Vivofit 2by Garmin

  • Vivofit 2
  • Vivofit 2
  • Vivofit 2
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
77%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Vivofit 2 uses watch batteries that last up to one year, meaning you don't need to recharge the device.
  • The always-on display is easy to see, and the band can be swapped out for models with different colors and designs.
  • The Vivofit 2 is waterproof, and its activity tracking is accurate.

CONS

  • The sleep monitoring is not detailed, and the activity band can mistake periods of inactivity for sleep.
  • Garmin's mobile app is not as useful as some competitors' apps.
  • The Vivofit 2 lacks vibrating notifications.
Garmin’s Vivofit 2 is an activity tracker that never takes a rest. This wristband tracks your steps, distance traveled, calories burned, and sleep. Unlike many rival trackers that need to be recharged regularly, the Vivofit 2 uses watch batteries that last up to a year. It also boasts an always-on screen that’s viewable in daylight and at night, thanks to its backlight. New in the Vivofit 2 is a stopwatch mode and audible alerts that let you know when it’s time to move.
NameVivofit 2Misfit ShineActivite PopFlexCharge
ManufacturerGarminMisfitWithingsFitbitFitbit
Techwalla Score
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89%

The most impressive quality in this step counter is the battery life. By eliminating simple features like a backlight and simplifying the sy…

The most impressive quality in this step counter is the battery life. By eliminating simple features like a backlight and simplifying the syncing abilities, the Vivofit will run for an entire year on two common CR1632 watch batteries.

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80%

My Vivofit 2 review unit came with a black silicon band, and I got my hands on a few other colors. Since I just had to pop the sensor in and…

My Vivofit 2 review unit came with a black silicon band, and I got my hands on a few other colors. Since I just had to pop the sensor in and out of the bands, it was supereasy to match the Vivofit 2 to my outfit of the day.

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80%

If audible alerts don’t matter much to you, this device is fantastic. But I upgraded from the original Vivofit because of the new audible al…

If audible alerts don’t matter much to you, this device is fantastic. But I upgraded from the original Vivofit because of the new audible alerts, and I’m very disappointed.

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70%

The shining star of the Vivofit is its battery life. The tracker uses two replaceable CR1632 coin cell batteries that will last more than a …

The shining star of the Vivofit is its battery life. The tracker uses two replaceable CR1632 coin cell batteries that will last more than a year. I can't tell you how nice it is to not have to worry about charging an activity tracker for once.

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70%

The unreliable strap has been improved by way of a twisty clasp that keeps it all secure, although it is a bit of a pain to get it closed an…

The unreliable strap has been improved by way of a twisty clasp that keeps it all secure, although it is a bit of a pain to get it closed and turned. Quite literally, in fact, we got a nasty pinch that woke us up one morning.

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70%

The Vivofit 2 delivered; the screen is big and bright, it can survive in the drink and it doesn't need charging.

The Vivofit 2 delivered; the screen is big and bright, it can survive in the drink and it doesn't need charging.

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As a regular gym goer with vaguely obsessive compulsive tendencies, I also can’t say enough for a device that can be easily cleaned on the r…

As a regular gym goer with vaguely obsessive compulsive tendencies, I also can’t say enough for a device that can be easily cleaned on the regular.

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On the few days I wore the Garmin Vivofit Active 2, there were periods when I was watching the television and the tracker recorded it as sle…

On the few days I wore the Garmin Vivofit Active 2, there were periods when I was watching the television and the tracker recorded it as sleep.

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