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.
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
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|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|
|Release date||January, 2022||September, 2019||September, 2019||September, 2019|
|Predecessor||Garmin Vivomove HR||Garmin Vivomove HR||Garmin Vivomove HR||Garmin Vivomove HR|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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 size||1.1 inches||1.1 inches||1.3 inches||1.2 inches|
|Display resolution||72 x 154pixels||64 x 132 pixels||64 x 132 pixels||240 x 240 px|
|Pixel density||154.5 PPI||—||—||—|
|Custom watch face||No||No||No||No|
|Bluetooth||ANT+, Bluetooth||ANT+, Bluetooth||ANT+, Bluetooth||ANT+, Bluetooth|
|GPS||(connected GPS)||(connected GPS)||(connected GPS)||(connected GPS)|
|Memory card slot||No||No||No||No|
|CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY|
|Third-party apps alert||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Pulse oximeter (SpO2)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Incidental fall detection||Yes||No||No||No|
|Underwater heart rate tracking||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|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|
|Operating system||Proprietary OS||Proprietary OS||Proprietary OS||Proprietary OS|
|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|
|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|
Garmin Vivomove Sport vs 3s vs 3 vs Luxe: Design, Display, Activity Tracking and Battery Life Compared
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.
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?
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.