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Rated2out of5byanaSFfromJury's OutThe pedometer is definitely inaccurate. It shows that I've taken steps before I've even gotten out of bed. It also says I walk while I'm sleeping - I don't. And it's not just a few steps, I wake up having somehow taken 50+ steps!
There is no consistency in the inaccuracies I've noticed so I can't really trust the results. I'm recovering from injuries and I know for a fact I do not walk half the steps this device says I do. I'm hoping that it will, somehow, calibrate and be more accurate in time. I'll give it a couple more months.
Date published: 2014-04-17
Rated1out of5byKAHfromWhat a wasteI was extremely disappointed with the Garmin VivoFit. Beside counting extra steps,the band kept coming apart and the VivoFit fell off while I was walking, less than 5 days after purchase. I contacted Garmin to complain about the poor quality of the band and they offered to let me buy a replacement for another $69. No thanks!
Date published: 2014-04-11
Rated1out of5byKevin K.fromCould have been so much moreI'm use Garmin for everything. Running, Ultras and hiking. So when the FitBit Force was recalled and the vivofit came out, it seemed logical to go Garmin. I was wrong.
After wearing the vivofit for several weeks, here is what I wish it had and consequently miss about my FitBit Force:
1) Syncing - The Vivo takes forever to sync. It also requires you to initiate the sync. It does not sync automatically, in the background, throughout the day. Because of this, if i forget to sync a few days, the next sync will take forever.
2) Because it doesn't sync throughout the day, it doesn't tell you things like "Almost there, only 1,800 steps to go for your goal". In fact, unless you are watching the Vivo, you may actually reach your goal and never know it.
3) Interactions - there are none. Reading the product description i thought that the Vivo would alert or remind to get up and move me whenever i was sitting around too long. It doesn't do this. You have to be looking at the device to remind yourself to move around. This seems backwards. If i forget, the device remind me via a silent alarm like the Force has.
4) Goal achieved! yeah, no notifications here. I'll often look down and see that I reached my step goal a long time ago, but never knew it.
5) Auto Adjust daily goal - I do not like this. I like setting a goal, like 10,000 steps, and working toward it. The Vivo adjusts my goal so sometimes its 5,000 and sometimes its 8,000. I haven't got used to this and prefer a set goal.
6) Cant read at night - It no light on it. I can't see progress or tell the time in low light conditions. Very lame. This negates the ability to use it as a watch full-time.
7) Accuracy - When on the treadmill noticed that there is a delta between it and the Vivo of about 1-1.25 miles at the end of a 6 mile workout. Nothings perfect but that is a large gap.
8) No Stairs - yep, it only steps, not stairs or vertical movement. very disappointed at this price point. Other "non-stair" counting devices are half the price of the Vivo.
With all that said, two things i do like: 1) battery life 2) fit. I like that I don;t have to worry about the battery and that it came with two sizing wrist straps. Also, it doesn't give me a rash like the Force did.
Date published: 2014-04-06
Rated2out of5bymngopherfanfromOkay, but not what I was hoping forAs a Garmin user (Forerunner 305, followed by the Forerunner 310XT), I was looking forward to trying out the Vivofit.
Features I like:
*Size (much smaller than the GPS watches)
*Red bar to remind me to get moving when I've been inactive for too long
Features I'm not impressed with:
*HRM is inaccurate, often registering/reporting 243 bpm during an intense kickboxing session.
*Inconsistency/trouble with Garmin Express/Connect
Overall, it's okay, but it's not what I was hoping for.
Date published: 2014-04-06
Rated2out of5byJoanPellegrinifromjust an expensive pedometerI went to the Anchorage REI store to buy a Fitbit. Since I already have the Garmin heart rate monitor I was convinced that the Vivofit would be worth the extra money. I was told you do not need a computer (not true: you must have one to set it up). I was told it would pair to my iPad (not true: pairs only with newer generation iPad). On the happy side: it does indeed work with my heart rate monitor so that I do not have to use my GPS in the gym. It also seems to track sleep pretty well. Unfortunately, if you get up at night and then go back to bed and want to discount those "sleep" hours, you cannot do that. I will not be returning my Vivofit but I am less than impressed.
Date published: 2014-04-03
Rated1out of5byLaukaodafromCompletely disappointedI started with a Fitbit Force but was going to return it due to the recall. I bought the Vivofit as it had a heart rate monitor. I wanted to see if I was in my target heart rate zone while cycling, hiking, weight lifting, kayaking or walking. The garmin connect website and iPhone app are a joke. They are clunky and unrefined. After using the Fitbit Force in conjunction with the MyFitness pal app, I'm going to take the chance on the being among the 2% with burns.
Sigh here goes. The heart rate monitor allows you to see your heart rate monitor on the band. There are a few reports on the website and app that you can see your max and avg heart rate. That's it. It would be nice for the band to store the information and plot it on a graph. I'd like to see what my heart rate was over the 50 mile bike ride.
It is annoying that the device does not pick up my cycling activity. I just cycled 50+ miles but my band is showing I need to get up and move.
Back to the pathetic website. I can't figure out how to add my cycling activities. While searching in vain, I noticed the dates on some activities were incorrect. Again it would be nice to add an activity, select the time period and have my heart rate on that report.
I'm going to return this device and keep my Fitbit Force.
Date published: 2014-03-27
Rated4out of5byAllisonFitfromBand is NOT SecureGreat fitness tracker, love the garmin connect, different display screens and the band itself but it falls off probably once a day! I never take it off and the only way it is not on my wrist is because the band is not secure and it falls off. Great product just need a new band with a better latching system
Date published: 2014-03-27
Rated2out of5bymlw3fromNot worth the money.This was a gift, and I would not have purchased it myself. First, I could not get the software to download easily. Once I got it installed, the device would not synch. I had to call Garmin and was on hold for 30 minutes before they took my call. The Garmin rep walked me through installing my device, but it was far more than just downloading Garmin Connect as the website states. It was ridiculous. I think it took me 3 hours to get the device synched.
In addition, my husband purchased a Vivofit for himself, and not only did it take most of a day to try to get the software to download and the device to synch, it was a completely different procedure than I used to activate my Vivofit. That makes no sense to me, and I think Garmin has problems with their software. Unfortunately, I have a Forerunner and an Edge that will now require that software (I currently use Training Center which is no longer supported), and I am thinking I will have problems downloading data from those devices. If so, I will be considering other devices.
The Vivofit is a very basic fitness device, which is why I would not have purchased it myself. It is a good way to indicate when you are inactive, but it does not do much besides track your steps. The calories burned is just a general estimate based on your height and weight. The product is definitely not worth the hassle to download the software. Generally, Garmin devices are good, but there are so many issues with the software because they don't seem to work out any bugs before they market their products. Furthermore, their service hours are during regular work hours M-F so it is difficult to contact them, and the long hold times are unacceptable. I am very disappointed overall.
Date published: 2014-03-23
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