It's smarter than your average bear
I've been using this for about eight months now, purchased on-line in Australia in May 16. It replaced my Up24. As far as usability goes, it has a configurable face giving the user a plethora of face options. So does it do what it is supposed to do. Mostly. All the advertised displays and counters work, I don't wear it in the shower but have washed it under the tap a few times, so far so good. I have yet found it to achieve the auto activity sense function. I've done several bike rides and most of the time it doesn't auto record I've done anyt...hing. And if I push the shopping trolley, I don't get any steps counted, jipped!! What I don't like is the fact that the interface software for Apple of android is all based off algorithms so the gucci displays provided are really not very specific or accurate. For example, it measures when you are asleep, periods of awakeness and how active (restless movement) during the sleep session you were. So what the hell are the big gaps in the data. Did my heart stop, was it so low it couldn't be measured? Or is it just that little bit unreliable? Sure, it could have been a period where it wasn't lying flat across my wrist... It's ok for what it is, certainly doesn't win any styling awards like the Apple, or rugged big dial in your face like the Suunto equivalent.
Perfect Fitbit - until something needs repairs
Needed to replace my garmin vivofit, purchased a Garmin Vivosmart HR from Rebel, rebels service and help was excellent, pleased with my new fitbit. Difficulty downloading the app on my Google Pixel, but managed in the end. Rebel assistant also explained it can be charged through a USB port in the car charger or a power point, no need to connect to a computer to charge.
P.S Need to add now January 2019 my keeper for the band broke early December 2018, tried to get a new one, Garmin could not supply one or a new band, which my partner required f...
Love my waterproof Garmin Vivofit
Have been using my Garmin Vivofit for one week now and loving it. Had previously been estimating calories burnt through apps and finding it much better now with the watch.
A bonus feature is checking out exactly how much deep sleep I'm getting ( or not) each night.
The app is really good and particularly like the active and resting calorie calculator.
I bought this to track my activity in aqua aerobics classes and in the pool. Works great!
OK, but a few limitations of features
Handy size and works well, but it's a pity it doesn't link to my treadmill or spin bike. I would like more options other than run, walk cardio or other.
Sometimes thinks I have been cycling for 20 seconds or so every few minutes - but when synced this disappears!
Quite comfortable to wear and the battery lasts about 4 days - but then I do play with it a bit.
Overall quite good but then it should be as it's not exactly cheap!
For a middle aged woman starting back into daily exercise this a great tool to give me the push I need.
I love the fact that it reminds me to move, tracks my steps, sleep, distance, heart rate and I am sure other stuff that I will use when I get more into fitness!
It is linked to a site which is dead easy to upload daily calorie intake. It is a nice dark purple colour and quite comfortable to wear even at night.
Charging every 5 days hasn't been a problem so far.
I bought it on sale so quite a bargain.
Best part is that I have now ...bought one for all of us the family (5 of us) so we now have a weekly steps challenge with a prize at the end. This has been a fantastic way to get all of us off the lounge and out walking! Not that we are necessarily overweight we all needed a little push for motivation and this has so far given that.
Great tracker with good disay
Been using for month now. Going great bluetooth and other options straight on wrist.No need for smartphone most of the time. Only issue would be scratch prone display screen.auto light on when turning wrist.goal reached and to move notifications are plus.highly recommended for everyday use. Battery last full 7 days.
Great asset to the healthy wellbeing encouraging more activity.
Easy to read and operate. Lots of functions including golf course GPS. Alerts beneficial, encouraging greater activity. Good battery life, good fit even for small wrists. Goals able to be set with the activity tracker, and notifications and alerts appear on the screen when achieved. Various activities able to be set. Waterproof is a great advantage.
I like the features of this product. The features i really like is that it is waterproof and records heart rate and the screen can be locked. If it is not locked i have found it broadcasting mode which has been simply by accident. I only have one problem which i have got used to now is the HR monitor digs into your arm a little when you ware it. If I put it on too close to my wrist I find it hurts my wrist bones, but I fix it by simply sliding it down my arm slightly.
The other thing I am not so happy about is I find that not many of my friends use the social aspect of the Garmin connect system. It is unfortunate that the fitbit has a more popular name even though I don't think it is a better device.
Good...but...one problem i have had..
I have had three of these amd had to return all of them in exchange for a new one. Which i then upgraded to the garmin forerunner. I liked everything about the vivosmart hr but there was one problem. The band kept falling apart. The glue which hold the band to the watch seemed to ware out after a while and would fall off in under 3 months. I exchanged twice and on the 3rd time decided to go for another garmin product which has been working great. Garmin us a great brand and i think most of there wearables are waterproof which is why i chose them over the fitbit. Anyone else i have seen witg a fitbit it seems to do the same or less and the fitbit is only water resistant.
I won't buy it again
I have had problems since 1 month after I bought it. It continuously has to be synced to the phone. After many calls, the company would offer a refurbished one instead of new one. I Don't recommends this product especially I have to turn it off in order for it to resync with phone.
Complete waste of money, with useless heart monitor. Bought an Apple Watch which works well.
My wife and I bought a Vivosmart HR after our Fitbits stopped charging. The Garmins look nice and have no issues charging. The watch and notifications work well. The remote for music is fun, however never used. We bought them because of the heart feature. It is not accurate at all. The pedometer is ok once you setup your stride, however nothing like the FitBit. It does not measure steps when walking on a treadmill if you hold the handle. Sports like Table Tennis do not work either. Even with plenty of movement around the court. Intensity minute...s are not recorded during a match, however recorded when doing nothing. Going up and down steps is hopeless. Going up records data, going down does not. I hope the resting heart rate is correct, however not convinced. The app is difficult to use and gets weather from the USA and not Australia. You can not change this. The app needs an update with new design and improved interface. It only has one alarm. It is horrible to navigate. You have to login to a PC to create workouts, which do not work on the HR model. You have to manually create an activity each time you walk to activate the continuous heart rate monitor. The website login has no calendar and the app does not allow you to add a repeat activity to the calendar. It has no activity repeat, so a manual process every single day. They could have added this as a simple function on the device. You can only broadcast to another Garmin device. Hopefully the next firmware version will be much better. The Vivosmart is most likely designed for runners, however not for home fitness and other sports. $190 x 2 wasted. Our fitbits were much better and would gladly return these for another FitBit. I bought 2 Apple watches to replace these hopeless products.
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Only the screen and heart rate monitor are improvements over the Vivosmart
Had a Vivosmart for 6 months last years. As per the Vivosmart reviews the screen wore out. The new Vivosmart HR with a different type of screen I expect will last longer. The good is that it is waterproof. The bad, like the Vivosmart the Bluetooth connection drops out a lot. Also it seems to only sync when the app is opened and synced manually. And 5 day battery I think not, 2.5 days tops.
Questions & Answers
Does this activity tracker count steps while driving? Someone who has had this for a while please let me know as i am tempted to buy one.
No - it's smarter than that, I think it detects the way you move to distinguish between walking, running, cycling and in a car. As with I think all these devices though, they are far from perfect - I've been brushing my teeth and it's told me I'd reached another walking "Goal", but I'd say it's about 90% accurate in the main
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