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Garmin - vívofit Fitness Band + Heart Rate - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 352 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great bundle buy

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    Norman
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    I have owned activity trackers and this one is pretty decent. It’s very sturdy, doesn't look corny (cheap), syncs quite fine with my android phone, and does just about what the $149+ fitbit and other trackers do already, waterproof,trackes sleep, etc..etc... I love that when you set it up it asks what time do you usually go to bed, and for how long. So if you forget to set it to the sleep mode before you go to bed, it will know that you were sleeping due to the inactivity and the set parameters that, that is your usual bedtime and track it. I have never owned a heart rate monitor band so this was new and took some homework. Very easy to use, and wow, definitely wished I would have used one a long time ago to get a better reading of my calories burned for my workouts. So this bad boy automatically syncs your workout to your MyfitnessPal from the activity data off the heart band monitor for an pretty accurate calorie burn. I seriously wish that I would have bought the 2nd generation bundle and spent the extra I don’t know? 20 bucks? Why? No backlight…yeah I learned to work my way around it, but it can be annoying when going to bed, checking the time, syncing, and well just wanting to look at your progress in the dark…yeah not cool. For this reason the battery life on this bad boy is amazing. This is not the end of the world, but for 20 bucks, I’d say get the one with the backlight and take advantage of a great tracker, especially for the one with the bundle. Feel free to ask questions that I maybe didn’t cover in my review. Also, the app takes some time to configure. Kind of funky, maybe the iphone one is better who knows. All these company put more resources into making the apps for trackers more user friendly. God knows why. One major thing that I had to figure out. The tracker WILL NOT track an activity with the heart rate monitor unless it was for at least 15 minutes. If you’re going to lift weights do not wear it on your wrist. Clip to your shoes, or just put it in your pocket. It will record steps if you’re doing curls, shoulder presses….weird.. I wore two different smart watches on two different occasions with the tracker and the steps were only off by 15 steps at the end of the night… I can live with that..Pretty accurate. ALso if your butt hasnt moved it will display bars of red until it fills up...basically get up and move...(wont do this during night mode of course)..great motivator to get up

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of the strongest but....

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    Monte
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    Overall, this fitness band is a solid performer. It’s easy to use, the clasp fits will and stays snug. The heart rate monitor (HRM) strap is probably the most comfortable strap I've worn, though I don't like straps in general. I've been looking for a wrist HRM fitness band and have tried the FitBit Charge HR, the Samsung Gear Fit and the Microsoft Healthband and all of them give poor and inconsistent HRM feedback – have sent them all back. The one negative (and it's a big one) is the fact that this device is not backlit. So in the dark and sometimes outside, it's impossible to see. VivoFit should have included an optional backlit option like you see on many watches. They did this to preserve the battery life. The online Web portal that documents your workouts is also substandard compared to the Polar Loop. Polar has a well thought out interface that is pretty useful whereas the Vivo interface seems labored. Overall, a good product but there are some soft spots in their offering. The field is still wide open in the wearable market.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for the price and average person

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    RAV44
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    Received for Christmas 2014, and been holding off giving a review until I had some run time on it. Pro’s – Time, Date, No Recharging, Steps, Heart Rate, Activities, Easy to use, sleep tracking, comfortable to wear, cost Con’s – Software interface and Sync is not the best Garmin has had some Sync issues, but I am not one to sync other than once a day. Interface and link to MyFitnessPal is spotty. Heart rate monitor is chest strap and for me seems to be accurate with manual checks. Putting a drop of water on the band on each side of the monitor where it contacts your skin really helps in having the monitor not drop out. I sync once a day through computer with the USB ant. Have Mobil app but seems to work better through the computer. Extra closure on the band keeps it secure and is nice feature. I am not a fitness fanatic and sure for serious workout athletics there are better devices but for price and all this does it is real good. Having a device that I can see the time was a big plus. For the average person who wants to track their information I would recommend this. If not for some of the sync issues this would have been a 5.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great if you don't want to hassle with charging

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    Soap
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    A great device that keeps track of the date, time, your steps, steps until you've reached your goal, distance in miles, and calories burned- all of whih you can see on the wrist band itself which is one of my favorite features. I also like that the vivofit uses a watch battery so you do not have to worry about charging it on a daily or weekly basis. Unfortunately, the device does not have a backlight so when it is dark outside, it's impossible to read so if you enjoy exercising when its dark this deviceis not for you. The device was not compatible with my samsung galaxy tab 3 tablet, so I initially had to use the usb stick to sync the data onto my laptop. I could then look at the data using my laptop or using the garmin connect app on my tablet. It is compatible with my new phone, google nexus 6p, but I now have a hard time getting the vivofit to sync the datayo my phone , so I can only view my steps and distance on the vivofit. This means the app has become pointless and I can't track my sleep or view any progress made. :/

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic device, better than Fitibit and Polar

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    ElVergueador
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    I've been using an activity monitor for a couple of years now, and have owned the following in addition to the Vivofit: Fitbit One, Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Force, and Polar Loop. Since the Fitbit devices are very popular and widely used, I'll orient this review around a comparison to those (and the Polar Loop for good measure). First, my main activity is road biking: I average about 2,000 miles a year, mostly from March to November. In winter I try to regularly ride a trainer or a recumbent gym bike. I wear a heart monitor when riding or training because I like to see how I'm doing as a late middle-aged male. As you'll see, one of the advantages of the Vivofit is its ability to pair with a HR strap, something the Fitbit products lack.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good basic device

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    HPLP
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    I really like my Garmin. It helps hold me accountable and reminds me to get up and move. Since I have a desk job, I find myself having less eye strain, in addition to the other benefits of getting up from the computer more often. I've paired with My Fitness Pal, and like how that keeps track of calories consumed against calories burned. Makes me think twice about that late afternoon snack. I do wish that it had an illumination option as it would be awesome to be able to see time and info at night. I'll probably upgrade before too long, but this was a good way to get started in the fitness band world.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Loving it!

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    LoveLife318
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    I'm just loving my VivoFit! Not only does my Vivofit show my sleep patterns...how much I move at night, how restless I am...which is the purpose I bought it....but it shows my steps during the day, how many calories I've burned .... and it also shows me the time...so it actually takes the place of a watch also!! I can also use it as a calorie tracker but I haven't done that. There are things I can use this for that I haven't done yet....I only bought it because I wanted to check on my sleep patterns....but I got way more than I was looking for!! So very happy!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    okay product

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    clongo
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    I like that this has a heart rate monitor, the chest strap is similar to others I have used. So, equally uncomfortable but you get used to it. The Garmin app really sucks though, especially on an ipad. The heartrate information is basically useless because you can't look back at what time it was really collected. also, it is hard to add in activities - haven't been able to figure that out yet. I like that it gives you a goal based on your personal activity and not a "generic goal" for everyone. overall I like this product, but it could be improved, especially the website/app.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent but basic tracker

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    GalFriday
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    Curiously, this device from GARMIN does not have GPS tracking. That didn't deter me from trying it out. I've had the Vivofit for about two months now, and I like it. It keeps me motivated to get steps in. It's not too fancy, like the Jawbone (which will vibrate when you've been sitting for too long), but it comes with a chest strap to measure your heart rate. The strap itself is a bit uncomfortable (probably designed by a guy), but it's a nice option to have. Good for tracking running and walking. Garmin continuously updates the app - though I find it to be a bit slow to sync.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good alternative to fitbit

    Posted
    jben
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    got this for my son. he likes it. easy to use. like that it shows the time, without pushing a button (so it can replace a watch). other advantages over the fitbit: 1. it is water resistant to 20m. fitbit is not 2. it comes with heart rate monitor and can put in a mode to show your heart rate. fitbit cannot do this 3. No charging necessary! no keeping track of charging cables! it has a watch battery that should last >1yr. a little bulkier than the base fitbit but overall, so far so good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good overall performance for expectations

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    TNUnitedad
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    I've had a couple other bands, the Polar Loop and the Up24. The polar was nice and worked with their heart rate strap, however at the time of use there was not an Android app available. The Up24 just did not meet my desires with constantly having to rely on my phone for tracking info. The step tracking is a little of when compared with distance on a treadmill, but to be expected. Look for consistent days, not complete accuracy. Overall nice device. Will be trying out the new VivoSmart for push notifications next.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Enjoy this one

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    RonFallsChurch
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    Both my wife and i were given the Garmin Vivofit bracelets this year for Christmas and so far are very pleased with a couple of minor exceptions: 1) The heart rate monitor is not worth the work. Other apps can be used to get the same basic information 2) The wrist band closure is good and tight but it was easy to lose the sliding closure cover, which Garmin immediately replaced. Very happy with the device, especially the wrist band sizing options.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Decent Fitness Tracker

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    lunchladydoris
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    The heart rate monitor function is really nice. Certainly more accurate than what Fitbit has to offer. The unit is also waterproof. However, there are a few annoying drawbacks about this model: 1) The display is not backlit, which makes it nearly impossible to read in the dark; 2) The associated smartphone app is a little clunky and is not available for Windows phone users. As a whole, however, I'm fairly satisfied with the product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    No charging

    Posted
    Mom02
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    We bought this as a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law who is 74 years old, so we wanted something that would be easy to operate and as she does not use the heart rate monitor but she doesn't have to worry about charging this or if it accidentally gets wet she will not ruin it as it is also water resistant, so all in all this works perfect for her, i've even recommended it to my mother over the fit bit

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than the FitBit

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    reyrey614
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    I switched to the VivoFit after having a FitBit for about a year. I like the display and heart rate monitor that this one provides for around the same cost as the FitBit flex. The app isn't as advanced as the FitBit, but that doesn't really matter since I can easily see numerical readouts of my daily stats on the VivoFit. Also, the battery life is much better since I don't have to charge it every few days.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy and lightweight

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    GadgetQueen
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    Great tool as a reminder to get up and start moving when I am at work. Sleep graph is pretty cool, not sure about usefulness, except I saw a pattern of optimal hours to sleep! tracking steps is easy and its it automatically increases your daily based upon activity. Easy to sync and work with fitness pal. good value for the price. Synced fine with Iphone as well as laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Glad I got it

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    MIsugarmagnolia
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    I wear all the time, showering cleaning (without bleach). Garmin connect online has had some syncing issues and I wish/suggested it would allow export of sleep stats not just hours but overall pleased and it performs as I expected from my research of various products in this category. I have continued to watch other options but am still glad I went with this one for the ruggedness and long battery life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great motivator!

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    krusher87
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    After having a Fitbit for the last two years, I decided to try something different. I like this product since it doesn't have to be recharged after a few days. The battery lasts over a year. The only down side is that the alert to get moving is only visual, not a vibration. The heart rate monitor is comfortable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Value for the money

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    Stish
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    I like the product and my only complaints are its hard to read the display , there is no back light. Also the app can't be a little difficult to use. I like wearing the chest strap , it's actually more accurate to measure heart rate from personal experience and from my research than the wrist. So that wasn't an issue for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good amount of features, nice price

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    Kody
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    Purchased the Garmin Vivofit for my wife for Christmas. Coupled with the Garmin Connect and MyFitnessPal app for Iphone, she really enjoys the features of this. It's beneficial to have the heartrate monitor, as it then allows you to track what zones you are in. She loves it. I bought one for myself a month later.

    I would recommend this to a friend