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Garmin - Vivosmart Activity Tracker (Large) - Black

Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker: Track your steps, calories, sleep and other health data, and enjoy access to a free online fitness community. This activity tracker reminds you to move when you sit still for too long, automatically sets a daily step goal based on your current activity level, and has a sleek, invisible OED display that comes to life when you get a call or text.

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$129.99
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Best Buy Customer Reviews

1
Vivosmart OLED screen goes out, makes it unuseable Posted by: from: on I purchased my first Garmin Vivosmart close to a year ago. Since that time I have returned it 4 times for the same reason, the OLED screen will go out. I read that OLED screens go out 4 times faster than standard LED screens. Also they are more sensitive to water, even if the vivosmart is supposed to be waterproof to 50 meters. Other than that one major flaw, it is an awesome device. The only problem is without the screen it is basically useless. The OLED does allow the device to be thinner and sleek, which makes it one of the most attractive fitness bands on the market, but not at the expense of not having a display at all. My wife's and my sister in law's have also gone out. So that is a total of 6 devices that I know of that have this issue. I feel like it is a much broader issue, yet I don't think Garmin has addressed it publicly. They really should do a recall on all of them.

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

5
Great combo of fitness tracker and smartwatch Posted by: from: Rockville, MD on I bought this to replace a Jawbone Up I had had for a few years. I had been looking at the Apple Watch, but it just seemed like an awesome smartwatch with a built-in fitness tracker. I just wasn't sure that's what I needed. The Vivosmart though is more like a fitness tracker with some built-in smartwatch functions. It does a good job of tracking steps, sleep and all of that as well as letting you know when you've been idle too long. I haven't figured out how to set alarms yet, but I haven't really tried. Also, as a bonus, the misplaced phone feature is pretty slick. You click on it, on the band, and your phone makes a unique sound while a metered bar lets you know if you're getting closer. It's a little pricier than some of the others, but it feels solid and it has a good mix of features that are working well initialy.

12 out of 13 found this review helpful.

5
Does everything I need Posted by: from: on I wanted to dislike this device because I wanted to justify not keeping it. $170 is a lot of money for a pedometer but it accomplishes so much more that I had to keep it. First, it replaces my watch since this shows time and date. Second, any alert/ notification I have set on my iphone will display on the vivosmart. Its nice to be able to read full text messages or see who's calling me without taking my phone out of my pocket. Third, I can control music playback on my phone (pause/play, skip forward/back). Forth, I use it as an alarm clock. It has a powerful vibration that wakes me up from deep sleep. Fifth, I only need to charge it once a week. Sixth, it simply works. It connects and syncs to my iphone without any problems. Smartwatches on the market do more, but they are bulkier and heavier. Plus they need to be charged every day. The Vivosmart is so light you don't even know its there.

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

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Breaks after3-4 months Posted by: from: on I purchased my first VivoSmart in November 2014 and in the last 18 months have had more due to screen failures. The screen technology (both display and touch) are not good enough for an Activity Tracker, perhaps sufficient for just those who walk and fun (hiking, cycling, kayaking, yardwork are overly strenuous on this device). I had high hopes for Garmin technology (still have a GPS map device from 2002 working well) but their latest products with the "get it to market quick" approach have lost the reliability of the older products.

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

4
Great Features Posted by: from: Frisco, TX on I owned a Fitbit, Jawbone 24 and finally a the Garmin Vivosmart. I have to say that I love the notification features - I have it paired with an iPhone 5 (iOS7) with no issues. The app is not as sophisticated as Jawbone however, but with updates, I don't see it being too far behind. I somewhat question the accuracy of the step-counter... and considering this is a fitness band, this could potentially be a major drawback. I have a newborn son - When I rock him in my arms, the band has some difficulty telling the difference between a step and an arm rock. That said, I can't really blame the armband, because the motion is almost identical. All in all, I'll be sticking with the Vivosmart, though, as it's more comfortable than the Jawbone (in my opinion), and I love the notification features.

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

5
Fabulous! Posted by: from: on Haven't utilized a quarter of the options yet, but, having switched over after 18 months of dedicated Jawbone UP use, cannot say enough about the VivoSmart. Incredible design! After just two weeks, feels like part of my body. Ease of use is A+++, from easy checking of time underwater while swimming laps (ahhh!) to that same time check at 3am just by lifting your wrist (wow!) to step checks. Love the silent alarm function, easy sync with MyFitnessPal and Withings smart scales, goal setting, ...and like I said, I have only tapped a small number of the options so far. Adding a few every few days as I learn. JUST DO IT...LIGHT YEARS BEYOND THE OTHER BANDS!!!

8 out of 8 found this review helpful.

2
Bad experience Posted by: from: on I purchased a vivosmart in Nov 2014. It is now June 2015 and I am working on my fourth exchange with Garmin's customer service team. Although they are understanding that the product has simply malfunctioned four different times it is still rather annoying to have to go though the return and exchange process once let alone four times. The first time the clear plastic film came off the back of the tracker and washed all the serial numbers and other information off the back of the device. I short time after the screen became unresponsive. The second time the screen froze and was missing pixels. The third time the screen became very faint and you could not read any of the information even on the highest light setting. And when you touched the device and the screen woke up the device became very warm. I mean out of the ordinary I don't want this on my wrist warm. The customer service team has been good exchanging the devices out. And I enjoy the tracker as I use it everyday when it is working. However, to deal with sending it back and then not having one for roughly two weeks is so not fair for the $180.00 I paid for the device. At this point I would think they would offer me some kind of credit or a heart rate monitor. Something to show rather then just respond to this post that they actually are understanding of my experience. Anyhow, the Garmin Vivosmart is a nice model when it works, but as Ive said having to send for a fourth device after shelling out 180 bucks has frustration written all over it.

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

4
Does what i hoped it would do Posted by: from: Levittown, NY on Way back when, I used a BodyBugg to track (no longer supported), then I moved on to Fitbit devices (kept falling out of pocket when I sat) which I used for a year or two, and I tried a fitbit wristband (flex?) but It kept falling off... I tried an up24 but the large size didn't fit comfortably... I've been using up until this point for 6-9 months a Samsung Gear Fit.. I was happy with the gear fit, but it didn't synch with a food database (or any other online database# so I couldn't match my calories burned to what I was taking in. Now I have the VivoSmart and : 1# It records my steps, converts them to a total daily calorie burn #which gear fit did not do, but fitbits did# 2# It Synchronizes to MyFitnessPal, which has a great food database #if not a ton of ads, which I guess keeps the service free# 3) It stays on my wrist and does not fall off #again, the fitbit devices were difficult in this department) 4) Like the gear fit, this gives me breaking news notifications #from apps), e-mail, text, and I've come to rely on the vibration for incoming calls so I don't miss them #especially if i'm in a noisy place). What I don't like: 1) It doesn't seem to give me a chart for activity throughout the day like fitbit did, but that was kind of just something pretty to look at and not necessarily useful. 2) Maybe it's just a coincidence, but the first day I owned the device the web service which supports the device was down completely for at least 6 hours. Also The service is still reporting issues with myfitnesspal, though it seems to be working with current data for me.

8 out of 8 found this review helpful.

5
Love it.. Posted by: from: on This is a great product and I love it I wanted to get back into the gym so I bought this so that I can track how many steps I walk everyday on top of going to the gym and I'm only averaged between 5 to 6000 steps a day not even knowing that. I am glad that I bought this product it is also good 4 knowing how many calories you burn and if u are out of range of your phone it vibrates on your wrist when you are out of its Bluetooth range and it also vibrates when you receive phone calls it is waterproof and very helpful especially when you are a active person.

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

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Third time was not the charm Posted by: from: on Getting a third replacement from Garmin for a display issue in less than a year. The first two had broken displays where vertical lines appear. They sent a replacement the first time knowing this was an issue and not yet having a solve. So my third Vivosmart had a complete display failure after about three months. I'm exasperated in dealing with Garmin and tired of being told they are doing me a favor by paying for me to ship the defective merchandise. They fail to understand they are taking a bad situation and making it worse. Will never buy a garmin product again. I understand products fail but Garmin puts too much responsibility on the customer to fix Garmin's error.

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

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