Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS Smart Watch, WW, Regular Fit - Black
- 24/7 HEART RATE MONITORING - Elevate wrist heart technology gives you heart rate all day and night -no additional strap required
- LONG BATTERY LIFE - Up to 8 days in watch/activity tracking mode
- INTENSITY MINUTES - Monitor your progress against aerobic activity goals recommended by health organizations like the American Heart Association
- CUSTOMIZATION WITH CONNECT IQ - Download free customized apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields
- SMART NOTIFICATIONS - Set any notification from your mobile device to come over
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Run, bike, swim, golf, ski and more with vivo active HR, the GPS smartwatch with Elevate wrist heart rate technology. Outside of your more active moments, its built-in activity tracker counts steps throughout the day and measures calories burned. The sunlight-readable, high-resolution touchscreen features smart notifications such as call, text, email, social media alerts and more. Customize your watch with more than 1,300 apps, watch face designs, data fields and widgets from our Connect IQ store. Battery charge lasts through all your activities with up to 8 days in watch/activity tracking mode (no GPS) or up to 13 hours using GPS.
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Pros: very functional, loads of features, continual heart rate, multi alarm clock settings, lots of clock faces to download, forwards notifications from yr phone as well as calls, smoothly swipes up and down, vibrates, shows date, very easy to figure out and use surprisingly, theres a do not disturb feature nice, its actually more comfortable to wear then the gear fit by samsung, its water proof thats a plus, batter life is great ( I recieved it on 9\18 started using it right after it finished charging about 5pm the same day. It is now 9\20 at 8:30pm and the battery is at 60%, My Samsung would need to be put on the charger about this time, the band double locks so NO bumps and faltl off issues at all. Nice feature
CONS: The colors are not very vibrant. They almost seem to be fadded. The brightness level is not very bright. I have it at the max setting and its still pretty low it seems. If the room is bright, well lit or if your outside its very clear, however in a dim room or low light it seems a little harder to see. I push the buttons to get it to light up more. and thats in a room with light, just low light. However, I see why they do this it extends the battery life a great deal and that i do like. If mine gets a bit hard to see, I just hit the button and the light comes on Works for me.
I actually really like it and am very satisified with it. I would definitley buy this again. So many more pros vs Cons Id say.
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- Very good battery life of 9 days with 2 hours of GPS and smart notifications.
- Easy to read display under bright lighting conditions.
- Has a lot of features with detailed activity information provided in the Garmin connect app.
- Very comfortable to wear 24/7
- Plastic body prone to scratches if not careful. A metal body with a Gorilla Glass display would have made it more rugged.
- Garmin Connect app requires an internet connection to sync activity data from the watch.
- The weather widget does not update without having a GPS fix from the watch.
I bought the first one in December 2016 (a little treat for me) and was very happy with the sleep tracker, the steps tracker and the other functions I was using. Sadly when I used it for swimming, the main reason for purchasing, it didn't like it. After a couple of months of twice weekly swimming it gave up in the pool one day. Garmin were very good and replaced the unit. (you have to pay to return it). the turnaround was ok but not lightening fast and in march (from Feb) I got my replacement. i carried on as normal and the unit worked from March all the way to November and then stopped working, again during a pool swim. This was again replaced by garmin, another service replacement arrived and we were back in business. This one seemed different, i think there may have been a software upgrade. I liked it, it appeared slicker and more responsive until today when again I went swimming and it has now died. i went back to garmin who were prepared to service repair again as it was still under 90 day warranty from last exchange. I don't want a replacement as it may last 91 days and then break again and I will then have to pay to get it repaired.
The only problem is that after 13 months, it just fell off! I wasn't doing anything but the plastic mount for the strap just broke - plastic corrosion I presume. It's not really good enough for a device of this price to on last a year. For now, superglue is holding it together (it's lasted a couple of months with one re-application) but I'd be concerned about buying one again as this seems like a design flaw...
My dad’s watch:
- Lasted for about 10 months before getting fried in water, 50 m resistance? Ha!
- Was blacking out frequently losing daily data on recovery. Losing 15k of steps at 8pm is the closest thing of dropping your ice cream from the cone right after buying it..
- Created rash to my dad’s wrist.
- Still alive, however, the screen got cracked and in order to be repaired would require $129 and a lot of YouTube tutorials.
- Not great in water, did not die but came close.. screen started fading..
In summary, was not impressed by the design, was moderately user friendly and oh yes, easy to break down. Go for Vivoactive 3, or just Vivoactive.. Not HR, though..
Por otra parte, el reloj me encanta, es muy práctico como pulsera de actividad y reloj deportivo (no tanto como smartwatch) y es super cómodo. La parte del deporte me encanta por eso tras dejar de funcionar compré el mismo de nuevo, pero 2 veces y lo de las pulseras es demasiado. El primer garmin que tuve tiene 10 años y sigue funcionando, parece que las cosas han cambiado en esta empresa. Me he decidido por samsung gear sport, aunque las fit pro 2 de samsung también me llamaban la atención.
Una pena, te acostumbras a una marca, un software... y al final te tienes que cambiar porque deja de ser una marca fiable.
3 Trackers at least 3 phones. Seems bizarre that none of them have the ability to connect? Have I simply been unlucky with all 3 new devices?
When it works it's great but it's incredibly annoyying that 90% of the time none of them do!!
Bluetooth ließ sich bei der Uhr gar nicht erst aktivieren. Ich habe fast 3 Std alles versucht inkl Hilfe von meinem Nachbarn. Nix ging, nun ist sie wieder auf ihrer Rückreise. Weil mich das so geärgert hat bin ich gestern in den Media Markt gefahren und habe mir dort einen Verkäufer geschnappt und ihm mein Leid geklagt. Seine Worte: Na das haben wir gleicht, ich richte ihnen das ein, kein Problem. Tja ca 45 min später gab er auf denn auch sein Modell wollte sich nicht mit meinem Samsung Handy verbinden. Jetzt habe ich mich für eine andere Uhr entschieden.
Avoid this product or purchase at your peril. 0 star rating.
Battery Life, in my usage I get between 5 and 7 days.
Smart Features, I use the music controls and notification reader daily.
Durability, I lead an active lifestyle and this watch has taken a beating and it still works well (I’m not saying you should treat this like a Casio G-Shock).
Garmin Connect App, this app is pretty good for seeing past and present stats that the watch will track such as heart rate and steps.
Waterproof, I do a lot of watersports so this was absolutely necessary for me. The touch screen does get affected by water and seriously hampers the watches capability, however it is not unusable. I have used the watch in the sea and I have not noticed any negative effects (I always gave the watch a fresh water bath after being in salt water).
Bluetooth range. I have used the watch in a large hall where I left my phone in a corner. The watch didn’t lose connection (approx 20M).
The physical buttons. As watches have small screens compared to phones I find physical buttons are exceedingly useful when navigating the watch.
The OS, it can be quite laggy at times. I noticed this most often when trying to view messages my phone received.
Updates, it is a pain having to connect the watch to my laptop to update it. This would be easily manageable however, my watch always had serious performance issues when it needed an update. Some issues would be it would no longer connect to my phone.
The design, as a fitness tracker it is kinda ugly looking compared to some of Fitbits watches and even other Garmin watches. Also, the watch is thin width wise, this makes the watch appear quite tall and a little clunky looking. I have knocked it on other objects while I’ve walked past as it does stick out (I recommend a screen protector (Ihave shattered one already due to knocking a railing with the watch).
Software bugs, I have encountered a few bugs with the watch such as screen freezing. These have all been solved by letting the battery run out and then recharge and restart the watch. The big problem with this is that the battery life is so good (ironic I know). This is because I have had to leave this watch at home on a table for a week whilst I waited for it to run out of battery, leaving me with a dumbwatch for that time (not the end of the world just a bit annoying and something that should have a workaround).
Incoming calls, the watch never displayed the caller ID, instead it displayed the callers number (which I never remember so I would not know who is calling without getting my phone out).
In terms of activity tracking I have used certain pre-loaded activities such as cycling and indoor rowing. From my experience the watch performed as advertised. Most of the time I just use the watch to track my heart rate and steps. The HR monitor records a few bpms high however this is common for watches. The step and floor tracker is quite accurate in my experience and I like how the app gives you all the stats from your days.
One of the features I have not used is the GPS connectivity while tracking an activity. The watch doesn’t have its own GPS and so piggy-backs of your phones GPS. From other reviews I have seen this feature works well.
I switched off the watches movement prompts as they were very annoying. However, the adaptive goal feature is very nice. This basically means depending on how active you are the watch will adjust your step goal for the day, giving you more personal and manageable daily goals.
The watch strap is replaceable but, I have never done this as the provided band is quite good. It isn’t the most comfortable strap I’ve ever had on my wrist, especially when you get a bit hot and sweaty. But overall it is reasonably comfortable and usable which is evidenced by the fact I haven't changed it in two years of daily use.
One of the main reasons I bought this model is because it was on sale at £144. At the time I bought it this was a great deal, however I would recommend looking at more modern alternatives to see if there is anything else that may perform better or suit your preferred aesthetics. The latest watch in the Garmin Vivoactive line is the Vivocative 3. I'm not saying this watch is bad by any means, I think it performs really well 95% of the time, it's just it is quite old now and there is probably something better than this for a similar price.
Also, the youtube channel RIZKNOWS does really good reviews for fitness tracker products (I have nothing to do with the channel, I just found it very useful when I was looking to buy a fitness tracker).
Swimming it is great at picking up lengths if you use arms/freestyle. It doesn't pick up lengths when using a kick board.
It is a good step/distance tracker and isn't easily fooled by arm movements (I am a drummer and it kind of knows a step from a drum beat). Distance calculation is good and GPS rarely drops out (unlike my fitbit)
As for running and cycling, the GPS works fine. The battery life is pretty good, I charge maybe every 5 days or so, whilst in the shower.
The connect app is good too.
The step count and sleep functions are really good too, although in practice after a few months you don't really look at these in any detail any more.
I think if this one gave up the ghost, I would buy the same model again, and not upgrade to the Vivoactive 3, because the extra price just doesn't justify it.