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Garmin Vivoactive

Garmin Vivoactive
alaScore 91

1068 reviews

Oct, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1068 reviews of Garmin Vivoactive. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Garmin Vivoactive is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (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 4.0/5 for other products in the same category 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

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (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 4.0/5 for other products in the same category 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

Oct, 2018

DT Recommended Product

Expert review by : Lee Crane (digitaltrends.com)

Garmin VivoActive review

 

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.

Expert review by : Dan Graziano (cnet.com)

Garmin Vivoactive review: A fitness smartwatch that ultimately falls short

 

An ultraslim design and a laundry list of features can't save this watch.

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 (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

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 : 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

 

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 (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 : 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

Recommended by TR

Expert review by : Andrew Williams (trustedreviews.com)

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

Product Specifications

Design

Color of product:Black / White
Device type:Wristband
Housing colour:Black / White
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

Display

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

Energy Management

Battery Technology:Lithium
Battery Type:Built-In

GPS Performance

GLONASS:Y
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y

Other Features

Protection features:Water Resistant

Packaging Content

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

Performance

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

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth:No / Yes
Wi-Fi: No
Wireless technologies:Wireless

Power

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

System Requirements

Mobile operating systems supported:Android, 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
Shape:Square
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
Height:1.52
Thickness:0.315 / 0.449 / 1.52
Weight:1.34 / 1.7
Width:1.19 / 1.72