Monday, September 4, 2017

Garmin vívosport and vívoactive 3

The new Garmin vívosport and vívoactive 3 were just announced at IFA 2017. These new wearables combine all-day heart rate, GPS, water resistance, and smart notifications. Those are all the features I really need in a fitness-focused wearable. When you add a touch screen and mobile payment, those features are simply icing on the cake.

In some ways, the vívoactive 3 resembles the fenix 5. However, the fenix do not have touch screens and don't support mobile payments.

Fitbit also recently announced their Fitbit Ionic, but I'm waiting to see what types of smart notifications that device will support. Traditionally, Fitbit has only supported call, text and calendar notifications. Garmin devices support more types of smart notifications.

So, while everyone is out to compete against the success of the Apple Watch, it seems like the Fitbit Iconic and the Garmin vívoactive 3 may gain more traction then many of the Android Wear devices on the market. I'm still waiting to see the Misfit Vapor.

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