Garmin Vivomove Sport vs 3s vs 3 vs Style vs Luxe – A Detailed Comparison

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The latest hybrid smartwatches from Garmin is the Vivomove Sport which was announced at the just concluded CES and released alongside the Fenix 7 and Epix series. It’s the latest member in the Vivomove series which now has a total of five members in total. The new Sport hybrid smartwatch is a cheaper option that comes in a very lightweight design but lacks an altimeter and a stainless bezel. Beyond the slight differences, it has similar features with every other model in the series. This guide takes a look at the Vivomove Sport vs Vivomove 3 vs Vivomove 3s vs Vivomove Style vs Vivomove Luxe – What’s the difference? Which model is right for you? We’ll discuss all the features each of these has to offer to help you make a more informed decision.

Vivomove Sport vs Vivomove 3 vs Vivomove 3s vs Vivomove Style vs Vivomove Luxe
Garmin Vivomove Luxe is the most prestigious – Source: Garmin.com

Before we proceed, you should know that a hybrid smartwatch is different from a regular smartwatch. This is because this type of smartwatch has a physical arm like a traditional watch with a hidden display. Thus, all the models in the Vivomove series have a physical arm with a hidden display that lets you see tracked data, notifications, calendars and more.

Garmin Vivomove Sport vs 3s vs 3 vs Luxe: Full Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Garmin Vivomove Sport Full Specifications, Features, Pros, Cons and Price

Garmin Vivomove Sport Full Specifications, Features, Pros, Cons and Price

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Garmin Vivomove 3 Full Specifications

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Garmin Vivomove Luxe Full Specifications

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Price $149.99 $199.99 $179.99 $179.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Garmin Vivomove Sport Garmin Vivomove 3S Garmin Vivomove 3 Garmin Vivomove Luxe
Device type Fitness/Hybrid Smartwatch Fitness/Hybrid Smartwatch Fitness/Hybrid Smartwatch Fitness/Hybrid Smartwatch
Gender Unisex Women Unisex Unisex
Release date January, 2022 September, 2019 September, 2019 September, 2019
Predecessor Garmin Vivomove HR Garmin Vivomove HR Garmin Vivomove HR Garmin Vivomove HR
Successor
Versions Garmin Vivomove 3, Garmin Vivomove 3S, Garmin Vivomove Luxe, Garmin Vivomove Style Garmin Vivomove 3, Garmin Vivomove 3S, Garmin Vivomove Luxe, Garmin Vivomove Style Garmin Vivomove 3, Garmin Vivomove 3S, Garmin Vivomove Luxe, Garmin Vivomove Style Garmin Vivomove 3, Garmin Vivomove 3S, Garmin Vivomove Luxe
BODY BODY BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 40 x 40 x 11mm 39 x 39 x 10.9 mm 44 x 44 x 11.3 mm 42 x 42 x 11.9 mm
Weight 33.8 38.6g 46.1g 55.5g
Shape Circular Circular Circular Circular
Case material Fiber-reinforced polymer Fiber-reinforced polymer Fiber-reinforced polymer 18K rose gold/PVD coating, 24K Gold, Stainless steel
Strap material Silicone Silicone Silicone Leather, Stainless steel
Bezel material Fiber-reinforced polymer Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap size 20 mm 18 mm 20 mm 20 mm
Screen protection Chemically strengthened glass Chemically strengthened glass Chemically strengthened glass Sapphire glass
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Black case/black band, Cocoa case/cocoa band, Cool-mint case/cool-mint band, Ivory case/ivory band Blue/blue band, Dust-rose/dust-rose band, Light-sand/light-sand band, Navy/navy band Powder-gray case/powder-gray band Gold case/black band, Gold case/white band, Rose-gold case/light-sand band, Rose-gold case/rose-gold band, Silver case/navy band, Silver case/silver band
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.1 inches 1.1 inches 1.3 inches 1.2 inches
Display type OLED OLED OLED AMOLED
Display resolution 72 x 154pixels 64 x 132 pixels 64 x 132 pixels 240 x 240 px
Pixel density 154.5 PPI
Always on
Custom watch face No No No No
Input type Touchscreen Touchscreen Touchscreen Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth
Bluetooth calling No No No No
GPS (connected GPS) (connected GPS) (connected GPS) (connected GPS)
NFC No No No Yes
Wi-Fi No No No No
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM
ROM
Memory card slot No No No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None None None
SIM type None None None None
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio No No No No
Bluetooth music No No No No
Loudspeaker No No No No
Microphone No No No No
Camera No No No No
Radio No No No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter No Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light No No No Yes
Barometer No Yes Yes Yes
Compass No No No No
ECG No No No No
Gyroscope No No No
HRM Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Thermometer No No No No
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blood Pressure No No No No
Calories Yes Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No No No
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes Yes Yes
Floors climbed - Yes Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection Yes No No No
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking Yes Yes Yes Yes
On-screen workout No No No No
Sport modes Yes Yes Yes Yes
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type
Battery capacity
Battery life Smartwatch mode: up to 5 days, Watch mode: up to 14 days Smartwatch mode: up to 5 days, Watch mode: up to 14 days Smartwatch mode: up to 5 days, Watch mode: up to 14 days Smartwatch mode: up to 5 days, Watch mode: up to 12 days
Charging type USB charging USB charging USB charging USB charging
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar charging No No No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset
CPU
GPU
Operating system Proprietary OS Proprietary OS Proprietary OS Proprietary OS
MISC MISC MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Garmin Connect Garmin Connect Garmin Connect Garmin Connect
Compatibility Android, iOS Android, iOS Android, iOS Android, iOS
Payment system None None None Garmin Pay
Interchangeable strap 20mm, Yes 18mm, Yes 20mm, Yes 20mm, Yes
Voice command No No No No
Find my phone Yes Yes Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Garmin Vivomove Sport, Manual, Straps Charger, Garmin Vivomove 3, Manual, Straps Charger, Garmin Vivomove 3, Manual, Straps Charger, Garmin Vivomove Luxe, Manual, Straps
Price$149.99$199.99$179.99$179.99

Garmin Vivomove Sport vs 3s vs 3 vs Luxe: Design, Display, Activity Tracking and Battery Life Compared

Vivomove Sport vs Vivomove 3s vs 3 vs Style vs Luxe
The differences between all the units in the Vivomove series

Design – Vivomove Luxe has the most durable design followed by Vivomove Style

In terms of design, each of the Vivomove units has a very decent design that’s stylish, durable and classy. There are no many differences between the different models except for differences in sizes, colors, and material used.

The Vivomove Luxe is the most advanced of the series, it has the most premium design and this explains why it’s priced higher than every other model. The Luxe comes in a stainless steel case laced with either 24k gold or 18k gold/titanium finish. The Luxe unit is paired with either Italian leather or Milanese band. The bezel is made of stainless steel while a domed sapphire glass protects the display. Going by these materials, it’s one of the toughest smartwatches.

Meanwhile, the Vivomove Style follows up with an aluminum case and aluminum bezel that makes it very lightweight. The straps come in two materials, silicone or woven nylon which is priced higher. The display is protected by a domed Corning Gorilla Glass 3 material.

The Vivomove 3 and 3s have the same materials. These two come in a fiber-polymer case paired with a silicone strap and stainless steel bezel while the display is protected by a chemically strengthened glass.

While the new Vivomove sport comes in a very compact size made of a fiber-polymer case and a chemically strengthened glass. It lacks a bold bezel but rather has a blushed bezel made of the same material as its case. This leaves with a rather sporty appearance which obviously explains the name.

The Luxe and Style have the same dimension of 42 x 42 x 11.9 mm, while Vivomove 3 has the largest size of 44 x 44 x 11.3 mm. Meanwhile, Vivomove sport has a dimension of 40 x 40 x 11.0 mm, and Vivomove 3s has the most compact size of 39 x 39 x 10.9 mm. It’s also the slimmest. The Luxe and Style are somewhat thick at 11.9mm, but still on average when compared to other smartwatches.

The strap size for all the units is the same industry standard of 20mm except for the Vivomove 3s which has an 18mm strap size.

The Luxe is available in 6 colors while the Vivomove Style is available in 4 colors. Vivomove 3 is available in one color, while 3s come in 4 colors. The Vivomove Sport also comes in 4 colors.

Looking at the weights, the Vivomove Sport weighs the least. It comes at just 19g which makes it the most comfortable to wear. Vivomove 3 weighs 29.6g and 3s weighs 24.5g. The Style weighs just 25.5g while Luxe weighs the most at 44.5g. All weights are excluding straps.

In terms of price, Luxe with a Milanese stainless steel band is priced at $595. It’s $550 for the Luxe units with an Italian leather band. Similarly, Vivomove Style with woven straps will cost you $300, while those with a silicone strap are priced at $250.

Vivomove 3 and 3s are priced the same at $199, while Vivomove Sport is priced at $179, and is the cheapest.

In all, based on the design, the Luxe has the most sophisticated design of every other unit in this series.

Display – Vivomove Style and Luxe have AMOLED dislays which is more colorful and easier to read

The display in the different models also differ. The Vivomove Sport, 3 and 3s all have the same display type powered by OLED. Although, the Vivomove Sport has a slightly more colorful display that makes it easier to read.

The Luxe and Style have AMOLED powered display. This is a more colorful display that is very easy to read. Moreover, unlike the other units, these two have dual displays that allow you to see more. There is also an ambient light sensor on these two that auto regulates the brightness of the display so that you can see what’s on the screen very clearly in every light condition.

All models have touch-sensitive displays that let you interact with the watch. The smart display is hidden and only comes up when you swipe or touch the screen.

Vivomove Sport and 3s have the smallest display sizes of 1.1 inches, Luxe and Style have the same display sizes of 1.2 inches while Vivomove 3 has the largest display size of 1.3 inches.

Activity Tracking – Vivomove Sport lacks altimeter but welcomes incidental fall detection, LiveTrack and more profiles

Vivomove Sport lacks an altimeter and as such, it can’t count floors. It also lacks the ability to track cadence (steps per minute). Beyond these, it has the same fitness tracking features as every other unit. Each has a heart rate sensor, accelerometer and blood oxygen sensor.

As a result, any of the models will track your heart rate plus the ability to alert you when your heart rate is too low or high. Each of these will also track your sleep when you wear it to sleep. Other features include stress monitoring, blood oxygen measurement, hydration, and mindful minutes.

A body energy battery that lets you see how fit you are for the next workout is also available, so also is fitness age and menstrual cycle tracking for women.

All the models lack inbuilt GPS, rather they can connect to your phone GPS to track outdoor activities. There are also preloaded sports modes to choose from in the companion app. All tracked activities can be viewed in detail from the Garmin Connect app which available on both Google Playstore and Apple App store.

The Vivomove Sport features incidental fall detection – a feature that lets the watch start a call to a preset emergency contact when it detects a hard fall. You can choose a number to call from the Garmin Connect app and when the watch detects a fall it will start a call as long as your phone is nearby. It also features LiveTrack as well as more sports profiles.

Notifications and Payments – Only Vivomove Luxe and Style support Garmin pay

Each of the models will alert you when you receive a notification from your phone. You also have the option to reply to notifications with preset quick replies (supported on Android only)

Meanwhile, only Luxe and Style comes with Garmin Pay. This is a non-contactless payment system that lets you make payments directly from the watch. The other units lack this feature.

Battery Life

The battery life of all the models is the same except for a slight difference. With Each of these, you can get up to 5 days of battery life. And with watch mode activated, you can get up to 14 days of battery life and 12 days with the Vivomove Luxe and Style units. Note that watch mode disables smart features like notifications and activity tracking, leaving only time.

Garmin Vivomove Sport vs 3s vs 3 vs Luxe: Which is Right For You?

Vivomove Sport vs Vivomove 3 vs Vivomove 3s vs Vivomove Style vs Vivomove Luxe
The Vivomove Luxe is the best choice – Source: Garmin

Except for the Vivomove Sport which lacks an altimeter and has a less expensive design, there are no too many differences in features between the different models. It all depends on your budget of which the Vivomove Luxe is the most sophisticated. It’s made of high-end premium materials which is why it’s priced higher than other models.

Vivomove Style is also a premium choice, and it features Garmin Pay just like Luxe. And if you are low on budget, the Vivomove 3 or 3s are also great choices, while the Vivomove Sport makes a great entry level option.