Garmin vivofit Wireless Activity Tracker & Heart Rate Monitor Bundle learns your current activity level, creates a personalized daily goal, tracks progress, tracks heart rate and reminds you to move.
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Rated4out of5byBuckeyebcwfromACCURATEI owned the Fitbit before this. This device is accurate within 10% which is amazing. No constant recharging. It does what I need it to do: provide the time, heart rate and distance.
The Android app does crash and the band does come off too easy. But the band is much better than the Fitbit band.
Date published: 2014-04-20
Rated5out of5bySRRfromPleased with my purchaseI've had this product for 2 1/2 weeks now. I have not owned a fitness tracker before but researched them quite a bit before committing to the vivofit. I chose this one because it has the heart rate monitor and I do a lot of biking. It was easy to sync with my Mac and with my android phone. It is a great motivator to get up and move around every hour. I take many short walks throughout the day when the red bar appears. I am probably getting 4 walks in during the day and those last 10 minutes or more so that's 40+ minutes of exercise I wasn't getting before. I don't think the novelty will wear off. The heart rate monitor works well too. The wristband is comfortable and I have not had any trouble getting it on or with it falling off. I do not wear it in the shower as one review said that soap scum can build up in the band. Not having to charge the device weekly is a plus and I don't find the lack of backlighting to be a nuisance. I am happy to see that they sell replacement bands separately so I can get some different colors.
Date published: 2014-04-14
Rated2out of5byMetabellfromLove the device, strap falls offThe strap falls off regularly. For a device that costs $170 I shouldn't have to put a rubber band around the strap to keep it on. If i had any other troubles with this device and I didn't appreciate the information I was getting I would take it back in a heartbeat.
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated5out of5byWondering AlejandrofromLove it, it's a tiny little motivatorI waited for this product to come out, and it was worth the wait. The movement indicator is a great way to keep track of lack of movement. I work at an office, and the day can easily get away from me, and this simple feature is a great motivator. The heart rate works perfect with the device, and syncing is extremely easy. The only draw back, is that it doesn’t light up, so you’ll need external light to look at the information.
Date published: 2014-03-29
Rated4out of5byAsian Mountain ManfromFits most needsI researched the heck out of this vs the polar loop and FitBit. I knew what to expect and what not to expect and found that the feature set was enough for me to purchase.
- 1yr battery. No Charging! Just set it and forget it.
- ANT+ No Charging! last a long time.
- upload to connect via ANT+ dongle or bluetooth (I have an android)
- Always on display. I don't have to press a button to display. Especially useful when you are working out and need to check your heartrate.
- Silicone band can get irritating after a while. Induces wrist sweat...ew.
- built in steps goals is weak.
- Needs a better "activity" gauge. The activity starts as soon as I strap in my HR chest strap and keeps going until I take it off. I prefer to either start my metrics through the watch or edit it through garmin connect.
- Sleep...but do you really need this?
- needs backlight.
That's all i can think about right now. I do have to say, while there are more dislikes than likes, the likes totally outweigh the dislikes. What boggles my mind is sleep activity. There is no way to monitor sleep properly through a wrist device. So those who are complaining that the sleep feature sucks? Well, they probably like shiny pretty things and believe a cool piece of software can tell them how long they've been asleep/REM.
The no charging thing and low power ANT+ chest strap? Yup, that sold me. I needed a good heart rate monitor so FitBit and Jawbones were out of question.
Looking forward to 3rd party apps and add-ons.
Date published: 2014-03-19
Rated2out of5bycmcquirtfromHeart Rate Monitor does not workThis could be a great combination - IF the Heart Rate Monitor worked!
After navigating to the HEART display, it simply displays "_ _ _". Then it teased me by displaying "1- 72", but never changed.
I am a HUGE fan of Garmin products (long time owner of the Forerunner 301, one of my all-time favorite purchases). So this was a big disappointment for me. Good luck getting it right in the next version, Garmin.
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated2out of5bylulu0808fromJust Missed the BoatI had pre-ordered the Vivofit from Garmin but when I found out that REI had them in stock I immediately ran to the store to purpose one.I currently own the FitBit Flex and have used FitBit for years. But when I saw that Garmin was coming out with one that had the bigger display, just had to have one!
Things I liked: loved being able to view the display, chose the purply color (would have loved hot pink however), it was easy to go from one screen to another. Like the fact that it would show you when you've been inactive.
Opportunities for improvement:
1) No backlight. When I went to bed and remembered I hadn't put it in sleep mode, it doesn't light up when you touch it so you can't see what screen you're on it in the dark. That is really important.
2) It caused sweat underneath the device on my wrist. Never had this happen with the FB.
3) Doesn't tell you how many stairs you've climbed. I'm currently in a challenge with WW and that's information I need to know.
4) Couldn't get it to sync with my iPhone.
5) Turned off sleep mode this morning, but it didn't give me any statistics about last night's sleep.
6) Doesn't vibrate if you reach your daily goal. I wonder why Garmin sets the base at 7500..when the recommended amount is 10,000. I had to go in and manually change that.
7) The startup instructions are a bit lacking and it takes quite a bit of fiddling around with the website to get the screen you need to look at your information. You have to register your device first so it'll pick up your activity.
I was really disappointed because I was looking forward to having a device that I could get wet. With some improvements in design and functionality, Garmin could knock this out of the ballpark
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated4out of5byDon RonfromFits well and easy to startEasy to get started. I had a Fitbit Force that quit. sent back to REI and was recalled by Fitbit.I would have taken a replacement force but looks like they're not going to bring back. The customer service rep at REI suggested Garmin Vivofit. I looked at info briefly and added the heartrate strap. I realy like the heartrate info along with all the other features. Wish it lit up in the dark, but glad I don't have to recharge every week. The Garmin helps to motivate me to do more each day.
Date published: 2014-03-08
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