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Garmin Vivoactive

Garmin Vivoactive
alaScore 89

1019 reviews

Jul, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1019 reviews of Garmin Vivoactive. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Smart Watches for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Smart Watches the Garmin Vivoactive is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Garmin Vivoactive

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 373 user reviews of Garmin Vivoactive from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Smart Watches on Amazon.co.uk.

90% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Vivoactive GPS Smart Watch with Sports Apps - BlackGarmin Vivoactive GPS Smart Watch with Sports Apps - Black

Jul, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Garmin Vivoactive

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 194 user reviews of Garmin Vivoactive from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Smart Watches on Amazon.com.

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Vivoactive BlackGarmin Vivoactive Black

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: matthew miller (zdnet.com)

Matthew Miller

 

While most of the media focus is on the Apple Watch this week, it's not the smartwatch for all of us. Matthew found the new Garmin Vivoactive to be a better match for his daily lifestyle.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Garmin Vivoactive black

 

"That's a nice watch." These are words you don't hear often when wearing a smartwatch, let alone a GPS equipped sport watch. But in my time testing the Garmin Vivoactive, these words were said to me many times by runners, family members and even some...

The Vivoactive has an ultraslim design, good battery life and an always-on color display that shines in outdoor performance. It has vibration and notification alerts from your smartphone, activity tracking with auto-adjusting goals, multisport tracking...

The Connect IQ app store is lacking, Garmin's mobile app is dated and sleep tracking is unimpressive. The watch software and smartphone connectivity can also be unstable, requiring frequent reboots.

The ultraslim design and laundry list of features can't overcome the buggy software. Once Garmin fixes these problems, the Vivoactive could be a good product, but until then, there are better options available.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: Jill Duffy (pcmag.com)

Garmin Vivoactive

 

The Garmin Vivoactive is a smart activity tracker that can keep pace with even the most active lifestyles. From its integrated GPS to its dedicated app store, there's a lot to like in this svelte smartwatch hybrid.

Outstanding battery life. Slim and sleek. Top-notch screen. Built-in GPS. On-device tracking for many activities. Waterproof. Notifications from iOS and Android. Wide array of swappable bands. Has its own app store.

Heart rate monitoring requires chest strap. No wireless syncing with Windows or Mac. Connect IQ app store needs time to mature fully.

A Lot to LoveIf you want a hybrid smartwatch-activity tracker that can handle a truly active lifestyle, get the Garmin Vivoactive. The one big feature that's missing is an optical HRM that can take your heart rate through your wrist, the way the Basis...

Apr, 2015

DT Recommended Product

Expert review by: Lee Crane (digitaltrends.com)

Garmin VivoActive review

 

No smartwatch matches the crack fitness and activity tracking of Garmin's very slick Vivoactive.

After wearing the Vívoactive for two weeks, we still can’t really decide if this is the easiest to use GPS watch we’ve ever tested, or the most complex fitness tracking band. But that’s a good thing.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: Simon Crisp (gizmag.com)

Review: Garmin vivoactive fitness tracker GPS watch

 

The Garmin vivoactive fitness tracker is a smart(ish) watch which combines all-day activity and sleep tracking along with more detailed exercise monitoring thanks to built-in GPS capabilities. Gizmag recently spent a few weeks putting the device...

In the box users will find the Garmin vivoactive watch and a boxy proprietary USB charger which magnetically snaps to the bottom of the watch when it needs charging. This can be as little as every few weeks, though constant use of GPS sees this figure...

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: DC Rainmaker (dcrainmaker.com)

Garmin Vivoactive In-Depth Review

 

Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, including the new Vivoactive. The Vivoactive was designed as a merger between Garmin's mid-range fitness watches (i.e. the FR220) and the activity tracking of the Vivofit line. Yet...

Apr, 2015

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Valentina Palladino (tomsguide.com)

Garmin Vivoactive Fitness Smartwatch Review

 

Garmin stepped up its game with the Vivoactive smartwatch. Its always-on color touch screen and sleek design make it a good everyday timepiece, and its notifications kept me in the loop even when my phone was in my pocket. Plus, you get built-in GPS in...

Lightweight, customizable design ; Smartphone notifications ; Detailed activity tracking ; Built-in GPS

Dim display in low light ; No built-in heart-rate monitor

The stylish Garmin vivoactive GPS smartwatch tracks daily fitness and exercise sessions while relaying smartphone notifications to your wrist.

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Andrew Williams (techradar.com)

Garmin Vivoactive review

 

An exercise band that is also nearly a smartwatch

Great fitness and activity tracking ; Top battery life ; Good comfort

Kinda drab design ; Less slick than Android Wear alternatives ; It looks like a smartwatch, but kinda isn't

Most smartwatches aren't all that great for people who actually exercise: runners, swimmers and cyclists. Without GPS, a watch is just left guessing your speed and distance based on how fast you move your arms. Even the ones that currently have GPS...

May, 2015

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (pcworld.idg.com.au)

Garmin Vivoactive GPS smartwatch

 

Track your fitness activities in high detail with this comfortable smartwatch

GPS tracking ; Comfortable to wear ; Lots of metrics to digest

App and Web interface could stand to be a little clearer ; Step count was a little off

May, 2015

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

Garmin Vivoactive GPS smartwatch

 

Track your fitness activities in high detail with this comfortable smartwatch

GPS tracking ; Comfortable to wear ; Lots of metrics to digest

App and Web interface could stand to be a little clearer ; Step count was a little off

May, 2015

Product Specifications

Design

Band colour:Black / White
Band size:XL
Water resistance:5
Wrist size:6.38 - 8.86

Display

Colour display: Yes

Energy Management

Battery Life:192
Battery life (GPS mode):10
Battery life (max):3

GPS Performance

GLONASS: Yes

Networking

ANT+ enabled: Yes

Packaging Content

Chest strap: No

Performance

Activity monitoring: Yes
Automatic pause: Yes
Calories burned: Yes
Find my phone function: Yes
Integrated timer: Yes
Music control: Yes
Quality of sleep: Yes
Recommended activity:Cycling, Golf, Running, Swimming
Smart notifications: Yes

Technical Details

Vibrating motor: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Band width:8.86