Fitbit Charge 2 Vs Garmin Vivosmart 3 ON SALE!

A new wearable gets released every few weeks
from different companies. And the newest fitness tracker to get released
as of now is the Garmin Vivosmart 3. But who knows, in about a few weeks there
might be a brand new wearable to review. But until then, I thought it would be a good
idea to put the brand new Garmin Vivosmart 3 up against the now 6 month old Fitbit Charge
2. So which should you get? Lets find out. Price wise, both of these fitness trackers
are 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 Charge
2 on sale from time to time. The Garmin VivoSmart 3 on the other hand currently
only comes in 2 color ways, black or purple. Im not sure if more color ways will be released
in the future. But both color ways retail for $139.99. I’ll have links in the description if you
want to pick either of these up. When it comes to the design these fitness
trackers are pretty different. The fitbit Charge 2 is slightly more premium
with its stainless steel housing, removable wristbands, and a side button that has a very
satisfying click to it. Where as the Garmin Vivosmart 3 is mostly
made out of silicon, and when the screen is off it just looks like a black live strong
bracelet. Fitbit gives you the option to mix and match
your wearable with your outfit if you’d like with swappable wristbands, where as with garmin
what you get is what you’re stuck with. But when it comes to actually wearing these
things i have to say the Garmin Vivosmart 3 is more comfortable. Its slightly lighter and a bit slimmer and
some times i forget I’m even wearing the thing compared to the Fitbit Charge 2. The wrist band on the vivosmart 3 is also
slightly more flexible and stretchy than the charge 2’s which allows it to conform a
little better to your wrist. its just a small observation of mine. When it comes to features both fitness trackers
have a built in heart monitor and can track your heart rate all day, they both have an
OLED screen thats easy to read in most environments, they both connect via bluetooth and have a
30 foot range, they’re both rechargeable with a battery life of around 5 days depending
on 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 your
sleep quality, and they both can show you basic phone notifications. But these trackers do have some big differences
between them. For Starters the garmin VivoSmart 3 is water
proof while the fitbit charge 2 is not. If youre a swimmer and you’re looking for
something to track your stats and count your laps while you swim then the Garmin is for
you. The Vivosmart 3 can also track your stress
levels. But like i said in my initial review, tracking
my stress levels and having guided breathing sessions on my fitness trackers isn’t a must
have feature. I honestly feel like its just a gimmick. One cool feature the Garmin Vivosmart 3 has
that i wish the fitbit charge 2 did as well is rep counting capabilities. Again like i said in my initial review, its
not 100% accurate and is really suited towards full body or upper body exercises but its
still cool to have. and probably with future firmware updates garmin will improve it. Also, keep in mind neither of these fitness
trackers has a built in GPS, so if you’re a runner you’re still going to need to bring
your phone along. When it comes to accuracy, these fitness trackers
performed relatively the same. first you have to understand the accuracy
and precision of a wrist mounted heart rate monitor is not as good as a chest strap or
any medical grade equipment for that matter. So their readings will be off from time to
time. For the most part, the heart rate reading
at rest were between 2 or 3 beats of one another. When actually working out i found the heart
rate difference between the two was as high as 10 beats beats per minute at times. And I did find the garmin was consistently
reporting a similar Heart Rate reading to the heart rate monitor found on the treadmill
i did my morning cardio on. But there were times where the garmin couldn’t
pick up a heart rate at all or was completely wrong while the fitbit was spot on. and vice
versa. If you want to get the best heart rate reading
from a fitness tracker you have to play around with how tight you wear it. I found the garmin likes a tighter fit, while
the fitbit preformed better with a looser fit. Although the screen on these trackers are
similar 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’t
a touch screen, but instead reacts to the force from tapping. its a good solution so you can still use the
screen even when its drenched in sweat. but it can be a little annoying when the screen
dosnt pick up the taps so you sometimes have to try multiple times. But for the most part you scroll through the
different menus and initiate workouts through a series of taps, and button presses. Garmin on the other hand uses a more conventional
touch 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 the
screen 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 pretty
annoying. I just feel like it lowers the over all quality. And just as you’d expect, both of these fitness
trackers have their own phone application. And like i said in the Garmin Vivosmart 3
review, Garmin’s connect app is to windows and Fitbit’s App is to Apple. Both apps will display the information thats
collected by their respective trackers and gives you a better understanding of your physical
activity. They both also have social aspects to them
and have medals and challenges to win to help keep you motived. They try to make fitness into game. But Fitbit’s app manages to show you your
information in a much more elegant manner and its much easier to navigate. Garmin’s app on the other hand manages to
go a little more in-depth, but the app isn’t as well laid out and the UI has some room
for improvement. For those thinking about giving the vivosmart
3 as a gift to an older, non tech savvy relative just be ready to constantly walk them through
the app. Cause I’m still trying to figure it out. If you’re looking for something thats dead
simple and looks nice, Fitbit’s app is the way to go. So which would I pick? Although I really like the Garmin’s slimmer
and lighter design, its more flexible wrist band which helps with comfort, its water proof
design, and its touch screen user interface… its foggy screen and the dated Garmin Connect
app design make me lean towards the Fitbit charge 2. Im a fan of the hardware for sure, but they
need to update the Garmin Connect App. And maybe they will, but i do like the garmin
connect app because it lets me input way more stats about my workout and does go deeper
into the break down. But in general, i would still recommend the
Fitbit Charge 2. Its simple to use and its app shows you more
than enough information. And fitbit is constantly improving it. But if fitbit is working on a Charge 3 I would
like to see it be water proof, have a slimmer design, a more flexible wristband, and maybe
a larger screen with smaller bezels.

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