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Garmin Vivosmart

Garmin Vivosmart
alaScore 90

2137 reviews

Sep, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2137 reviews of Garmin Vivosmart. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Activity/Fitness Trackers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Activity/Fitness Trackers the Garmin Vivosmart is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Garmin Vivosmart

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 user reviews of Garmin Vivosmart from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Activity/Fitness Trackers on Amazon.co.uk.

75% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Large Vivosmart Activity Tracker with Smart Notification - BlackGarmin Large Vivosmart Activity Tracker with Smart Notification - Black

Sep, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Garmin Vivosmart

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 795 user reviews of Garmin Vivosmart from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Activity/Fitness Trackers on Amazon.com.

73% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Vivosmart - Black (Large)Garmin Vivosmart - Black (Large)

Sep, 2017

Expert review by: Dan Graziano (cnet.com)

Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker review:

 

Garmin, a company predominately known for its GPS-enabled devices, is entering new territory with its latest and perhaps smartest device yet. In early 2014, the company released the Vivofit , an activity tracker with one year of battery life. Later...

The Vivosmart can accurately track your daily activities and display notifications from your smartphone. It can connect with third-party apps like MyFitnessPal and wireless heart-rate monitors. It's also waterproof and has personalized activity goals.

Notifications can be difficult to read and aren't interactive. Sleep tracking isn't automatic, Garmin's mobile app is dated, and the touchscreen is sometimes unresponsive. Select smart features aren't available for iOS users.

While it won't appeal to everyone, the Vivosmart is a solid activity tracker for those individuals who are also interested in receiving basic notifications on their wrist.

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: Dana Wollman (engadget.com)

Garmin Vivosmart review: where fitness band meets smartwatch

 

There are fitness trackers and there are smartwatches, but there's only a small number of devices that attempt to be both. The Garmin Vivosmart is one su

One of the few fitness bands that also acts as a smartwatch ; Long battery life ; Adjusts your daily step goal based on recent activity ; The "move bar" is an effective reminder to get up and walk around

Garmin Connect fitness app still doesn't offer much in the way of motivation ; Can be uncomfortable to wear after long periods of use ; Scratches easily ; Limited smartphone compatibility

Garmin deserves praise for being one of the first companies to develop a fitness band that does double-duty as a smartwatch. That said, the device suffers from some uncomfortable ergonomics and an app that offers little in the way of motivation....

Nov, 2014

Expert review by: Christina Bonnington (wired.com)

Review: Garmin Vivosmart

 

Garmin's Vivosmart is a well-balanced wearable that manages to provide just enough features for improving fitness and staying connected, without becoming burdensome or overwhelming.

Slim, simple form factor doesn’t get in the way of life. Excellent battery. Good motivator for adding more activity into your daily routine. Straightforward onscreen navigation

Tap to wake mechanism can require some finesse. No GPS. Vibration alerts can be distracting. Battery life is so good, you may forget to charge it

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Jill Duffy (pcmag.com)

Garmin Vivosmart

 

Garmin's Vivosmart activity tracker counts steps, measures sleep, reminds you to move, and sends notifications, including text messages, to your wrist. Its midrange price point makes it an attractive option.

Discreet design. Contains remote controls for music. Vibration alarms and "move" alerts available. Supports push notifications. Measures miles, steps, calories burned, active time, and sleep. Informative, touch-capacitive display. Comfortable. Waterproof.

Fixed form factor. Can't interact with notifications (e.g., can't reply to incoming text messages from the bracelet). Steps and mileage seemed slightly inflated in tests.

The Road TestIn trying the Garmin Vivosmart for about two weeks, I have to admit that I liked its signature features—smart notifications from iOS and Android devices—more than I thought I would. I liked feeling a discreet little buzz on my wrist when a...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Chuck La Tournous (macworld.com)

Garmin Vivosmart review: Fitness tracking and notifications for less

 

With the Apple Watch scheduled for an April release, is there still a place in the market for another smartwatch? Garmin's latest entry into the field, the Vivosmart, looks to differentiate itself from Apple's offering by being a fitness tracker with...

Comfortable design ; Super long battery life ; Well implemented activity tracking and notifications

Companion app doesn't provide much value ; Text orientation makes longer notifications awkward to read

With April rapidly approaching, what's a fitness enthusiast with a geek streak to do? Ultimately, it comes down to which proclivity is stronger and what your budget will handle. The Vivosmart is not a smartwatch, nor does it try to be—which is, well,...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by: Rob Temple Duncan Bell (techradar.com)

Garmin Vivosmart review

 

Is this canny mix of fitness tracker and basic smartwatch your new BFF (best fitness friend)?

Comfortable, discreet design ; Solid tracking and motivational qualities ; useful additional features, including phone notifications

More expensive than many rivals ; pointless sleep tracking ; screen can be annoyingly unresponsive

We slightly question the usefulness of this type of fitness tracker, and there are an awful lot of them coming out now. However, if you're in the market for one, this is definitely one you should consider

Jan, 2015

Expert review by: Dan Graziano (cnet.co.uk)

Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker review

 

Garmin, a company predominately known for its GPS-enabled devices, is entering new territory with its latest and perhaps smartest device yet. In early 2014, the company released the Vivofit , an activity tracker with one year of battery life. Later...

The Vivosmart can accurately track your daily activities and display notifications from your smartphone. It can connect with third-party apps like MyFitnessPal and wireless heart-rate monitors. It's also waterproof and has personalized activity goals.

Notifications can be difficult to read and aren't interactive. Sleep tracking isn't automatic, Garmin's mobile app is dated, and the touchscreen is sometimes unresponsive. Select smart features aren't available for iOS users.

While it won't appeal to everyone, the Vivosmart is a solid activity tracker for those individuals who are also interested in receiving basic notifications on their wrist.

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: Dan Graziano (cnet.com.au)

Garmin Vivosmart review: An activity tracker with the heart of a smartwatch

 

Garmin, a company predominately known for its GPS-enabled devices, is entering new territory with its latest and perhaps smartest device yet. In early 2014, the company released the Vivofit, an activity tracker with one year of battery life. Later that...

The Vivosmart can accurately track your daily activities and display notifications from your smartphone. It can connect with third-party apps like MyFitnessPal and wireless heart-rate monitors. It's also waterproof and has personalized activity goals

Notifications can be difficult to read and aren't interactive. Sleep tracking isn't automatic, Garmin's mobile app is dated, and the touchscreen is sometimes unresponsive. Select smart features aren't available for iOS users

While it won't appeal to everyone, the Vivosmart is a solid activity tracker for those individuals who are also interested in receiving basic notifications on their wrist.

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: (which.co.uk)

Garmin Vivosmart review

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The Garmin Vivosmart is one of the older fitness trackers around, so can the features live up to newer rivals? We take a look at the features offered by this fitness tracker, plus how accurate the fitness tracking data is and how long the battery will...

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: Stephen Fenech (techguide.com.au)

Garmin Vivosmart activity tracker review

 

If you're going to commit to wearing an activity tracker it needs to perform a few functions and Garmin Vivosmart fits the bill as a fitness band and a smartwatch.

The Garmin Vivosmart is one of most versatile activity trackers on the market that provides all the essential fitness and health information as well as all of your smartphone notifications without the added expense of a smartwatch.

Nov, 2014

Product Specifications

Design

Band colour:Black / Black, Blue / Black, grey / Black, Red / Black, Violet / Blue / Grey / Pink / Purple
Band size:L / S
Shock resistant: Yes
Wrist size:5 - 6.77 / 6.1 - 8.7

Energy Management

Battery Life:5 / 7

Navigation

GPS: Yes

Packaging Content

Number of bands included:1

Performance

Active minutes: Yes
Activity monitoring:Active minutes, Calories burned, Distance traveled, Personal goals / Active minutes, Calories burned, Distance traveled, Personal goals, Steps taken / Calories burned, Distance traveled, Hours slept, Personal goals, Steps taken
Built-in pedometer: Yes
Calories burned: Yes
Distance traveled: Yes
Memory capacity:21
Pedometer: Yes
Personal goals: Yes
Quality of sleep: Yes
Vibrating motor: Yes

Technical Details

Water resistance:5