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Garmin Vivosmart HR+ Fitness Tracker (Review)

Garmin India recently launched its latest fitness tracker Vivosmart HR+ in India. The Vivosmart HR+, the successor of Vivosmart HR, comes with built-in GPS function for proper fitness freaks. Well, Vivosmart HR lacks this function but it’s great that it has now arrived. It is basically a fitness tracker with 24/7 optical Heart Rate Monitor and GPS built-in.

I had this band for almost a week now. Let’s see, it’s specs are worth or not to make it the strongest activity tracker in the market. Here is what I have to say!!

Vivosmart HR+ Design

I got my Vivosmart HR+ in Black, and it really impressed me with its first look. It looks quite cool and handy. It is slightly thicker than some of the other bands present in the market but apart from it, I love the textured look present on its straps. It really gave it a stylish look. It doesn’t look out of fashion. You can wear it anywhere, like at home or your workplace.

The band is soft and flexible. It comes in 3 colours – Blue, Black, and Violet. But, you can’t change the straps once you order a specific colour. The Vivosmart HR+ features a small 160 x 68-pixel monochrome screen at the front. It is a fully touch-enabled screen. You can swipe through screens on the Vivosmart HR+ home screen, from the always on time to daily steps, stairs climbed, active minutes, calories burned, distance travelled, music controls, weather (with the chance to tap for an hour by hour breakdown), notifications (which can be read in full with a tap) and heart rate (which you can tap to see the last four hours in graph form).Vivosmart HR+

An Optical Heart Rate sensor is present on the back of the Vivosmart HR+, powered by Garmin’s Elevate technology which has performed pretty decently so far from my experience.

Vivosmart HR+ has a single physical button which calls up menus. You can call up more menus simply by swiping up or down. The monochrome display performs well under bright sunlight with the option to increase backlight brightness for low light conditions. You can also customise the display horizontally or vertically, whichever you feel comfortable. The fitness tracker is also water resistant up to 5ATM which means it is safe for swimming.

Vivosmart HR+ Activity Tracking

In terms of activity tracking, the Vivosmart HR+ has three main features: Heart Rate tracking, GPS run tracking, and daily activity tracking.

  • Well, the Vivosmart HR+ performs very well for me as a fitness tracker. Step counting is accurate and it comes with a preset goal which encourages you to pitch towards it. You can also set your own goals from within the Garmin Connect app.
  • Sleep is also tracked and recorded automatically in the Garmin Connect app, which shows your preferred bedtime as well as how long you sleep. I found the results generally accurate.Vivosmart HR+
  • The 24/7 Heart Rate monitor is very good. It uses this data to pull out your resting heart rate, which is a great indicator of your improving health. You can check it on the Garmin Connect app as well as on the fitness tracker.

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  • The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ can also broadcast heart rate to other Garmin devices. This is pretty handy for those with VIRB cameras or Edge cycling trackers to add biometric data to videos or rides, but somewhat of a niche feature.
  • If you are inactive most of the time, then you can see a Move Bar present on the Home screen which gradually increases with the inactivity time. When it reaches full, it will indicate you to move by vibrating. And, you have to move for at least 2-3 minutes to clear the Move Bar.Vivosmart HR+
  • I can say that It is a very fantastic and accurate device as an activity tracker. But unlike other Garmin devices, the Vivosmart HR+ doesn’t support external HR chest straps for those who want more accurate data.

So we can say that the Vivosmart HR+ is a fitness tracker with some extra smarts for runners and not the ultimate training tool.

Vivosmart HR+ GPS Function

The Vivosmart HR+ took pretty long to lock on to stable GPS signal. It takes around 1-2 minutes to lock the signal.

There is a total of 3 training modes :

  • Run (Outdoors/ Indoors)
  • Cardio (Outdoors/ Indoors)
  • Other (Outdoor/ Indoors)
  • In outdoors (GPS) mode, you’ll have to wait for the GPS signal to lock on before training can start.
  • In indoor (no GPS) mode,  you can start training with a push of the button.

Vivosmart HR+ Notifications

After pairing with your smartphone, it will show every notification on your wrist. You can choose the entire suite of notifications to appear (both calls and all notifications), calls only, or to switch off smart notifications altogether. Notifications may be further expanded to be read. Vivosmart HR+

Basically, it won’t let you down, if compared to Android smartwatches.

Garmin Connect App

Vivosmart HR+ automatically syncs with your smartphone throughout the day to save your stats to our free online community. Simply download Garmin Connect Mobile to your phone or log on to Garmin Connect via your desktop, where you can save, plan and share your activity and beat yesterday in your daily step count.Vivosmart HR+

Connect with other users to challenge and compete. For detailed calorie tracking, you can create an account at MyFitnessPal and link it to your Garmin Connect account. This allows you to compare calories consumed to total calories burned, which Vivosmart HR+ records throughout the day.

Vivosmart HR+ Battery Life

When it comes to battery life, Vivosmart HR+ does play really well. It lasts around 5-6 days with full workout sessions and notifications. Also, it gets fully charged in an hour or two.It really impresses me with the results and accuracy. I definitely prefer it to all the fitness freaks out here.

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Mousam Jain

Hi, I am Mousam Jain, founder of Gadgetstats. I am a blogger and I love technology and gadgets more than anything else. Well, right now I am an Engineering student but I have started this blog to put here my thoughts and knowledge about technology. Here, I write about all the latest trends in the technology world.

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