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Month: August 2017

Review of Garmin Vivoactive Black

The traditional fitness trackers are a bit terrible for almost all actual sports and provide base level insights, which are useless for individuals who take fitness seriously. Fortunately, Garmin Vivoactive Black is now available in the market. For many, it’s a perfect fitness device you should not dare to miss. But, is it really worth it?

An Overview of Garmin Vivoactive Black

Garmin Vivoactive Black is basically a fitness watch, which cuts all the fat and some muscles off the high-end Garmin Forerunner watches. It also delivers GPS tracking device in the package that feels and looks like a lifestyle smartwatch.

When it comes to cost, it has the same cost as some cheaper Android smartwatch and lesser than the cost of Pebble Time. it is also less than the price of the new Fitbit Blaze. While Blaze has the advantage of having a heart rate monitor, Garmin Vivoactive has an edge for the reason that it comes with a built-in GPS. Since Vivoactive supports the ANT+ sensors, you may still bolster or augment its capabilities once you find this lacking with accessories including chest straps and heart rate monitor.

However, do you think it can compete with the fully-fledged smartwatches? Well, the answer is yes, but only if you are a little fitness freak. It lacks the richness of available apps with the watches that run on Android OS and Pebble OS. It is not quite as hot for the notifications. Nevertheless, with its excellent battery life and smartwatch features, it’s a good investment.

Apps and Smartwatch Features of Garmin Vivoactive Black

What makes Garmin Vivoactive special is its fitness features, which makes it set apart from other. Nevertheless, it has lots of offer during the hours when you are not swimming, cycling, and running. Like some smartwatches, you may choose between numerous watch faces. These may range from stylish to simple ones that will tell you the time, read-out daily steps, battery life, date, and much more. There are those that display how well you are doing on your daily step count in Tetris style and Pac-Man designs.

The Good

Garmin Vivoactive takes pride from having an ultraslim design, always-on color display, and good battery life, which is essential for active people. It has notification alerts and vibration from your smartphones, multisport tracking via GPS, activity tracking with the auto-adjusting goals, and can be used in the pool and in the shower.

The Not So Good

Connect IQ app store is not present in Garmin Vivoactive. Its sleep track is not impressive and the smartphone connectivity as well as watch software can be unstable, which requires frequent reboots.

The Bottom Line

If you like a smartwatch that’s almost the same as the Apple Watch, Garmin Vivoactive is not suited for you. While this has some apps, they aren’t in the league as those found don some smartwatch platforms in either quality or number. But, if you are a keen walker, runner or cyclist looking for a sports watch with smartwatch features, then you can use Garmin Vivoactive.

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