Keep an eye on steps taken, calories burned and more with this Garmin Vivosmart 010-01317-50 activity tracker, which features an included heart rate monitor chest strap for heart-rate readings. The alarm makes it easy to wake on time.
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The best fitness tracker so far.
Posted by: BimmerMechanic from: Baltimore, MD on
Let me start off by saying that the 1 star reviewer clearly had some kind of defective unit, or did not follow the instructions.
I have the Large Vivosmart in Black, and it came bundled with an HR Monitor. The Vivosmart and HR Monitor come in a small box with "frustration free" packaging, and a small plastic loop for the vivosmart band much like a leather watch would. There appears to be plenty of adjustability on the large model, even for medium or extra large wrists. My wrist is about 7 3/4" and i have it latched about 50% of max. The Vivosmart is very comfortable to wear, and has the same general form factor as a "Cause Bracelet". (IE Livestrong etc.)
The Vivosmart is very attractive, and it's most attractive feature is how well it emulates a typical rubber "cause bracelet". Unless really looking, it's easily mistaken for a bracelet with the watch face turned off, and it is one of the main reasons i love it. Who says fitness trackers have to look like one? While there is a noticeable hump, it's not ugly or terribly even evident unless viewed from the side (ie as if looking down your arm). The GARMIN logo is embossed in an aluminum looking logo on the end of one of the straps. This logo does end up facing down, and i find myself resting my wrist on it while typing, so it may scratch over time. This could also be what the loop i mentioned earlier is for.
The display is bright and easy to read. It is highly responsive and I've encountered no lag, or delay. Simply double tapping on the screen wakes it up and the main screen displays time, day and date. This screen, as well as all the others that the watch displays are changeable via the Garmin app or website. Following the simple instructions i had no problem pairing the device to my Note 3, My Windows 7 PC, or to the HR Monitor. My Vivosmart when connected to my Samsung Note 3 can receive notifications and messages from 3 floors away inside my house. The other Bluetooth functions such as controlling music and volume work perfectly with Pandora. On my Note 3, the Pause, Skip Forward, and Skip Backward controls don't work with the normal music player. This is definitely a phone specific issue and in no way a fault of the Vivosmart though.
This fitness tracker has many more features and functions that i have not covered, but they all operate flawlessly. The only functions i have not used are the ones relating to the bike sensors and action camera, and that is because i do not own those sensors/cameras. Overall this is an extremely good buy, and would recommend it to everyone. My wife will be getting one as soon as the purple color becomes available.
Seriously, you won't regret buying this device. Disregard that very poor review.
21 out of 23 found this review helpful.
My favorite so far!
Posted by: Nick from: on
I have had them all; Polar Loop, Fitbit Flex, Garmin Vivofit, Samsung Gear Fit, and of course this one, the Vivosmart. When it comes to activity and fitness there is a few things I look for: accuracy, comfort, ease of use, and durability. The Vivosmart has encompassed all of these things for me, and better than the other bands I've owned. Plus, the fact that it gives notifications from your smart phone is a HUGE plus. Accurate pedometer? Check. Water resistant? Check. Comfortable and lightweight? Very much so! Easy to use? Well, the band itself is very easy to use, but the software is a different story. I agree with those on here that day the software is lacking and confusing. But, you have to keep in mind that software is ever-evolving and improving, and being that the Vivosmart is still fresh, the developers most likely have brainstormed ideas to make it better. I can't knock a multi-function product too hard for lacking in one specific area that's not even attached to the device I paid for.
I like that Garmin has added an improved OLED display with no buttons. That's the thing about the Vivofit that got on my nerves, as it felt like it was something from 2004 and was ugly. The screen on this is nice though, and swiping through the different functions couldn't be easier. I like that the music controls work with all my music apps like Spotify and Pandora, and the watch remembers where you left off so getting back to said music controls only takes a couple taps.
The "smartwatch" aspect of the band is pretty solid. Notifications from selected apps appear as you would imagine. I sent myself a dummy text and email and they both popped up without a hitch, allowing me to read through them by tapping an arrow to scroll down. I even got notifications from games, like when my village was raided in Clash of Clans. That being said, I'm not really sure if that categorizes the band as a smartwatch or simply just a notifier with music controls.
The heartrate monitor that came packaged with the band was a little finicky at first but I finally managed to get it working. I did a few sets of jumping jacks and the HRM stayed snug and gave me an accurate reading. I've seen the Garmin forums where other users were having issues, but so far I have been reluctant.
All in all I'm very happy with the product so far. I'd recommend this to anybody that needs a good, accurate activity tracker that also hates pulling their phone out of their pocket to check notifications (school, meetings, dates, etc). The band is very small and lightweight and can resist water really well (forgot the actual atmospheres, but I know it's safe to swim and shower in). I'm really looking forward to see what Garmin has planned next!
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Great Potential - Software Hinders It
Posted by: JEByrd from: on
I am coming from the FitBit Force, which was recalled because of skin irritation (that did not affect me). So this is review is based on my experience with FitBit devices and supporting application.
When it comes to activity tackers themselves, I look for something that I can wear daily and on the athletic field/court with great software integration. My activity doesn't come from my desk job and I am not a runner. My activity comes from basketball, flag football, and softball. So as great as Moto360, Samsung Gear Fit, etc might be, I need something that can take abuse, provide comfort and flexibility without the fear of scratching it or breaking the screen. To me fitness trackers aren't about style (ie. chrome bezels) so much as they are about functionality and comfort.
The Garmin VivoSmart (w. HR Monitor) is a great piece of hardware that is hindered by a fragmented Garmin Eco-System and its lack of true integration with applications like MyFitnessPal. The tracker itself is light, functional, and has great notification and control features you can access directly from the device itself. It lacks the ability to put it into sleep mode at night and there is no option for tracking stairs or viewing 'high activity periods'
It is completely rubberized (a major + for me) and the display is more than adequate for me - even in direct sunlight.
The software is a whole different story. I use the device with a Samsung Galaxy S5 running 4.4.2 Android. You download and use the Garmin Connect application which has some basic information. The device does sync wirelessly through bluetooth without an issue, but the heart rate monitor is pointless with the application and doesn't register or save your heart rate history. The application supports activities like 'running', but not much else and there is no real way to track other types of cardio. I was hoping that the Garmin software could integrate with other applications, but it really has a hard time integrating with its own applications and devices. That is a major negative in my eyes. They should develop an eco-system that creates seamless integration across the board with most all of their products
*Completely Rubberized (with exception of clasp)
*Comfortable, durable, and light.
*Notification from SMS (w/Privacy Control), Email, and other apps.
*Accurate step count
*Great Heart Rate Monitor
*No direct integration with apps like MyFitnessPal.
*Fragmented and disappointing software from Garmin.
*No ability to activate sleep mode without manually inputting into software.
*No Widgets for Android
As great as the device itself is, the software holds it back. These are things that can be addressed by Garmin, and perhaps they will - but I expected better from Garmin.
I would wear this and continue to use it, but with the announcement from FitBit on the upcoming FitBit Charge, Charge HR, and Surge - I think my days with the VivoSmart are coming to an end unless Garmin does a drastic makeover of their software and removes the limitation they have created with their own eco-system.
15 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Great Product, Very Pleased
Posted by: BLB1957 from: on
I am very pleased with the Garmin Vivosmart. I previously owned both a Fitbit Force and a Fitbit Flex. Although I did not get a rash from the Force, I returned it with the recall and ended up with a rash from the Flex. Fitbit was very gracious and returned my money. I really wanted the Jaybird Reign, but when I found out that the software would not be available for android until sometime in 2015 I went ahead and bought the Vivosmart, with the heartrate monitor. I previously purchased a Vivofit, which I did not like for many reasons, but the Vivosmart solved all of the issues. The Vivosmart holds a charge for at least a week, and that is using it quite frequently. I love the way it keeps track of activities and melds with my other Garmin products. The software is getting better and better. I would recommend this to everyone.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Good experience on Iphone 5
Posted by: Ben456456 from: on
I used the fitbit one and Withings Pulse o2 before.
Having the ability to keep it all the time with me is very nice.
It works almost flawlessly (contrary to other reviews here) and the touch control works perfectly even when wet.
The only drawback is the sleep analysis feature which is poor on the Garmin Connect app not on par at all with the Withing and Fitbit ones.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Notbuyingfrombestbuy from: on
less than 1 month old and does not work, Best buy will not exchange and garmin will not return an email.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Fails to pair & I can't reach customer service
Posted by: JLWoods from: on
I just bought this on a Sunday afternoon. The vivosmart will not pair to my iPhone. There is no customer service available on weekends. I emailed and got a "robo"-reply that I will be contacted in 3 days.
VERY disappointed in the product and service.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Better than for bit
Posted by: Girl from: on
Originally I had purchased the Fitbit charge HR, after only a couple days I returned it and got this. This is so much more comfortable and durable. The chest strap heart monitor is very comfortable and you forget you are wearing it. It is also more accurate.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
I really like the move timer and goals set
Posted by: Kannhart from: on
I like it better than the Fitbit. I like how it sets daily goals based on my actual walking activity in the prior days. I also like the move timer to remind me to walk each day.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Better than my las activity tracker
Posted by: Rudy from: on
Great product! Soft band and water/sweat proof! I used to own a Nike fuel band until it stop working because it was more of a hard plastic which ended up breaking easier. The iphone application interface face has improved a lot but it still needs some work. The band is really soft and light, i can bearly feel that im still wearing it. The battery needs to be recharged about every 7 or 8 days, takes an hour or two to fully charge. Phone alerts on the band are great, i didnt really think it would be useful but it is. Over all i think its a great product.