Garmin Vívosmart HR Review – A Smarter SmartBand

The Garmin Vívosmart HR arrives in the smartband scene with a lot of features that come close to meeting all the desired needs for activity tracking. As a fitness tracking wearable tech, it covers all the bases such as the tracking of daily activities like number of floors climbed or number of step taken. There is also a heart-rate monitor that can last the entire day, and the device will also be able to automatically track sleep at night.

Garmin Vívosmart HR Review - A Smarter SmartBand

What Does the Garmin Vívosmart HR to Separate Itself From Its Competitors?

To start, there are two defining features of the Garmin Vívosmart HR that are not found in many other activity trackers (even in the Fitbit Charge HR). One is that it is waterproof in which you can bring the device along during your swimming runs, and the other is its display which can show phone notifications.

However, the Vívosmart HR has a lot more heft than those found in the Charge HR, or even in the Jawbone Up3. Also, the mobile app used for the activity tracking is not as refined. These are the things that matters most to many. Nonetheless, it is still one of the better fitness trackers out in today’s market, especially when you consider that this fitness tracker has some properties found in a smartwatch.

For its design, it is also eerily similar to the looks of the Charge HR, albeit bulkier. It has the same type of wraparound band, that also has a standard watch buckle clasp to hold everything in place while wearing the device on your wrist. It feels secure and won’t easily fall off your wrist. However, to make a secure fit, you have to wear the device relatively tight. Another reason to do this is so that the optical heart-sensor can give an accurate reading.

This wearable device from Garmin has a large always-on touchscreen display. Text shown on the display are easily readable even when you’ re outdoors. It even has a backlight for your late night jogging endeavors. This display will also show you nearly anything your phone receives. These can be in the form of text messages, calendar events, social media notifications, and emails. You can even control music playback with it.

The Garmin Vívosmart HR is a discreet direct competitor to the Fitbit Charge HR. Even though it does deliver a bit more heft (which can be an eyesore for some), it does a very good job at tracking heart rate and other activities.


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