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5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it set out to do., March 10, 2014
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This review is from: Garmin vívofit Fitness Band - Black Bundle (Includes Heart Rate Monitor) (Wireless Phone Accessory)
To start I should mention that this is my first pedometer/step-tracker device. I waited to get one for many years because of some glaring issues I have with rechargeable devices. This is one of the main reasons for the vivofit, it can stay on my wrist here for the next year and I don't have to worry about taking it off to recharge. Now as for the packaging setup for the vivofit, they wasted not a single inch of space and this can be considered a bad thing since the manual was only available online, as long as you go to the website as directed by the little pamphlet given in the box you should have no problems.

The ease of use for this device, only has one button, at firs can be confusing but with time (10 minutes) you can grasp how to maneuver through all the features and use the HR ANT+ tool. Actually the ANT+ functionality is so easy it is embarrassing, the HR monitor just works and with the little sensor that goes to the computer the syncing feature is actually too easy. Could use more feedback on the process but this isn't a detracting feature.

There are some bugs right now at launch, but that isn't something that is too abnormal and the device can be patched through the computer. Some of the bugs, the iPhone 5c has trouble syncing, DST can be hit or miss on PC and iPhone alike. iPhone pairing can be a real chore to get working as well.

I don't detract points for bus as this is a recently released device and the real great benefit with the vivofit is how it integrates with the Garmin Connect. It seems that some people don't really like this functionality choosing other tools but if you like Garmin Connect and want something to help give you a more well rounded understanding of your activity when you're not using your Forerunner, or Edge like myself this can really help give you a better picture.

Oh and one last feature I like, is how using the HR monitor will create a separate activity save when you upload. Put it on before doing an indoor workout like T25 for myself and it will help give you a reading on just how hard you pushed.

Summary: Does exactly what it sets out to do, providing a device that can be worn all year round, and is very secure. As stated in other reviews it needs a light source that is equivalent to a match to read the device. Using this device in conjunction to other Garmin devices can help provide a more well rounded look at your activity level. It will save workouts when using the HR monitor to let you keep track of individual workouts.
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Initial post: Mar 16, 2014 12:44:33 PM PDT
W. Baker says:
I am a cyclist myself and currently use the Forerunner 510 for gps and heart rate data. My question is how do you handle having two devices that record heart rate? Do you just not wear the device when cycling, or does the software sort out the differences in data?
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