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Garmin hit the market hard this year with their newest lineup of wearable tech.  Garmin’s smartwatches, the Vivoactive 3 and Vivomove HR, plus the fitness tracker Vivosmart 3, which launched earlier this year, have taken most of the spotlight, but one other Vivo- device is worth talking about: the Vivosport.

 

Quick Take

 

A bit confusingly (beyond the names – Garmin sure likes the “Vivo” moniker), the Vivosport strongly resembles the Vivosmart 3. We’ll compare the two a bit later, but first let’s see how the Vivosport stands on its own. While a lot of these are available on other Garmin devices, the Vivosport is jam-packed with fitness features.

 

Some of the key specs include:

 

  • Built-in GPS
  • Heart rate monitoring
  • Battery life up to 7 days (8 hours in GPS mode)
  • Water resistant to 50 meters

 

As you can see, there’s plenty going on with the Vivosport, and it doesn’t disappoint in the fitness capabilities. Garmin keeps up with the pack in a lot of the fitness tracking abilities – one key example is rep counting. It also tracks time, distance, speed/pace, and can map out your ride or run for you.

Pros

Built-In GPS
Good Battery Life
Stress Tracking & VO2 Max Estimation

Cons

No Swim Modes
Slightly Buggy in Automatic Exercise Tracking

Design

 

The Vivosport is lightweight and pretty slim. It’s comfortable to wear all day, if not the most fashionable fitness tracker. The screen design is a big upgrade over some of Garmin’s other trackers. The always-on color screen looks good and is easy to see in the sunlight. Water resistance makes it even simpler to wear all the time – you can swim or shower in it without any problems. Screen usability is simple enough. The touchscreen has you tap or swipe to do what you need to. The Vivosport comes in sizes small/medium and large. There are a few different color options if all black isn’t your thing.

 

Vs. Vivosmart 3

 

The first thing you’ll notice when putting the Vivosport up against the Vivosmart 3 (see on Amazon) is price: The Vivosmart’s list price is about $60 more. So what does that extra chunk of dough get you? The biggest feature difference is built-in GPS—the Vivosport has it while the Vivosmart 3 does not. Beyond that, the differences come in design. The Vivosmart 3’s display is not always on, it isn’t color, and it is a bit harder to read in the sunlight. The Vivosport, on the other hand, has the better screen, plus a slightly more streamlined and thinner design.

 

Related: Vivosmart 3 Review

 

Verdict

 

On the surface, there’s very little difference between the Vivosmart 3 and the Vivosport, but the Vivosport is the better option because of GPS and the newer aesthetics. It might not be worth it to everyone to spend the extra amount to get those features, but the Vivosport is a great option for a fitness tracker regardless. You can save a bit and pick up a Vivosmart 3, but our verdict is that the price tag is worth it on the Vivosport if it’s in your budget. You’ll get all the great tracking features Garmin offers, a vibrant screen, thin design, and GPS capability.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is Garmin Vivosport waterproof?
A: Yes, the Garmin Vivosport is waterproof and is safe to use while swimming.
Q: Can you replace the band on a Garmin Vivosport?
A: Yes, you can replace the band on a Garmin Vivosport or contact Garmin to have the band repaired if it is damaged.
Q: Does Garmin Vivosport play music?
A: Yes, the Garmin Vivosport is able to control the music that is playing on your phone but it does not have music storage room.

Rating: 68%

Specifications

Product Type

Smartwatches

Brand/Model Series

Garmin Vivosport

Overall Rating

68 %

Colour (s)

3

Type Of Display

MIP LCD

Screen Size

0.38 x 0.76" / 9.7 x 19.3 mm

Screen Resolution

72 x 144

Accelerometer

Yes

Sleep Tracking

Yes

Steps Tracking

Yes

Calories Tracking

Yes

Downloadable Apps

Yes

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Heart Rate Monitor

Yes

Water Resistance Rating

SWIM

Battery Type

Lithuim Ion

Battery Life

168 hrs

What is included in the box?

Vivisport watch, Charging data cable, Documentation

Warranty

Yes

GPS

Yes

On-board music storage

No

NFC Touchless Payment

No

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