Garmin Vivofit

Garmin Vivofit

A thin, red line followed by four red arrows. Or simply a gauge of how bad you are and how your lifestyle makes you approach death. One of the¬†functions (which is certainly visible at all times) is its red line at the top of the screen being filled as you’re sitting still.

The Garmin Vivofit Armband which measures steps, sleep, calories and so on is the hottest available this year, at least if we are to ensure the nearly three dozen different products shown up or been released this year. Connected pedometer or activity meter are other names of gadgets and Vivofit is Garmin’s first effort in this area.

Garmin Vivofit

Garmin Vivofit

The bracelet is slightly thick, but its design makes surprisingly few actually notice it, making it feel pretty discreet. Instead of loading the device periodically sit a common clock battery in the clock switching few times a year instead. Even so, the screen is always powered on to show, for example, clock, only glitch is well lack of backlight (trying to turn the sleep mode after having extinguished the lamp is no easy task). The more closed design also makes the unit is waterproof.

The measurements include “the usual” with steps, calories, sleep, and distance. The device shows both how many steps you walked and how many you have left to your destination, a small but surprisingly useful information line. Unlike the Fitbit is not altimeter built, but you can get to the heart rate measurement by matching bracelet with a chest strap with ANT + (by pure coincidence technique Garmin uses in all of its units of course). This is to give a little more accurate calorie consumption for example when you are out running.

But that is where the red line, which is filled as you sit still and will serve as motivation for traveling on you and knata around the office a few minutes to remove it. An extremely simple thing, but fantastically motivating.

Access via Bluetooth to either Android (finally we say in Garmin context) or iOS. You can also sync to your computer using a supplied ANT + dongle (a technique Garmin have gone away at their watches oddly enough).

The data presented are fairly basic, unfortunately, and we would have liked more viewing opportunities here. Although Garmin has updated its Connect service before the release of Vivofit to get your data mixed with such as the company’s GPS watches record feels very poor information in the app. It is also noticeable that Connect is basically just an exercise diary when completely missing opportunities to login diet or automatically transferring weight from eg a Withings-wave or the like.

The software is, as usual nowadays with Garmin, sadly deficient. The unit itself and its accuracy is, however, no faults whatsoever on and the red line you will quickly learn to hate, but in a good way.

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