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Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band Review

This model has been discontinued.

Quick Take

If you’re on the path to weight loss, you may have already found out that sticking to a strict regime can sometimes be difficult. Having a fitness tracker or smartwatch is an easy way to keep on top of your daily fitness goals and monitor your progress. In your search for a new tracker you have probably come across one of the leading brands, Garmin. Although now discontinued, you can still find some of these original Garmin Vivofit bands floating around online. Read our review of the fitness tracker below.

Pros

Long Battery Life
Water Resistant
Comfortable

Cons

Older model
Can activate sleep mode at wrong time

What To Know About the Garmin Vivofit

The fitness band works by tracking your movement. If you are stationary, the monitor will begin to track this and will tell you when you have not been moving for a certain amount of time and sound an alarm every 15 minutes that you’re still. Once you have been stationary for an hour, the monitor will sound a different alarm.

Other Garmin Vivofit Key Features and Specs:

  • Water resistant
  • Long battery life, up to 1+ year
  • Monitors Sleep
  • Personalized daily goals
  • Tracks and displays progress 24/7 with movement reminders
  • Wireless sync
  • Displays calories, steps, distance
  • Can pair up up with heart-rate monitor
  • Allows you to share your progress at Garmin Connect

Design

The Garmin Vivofit has a very simple, sleek design. It’s easy to use, as there is only one button to change between the screen displays (LCD screen) or to trigger a specific function such as ‘sync’ or ‘sleep’. As well as the time and date, the tracker can display steps, progress goals, distance, and calories at the push of the button. You can also sync up your heart-rate strap and get this displayed on the screen too.

 

Connectivity

The Garmin Vivofit tracker features Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity. The package includes an ANT+ mini-USB stick. This means that if you don’t have a smartphone with Bluetooth 4.0 capability you can instead plug the mini-USB into your PC to transfer your data. It can also track heart rate if you attach a strap.

Verdict

If you can get your hands on a model, the Garmin Vivofit is best for those looking for a simple fitness tracker that will give you movement reminders throughout the day. It isn’t packed with features, but it does allow you to seamlessly integrate exercise into your daily lifestyle without having to think about it. Check out our reviews of more recently released wearables that are jam-packed with features here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does the Garmin Vivofit come with a small and large band?
A: The Garmin Vivofit comes with a small and large band which you can swap between.
Q: Is there a monthly fee for using the Garmin Vivofit?
A: Once you have bought the device you can begin using it and this is the only cost you will have to pay.
Q: Is this device also a watch?
A: The Garmin Vivofit does display time and date so it can be used to keep track of time. However, it is difficult to see in low Light and at nighttime.

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