Garmin Vivosmart HR Activity Tracker: Monitor your daily activity with Vivosmart, a device that helps you make and maintain your fitness goals. The heart rate monitor provides accurate calories-burned information.
Great for older clients
Posted by: Krista from: on
Bought this for my dad - he is 68. He has had heart problems for 25 years, but recently started having a fib (irregular and rapid beats).....and he has no clue when he is going into it. So I bought him this heart rate monitor to wear and keep in touch with where his heart rate is throughout the day. I actually bought 3 different brands and let him try them all.....but this one had the largest screen, was easiest to navigate through with a swipe of your finger, and was easiest to read without glasses. Highly recommended!
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Very reliable fitness tracker
Posted by: Gary from: on
I have worn my vivofsmart hr continuously for five weeks. I recharge it when I am taking a shower. This has worked well for maintaining the battery charge. I purchased this tracker primarily to monitor my heart rate and sleep patterns. It has done an excellent job in bothe catagories. The vivosmart is comfortable to wear with no irritation. I have not had any issues with maintaining sync with my Samsung S6. All of the other functions that it performs have all been flawless. I am not overly joyed with the Garmin fitness app. It does not seem to be easily customized for some activities. I am hoping that if I do additional reading and make a greater effort that I will figure it out. All in all, I am very pleased with this purchase.
8 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Easy to use
Posted by: Weekender from: on
The device is easy to setup and use. I like being able to control my music, read email, and check weather. The Connect app lets you see the progress of people with whom you are connected. Heart rate, steps, and time round out the essentials. It's waterproof where the competitors are water resistant.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great features for the price!
Posted by: Momof2 from: on
Bought this to replace a fit bit that had broken. Absolutely love all the features and ease of use. Great for tracking steps and exercise plus has added bonus of receiving notifications from iPhone, controllinging music, and my personal favorite locating your misplaced phone.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Charlie from: on
It's great! It's lightweight and easy to use. When using the Fitbit if you push a stroller, the steps don't record but they continue to record with the Garmin!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Nice fitness band
Posted by: penumbra from: on
I have been happy with this band. It is waterproof but be aware that water hitting the screen will operate its functions, which is mildly amusing but annoying. I'm glad it's sensitive I suppose. The other functions you can just look up so I won't waste time. I must say I was pleasantly surprised that it motivated me to hit my step and stair goals. Really thought I would just use the gym functions. Last, the extra large band is much longer than the regular band. I would say my wrist is somewhere in between. I would definitely try them on if I had the chance. The regular is quite small so this was the winner. BTW I have only had occasional sync issues which have always ironed out within a short time. So, band not quite right, occasional sync issues, and no screen lock feature take away 1 star. It's not perfect but I do recommend.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Does what it says, phone app needs a little work
Posted by: justSomeGuy from: on
This is a great device, for a lot of reasons. The three most important reasons to me, though, are that it doesn't look like a space oddity like a fit bit, it tracks things pretty reliably under most situations, and you don't _have_ to log in to facebook, google, or any social media to sync your results online. You can do that from within their app, but it's an option, not a requirement. Yay for privacy!!
I wear the thing 24/7 almost all the time because it's comfortable enough to do so, and found that even when carrying my laptop case it still measures steps accurately (carrying the laptop minimizes arm movements). I bought the thing mainly for the heartrate tracking - to me it's brought me some peace of mind since heart disease runs in my family and it's about this age where problems have started to happen to other family members. Their problems included sudden jumps in heartrate and high resting heartrates, so you can see why the device is important to me. Looks like my activity choices over the years are paying off! No weird heartrate patterns so far. The device is just doing what it's designed to do but it's been helpful for me.
If the phone app were less battery consuming I would give this rating a 5 instead of a 4. My primary phone is a 2 year old Samsung that normally drops from 100 to 60% by end of day, even with bluetooth on and connection to my car or earpiece. With the app, though, I would need to recharge the phone after about 4 hours. Thinking this was the age of the battery I installed it to a brand new Samsung notes with no other long running apps in the background, but got the same basic results - instead of having to recharge in 4 hours I had to recharge in about 6 hours. For me, hitting the 30% battery level means it's time to recharge. This isn't that big of a deal, though, since you can sync when attached to a pc.
Overall, great job Garmin!
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Better than expected
Posted by: Scojo from: on
Bought the x-large due to my wrist size and it is perfect fit with great adjustment flexibility. Other fitness watches have just barely fit. Compatibility with Samsung Note 5 is good and Bluetooth range is better than other watches I've owned. I like the constant heart rate monitoring, calories burned and "always visible" time feature. Additional features for actual sleep monitoring would be nice but overall very pleased with purchase. 5 stars reserved for a perfect products only.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Better then Fitbit Charge HR
Posted by: magnarider2012 from: Breezewod , PA on
I had a Fitbit Charge HR before I owned this activity tracker and I like the Garmin much better. The only thing I liked more about the Fitbit was its app and it seemed to count stairs better. This Garmin does a terrible job at counting stairs climbed, it might give me 1 set of stairs climbed out of 4 so I dont rely on it for counting stairs climbed. I checked it against my old chest strap Heart rate monitor and it kept an almost perfect pace with my chest strap Heart rate monitor. It also has alot of user options on the tracker that are very helpful, but some of the options need to be changed with a PC usb link or bluetooth if your device supports bluetooth settings changes. I found that my battery lasted a great deal longer when I turned off the "Move" feature and the auto backlight feature. The "Move" feature just tells you move every hour or so if you have been sitting. The auto backlight feature is for when you flick your wrist upwards it lights up so you can see the face lit, it turns on alot when moving and lights up using alot of battery power. What I like most is that has so many more customizations on it when compared to the Fitbit and it also has a Constant heart rate monitor option for when your working out. Also it is waterproof.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Coach from: on
This is a great tracker. Very accurate. Main selling point for me was that it is water proof.