Garmin Vivosmart Review
Fitness & Tracking Features9.0/10
Ease of Use8.0/10
- Has smart watch capabilities
- Sleek design, no buttons
- OLED touchscreen
- Move bar reminder
- Automatic wireless sync to Garmin Connect
- Notifications aren’t actionable - can’t be deleted via screen
- Vivosmart band isn't hard wearing
- OLED screen can be hard to see in direct sunlight
- Only one alarm
Pair your Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker with your Bluetooth Smartphone
The Garmin Vivosmart is an advanced Garmin activity tracker compared to the Vivofit and is worth the additonal cost if you’re after a fitness band which pairs with your smartphone. The band design is sleek and modern with a clear OLED display that only activates with touch. The hidden display blends in with the strap forming a seamless and stylish band which can easily be worn with a watch or another device. The Garmin Vivosmart will encourage you to lead an active and healthier lifestyle with it’s move bar, soft alerts and smartphone notifications.
Garmin Vivosmart Fitness Band Review
Welcome to our independent review of the Garmin Vivosmart fitness band and activity tracker. Vivosmart can be worn 24/7 and displays steps, distances and calories burned. At the start of each day it greets you with a personalized daily step goal which it sets by learning your daily activity level. Each day the step goal changes, steadily making you become more active. This is ideal if you sit for long periods of time throughout the day.
The Vivosmart reminds you of when you have been inactive for too long (up to an hour) by gently vibrating an alert and displaying a move bar on it’s OLED screen with the words “Move!”. The longer you sit the longer the bar becomes. Getting up and walking for a short period of time resets the move bar.
Like other Garmin fitness bands and activity trackers it wirelessly syncs via Bluetooth to Garmin Connect, the free online fitness training application. Garmin Connect helps you monitor your progress and assign fitness goals. You can also join in with fitness challenges and make new connections (friends) with other Vivosmart and Vivofit users.
Garmin Vivosmart Review | Key Features
- Displays steps, distance, calories burned and time of day
- Smart notifications with vibration alerts, to monitor calls, texts, meetings, emails and other messages
- Auto sync with mobile devices at strategic times throughout the day, such as when a goal is met
- Stylish bright OLED touchscreen – swipe for data at a glance
- Thin sleek band, ideal for wearing 24/7, even in water and at night for sleep monitoring
- Gauges your activity level and sets personalized daily goals
- Save, plan and share your data on Garmin Connect
- Wireless sync via Bluetooth Smart technology
- Sensor compatibility – pair it with a heart rate monitor, bike speed sensors or VIRB action camera
- Up to 7 days battery life before recharging
Vivosmart ‘Smartphone Notifications’
The Vivosmart is an advanced fitness band compared to the Vivofit as it displays notifications from your smartphone (when paired via Bluetooth). Vibration alerts include call information, texts, emails and social media alerts so you can keep an eye on what’s happening without looking at your mobile phone. If you find this disruptive, or if Vivosmart alerts you to too many notifications you can visit the app settings and disconnect some of the applications or add new ones.
Before buying Garmin Vivosmart you should check to make sure your smartphone is compatible, if you have a relatively new smartphone then you should be OK, however to run the mobile version of Garmin Connect (which you you can use to sync the device) your phone needs to be Bluetooth compatible. You can check the compatibility list here. Garmin have another solution if your phone isn’t Bluetooth compatible – Garmin Express. This desktop application helps you sync Vivosmart with your PC or Apple Mac:
Garmin Vivosmart Design Review
The Vivosmart is a sleek touchscreen fitness band with a hidden OLED touchscreen, one tap and the screen lights up, you can then swipe to navigate through the screens. The design is simple and minimalist and there are 4 colors to choose from (Berry, Black, Blue, and Grey), the Garmin logo is stamped on the band in metal. The fitness band has rounded edges and a soft smooth finish which makes it comfortable to wear 24/7. There are a number of clasp holes in the band which makes it easy to fit, Vivosmart also comes in 2 different sizes so is ideal for both men and women and people with small wrists. As the Vivosmart is waterproof up to 50 meters (5ATM) it can be worn not only in shower or bath but also for swimming. The Vivomsart fitness band comes with a neat charging clip which connects via charging pins underneath the band. It has up to 7 days of battery life before charging is required.
You can use Vivosmart as a personal alarm clock to wake you up with a gentle vibration, now you won’t need to disturb your partner sleeping next to you. At night you can set the Vivosmart sleep mode, so you can monitor your sleeping patterns, periods of movement or restful sleep which you can also track in Garmin Connect. Upon waking you can grade your mood, if you’ve had a bad night you can select the grumpy face icon!
Sync Vivosmart with Garmin Connect for Free
Garmin Vivosmart automatically syncs with your smartphone at strategic times throughout the day, such as when a goal is met or when several steps have been taken since the last sync. You can use Garmin Connect to save, plan, and share your progress and join online challenges, earning virtual badges and awards in the process.
Install the free Garmin Connect Mobile application on your smartphone so you can keep track of your data and progress when away from your desktop computer or laptop. If you are using Vivosmart to help you loose weight, pair your Garmin Connect account with MyFitnessPal, another free service which will help you monitor your daily calorie intake.
Garmin Vivosmart is a 24/7 activity tracker which counts your steps, calories, and distance throughout the day. It’s helpful smartphone notifications alerts you to incoming phone calls and text messages so you don’t miss anything. It has sleek touchscreen band which you can easily swipe to navigate pages and menu. The inactivity monitor motivates you to move when you’ve been sitting too long.