The Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS smartwatch encourages you to “Play harder, work smarter, live better”. The GPS allows you to monitor your Run, bike, swim, golf, ski and more with a smorgasbord of fitness functionality. Outside of your more active moments, you can receive smart notifications such as call, text, email, social media alerts and more. Or even Customise your watch with more than 1,300 apps, watch face designs, data fields and widgets from Garmin Connect IQ™ store.
Coming in at Garmin’s mid price range it is an excellent watch that is really a fitness masterpiece.
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There are apps aplenty with the Vivoactive. First up the Garmin Connect App: With any smartphone, it is a very simple, yet useful app to use. Creating a Garmin account takes about a minute and connection from the watch to the app is very straightforward. You can sync the app as often as you like if you want to. You can view your HR stats, sleep stats and so on much more in-depth on the app or on the Garmin Connect website. The Garmin Connect app appears to be very detailed and the phone syncs your activities quickly, it’s early days and there’s so much info to take in so there is a bit of a learning curve to understand all the different menus.
There are free downloads for customisable watch faces, stats widgets, and apps from Connect IQ, Garmin’s 3rd-party app developer site. Using the IQ app you can upload numerous watch faces making it look different day to day. It’s great fun to mess around with the look. One such watch face is the “Actiface”. It provides: battery life, date, time, steps, calories burned, max steps, distance moved and calories for the week. It’s a great way to get a lot of info at a glance.
An example of some downloadable apps are:
with plenty of add-ons to the Garmin Connect App
The battery life is very good and has impressed with how quickly it charges to 100%. The rechargeable battery lasts through all your activities with up to 3 weeks in watch/activity-tracking mode or 10 hours using GPS. Garmin has come up with a top product that will meet the needs of a wide audience, varying from causal joggers to fitness professionals.
Comes with built-in running, cycling, golf, swimming and activity tracking apps that follow your progress. The running feature tracks your pace, time and distance. The golfing feature allows you to download golf course maps from over 38,000 courses worldwide, measure shot distance and support individual scorecards. The cycling feature allows you to measure time, distance and speed. With the swimming feature, you can track distance, pace and stroke rate. The activity tracker counts your steps, calories burned and distance throughout the day. The Garmin Vivoactive has a similar feature to the Apple Watch, when you have been “inactive” for too long it alerts you to stand up and start moving – a pretty nifty alert if you are working in an office.
Sleep tracker: This is very accurate and tells you how well (and in some cases for me, not so well) you slept. As for the usability of the watch during exercise one great feature is that the screen swipes worked effortlessly in the water. The wet screen causing no problems at all, it measures strokes and swim distance and you can also have laps so you know if you’ve had a break or not.
There are Apps for almost every sport imaginable, including swimming, indoor rowing, and golf (it even has golf course maps) and an app store for the ones no-one has thought of yet
Garmin has come up with a top product that will meet the needs of a wide audience, varying from casual joggers to fitness professionals. The problem with many of the other fitness trackers is they don’t track movements as well as this Garmin does. So you really get a good sense of how much physical activity you’ve been doing.
Out of the Box
- Garmin Vίvoactive HR
- Charging/data clip
- Quick start manual