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Garmin Vivoactive

Garmin Vivoactive
alaScore 91

1076 reviews

Aug, 2018

We have collected and analyzed 33 expert reviews and 1043 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 72/100 and users rate it 83/100. The average review date is Oct 29, 2015. We have compared these reviews to 230898 reviews from other Smart Watches & Activity Trackers. The alaScore™ for this product is 91/100 = Excellent. Last update: Aug 14, 2018.

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Expert review by : Lee Crane (

Garmin VivoActive review


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

On-board GPS and step tracking ; ANT+ sensor connectivity ; Waterproof to 5 ATM ; Smart Notifications (phone, text, email)

Only one programmable alarm ; Sleep tracking lacks detail ; Menus can be complex

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

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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 (

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

Expert review by : matthew miller (

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 : Simon Crisp (

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 (

Garmin Vivoactive In-Depth Review


Garmin has dropped the price of the down to $349, making it one of the best Garmin tri watch deals out there for a relatively new unit. This is a good deal if you're looking for a tri watch and don't want to shell out for the more expensive or . You...

Apr, 2015

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Valentina Palladino (

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 : Elias Plastiras (

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

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Expert review by : Andrew Williams (

Garmin Vivoactive


The Garmin Vivoactive is a fitness watch that cuts all the fat, and some of the muscle, off the higher-end Garmin Forerunner runner's watches. It delivers a GPS tracking device in a package that looks and feels like a lifestyle smartwatch.

Has full GPS tracking ; Good value ; Great battery life ; Small frame

Occasionally patchy notifications ; Limited apps library

Aug, 2015

Expert review by (

Garmin Vivoactive: GPS fitness tracker with a side order of smartwatch


This smartwatch/fitness-band hybrid is a jack of all trades and a master of… Well, let's find out, eh?

Great multi-sport tracking ; Accurate ; speedy GPS ; Long battery life

No built-in heart-rate monitor ; It’s not overly sexy ; Sleep tracking rather basic

Product Specifications


Band color:Black
Band material:Silicone
Color of product:Black / White
Device type:Armband activity tracker / Wristband
Housing colour:Black / White
Housing material:Polymer
Maximum strap length:7.68
Minimum strap length:5.39
Protection features:Shock resistant, Splash proof, Water resistant / Splash proof, Vibration proof, Water resistant / Water Resistant
Shape:Round / Square
Water resistance:5
Waterproof:Y / Yes
Waterproof up to:1968.5 / 2007.9
Wrist size range:5.39 - 7.68


Color display:Y
Display Resolution:20 x 148 / 205 x 148
Display size (HxV) (imperial):0.8 x 1.13
Display Type:MIP
Touch screen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery Technology:Lithium
Battery Type:Built-In

GPS Performance

GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y

Other Features

Protection features:Water Resistant

Packaging Content

Charging base: Yes
Chest strap:N
Manual:Y / Yes


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Active minutes:Y
Activity monitoring:Y
Alarm clock:Y / Yes
Automatic pause:Y
Built-in distance meter:Y / Yes
Calendar:Y / Yes
Calories burned:Y
Distance traveled:Y
Find my phone function:Y
Floors climbed:Y
Heart rate data transfer:USB
Heart rate monitor:Y / Yes
Heart rate-based calorie computation:Y / Yes
Hours slept:Y
Integrated timer:Y
Music control:Y
Pace alert:Y / Yes
Personal goals:Y
Position location:Y
Quality of sleep:Y
Recommended activity:Cycling, Golf, Running, Swimming
Smart notifications:Y
Time/distance alert:Y / Yes
Vibrating alert:Y / Yes
Water resistance:5

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth:No / Y / Yes
Connectivity Technology:Wireless
Wi-Fi:N / No
Wireless technologies:Wireless


Battery Life:10 / 192 / 504 / 8
Battery life (GPS mode):10
Battery life (max):3
Battery Technology:Lithium
Battery Type:Built-In

System Requirements

Mobile operating systems supported:Android, iOS / Android, Windows Phone, iOS

Technical Details

Accelerometer: Yes
Barometer: Yes
Battery Life:21
Built-in camera: No
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speakers: No
Display Resolution:20 x 148 / 205 x 148
E-mail: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Heart rate monitor: Yes
Housing colour:Black / White
Mobile operating systems supported: No
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calendar
Protection features:Water Resistant
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Waterproof up to:1968.5
Wrist size range:5.39 - 7.68

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.315 / 1.52 / 2.24
Thickness:0.315 / 0.449 / 1.52
Weight:1.34 / 1.68 / 1.7
Width:1.19 / 1.72