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Amazon Price: $249.99 $249.99 (as of January 16, 2019 5:38 pm –
Run, bike, swim, golf, ski and more with vivo active HR, the GPS smartwatch with Elevate wrist heart rate technology. Outside of your more active moments, its built-in activity tracker counts steps throughout the day and measures calories burned. The sunlight-readable, high-resolution touchscreen features smart notifications such as call, text, email, social media alerts and more. Customize your watch with more than 1,300 apps, watch face designs, data fields and widgets from our Connect IQ store. Battery charge lasts through all your activities with up to 8 days in watch/activity tracking mode (no GPS) or up to 13 hours using GPS.
Garmin Vivoactive review
I bought this activity tracker for my wife as she likes to track her workouts and activities. I’ve previously purchased a Fitbit charge HR, Samsung Gear Fit2, Polar Loop and several others that I can’t remember for her but they have all fallen short in some or many respects. The Garmin isn’t perfect and from my experience with these devices none of them are but this one does has some advantages. The Garmin syncs data automatically with your smart phone, unlike the Samsung or Fitbit which you had to sync manually. The Garmin charges quickly and effortlessly unlike the Samsung which had charging issues. The Fitbit didn’t have charging issues but the battery was much smaller also. The menu is fairly easy to navigate and the touch screen is responsive. There are a number of different workout and activity options such as “inside” vs “outside” running which allows you to track the difference when running on a treadmill or on the open road. The one negative that I have found with the Garmin is that the screen is dim when inside even at the highest brightness setting. Apparently it is a known issue with Garmin or it was designed that way to conserve battery life, not sure which is the case but the screen is noticeably dimmer than the Samsung screen when indoors. Outside it’s not as much of a problem. My wife said that the Garmin looks like a “man” watch and I have to agree that it is larger than the Fitbit or Samsung. Many people are wearing smart watches these days so it doesn’t look strange for a female to be wearing a larger style watch anymore. I’d say that it isn’t any larger than an Apple watch or other similar device. The Garmin is supposed to be water resistant which hasn’t been tested and she hasn’t had it long enough to say how durable it is but so far it seems to be holding up well to its intended use. The Garmin heart rate monitor is accurate and on par with a blood pressure cuff when I tested it. The Garmin falls in the average price range for similar style devices and it provides notifications such as text messages and Facebook postings as well. Recently my wife had her IPhone 6 and Garmin nearby and the Garmin notified her of the text notification before her cell phone did. Overall she is happy with the device compared to the previous ones that she has tried. I would recommend this Garmin watch.
Wow, I’m impressed!
Great smart watch. I like it better than my fit bit that quit working. I can’t wait to log all the swimming I’ll be doing this summer! I like that it tells me when I’ve been sitting too long and need to walk. I can view my text messages right there on the screen. I can answer a call if I have problems getting to my phone in time. I still need my phone, but it allows me to answer before it forwards to voicemail. I like that it tells me when it disconnects from my phone (so if I leave my phone anywhere it will notify me before I get too far away!.) I like the color screen and the butterfly watch face that I was able to download. I like the fact that I can change the band for something less bulky. Didn’t buy the new band yet, but planning to. I get to choose what I want to display and even set up challenges for myself, or with others. The battery lasts forever (4-6 days) and charges very quickly (20-30 min tops). I wish my phone was like that!
This so far is a good purchase, very happy
UPDATE: ( My opinion and observation) I have had this watch for a few months now and still functions like a charm. I keep the sensors clean and now have a screen protector in it. The battery still lasts 5 to 7 days before needing charged. The only issue I have found thus far, CLIMBING stairs, it’s not very accurate. Steps and heart rate are only off by a very small percentage, maybe 2% up or down I feel. As a personal trainer myself I know that none of these watches are 100% accurate, however this one is at the top of its kind in performance in my opinion. So I am still very happy with this product.
I am very happy with my new watch.
Love this watch and the service from the company. I do a lot of water exercise classes and needed something that could be used in the water. My first one stopped working the first time I tried it in the water but it may have been my problem as I kept trying to hit new buttons while in the water. The return and replace couldn’t have been easier and the new one works just fine. Since there is no option for senior fit or water aerobics I use “inside walking” and it seems to give me a good accounting of my activity. I only need to charge it about every ten days, not like my fit bit which couldn’t go in the water and seemed like it needed charging every other day. This watch still estimated calories even when charging based on my weight and age etc. It also charges very quick. It charged nearly 60 percent in about 45 minutes when I needed to charge it yesterday morning. I normally charge it at night.
Good watch, hopefully better waterproofing than OG VivoActive
I bought this to replace my Garmin VivoActive after it failed twice in two years from swimming laps. Garmin’s customer service was always top notch and even sent me a replacement after my warranty expired(Bought one, two months later it died in the water and they sent a replacement. That one died right after the original warranty expired but are still sending me a new(refurbed) one)). This has been great so far, i just hope it holds up better than the vivoactives i had before. Will update if something changes!