- Vivomove HR Sport
- Verified purchase
Packs too much into too little space
The Vivomove HR is a hybrid smartwatch with a sleek and elegant analogue watch face underneath which is hidden a small monochrome OLED display that you access with a double tap on the screen. At first sight, this watch seems like the perfect solution. You have an elegant watch that is sure to impress whether in a business meeting or with your friends plus all the bells & whistles of a smart watch. The analogue watch face is modern and minimalist: just two hands and minute markers around the bezel. Accessing the small rectangular screen on the b...ottom half of the watch face brings up stats like step count, calorie count, distance travelled, a music controller, weather forecast, notifications, a heart-rate monitor and a stress meter. The heart-rate monitor is reliable and pretty accurate if the watch is worn correctly. A long press while the screen is active brings up activity tracking, settings and more functions like a stopwatch and countdown timer. While the screen is active, the hands move conveniently out of the way so you can read the screen and then move back when done. The smart display is monochrome, small and accessed only by tapping, long pressing and double tapping. There are no buttons on the watch at all and this is where problems arise. It's simply way too fiddly to navigate all the different functions. You have to remember all the combinations of different taps required. For example to check the battery level you have to double-tap, swipe left, long press, swipe left 9x, tap, swipe left 9x again, tap, swipe left 4x and finally tap once more. This is the only way to check accurately whether you need to recharge or not. It's just so much to get used to and unless you have the patience you'll probably never end up using half the watch's functions. Just to start an activity manually you have to double tap, long press, tap, swipe and select the appropriate exercise type, tap again and select the duration (30 mins is the default and don't even bother trying to change it), then double tap again to start. While in exercise mode other functions aren't available: so you can't, eg, control your music while exercising. You get the idea... It's a great concept, it's just trying to pack way too much into too little space which makes it incredibly fiddly to use and too often you have to tap more than once because the watch doesn't respond. On top of that, the screen is simply too dim to read in bright sunlight, so if you're trying to do something with the watch while you're outside when the sun is high you'll have to shield the display trying to read it. Luckily you can access many functions via the app, but what's the point of that? Who wants to drag out their phone in order to control their smart watch? It defeats the whole purpose of a smart watch. The Garmin Connect app also lacks a basic feature: GPS. There's no GPS receiver in the watch and the app cannot access your phone's GPS either. At this price point you'd definitely expect GPS functionality. I've mostly given up using this as a smart watch. I just use it as a stylish analogue watch mainly and it is useful for glancing at notifications as they come in and checking your heart-rate but as for tracking activity: forget it, it's way too much work for me.
- Vivomove HR Sport
- Verified purchase
Tries To Be A Bit Too Smart
I get the feeling that this product is trying to tick too many boxes for too many people and ends up not doing any of those things well.
I've had this watch for a little over a year, and it is neither a 'Smart Watch' nor a 'Fitness Tracker'. The heart rate monitor only works if the band is super tight, the battery life is poor - if you forget to charge it overnight the 2nd day is always going to be risky. There is not in-built GPS, so I assume it retrieves position location from the mobile phone?
One thing that it does well is the aesthetics ...- it's a nice looking watch. Not too masculine / feminine, quite fashionable, range of colours. If you also are so desperate that you need to check messages / alerts / notifications without picking up your phone, it can also do this quite well (but not in bright sunlight). Realistically, it's a nice smart watch, with mediocre fitness tracker capabilities. Not disappointing enough to be 2 stars, but not satisfying enough to be 4 stars. The best that I can say about it is that it is OK, and I'm pretty sure that manufacturers don't like to hear that said about their products.
No GPS, not even an app option to GPS track walks.
The watch looks great (big pro), but at $450 to purchase you would at least expect a GPS. But what makes matters worse is that you can't even track your walk though the Garmin app! You'd have to find and use another app to map your walk, but they don't integrate, so you'll end up having spent $500 on a watch that you have to use two fitness apps.
Walking 'distance' provided at the end of your activity is purely based on your height and an estimated stride length, so the accuracy is questionable.
On the more minor side of things; in bright da...ylight it's really hard to read the watch screen. It's supposed to take two taps to 'wake up' the screen but I have found myself occasionally having to tap it up to 10 times. Sometimes it tell you to 'move' even though you haven't stopped moving for the past hour. For such a well known and respected brand they've really dropped the ball on this one. Please at minimum fix the app so that we can track/map our walks through it. I love the concept of this watch, the look of the watch and the attempt by Garmin to make a multifunctional watch that you can wear to a professional workplace, out to dinner, and then for a run. It would be an incredible watch with some refinement.
Love Love Love the Watch... till it froze
I've had my watch 4 months (nearly) today it froze and won't respond.. can't connect by bluetooth.. Can't do a hard reset as no digital display... but the time is correct .. I guess that's one thing.
Disappointed that as much as this watch looks good the digital display has already died.. it buzzes me for an alarm I haven't set at all times of the day..
Apart from this a nice looking watch that received lots of comments - I've now returned for a replacement under warranty... I'm hoping and praying the next one lasts a bit longer... expensive watch so expected more.
- Vivomove HR Sport
- Verified purchase
A good fitness tracker that looks like a nice watch not a horrible style-less block
This is a very nice watch. It looks good being a hybrid which is a big plus. It also means that it works as a watch for a few days before you need to recharge - bonus! You can change bands and wear it anywhere. It goes with suits, etc so you can maintain a classier look than wearing, for example, an apple watch (yuck!). The connectivity is great - I use it to check notifications, etc in meetings all the time. The display is very neat. Looks like a watch face but displays data on the background. Charging is very fast. I am a bit dubious...as to its accuracy wrt some fitness data (I could probably say that about most trackers without GPS, etc in them) but I am not training for a serious sport, so near enough is good enough for my everyday fitness tracking needs and its app synchs seamlessly with MyFitnessPal which is important for me. I have the rose gold model. On reflection I should have bought the metal case version just because it looks even better. That said, no issues. It is sturdy and doing its job well.
No GPS Tracking
I bought this watch without realising it had no GPS tracking included. The distances it measures are way out of whack and it over measures the distance you have actually done since it has no GPS to talk to. Garmin need to include this watch in one of their GPS tracking apps as this model is currently unsupported on their tracking apps. Seriously disappointed for the price of the watch.
- Vivomove HR Sport
- Verified purchase
Great watch for basic training/tracking
I bought my Garmin VivoMove HR on 19 July 2019... I've waited a while to do my review because prior to buying this watch, I did lots of research (not turns out - it wasn't enough). I love the watch, my favourite is the aesthetics of it - it looks beautiful, the colours are nice and it suits casual, fitness, workwear and out-to-dinner, it's very versatile in that aspect. The cons I have of this watch, now that I've had it for 9 months, are:
- The heart rate monitor isn't very accurate. I've been training for a 50km trail ultra marathon for 6 mon...
Nice looking watch.
Nice looking watch but digital screen very small and hard to read. If battery goes flat then the Time can only be set through WiFi not just on mobile phone.
Purchased in November 2019.
- Vivomove HR Premium
- Verified purchase
I have been searching for Smart watch for so long and tried so many varieties and nothing up until I found this one could provide me with all the essential criteria I was wanting and that looked great.
Purchased for A$499.00.
Love my new watch with smart features
Before I purchased this watch I had a GarminVivo Fit however it was starting to get chipped and very well used. I have owned it for over 4 years and never took it off. When I started shopping around I found the Garmin Vivomove and fell in love as I liked the fact it just looks like a watch but then has the tracking, smart watch functions etc hidden from extra day use - this was prefect for me as my hubby was really trying to steer me towards a apple watch.
I did have to order my watch as I wanted the Sea Foam colour and found most retailers do...n't stock this colour as it only comes in a small band.It only took a week to arrive from Garmin. I have had the watch for over 3 months now and the colour is still looking as good as it did the first day. I found it was easy to connect to my iPhone and connected into the app without issue even though it had been paired to my old device. I have had no issues with the syncing of the watch and I enjoy the weekly challenges I join. As for use I have had no trouble. I have had to recabilate my hands once, but I had driven to QLD and time went back an hour so guessing that played up with the software. Once I reset the hands I haven't had that issue again even when I came back to NSW. I am still getting use to the short battery life as my last garmin lasted a year between battery changes and I tend to let my watch get flat. I am getting into the habit of placing on charge while in the shower and it seems to be staying charged that way as I wear my watch 24/7 except for the shower. I did lower my star rating because of its battery life - it should not be as energy hungry as a iwatch which has a full colour touch screen yet has a battery life the same.
Waste of money!
Initially I absolutely loved my watch, love the look and it did exactly as advertised. However a year later, it now doesn't sync properly to other apps, it constantly vibrates step alerts on my wrist that are not the number of steps I have walked and will just keep vibrating. I'm extremely disappointed as I thought it should last longer than a year. To make matters worse I have tried all the trouble shooting and sent an email to garmin for support to see if there is an easy fix but am yet to hear anything! Will never buy this brand again
Purchased in March 2018.
- Vivomove HR
- Verified purchase
In love with my garmin! Has everything I need to track for my day. And the app is simple to use with it. Also looks great and stylish. Highly recommend
I have been suffering through the ownership of a Garmin Vivomove HR for nearly a year now and all I can say is, I’m looking forward to the iWatch 5 being released. It may be that it is an iPhone issue, but my watch requires re-adding as a device every 2 to 3 days. It also resets itself at least twice a week requiring me to go through a laborious “take a tour” mode every time. Garmin support have kindly shown me how to do a major reset a couple of time and that definitely fixes the issues, for about a week. It is consistently inconsistent and w...hilst I would say that it has managed all it’s supposed features at one time or another, it has never managed to do them all together. It has frequently decided to reset itself (as per above) almost immediately following or during a run such that all data is lost. Also, whilst I can confirm it is waterproof, taking it in a pool to do laps will send it completely doolally!
Love one my friends have one
I know people and freinds that have one. I really like one. Make my life easy. I can leave my phone in my bag. May help with finding street when in melbourne
Stylish smart watch
I love that the vívomove HR looks like a regular watch and with just a simple tap on the screen brings up digital display! My only issue with the vivomove HR is it’s battery life! I have had it for over 12 months now and am finding the battery will only last 4-5 days where it originally held its battery life for 7 days plus.
I love my Vivomove!!!
I have so many comments on my watch and when I tell people that it’s a tracker they are very surprised I have white and rose gold and I love love love it! All my family husband and 3 sports mad boys all love them as they look great but have a secret !
Bought this watch because it looked like a watch with some smart features. Unfortunately the watch side of it fails miserably. The hands are often showing the wrong time, 4-5 times per week. You have to re-calibrate the hands to show the correct time. It's ridiculous. None of the suggestions from Garmin customer service have worked. If you google Garmin Vivomove HR calibration you will see this is a common issue that Garmin have not addressed with software upgrades. I bought the premium model so I've wasted over $400
Purchased in January 2019 for A$425.00.
Looks can be deceiving
This is the first smart watch I have owned. It took me a long time to decide on what I actually wanted. I chose this watch because I love how at first glance it looks like an ordinary watch and nothing too chunky. It does everything it says it does. The only thing I would change would be to speak through the phone instead of just answering the call on the watch and then reverting back to your phone. The silicone band sometimes also irritates my skin so I have also purchased a suede band to alternate on days when my skin flares up.
Purchased in June 2019.
Best smart watch I have owned!
After my last smart watch died I decided to go with a Garmin Vivimove HR and it has to be the best watch I’ve owned! It also looks great which is great!
Good looking basic fitness watch
This is good looking and sleek watch that looks great, I wear it often even with a nice dress. The heart rate seems to be fairly accurate but you have to make sure it is tight and in a correct spot.
I like the fact that I can pair it with my fitnesspal app. Easy to use, looks great but it cannot be paired with a chest strap which is a big but only minus from me.
Purchased in January 2019 for A$250.00.
Questions & Answers
I have had this watch for 2 months and as my technical needs are not great I have been happy with its nuances except for sleep. When the watch is on charge or even if I am sitting on the lounge reading, watching TV or checking in on my tablet the watch will often show this down time as being asleep. As I have sleep issues I find this a problem. Has anyone seen similar and is there way to correct it?
Why does this watch leave a burning look Mark behind the actual watch on my skin, i now can't wear it, what a waste of money.
Hi, I’ve worn my vivomove HR only a few times, purchased mid Sept, and the band has discoloured. I wish I could upload photo...is there anyway to clean it ?
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