Garmin vívosmart HR+ Regular Fit Activity Tracker - Black
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Turn your steps into strides with vívosmart HR+, the GPS activity tracker with Elevate wrist heart rate technology. Not only does it count steps, calories, floors climbed and intensity minutes, it also uses GPS satellites to track where you jog or walk, how far and how fast. Its always-on sunlight readable touchscreen display allows you to view your stats and swipe and tap to see more. Pair it with your smartphone to control music, and stay connected with smart notifications that include email, text, social media alerts and more. It automatically syncs with the Garmin Connect mobile app, where you can receive meaningful digital insights such as daily motivation and healthy tips when paired with a compatible smartphone (go to garmin.com/ble)
- Size: Regular
- Color: Black
- Brand: Garmin
- Model: 010-01955-36
- Dimensions: .80" h x .50" w x 2.50" l, .10 pounds
- GPS INTEGRATION - Acquire satellites quickly to more accurately track where you jog or walk - even under Tree cover
- RUNNING METRICS - This easy-to-use smart band tracks distance, pace, personal records, and includes features like walk/run mode and virtual pacer
- MOVE IQ - Automatically track your walking, running, biking, swimming and elliptical training throughout the day without needing to start a timed activity
- 24/7 HEART RATE MONITORING - With Elevate wrist heart rate technology, you can track your heart rate all day and night - Activity Tracking Accuracy (go to garmin.com/ataccuracy)
- PURPOSE BUILT - Designed for the active lifestyle in mind, a rugged, durable construction with 5 ATM water rating lets you do all the things you want. Wrist circumference: 5.4" to 7.6" (136.0 to 192.0 mm), regular; 7.1" to 8.8" (180.0 to 224.0 mm), x-large. Kindly refer the User Manual before use.
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617 of 631 people found the following review helpful.
Awesome tracker for smaller wrists!
For months I had been researching activity trackers that were also fairly decent in tracking heart rate and sleep, and could fit my small (5.5") wrist. (I say "fairly decent" here because it's important to keep in mind that this is a wrist-based piece of technology - it's not a moving treadmill with wires and electrodes and a team of scientists measuring every muscle twitch.) I've had the HR+ for almost two weeks now, and I love this thing! A lot of the features are already described in the specs and in other reviews, so I'll just add some things that stood out to me.
1) The device and the Garmin Connect iPhone app are intuitive to use (not dumbed down), and both are customizable. Tapping the app screen leads to even more information, and I'm still finding out more everyday! I sync it twice a day - once in the morning to check my sleep (deep sleep, light sleep, and awake states, which are based on movement), and once right before bed to see how much I've accomplished throughout the day. A single charge has lasted me 6-7 days.
2) The HR+ really motivates! After 1 hour of inactivity, it buzzes and the MOVE! bar appears on the time screen. Every 15 minutes after that, it adds a minibar (up to 4) so you know when you've been sitting still for 2 hours. It takes about 200 steps (or 100 jumping jacks or 5 flights of stairs...) to clear the bar when it is maxed out, but fewer steps the sooner you clear it. There are also fireworks on the screen and a triple buzz when a fitness goal (e.g., steps per day, floors climbed, etc) is achieved. You even get virtual trophies :) I took it backpacking last weekend and it was awesome feeling the buzz and seeing the screen show "3x GOAL" with fireworks.
Some aspects that are slightly less desirable, but still acceptable:
1) The size is not too overwhelming, but the device definitely is a bit large for smaller wrists (see pics). Although I have the band on almost the tightest setting, I can still stick my thumb through. This isn't as drastic as it seems, though, because the extra space gets distributed between both sides of my wrist. Due to this wiggle room, the heart rate tracking sometimes gets wacky and spikes when doing anything that involves a lot of wrist-twisting (e.g., putting away dishes). But, this is the best fitting HR tracker for smaller wrists that I've tried including the Jawbone UP3 and Fitbit Charge HR.
2) The sleep stages are automatically calculated based on movement, and I've found that when I sync the device in the morning, they are pretty on-point. However, sometimes during my nightly sync, the calculations re-adjust and say I've slept for longer. This is an easy fix as the sleep and awake times can be edited, but this has happened quite a few times (though not enough to be that annoying).
3) The number of floors climbed is still a bit of a mystery. Sometimes it tracks it perfectly, other times it misses a couple of floors. This isn't horrible, though, because it just makes me move more to make up for those untracked stairs.
Overall, the HR+ isn't perfect, but it does its job pretty well!
I still love this thing! Here are a few new things I've learned about the device:
1) I've now gone 8 days on a single charge (without taxing the device w/ GPS or continuous HR during a workout). The empty battery icon appears for approximately 15 hours on the time screen (see pic) before it says "Battery Low" (see pic). Steps/HR/etc are still being tracked, but "Battery Low" remains on the screen so you can't see the time. Note: the MOVE! bar in the pic shows that I've been idle for 1.5 hours (1 hour for the big bar, and two 15 minute minibars).
2) The vibration alarm can be snoozed for 10 minutes.
3) For those who have been having issues with syncing, I plugged my HR+ into my laptop to fully charge it as soon as I received it, and then logged into Garmin Connect (online) before pairing it with my iPhone (5s). The website is a bit clunky, but I've rarely used it, and I've had no issues with syncing. In terms of syncing with the iPhone app, bluetooth on both the device and the phone must be turned on, and there must be some sort of internet connection - it does not sync with bluetooth alone, since Garmin Connect is a web-based app (very little data is actually stored on the phone). The device automatically syncs when the app is open, or it can manually be synced via the device button (sync icon) or through the app (More>Garmin Devices>Sync icon).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
This tracker also holds a charge pretty well, requiring recharging only twice a week
By J Ward
After killing two Fitbit trackers, I wanted something that would survive daily use and could possibly track activities and events, which I now do with an aging Garmin 405. The Vivosmart provides daily data on steps walked, stairs climbed and sleep and has not shown any sign of freezing or dying yet. The interface with a Droid smartphone was seamless and the presentation (mostly) intuitive. The data also synchs with the Garmin website for desktop review and editing. The activity tracking provides similar but not exactly matching data as the 405 but close enough for recreational use. This tracker also holds a charge pretty well, requiring recharging only twice a week. It is also waterproof and will track lap swimming.
It is a bit bulky compared to the Fitbit but much less so than the 405.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Difficult to see in darkness
The Garmin vivosmart does what it advertises. The app is user friendly and cycling through the various screens is seamless. The only reason I gave it three stars is the brightness of the display. I have turned it up to the max level and, even with tapping the screen, it is difficult for me to see the information. It does work fine in sunlight; however, if you want to check the time, heart rate, or steps it is difficult for these old eyes to see.
If this is not an issue for you then the watch and interface are very good.