Another fitness watch activity tracker thingamajig? I know, right? But this one’s a little different. The Garmin Vivoactive is a fitness watch and activity tracker, yes. But it’s so much more than that. It contains smartwatch features like phone notifications, music control, and support for widgets. You can download these widgets and apps from the built in Garmin Connect IQ app store. It’s also waterproof, so you can take it in the pool for a few laps with you, too. This is the best bang for buck watch Garmin offers.
Garmin Vivoactive The Review
Okay, here we go. The Garmin Vivoactive is a slim activity tracker / smartwatch that you can wear all day, before, during, or after the gym. Its toned down aesthetics make it blend into whatever outfit you’re wearing, no matter the occasion. The built in Sports Apps on this watch allows for tracking of a handful of different sports with their pre-programmed algorithms. For Running, you’re able to track time, distance, pace, and calories burned. There is Golf tracking which remembers hole number, par, green distance, etc. There’s also a scorecard feature so you can keep track of who’s winning. The bike tracking lets you know the distance, time, and speed. It also keeps track of time, distance, and number of strokes while swimming. Waterproof! There is another feature which I found pretty motivating, so to speak. There is a Move tracker that will tell you to get off your butt and “move!” when your activity level goes down. Did you think we were done? Nope, the Garmin Vivoactive is just getting warmed up. What sets it apart from the pack are its intuitive “Smart Notifications.” The Vivoactive syncs seamlessly with your smartphone or other bluetooth enabled device (iPod Touch, etc.). A gentle vibration will alert you to incoming call, text, email, or calendar notifications from your cellphone. Interacting with these notifications is easy thanks to the responsive touch screen. If you’re feeling limited by the customization options that come with the phone, never fear, just log in to the Connect IQ app store and browse through a pretty sizable selection of apps, widgets, even new watch faces. And if you’re the type of person to tire of the same colors, or you just really like to accessorize, there are an additional 7 wristbands that you can buy separately, including two leather ones. Click here for more information about the Garmin Vivoactive.
Garmin Vivoactive, A Mans Perspective:
If you want a smart watch, get an Apple Watch. If you’re not an Apple fan (or just can’t afford it), then get one of those Samsung or Moto 360 watches. If what you want is a dedicated activity tracker, then you’re probably going to want to look into this. And, with its smart features and subtle design choices, this thing can blend in whether you’re at a gym session or a job interview. Impressive.