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Do NOT Buy Garmin Vivoactive 3 Right Now — Too Many Quality Issues. Wait!

by Anura Guruge


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I am not saying this lightly or out of any malice. It grieves me to say so (and right now I am a Garmin shareholder (though that is likely to change)).

I returned the 2nd — yes SECOND — Garmin Vivoactive 3 on Monday. I have had two that have failed since November 16. That is crazy.

There is a definite issue with quality.

When Garmin tells me that users like I should get the Fenix 5 rather than a VA 3 you know that they know something that they really do not want to let on.

I was the 10th person to report the barometric altimeter fail.

The second VA3 I got was noticeably better than the 1st — which, given that I preordered it (in Gunmetal)) — which had to have been from a very early batch.

Lovely watch. One of the nicest and MOST feature rich. That I have to now make do with a butt ugly Fitbit Ionic breaks my heart.

Yes, I could have got a 3rd VA 3. I was offered one. I said NO THANK YOU. I can’t take it.


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by Anura Guruge

I Am Replacing My Cursed Garmin Vivoactive 3 With A Butt Ugly Fitbit Ionic!

by Anura Guruge


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I hope I am doing the right thing.

But, after having TWO (2) Garmin Vivoactive 3s fail on me within 3-months I just couldn’t take it. ‘They’ all tell me I should get a Garmin Fenix 5. The Fenix 5 is clunky and does not have a touchscreen.

I have a history with Fitbit and it isn’t good!

But, there is NOTHING else out there, other than the Fitbit IONIC, that comes close to my needs — other than the clunky Fenix 5.

The Ionic is butt ugly. Even uglier than the Garmin Vivoactive HR that I replaced with the ‘3’ because the ‘3’ looks good.

Luckily I have my Samsung S3 Frontier to use as my dress watch.

So, I am done with Garmin for now.

I might be regretting this by Monday!

IF I could just get by till there is a Fenix 6.


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by Anura Guruge