Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch, Regular fit - Black
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- Regular fits wrist circumferences 5.39" to 7.68" (137 to 195 mm),GPS smartwatch with a sunlight-readable, high-resolution color touchscreen. Display size-28.6 mm x 20.7 mm
- 24/7 HEART RATE MONITORING - Elevate wrist heart technology gives you heart rate all day and night without an additional strap,Heart rate is not available while swimming
- SMART NOTIFICATIONS - Set any notification from your mobile device to display when paired with a compatible smartphone.Water rating:5 ATM
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Elevate heart rate technology
Using heart rate data, vívoactive HR provides calories burned information and quantifies the intensity of your fitness activities, providing better credit for your efforts.
GPS Smartwatch with Elevate Heart Rate
Play all the sports you love with even more heart. Elevate heart rate technology measures heart rate at the wrist, gauging your efforts without the need to wear a chest strap. Add life and style to your colour touchscreen device by downloading free custom watch faces, apps and more through the Connect IQ online store. It offers an 8 day battery life in watch mode, as well as being water resistant.
Built-in Sports Apps
There are lots of accessories that help you get more from sports, but phones aren’t one of them. With GPS-enabled running, biking, swimming, skiing, snowboarding, golf, rowing, paddle boarding and activity tracking right on your wrist, you can sweat all day with your phone safely tucked away.
Using its built-in accelerometer and GPS, vívoactive HR allows you to run both indoors and out.
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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I was very excited to try Vivoactive HR and waited for release for 2+ months. I used Fitbit surge, Garmin viovfit and Polar M400 before and very familiar with different fitness trackers. I mostly waited for Vivoactive HR for it's 24x7 HR function and ability to pair with cheststrap for arm-strength exercises. If you not familiar with wrist-based optical HR readers, they all fail to measure proper HR if you weight-training your arms, upper body and most of them fail to keep up with high intensity interval training. 24x7 HR and ability to connect to external monitor is why I had high hopes for Vivoactive HR. Too bad, but device is going back, here is why.
Main reason is very unstable and fragmented readings during the day/night. Since I'm coming from Fitbit Surge, I'm very familiar with my personal HR levels for night vs day, vs walking, standing or sitting. Vivoactive has 2 major problems. One, in order to save battery, it's automatically spaces readings further apart at night or during inactivity periods. Good in theory, but produces very inaccurate readings. Most of nights, it gave me only 2-4 readings during whole 7-hours sleep, some times readings are 4-hours apart. Also it could space daytime readings by 1-2 hours, even when I walk around the office. I tried, but could not find any system to it. Since it takes readings so far apart, it also makes them inaccurate very often. If you familiar with Fitbit HR measuring, I have to praise their reading algorithm, it seems that Fitbit takes many readings and averages them to remove atypical spikes. This gives very logical graph that is very well connected to your activity (or in-activity) level. Garmin does not do it, so my whole day graph looks like mountain range, up and down, up and down even when I just walk around the office. Very inaccurate and disappointing. Garmin really could learn from Fitbit here on how to calculate and present HR whole day information.
Second issue is Garmin Connect app. It appears that somebody really tried hard to make it confusing and hard to navigate. Certainly if not for issue #1, I could had made peace with Garmin Connect and memorized their nooks and crannies to find info, but guys, why, why to make it so cumbersome and confusing. Just learn from people who already doing a good job with apps, look at Jawbone and Fitbit - their apps are good looking, easy to navigate, have tons of info and very respectful of user.
Unfortunately Garmin is cranking all these new watches like mad and it comes at expense of unpolished product and service. It's kind of, sort of good, but there are much better alternatives...
With that, I'm packaging Vivoactive HR and dusting off my Fitbit Surge. Surge has less features, but these features are presented with higher quality.
For anyone thinking about this, keep in mind that this is an activity tracker with some smart watch functionality. If you're thinking about this or something along the lines of a Gear S2 or Apple Watch, you are comparing the wrong products. If you want something to count steps, go with a Jawbone or FitBit, no need to spend $250 for a pedometer. This also isn't small. My wrists aren't large, but it looks fine on me and the size isn't an issue. If you wear dress shirts a lot (with sleeves down and buttoned), you might have a bit of an issue. I had to wear a suit last week, and it was tough to get the shirt cuff over the watch. Doing that daily would be a problem for me.
The watch faces are good, fairly limited, but good. Actiface is my favorite, it shows time, steps, battery life, date, sunrise/sunset time, calories burned, distance moved, max steps and cal for the week and it also has a graph showing calories and steps over the last 7 days. Great face to see a bevy of stats at a glance.
This was money well spent for me, I'm very active and this can keep up with everything I do and then some. The apps are limited, but again, this isn't a smart watch, it's a smart tracker for more athletic types of people. I love it, it was worth the 2+ months of waiting. I debated getting the Fenix 3 HR, but I'm not at that level of outdoor activity, so this was a perfect choice for me. The fact that it can go in the shower/pool/ocean without turning into a dead device makes this a no brainer in the price range.
I found out yesterday that, on a long trip, it will count steps in my car. I didn't have that problem with my wife's car. My UP24 did the same thing, so as with that, I will just take it off in the car.
HR tracking while lifting weights is not perfect, it's basically flipped: When lifting, HR goes down because blood flow is restricted, when I drop the weight, it goes up when normal flow returns. As with all wrist based, it's not perfect. For really detailed HR tracking, a chest strap is the best approach. I'm ok with how this works, but I will be getting a chest strap to get a more exact measure for weight training.
I have seen complaints about the size. Get a tape measure and you can easily see how big it will be on your wrist. Negative reviews based on size make no sense to me, it's clear how big it is. Cut a piece of paper or something to the size stated to see how big it will be on your wrist. It's not small, but it's also not as big as the Fenix 3. GPS, HR, touch screen, battery, all of these things need space for components. If you want something small, you'll need to sacrifice features. It can't be much smaller and still make sense to have a touch screen.
After 3 weeks, I'm totally sold on this still.
Update 6/28: 2 months in, I only wish I had this a year ago when I swimming daily. It's not perfect, but it's as close as it comes compared to others I have used. Stair counting could be better, I go up and down at least a dozen times a day (including basement stairs, maybe 2 dozen) and I rarely hit the 10 flight goal, not sure if that's a software or hardware problem, but that's really the only issue I have with it.