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Quantify your daily hustle.
You rise at dawn to sneak in a morning run or gym workout, only to juggle multiple projects and hectic happenings at the office, then head home to cook diner and relax for the evening. Stay on top of your crazy schedule, daily activity levels, and exercise output with the Garmin VivoSmart residing on your wrist in slim style and flexible comfort. This 24/7 activity watch features an OLED display that fades into the watch's background when it's not in use, only coming to the forefront when you receive a smartphone update, track your daily steps, or monitor current fitness levels.
The VivoSmart features Garmin's Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology, giving you an accurate indication of your workout and run intensity, as well as providing a better glimpse into your fitness level by estimating your VO2 max and fitness age. 24/7 activity monitoring tracks steps throughout the day, overall distance on walks/runs, elapsed time on runs, floors climbed in office buildings, calories burned throughout the day, and more. Move IQ automatically detects when you're cycling, walking, running, swimming, and training indoors. Plus, you can upload all of your exercise stats to the Garmin Connect app (iOS, Android, Windows Phone) for in-depth analysis on your smartphone or tablet.
Please note, the small/medium fits wrists with circumferences of 4.8 to 7.4 inches; the large fits wrists with circumferences of 5.8 to 8.5 inches.
- Slim activity watch with wrist-based heart rate
- Garmin's Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology
- OLED display disappears when the watch isn't in use
- Daily activity, exercise, sleep, and stress tracking
- Tracks steps, distance, reps taken, VO2 max, fitness age
- Syncs with Garmin Connect app (iOS, Android, Windows Phone)
- Fully submersible for swimming use (meets 5-ATM standards)
- Bluetooth Smart for receiving smartphone updates
- Item #GRM008L
- Q & A
Not terrible, but not amazing
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Ok, so I like this tracker enough that I think it was worth what I paid for it, which was less than $100 because it was on sale. I would NOT pay the original asking price for this tracker though, and here's why:
It doesn't do everything it claims to do. It says that it can tell the difference between when you're walking, climbing stairs, or riding a bike. This is not the case. It can tell when I'm walking, but has NEVER figured out when I'm riding my bike, even after I've been riding for 15 minutes or more. It has also failed to figure out when I am climbing steps, and does NOT track altimeter even though it says it does. I live in Ithaca NY, I hike a gorge several times a week to get to my workplace, yet the app says I only climb one flight of stairs a day. The entire gorge is flight after flight of stairs, so the inaccuracy of this is pretty egregious. There is no GPS tracker, so there is no way for the device to figure out what kind of movement you're doing based on velocity or anything, it's all based on wrist movement. So if I wear it while I'm brushing my teeth, I've suddenly walked 300 steps. Again, this tracker is good enough for what I paid for, which again was LESS THAN $100 ($83.99 to be specific). I would definitely not buy this for the original asking price because it leaves a lot to be desired and you will probably be disappointed. I certainly would have been, given that this is friggin Garmin and they are famous for their GPS trackers so you would think they would be able to step things up a notch for $140. Yikes.
Do a nice job
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
From him: "I loved analog watches, and I refuse to buy a digital watch to track my activity on an everyday basis (office work). That's why I was looking for a nice and discreet tracker to use on my right wrist. This is really comfortable and has a lot of info/data that now I can use to accomplish a better lifestyle :D"
I love this thing
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
It is perfect for keeping you in check, and you want to meet your everyday goals to see the animation