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The Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker is so much more than an activity tracker. It also acts as a smartwatch and has an impressive list of features. If you’ve been looking for a wearable tech device that has an impressive list of features, will track your activities, is light and comfortable then look no further the Garmin Vivosmart could be what you’re looking for!
I’ve been trying to increase my daily physical activity so I was more than happy to say yes when the opportunity came along to review the Garmin Vivosmart activity tracker. I received the black one in large, normally I would take a small size band as I have very small hands, seriously my hands are quite small, I fit into children’s gloves. However, I wanted the option of my husband being able to wear the Garmin Vivosmart as well so that he too could test it out and to get him more active too.
As you may be aware Garmin is known for the high quality GPS units and now they’re moving to the wearables tech area and in my opinion they’re off to a good start. The large size band did surprisingly fit both my husband and myself. I had to put it on the last natch but it was a good fit, not snug but not loose that it would move around a lot and it definitely would not come off. It fit like I would want my watch to fit on my wrist.
Here it is on hubby’s wrist.
Here it is on my wrist and see it fits and there’s nothing sticking out, not too snug or loose.
The other side of the band.
Here’s a picture of both of our hands so you can get an idea of how it fits on different size wrists.
It is a slim flexible band that is similar to many of the activity tracker bands you’ve seen out there but it also has a hidden display. All you have to do is double tap the 1.35 x 0.14-inch, 128 x 16 resolution display to reveal the time and date and from there you can check your activity and more. You can also set up the Garmin Vivosmart display to activate when you raise your hand. I prefer to do the double tap. It’s a bright OLED touchscreen and it is tiny as it’s of course limited to the band, however I didn’t find it difficult to see.
Unfortunately I found it hard to capture the lighted display on my photos. There’s a slight blur from the lights, this is not how it looks when you’re looking directly onto the display, it is quite clear. The Garmin Vivosmart is also waterproof up to 5 atm so theoretically you can wearing it while swimming or in the shower. I haven’t test out that particular theory yet.
If you look in the reflection you can see that the text is clear which is how the display actually is
To charge it you have to plug it into a clamp and that plugs into an USB, it’s easy to do but a bit awkward. I think the next upgrade of this great device would be able to just plug the unit directly.One of the features I find that I use daily besides checking my step count is using the vibrating silent alarm feature.
Here’s the clamp you have to use to charge the Garmin Vivosmart
It’s easy enough to put on but I think it’s one of the few things they can improve upon on the next model
I use the silent alarm for those 5am mornings I have to get up, it wakes me up but no one else. I also use it for reminders throughout the day, it’s extremely useful along with the “move bar”. If you’ve been inactive too long which in my case usually means working away on my computer you’ll get a notification to well get up and moving. It occurs if you’ve been inactive for an hour, you’ll get a gentle vibration on your write and onscreen it will say “move”. This is now a must have for me as I get so busy working that I forget to get up and stretch my legs and walk around. We need to get away from those computers more often and now with the Garmin Vivosmart you can!
This particular Garmin Vivosmart also comes with a heart rate monitor, that’s an added bonus. It doesn’t go on your wrist though of course it’s worn across your chest. I admit though I haven’t gotten into this yet as I’ve only had my Garmin Vivosmart for a short time so I’m working my way up to it. It’s a bonus though and I’m thrilled it’s included.
There are way too many features on the Garmin Vivosmart to go over but my favorite ones are as follows:
- Displays steps, calories, distance and time of day
- Vibration alerts for calls, texts and emails from your smartphone
- Easy operation using touch and swipe
- Inactivity alert reminds you to move
- Auto goal keeps you challenged
The Vivosmart comes in all black but you can also select ones with an underside color of mauve, violet, dusty blue or gray.
- Vivosmart features a sleek, invisible display that comes to life when you get a notification or when you give the band a tap. Then the OLED display shines through the band to reveal your steps, distance traveled, calories burned, time of day and more.
- Up to 7 days of battery life and I can say yes it did last 7 days which is far better than a Fitbit I’ve tried.
- On-device data fields/screens – Daily step count, goal countdown, inactivity timer, distance, calories, time of day/date, heart rate, bike speed, VIRB action camera/remote, music player controls
- History – Stores up to 3 weeks of 24/7 activity data on device between syncs, or up to 2 weeks if a heart rate monitor is used 1 hour per day
- Supports heart rate and heart rate zone – Yes (when used with an ANT+ heart rate monitor)
Overall I love the convenience of having a smartwatch activity tracker. I don’t have to keep looking at my phone for either the time or to see if I’m meeting my activity level goals. I can set reminders, check my notifications and more I haven’t even had a chance to try. The Garmin Vivosmart has a lot of features packed into this wearable device and I look forward to figuring them all out if hubby doesn’t claim it has his own first!