With a brand name like Garmin behind it, one can expect a lot of quality behind the Vivofit. However, while this Swiss company made a name for itself making GPS devices, strangely enough, the GPS is oddly absent from the Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band. However, what they did put out is a model is something that focuses on the most valuable features that people want in a fitness tracker and makes sure to do them well.
If you like your fitness trackers in a minimalist design so that they can be inconspicuous on your wrist, the Vivofit is not that. If features a rather sturdy, but flexible rubber band that only sets itself apart from those Live Strong bands only with the addition of a screen. However, while it is likely not to go unnoticed, it does disguise itself as a rather sleek-looking watch with its always-on LCD display where you can tap through the time, steps taken, and calories burned at the touch of a button.
With an adjustable strap that comes in a variety of colors, you can actually swap out the straps of the Vivofit, for different colors so you can keep your design feeling fresh. One great feature in the design is that while it looks like it would be heavier, the band is actually quite light.
However, the major selling point here is the waterproofing. While it features no dedicated swimming features, the Vivofit is a fitness tracker that you can keep 24/7. It is water resistant up to depths of 50 feet so no matter what you want to do with it on, you can do it.
Features of the Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band
There is little that is innovative about the Vivofit, but it does take the features that people have come to love in fitness trackers and makes them perform the very best that they can. Like other fitness trackers, it uses an accelerometer to sense motion, but it lacks GPS so its higher price tag is actually pretty surprising.
While you can still track elevation (where you will burn more calories), the Vivofit doesn’t come with a built in altimeter, but you have to manually enter it from other Garmin devices. It also doesn’t come with a heart rate monitor set up in the app, but it does have ANT Plus support so that if you want to use the Vivofit to track your heart rate in another app, you have the option to do so. The Vivofit also has some of the best sleep monitoring in a fitness tracker. It not only keeps track of when you rise and fall as well as how long you slept, but it gives you details on your quality of sleep as well.
One of the best features it does have is motivation. It features an inactivity bar on the screen that comes to the display when you have been inactive for an hour or more. The more you sit, the bigger it grows. Unfortunately it is pretty easy to ignore, but it does remind you to take a break every now and then. Its personalized goals feature is a bit of a better motivator. You set an initial step goal, and when you meet it, it ups the next day’s goal a little more so you can constantly keep pushing yourself to live a healthier and active life.