Garmin Vivofit 3 vs Fitbit Charge HR
Vivofit 3 is a basic inexpensive waterproof fitness tracker from Garmin which does a good job with basic fitness tracking like steps, calories, distance and sleep. Unlike Fitbit Charge HR, it doesn’t have any advanced features like altimeter or a heart rate sensor.
Garmin Vivofit 3 key features and drawbacks
Garmin Vivofit 3 vs. previous generations
The previous two generations of Garmin Vivofit series of activity trackers Vivofit and Vivofit 2 had a horizontal screen orientation. However, Vivofit 3 has a vertical screen orientation which is ideal for most people. Vivofit 3 also has five different watch faces that can be easily changed according to your preference.
Vivofit 3 can automatically sync all your workout information with the phone application. This was done manually with Vivofit 2 which can be quite inconvenient.
Fitbit Charge HR key features and drawbacks
Fitbit Charge HR vs. Garmin Vivofit 3
Garmin Vivofit 3 fitness band is better for your training workouts because it pairs wirelessly with most ANT plus enable heart rate monitors and therefore you get spot on calories burned data during your workouts. It also displays your heart rate zone.
Another advantage is that you can go swimming or take a shower with your Vivofit as it is water resistant up to 5ATM. Garmin Vivofit is much more customizable than Fitbit Charge HR. You have the option to set different screens for your device. You can also customize the home screen from the application.
You do not need to charge your Vivofit activity tracker as it is powered by a non chargeable battery. However you will need to replace it after around 12 months. Charge HR on the other hand needs to be charged every 5 to 7 days.
Fitbit Charge HR has a built-in optical heart rate sensor which gives you 24/7 heart rate data. The HR data from an optical sensor is less accurate than an external chest strap HR sensor. However the optical sensor data is better than just having accelerometer data for basic activities.
Both Charge HR and Vivofit 3 can automatically synchronize your workout statistics with the phone app using Bluetooth. Both of these wearable devices have auto sleep and wake detection.
Fitbit Charge HR can detect stairs climbed while Vivofit devices cannot track elevation as they lack an altimeter.
Charge HR has a small call notification smartwatch feature which Vivofit lacks. Vivofit also lacks the silent alarm technology as it does not have a vibration function.
Lastly, Fitbit application is very user friendly and is among the best in terms of usability and it has a great layout. The Garmin mobile app is much cluttered and difficult to navigate.