Vivoactive HRby Garmin

  • Vivoactive HR
  • Vivoactive HR
  • Vivoactive HR
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
81%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • This update to the original Vivoactive adds accurate heart rate tracking.
  • It's waterproof and able to track almost any activity you can think of.
  • Battery life is good for a smartwatch, and the screen is easy to read in daylight.

CONS

  • The screen can be a bit dim and isn't the sharpest.
  • The watch may feel bulky on some wrists and won't go with all attire.
  • The Vivoactive HR is expensive.
Most GPS smartwatches are designed for runners, and Garmin’s Vivoactive HR is no exception. But this device is not only for runners: It’s truly designed for all athletes, and it's capable of tracking almost any activity. In addition to running, walking, biking, and swimming (yes, it’s waterproof), the Vivoactive HR can track stand-up paddleboarding, rowing, golf, skiing, snowboarding, and more. It also tracks your heart rate and sleep, and connects to your smartphone to deliver notifications to your wrist.
NameVivoactive HRFenix 3VivoactivePeakSurge
ManufacturerGarminGarminGarminBasisFitbit
Techwalla Score
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List Price$250$500$250$200$250
92%

Apart from being a little bit clunky, it offers everything a fitness enthusiast would want in a smartwatch. The Garmin Vivoactive HR is defi…

Apart from being a little bit clunky, it offers everything a fitness enthusiast would want in a smartwatch. The Garmin Vivoactive HR is definitely thus a good investment for to all interested in running, either amateur or professional, we recommend it.

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91%

The Garmin Vivoactive HR is the best wearable for those who want an all-in-one fitness tracker, able to track their workouts in detail but a…

The Garmin Vivoactive HR is the best wearable for those who want an all-in-one fitness tracker, able to track their workouts in detail but also provide them with advanced smartwatch capabilities, such as the time, notifications, and so on.

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81%

We are certainly excited about the new Garmin device. Essentially, rather than a smartwatch with fitness capabilities, you get a fitness wat…

We are certainly excited about the new Garmin device. Essentially, rather than a smartwatch with fitness capabilities, you get a fitness watch with some smartwatch capabilities. ... On the negative side, we wish the tracker was a bit less chunky.

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80%

Whereas the vivoactive has a flat, square face (like the one on the Sony SmartWatch), the vivoactive HR is rectangular, like a wide Fitbit. …

Whereas the vivoactive has a flat, square face (like the one on the Sony SmartWatch), the vivoactive HR is rectangular, like a wide Fitbit. It's also rather thick (0.45 inches), pushing it into the realm of the Microsoft Band. People will definitely know you're wearing some kind of fitness gadget.

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80%

It's the unashamed jack-of-all-trades for the weekend warrior. The kind of person who goes on a morning run, hacks 18 holes on the golf cour…

It's the unashamed jack-of-all-trades for the weekend warrior. The kind of person who goes on a morning run, hacks 18 holes on the golf course in the afternoon and takes a Sunday walk with the family.

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70%

One of the best things about the Vivoactive HR is that you rarely have to refer to the app. Most of the data you'll care about shows up on t…

One of the best things about the Vivoactive HR is that you rarely have to refer to the app. Most of the data you'll care about shows up on the device's display, including your activity goal progress, distance traveled, floors climbed, steps counted, and heart rate information.

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70%

The Vivoactive HR's versatile, multipurpose function and design make it one of the better smart GPS fitness watches on the market.

The Vivoactive HR's versatile, multipurpose function and design make it one of the better smart GPS fitness watches on the market.

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’s not the most advanced watch Garmin makes, but it’s also not the most basic. It sits nicely in the middle of the road, and offers what 90…

’s not the most advanced watch Garmin makes, but it’s also not the most basic. It sits nicely in the middle of the road, and offers what 90-95% of runners would want in a running watch. Or, what the majority of people would want in a day to day fitness smartwatch.

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Even if its design is all-too familiar, the Vivoactive HR is a competent and complete fitness tracker. It does everything that it claims to …

Even if its design is all-too familiar, the Vivoactive HR is a competent and complete fitness tracker. It does everything that it claims to do quickly, seamlessly, and well.

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The new Vivoactive HR is a much improved device over its predecessor. By that I mean a quantum leap over what the Vivoactive was capable of,…

The new Vivoactive HR is a much improved device over its predecessor. By that I mean a quantum leap over what the Vivoactive was capable of, which was already darn good.

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[I]f you are (or want to get) serious about your fitness, it could be all the sports tracker you need. It has got all of the key features co…

[I]f you are (or want to get) serious about your fitness, it could be all the sports tracker you need. It has got all of the key features covered, and will be able to track the vast majority of sports or activities you take part in.

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The Vivoactive is neither the most expensive nor the cheapest product in Garmin's line, but for hardcore fitness enthusiasts, it could be th…

The Vivoactive is neither the most expensive nor the cheapest product in Garmin's line, but for hardcore fitness enthusiasts, it could be the one that provides the best value for your money.

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Well the Vivoactive HR includes all of your usual activity tracker features such as calories, steps and sleep tracking, but on top of that y…

Well the Vivoactive HR includes all of your usual activity tracker features such as calories, steps and sleep tracking, but on top of that you'll find that it can record your activity during an enormous variety of sports. We're talking everything from running, cycling (including indoor) and swimming to golfing, skiing and snowboarding

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