Garmin Vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch

Editor rating

4.0/5 on February 19, 2017

User's rating

1,822 reviews

PROS

  • Tracks almost everything
  • Smart notifications
  • Water resistant to 5 ATMs
  • Interchangeable watch bands
  • Multiple, customizable alarms

CONS

  • An unreliable heart rate monitor during vigorous exercise
  • Finicky touchscreen
  • Clunky design
  • HR suffers at high intensity

VERDICT

The verdict on this one is quite simple, why don’t you have it already? There is not much more that you could ask for from a fitness watch than the Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch offers. It comes with all round fitness tracking and smart notifications so that you stay up to date. If you are on the lookout for a fitness watch that comes with some accurate GPS tracking, a big screen and resistance to water damage then this is the choice for you. The fact that this device is a jack-of-all-trades means that it can serve all from newbies to fanatics and even extremists. Though the device is not perfect in terms of design, it more than makes up for this in functionality. This is one gadget that should be on your wrist as soon as possible.

The Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch is proof that Garmin has not let the stiff competition that it is getting from Samsung, Fitbit or Apple slow it down in any way. They are still perfecting their devices further in their effort to produce the perfect GPS fitness watch. The Garmin Vivoactive HR is Garmin’s second try at producing an all rounded sports watch. Among all of the company’s products, this is the only watch that is designed to do it all in the fitness niche. Covering everything from running to golf to swimming to fitness tracking and also managing to include some smartwatch notifications in the mix. And if that is not good enough, the watch also manages to cover indoor cycling, cross country skiing, indoor running and so much more.

Garmin Vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch Key Features

  • All-round fitness tracking
  • Compatible with Android and iOS smartphones
  • Optical heart rate monitoring
  • Daily activity tracking
  • Garmin Connect App paring
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Product Description

Unlike the other sports products from Garmin, especially their previous attempts as a do-almost-everything GPS fitness smartwatch, the Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch is a complete reinvention. The only thing that it has in common with its predecessors is the rectangular touchscreen design. This is a watch that was built for its functionality and all-around performance than anything else.

The device comes with a 20.7 by 28.6 mm touch screen, two buttons and a waterproof case the houses the biometric altimeter, GPS, electronic compass and the Elevate optical heart rate monitor from Garmin. It can be paired with most Android and iOS smartphones via Bluetooth, syncing the data using -the Garmin Connect app. The vivoactive HR seems to shine brighter than most where activity tracking is concerned. It successfully tracks physical activity, sleeps and rest cycles. The battery of the Vivoactive HR is also quite commendable with around 5 days of battery life with all features being used in full effect.

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