Garmin Vivofit review

Garmin succeeded in distinguishing itself as a pioneer in tracking and the previous decennium served as the flourishing period of its GPS products. Garmin has gradually grown into one of the consumer’s favourite brands due to its wearable tech zeitgeist that eventually resulted into Vivofit, its innovative fitness tracker.

The Vivofit product encompasses all the activities undertaken by most fitness trackers starting with the supervision of the steps and sleep or the counting of calories and includes a heart rate monitor.

Moreover, it is waterproof, so you can use in the swimming pool. The energy is provided by a battery with one year life duration. These features, together with Garmin Connect application, turn Vivofit into a serious competitor for other products of famous brands, such as Nike Fuelband SE, Jawbone UP24 or Samsung Gear Fit.

Garmin Vivofit: Features and design

In sharp contrast with the great variety of activities provided by this product, simplicity is the main characteristic when talking about Garmin Vivofit design as it lacks any kind of extravagance. The product includes a classic, bicolour LED screen attached to a plain rubber bracelet. However, the Garmin Vivofit package gives the opportunity to change the strap and match it with any sporty outfit as it offers a wide palette of colours for the bracelet.

Nevertheless, the simplicity of the screen design ensures the efficiency of the product as it facilitates reading the information. Furthermore, a great plus consists on the fact that the screen stays on, whilst other products, such as Nike Fuelband SE are less effective, as finding out the time involves double-tapping a button.

On the other hand, the design encloses some weak spots concerning both the screen and the strap that leads to Vivofit’s underrate in comparison with other products such as UP24 or Fitbit Flex. A major problem consists on the lack of backlight on the screen that embarrasses reading if you are in a dark place. Another weak spot to mention is the decolouring of the rubber strap after a few uses. However, clients appreciate the strap because it is highly cozy to wear.

Garmin Vivofit: Activity tracking

Regarding the activity tracking, there can be mentioned that the product registers the steps, distance covered, calories and sleep. Moreover, one innovative task that Vivofit can accomplish is that it organizes your everyday goals according to your latest activity. Thus, the target appears as a number counting down during the day. It also includes an inactivity bar on the screen meant to encourage the owner to be more active that displays how much time you spent sitting still in any given hour.

In sharp contrast with Jawbone UP24, Vivofit encompasses many flaws when it comes to sleep tracking. Actually, it provides insufficient feedback in the application concerning the sleep quality. Unfortunately, the product only makes a distinction between periods of movement and stillness.

Garmin Vivofit: App, web tools and syncing

Although Vivofit enables his user to sync the everyday activities to the Garmin Connect iOS and Android applications via Bluetooth Smart, the application does not reach the standards of the other rival brands in terms of features and usability. Actually, it is Vivofit’s greatest flaw that pulls it out of competition. There are two main disadvantages widely reported on the internet. On the one hand, the user has to press a button on the band in order to update the information and, on the other hand, the fact that syncing the stats often turns into a total fiasco.

Garmin Vivofit: Battery life

Battery life represents one of the strongest points of the product as the product was designed to be used a year without being necessary to charge its battery. Consequently, this point helps Vivofit to make the difference and overpass its competitors.