Take your pick Garmin Vivoactive 3 and Forerunner 935/Fenix 5

Garmin Vivoactive 3 is like a swiss knife of activity tracking, just like Forerunner 935/Fenix 5.

In here, we would be taking Fenix 5 and Forerunner 935 as a single unit. As Fenix 5 is similar to Forerunner 935, having same functionality and user interface. However, the former has a compact fiber- reinforced polymer casing and bezel, thus it is slightly cheaper than the latter.

Design: Garmin Vivoactive 3 vs Forerunner 935/Fenix 5

With a square and chunky design, Vivoactive 3 was launched at IFA Berlin and is an upgraded version of Vivoactive HR.

Both Garmin Vivoactive 3 and Forerunner 935/Fenix 5 share the following features: optical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, electronic compass, barometric altimeter, a thermometer to measure outside temperature and GPS/GLONASS.

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Forerunner 935/Fenix 5
Measurement: 43.4×43.4×11.7mm Measurement:
Forerunner 935: 47x47x13.9mm
Fenix 5: 47x47x15.5mm
Weight: 43 grams Weight:
Forerunner 935: 49 grams
Fenix 5: 85 grams
Unisex watch
Diameter: 30.4mm Diameter: 30.4
Pixel resolution: 240×240 Pixel resolution: 240×240
Memory-in-pixel (MIP): easy to read and vibrant
Sunlight visible and transflective  
Touchscreen 5 metallic buttons on both sides
On left side: back-light switch and up & down button
Or right side: start/stop and back button
Internal memory: 64MB

Take your pick Garmin Vivoactive 3 and Forerunner 935 Fenix 5

Features: Garmin Vivoactive 3 vs Forerunner 935/Fenix 5

The functionalities of both fitness trackers include distance, floors, calories, standard steps and all day stress monitoring. With the facility of sleep tracking, both units provide you with detailed info on last night sleep on your accompanying smartphone app.

Next morning, the optical heart rate sensor will give you real-time information on heart rate zones during exercise. In addition, it informs you about Cardio Fitness Level (VO2 Max).

Along with running, swimming and cycling tracker, you would get additional inbuilt activities such as trail running, skiing, hiking, golf, paddle sports and much more. Also, Forerunner 935 /Fenix 5 support triathlon as a single sport.

When you go for running, both the units provide you info on your distance, elevation, pace and split times. When you switch to swimming, they give details on calorie burn, duration, lap counts and more.

Above all, built-in GPS tracker gives you the liberty to concentrate only on exercise, you will easily find your way back with its GPS tracker.

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Forerunner 935/Fenix 5
Moderate information on sports activities More depth information
Two additional metrics: Training Load and Training Status to know whether you are overdoing your exercises or slacking off
Built-in NFC chip: stores credit card information

Final verdict: Garmin Vivoactive 3 vs Forerunner 935/Fenix 5

Forerunner 935/Fenix 5 and Garmin Vivoactive 3, both have similar look and same specification. With them, you would get water-resistance, great battery life, and built-in GPS.

Forerunner 935/Fenix 5 would suit better to those who seek detailed information on their activity performance and athletes. Moreover, you would get advanced info on your cycling, running and swimming activities like Training Status, Training Load, Recovery Time, Lactate Threshold, Performace Condition, Aerobic Training and much more.

However, for an average person who is not interested in hard-core exercise can go for Vivoactive 3, one can think of it as a ‘Lite version of Forerunner 935/Fenix 5.

Source: http://gadgetsandwearables.com/2017/10/15/garmin-vivoactive-3-or-fenix-5/

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