bringyour phone along. when it comes to accuracy, these fitness trackersperformed relatively the same. first you have to understand the accuracyand precision of a wrist mounted heart rate monitor is not as good as a chest strap orany medical grade equipment for that matter.
so their readings will be off from time totime. for the most part, the heart rate readingat rest were between 2 or 3 beats of one another. when actually working out i found the heartrate difference between the two was as high as 10 beats beats per minute at times. and i did find the garmin was consistentlyreporting a similar heart rate reading to the heart rate monitor found on the treadmilli did my morning cardio on. but there were times where the garmin couldn’tpick up a heart rate at all or was completely wrong while the fitbit was spot on. and viceversa. if you want to get the best heart rate readingfrom a fitness tracker you have to play around
with how tight you wear it. i found the garmin likes a tighter fit, whilethe fitbit preformed better with a looser fit. although the screen on these trackers aresimilar in size, the way you interact with them and the way they are used is pretty different. fitbit opted in to use a screen that isn’ta touch screen, but instead reacts to the force from tapping. its a good solution so you can still use thescreen even when its drenched in sweat. but it can be a little annoying when the screendosnt pick up the taps so you sometimes have
to try multiple times. but for the most part you scroll through thedifferent menus and initiate workouts through a series of taps, and button presses. garmin on the other hand uses a more conventionaltouch screen that you navigate through via a series of taps, swipes, and long presses. its also fairly accurate when its wet as well,but still has a few missteps. its not perfect. but garmin does take better advantage of thescreen real estate. but like i also said in my initial review,the screen on the garmin vivosmart 3 can look
a little cloudy at times, which is prettyannoying. i just feel like it lowers the over all quality. and just as you’d expect, both of these fitnesstrackers have their own phone application. and like i said in the garmin vivosmart 3review, garmin’s connect app is to windows and fitbitâ€™s app is to apple. both apps will display the information thatscollected by their respective trackers and gives you a better understanding of your physicalactivity. they both also have social aspects to themand have medals and challenges to win to help keep you motived.
they try to make fitness into game. but fitbitâ€™s app manages to show you yourinformation in a much more elegant manner and its much easier to navigate. garminâ€™s app on the other hand manages togo a little more in-depth, but the app isn’t as well laid out and the ui has some roomfor improvement. for those thinking about giving the vivosmart3 as a gift to an older, non tech savvy relative just be ready to constantly walk them throughthe app. cause i’m still trying to figure it out. if youâ€™re looking for something thats deadsimple and looks nice, fitbitâ€™s app is the
way to go. so which would i pick? although i really like the garminâ€™s slimmerand lighter design, its more flexible wrist band which helps with comfort, its water proofdesign, and its touch screen user interfaceâ€¦ its foggy screen and the dated garmin connectapp design make me lean towards the fitbit charge 2. im a fan of the hardware for sure, but theyneed to update the garmin connect app. and maybe they will, but i do like the garminconnect app because it lets me input way more stats about my workout and does go deeperinto the break down.
but in general, i would still recommend thefitbit charge 2. its simple to use and its app shows you morethan enough information. and fitbit is constantly improving it. but if fitbit is working on a charge 3 i wouldlike to see it be water proof, have a slimmer design, a more flexible wristband, and maybea larger screen with smaller bezels.