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    How does the Garmin vivofit compare with the Fitbit?   (9 Answers)

    Accuracy, technological capabilities etc?

    By Sam June 8, 2015.

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      The Fitbit app syncs quicker and easier than the Garmin Connect app. Both track mostly the same info. Fitbit is more encouraging and fun by popping up badges for meeting daily or lifetime goals like "Impressive! You have walked the length of the Serengeti, one of the seven wonders of the world" when you hit 500 miles over the life of using the Fitbit. If you want to track food eaten, you can do that easily in the Fitbit app but the Garmin app had to be linked to another app like My Fitness Pal. My Fitness Pal (MFP) app has a better database than Fitbit with the added benefit of a barcode scanner which I've found to be the easiest, quickest way to enter food. Just scan the barcode on the box or can and it will pop up with calories for a single serving as well as nutrition information. If you consumed more or less than a single serving, both the Fitbit and MFP let you change the amount of servings you ate. And MFP can be linked to Fitbit to be used instead of its food diary if desired. I have accidentally run my Fitbit Zip through the washing machine twice and dryer once with no ill effects but haven't trusted it to a day at the waterpark. The Vivofit 2 claims it is waterproof so I do wear it for days at the waterpark and it has no problems. Waterproof was main reason I bought a Garmin. I haven't tested either for accuracy as I'm not too concerned whether I really walked 8,000 steps or 7,800 as long as I'm moving as much or more than the day before and both seem consistent day to day. Love both products but each are better than the other in different areas. Unfortunately no tracker does it all best so you have to decide what you prefer most.

      By Jake June 9, 2015.

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      Can you swim with this on?   (11 Answers)

      By Irishb4 December 14, 2014.

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        Yes, the vívofit is a swim safe device. It has a water resistance rating of 5 ATM (or 50 meters) and can be worn while surface swimming. -JPK

        By GarminProductExpert December 15, 2014.

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      Does it tell time? And does it have a stop watch function?   (11 Answers)

      By MA04 September 27, 2014.

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        It provides both a time (hh:mm) readout and a date (m-dd) readout that can be cycled though (only one readout - number of steps, number of steps remaining until goal reached, time, day, calories, distance (miles), and if enabled, heart rate are displayed at a time.

        By Juiasmom January 9, 2015.

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        Is Garmin vívofit fitness can track how many miles you run?   (12 Answers)

        By Angel12809 March 12, 2015.

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          Yes, it does track your miles as well. It doesn't have a GPS, but uses an accelerometer to determine whether you’re walking or running. It doesn't work while bike riding but works well with walking or running.

          By Terrimmi March 12, 2015.

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          Does this product work with an iPad?   (4 Answers)

          if so how does it work?

          By Anonymous January 1, 2015.

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            YES! You go to garmin.com to download the website you will use. Can be used on any computer, phone, tablet.

            By JuneL January 9, 2015.

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            Would this be a good product for kids aged 8 and 10 who want a "fitbit"?   (10 Answers)

            By Anonymous December 7, 2015.

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              Yes. I got this for my 8 yr old daughter for Christmas. She does not have a smartphone, and I did not want to have to use an app for it. She wears it every day, and it counts her steps. She calls it her "fitbit" lol

              By PictureMama78 January 25, 2016.

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              vivofit - does it use gps to determine distance   (11 Answers)

              By foster July 1, 2014.

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                No it does not. You put in your height, weight, and steps per foot and the device calculates the distance for you. It has been pretty accurate.

                By Brig422 July 20, 2014.

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                does this device track cycling   (10 Answers)

                By Anonymous April 12, 2015.

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                  Not very well at all, no. When I wear it for my rides, it catches maybe a third of the actual movement. It is designed specifically as a pedometer, and works very well in that capacity. If you cycle more than anything else, you'll want a fitness tracker with GPS, so it can accurately track the distance you ride.

                  By demonchylde May 29, 2015.

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                  Do you have to have it linked to your phone?   (10 Answers)

                  Can this be used w/o linking to a phone? I would like for my mother to be able to use it during her physical therapy..

                  By chefmedic December 2, 2015.

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                    No you don't NEED to link it to your phone, you can do it all on the device. Linking it to your phone gives you a lot more detailed info and graphs etc. You can link it to your phone and then use the device without phone(easy) and then later on sync it to your phone. The device has a decent memory.

                    By realfortin December 2, 2015.

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                    Is this item the large band or small band? Want it for my husband.   (11 Answers)

                    By Tinkerbell December 15, 2014.

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                      It came with both a small and a large band.

                      By Jami January 10, 2015.

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