Garmin vívofit 2 Activity Tracker: Stay on top of your fitness goals using this activity tracker, which features a move bar to alert you when you have been inactive for too long. Water resistance up to 164' enables use in the shower.
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Better than Fitbit
Posted by: literod from: on
I bought a Ftbit flex for my wife and the Garmin vivofit2 for me. After one day, we exchanged the Fitbit for another Garmin.. The Garmin is a bit thicker, but, for good reasons that make it a better product. (1) It has a replaceable battery meaning you don;t have to take it off and charge it every few days. (2) The clasp locks, meaning it won't come off your wrist like the fitbit has a tendency to do. It is also easier to clasp than the fitbit (important if you have arthritis in your fingers). (3) Its waterproof which means you don't have to take it off to shower. (4) It has a screen that displays most of the up-to-date data, unlike the fitbit which does not. You can only read the fitbit data on your smart phone. While the fitbit is constantly updating the phone, you have to tell the Garmin to sync to your mobile (or computer) app, but it's painless and quick. And, you don't have to update all that often because you can read the data on the device.(5) It tells the time and has a stop watch feature to time workouts . The Garmin has the same information as the Fitbit (the calorie intake with the Garmin is uploaded through Myfitness.com, but that syncs with the Garmin apps.) I had trouble getting accurate step counts on the treadmill with the Garmin, but, following the advice on the Garmin website, I put the device in my pocket, and got the accuracy I was looking for. This device is easy to use and I liked it so much better than the Fitbit. It came out earlier this year and already the software has been updated to offer the same features as other activity trackers.
46 out of 46 found this review helpful.
Most Reliable Wrist Worn Tracker That I've Found
Posted by: SomwhereUpNorth from: on
I have the Fitbit One and love it but was sick of transferring it every time I change clothes and being unable to easily check my stats on the go. I've had the Fitbit Flex before and while it works fairly well at what it does, it doesn't have the display to easily glance down and see while out and about. Tried the Charge for one hour and couldn't even deal with how fragile it felt. Enter in the Garmin Vivofit 2.
Pros - No need to charge, waterproof, fairly comfortable on your arm, nice large display to glance down and see your stats while on the go (if you don't want others to see them just switch it to the watch function and you're set), backlit display to see day or night and also displays clearly in the sun. Tracks sleep and has an activity timer (big bonus!). Others have mentioned syncing issues but I have never experienced this (and hope not to).
Cons - Not as attractive as some other options out there but overall it's not as bad as I thought it would originally look. It does pick up more arm movement than my One did but that is common for all wrist worn trackers. Garmin Connect needs many more upgrades, but after playing around it is not too bad and offers many of the features that the Fitbit app offers.I definitely miss the vibration alerts on the Flex but am hoping that this option could be pushed out with a software upgrade...
I did compare stats a couple of days and this tracker was within a few hundred steps of my Fitbit One at the end of the day (sometimes even closer, which is very decent for fitness trackers). The Vivofit 2 may pick up more arm movements and a few less while pushing a cart but still is right on par at the end of the day with my torso-worn Fitbit One.
STROLLER PARENTS - This tracker picks up more steps than my Flex did. I was peeved one day after wandering Target only to find out I had walked 28 steps in a half hour time frame while pushing a stroller. The Vivofit 2 works great with my jogging stroller and seems fairly accurate (at least while on activity mode, haven't used it on regular mode with it but assume it would be the same). There used to be a couple thousand step difference after a walk between my One and Flex and there is not even close to that discrepancy between my Vivofit 2 and One.
Overall I am so glad to have found this tracker and hope it continues just as it has been! If so it will make my transition over to Garmin from Fitbit fairly seamless (especially if Garmin Connect continues to improve it's app).
15 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Works as described
Posted by: JayDPiii from: Nashua, NH on
I did NOT want a smart watch, i wanted something that did basic fitness and had a battery, not a daily or weekly chargeable. Garmin ViviFit2 does just that. Plus I can wear it kayaking! Do not like the Garmin Coonect and that only select few Bluetooth. But that's OK.
13 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Love the battery
Posted by: yamahatime from: Central, MN on
Everyone seems so hooked on Fitbit, the garmin does all that the Fitbit does but with the Garmin, there is no recharging the battery every 3-5 days. It also displays whatever you want including the time constantly without having to push a button.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Not for long term use...
Posted by: ActiveRunner from: on
Before we get started, I want to write about how I use this product..I take the band out when taking shower but have it on while I wash my hands during daily routine...
This product worked fine for about an year..Once I changed the batteries, the water started leaking into it when I wash my hands and finally the display stopped working..Please see the photos enclosed to this review..
During the year of usage also, the product have issues synching with bluetooth most of the time. I had to pair the product multiple times with my phone to make it sync..Some times the synching would stop in the middle if you hadn't synced the product in few weeks...
I wouldn't recommend this product for long term use...Now, I am afraid that all the Garmin products have this kind of issues...I own lot of Garmin products but now Garmin lost me forever as a customer as far as the wearables are concerned...
15 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Good waterproof tracker
Posted by: Jake from: on
Favorite feature of the Vivofit 2 - it is waterproof. Wear it all day at the waterpark without any issues. The Garmin Connect app pairs well with the My Fitness Pal app to help keep me motivated to move more and eat better. The weight is starting to come off. : )
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
The best activity tracker
Posted by: ommm from: san diego ca on
I have tried several activity trackers (vivofit 1, Polar loop, Fitbit Surge, Withings Pulse O2, Withings Avtivite Pro, Samsung Gear) and without a doubt the vivofit 2 is the best, easiest to use and the fact you don't need to recharge it has no comparison
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great fitness tracker for anyone
Posted by: Hbunn from: on
This is a great fitness tracker for the beginner or experienced person who wants to keep track of their activity. Because it also is a watch and gives you the date, you only need wear one device. The band comes in multiple colors and 2 sizes (both come with purchase) for the person with small or large wrists. It syncs easily and you are able to sync it to Lose It or My Fitness Pal if you use those sites to monitor your dietary intake. If you have questions, support services is excellent. I think that this is just the best!
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Better than fitbit
Posted by: jben from: on
My son had the vivofit till he lost it. Got this one as a replacement. Loved the last one and this one is improved. Better clasp so it won't fall off, and backlit for nighttime and audible signals. Don't bother with fit its! These are better.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Off on tracking steps... BAD!
Posted by: RunningMom from: on
I did research and watched countless YouTube videos over the Garmin vivofit. I wanted something to help track my running distance as I progressed. (Training for a half marathon.) The day I purchased it, I got it all setup to use the next day for running. I went to the gym and ran on a treadmill. The distance on the treadmill and the vivofit were two different numbers. After noticing the drastic difference I went to the stair climber. I did NOT hold the handles as I knew it would not count if my arm was not moving. After only finishing 100 steps my vivofit said I only did 65. WTH!? I knew after that, this was a bad choice. After syncing it with the app it did NOT show i ran anything only logged steps. Kinda defeats the purpose, Today (day three) of having the vivofit I got up and turned off sleep mode. After taking a shower, getting my kids up and ready for school, making lunches I was already at 184 steps. I went to blow dry my hair and just by standing still and blow drying my hair my steps went up to 348. 348!?!? Come on! On my way to work, I looked down and my steps were being counted as I WAS SITTING IN MY CAR DRIVING! I am beyond frustrated and annoyed with this purchase. I will be taking this back today and just stick with using the Under Armour app and taking pictures of my results on the treadmill. I will NEVER recommend this to anyone nor will I understand how the other people that gave this 4 or more stars got their's to work properly.