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Garmin Vivosmart HR Activity Tracker: the review

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Tech specifications



Smart Activity Tracker with Wrist-based Heart Rate

  • Sleek band is comfortable to wear all day, and the always-on display shows your stats, even in sunlight
  • Displays steps, distance, calories, heart rate, floors climbed and activity intensity
  • Receive text, call, email, calendar and social media alerts²
  • Control your music and your VIRB® action camera (sold separately) all from your wrist
  • Reminds you to stay active with move bar and vibration alert

Wrist-based Heart Rate

vívosmart HR smart activity tracker¹ with Elevate™ heart rate technology measures heart rate at the wrist 24/7. That gives you the freedom to work out with no additional heart rate strap needed. Using heart rate, vívosmart HR provides calories burned information and quantifies the intensity of your fitness activities, providing better credit for your efforts. You can even use your vívosmart HR as a heart rate strap on your wrist when paired with other compatible Garmin devices.

More Than Just Steps

In addition to measuring steps, calories and distance, vívosmart HR measures floors climbed with its integrated barometric altimeter. Whether you’re going for a run or trying out a new gym class, it measures your activity intensity with intensity minutes. This feature lets you monitor your progress against activity goals recommended by health organisations.

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Smart Capabilities

Stay active and connected with vívosmart HR activity tracker. Each time you receive a notification from yourcompatible smartphone, it gently vibrates and automatically displays the information. Simply touch and swipe the screen to read more. Other connected features allow you to control music and your VIRB action camera (sold separately) or find your misplaced phone.

vivosmart HR

Beat Yesterday, Every Day

vívosmart HR learns your current activity level, then assigns an attainable daily step goal. As you meet your milestones, it will adjust your goal for the next day, gradually nudging you toward a healthier lifestyle. Throughout your day, it reminds you to stay active with a move bar and vibration alert if you’ve been inactive for 1 hour. Go for a short walk to reset the inactivity timer.

Get Connected

vívosmart HR activity tracker automatically syncs with your smartphone throughout the day to save your stats to our free online community. AtGarmin Connect™, you can save, plan and share your activity and beat yesterday in your daily step count. Connect with other users to challenge and compete. For detailed calorie tracking, you can create an account atMyFitnessPal and link it to your Garmin Connect account. This allows you to compare calories consumed to total calories burned, which vívosmart HR records throughout the day.

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¹Activity tracking accuracy
²When paired with a compatible smartphone

ANTBluetooth


Physical & Performance

Physical dimensions Band sizes: 136-187 mm (Regular); 180-224 mm (X-large); Width: 21.0 mm; Thickness: 12.3 mm
Display size, WxH 25.3 mm x 10.7 mm
Display resolution, WxH 160 x 68 pixels
Touchscreen
Negative mode display
Weight 29.6 g, Regular; 32.0 g, X-large
Battery Rechargeable lithium battery
Battery life Up to 5 days
Water rating 5 ATM
Barometric altimeter
Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone)
Vibration alert
Music control
Find my phone
VIRB® control

Running Features

Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod)

Performance Features

Heart rate monitor
Heart rate-based calorie computation
Calculates calories burned

Activity Tracking Features

Step counter
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep)

Garmin Connect™

Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer)

Additional

Additional
  • Calculates floors climbed: yes
  • Intensity minutes: yes
  • Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology

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Raffaele Schiavullo
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ADMINISTRATOR - Senior 3D/Virtual Reality Specialist and Automotive HMI developer - Working in London and "insanely" passionate about technology and its creative applications