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5.0 out of 5 stars Garmin has another winner, March 6, 2014
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This review is from: Garmin 010-01225-00 Vivofit Fitness Band - Black (Wireless Phone Accessory)
Garmin succeeds in every product segment it enters, and the health and fitness market is no different. The Vivofit is comfortable, easy to use, and starts motivating from the first connection.

The fitness band is lightweight - (think plastic watch), and the curved band/display is comfortable and easy to fasten. I was not a watch wearer before yet it hasn't been an annoyance at all on the wrist. The package comes with a large and small wristband you can choose from depending on your wrist size.

The display is easily readable when in a lit room, (no backlight means you can't read it in the dark) and allows for display of your daily steps, goal steps remaining, mileage walked, calories burned, as well as time of day/date. If you keep the watch on time of day, a tap of the button will show date for 3 seconds before reverting back to time of day. Periodically sync with Garmin Connect (through Bluetooth 4.0 smartphone or included PC dongle) and use the easy to use Garmin Connect interface. Make connections with your friends, track goals, monitor sleep patterns and more. To track sleep patters, simply hold the button for 2 seconds until it says Sleep when you go to bed, and tap it when you wake up. If you forget, it's easy to enter in your sleep time through Garmin Connect.

During the day, when you've been idle for an hour, a red line appears at the top, and grows every 15 minutes as a reminder to get up and move. After two hours of being idle, the bar stretches the full length of the screen. Taking a short walk will reset the bar, getting your metabolism going again, leading to a healthier life. Google "The Dangers of Sitting" for the theory behind this and the importance of being active throughout the day as opposed to exercising for an hour in the morning and sitting all day.

The Vivofit starts out with a 7500 step goal and will adjust daily depending on how well you meet the goal. The goal doesn't change drastically from day to day, but if you meet your goal, it will increase slightly to slowly improve your fitness level. I've found myself taking more walks at work, and when at home, I'll do more housework/chores to keep my step-count up, as opposed to sitting in front of the TV.

Overall, I am very excited to own a Vivofit and I look forward to seeing how long it will continue to motivate. Very nice product, Garmin.
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Initial post: Mar 7, 2014, 11:24:48 AM PST
pneditor says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2014, 4:10:54 PM PST
Tom says:
Not true, it's not shipping from garmin until 3/31 but select stores have it. Mine will be here Monday from Dicks Sporting Goods and Amazon had them till they sold out. Just go on instagram and hashtag vivofit you will see plenty of people with them.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014, 7:00:52 PM PST
Please comment on accuracy of counts.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2014, 7:04:56 AM PST
Wch555 says:
I also just received mine in the mail yesterday from my favorite running store. Too soon to review completely, but so far so good.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2014, 10:55:41 AM PDT
Brian says:
I don't understand your logic.... just because you don't know how to get your watch sent now, doesn't mean this is a fake review. I have had mine for 6 days now. Today is the 10th. So if it isn't available... how do I and so many others have this product already?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2014, 11:30:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 10, 2014, 11:32:29 AM PDT
AR says:
Step count is great once I thought about how the device is supposed to work. It uses arm motion to count steps, one swing back and forth = 2 steps. It also take a series of repetitive arm motions to determine if you are walking/running or not. Once you do like 4 or so, it gives you credit for the 8/9 steps and keeps counting from there. If you are shopping with a shopping cart or carrying something and can't swing your arm, simply place it in a pocket to pick up the back and forth motion. If it just used the fact that you were moving, it would count steps in the car! Don't want that!

The way I see it, there are times when I'm taking a few steps here and there that it doesn't count (e.g. cooking dinner), but there are also a few activities that it thinks are steps that it counts (e.g. washing my hair). It all pretty much equals out in the end! Oh and yes I obviously received it before I posted the comment. I did not order through Amazon but like to leave reviews here since its a common place to read reviews.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2014, 12:12:44 PM PDT
ABK says:
I got mine from REI before march. It wasn't supposed to come out that early but I think they wanted to beat some of the other activity trackers coming out.
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