Garmin's restyled Vivoactive is an enormous enchancment
It is truthful to say that we weren’t blown away by the Vivoactive smartwatch final yr. However Garmin’s lately introduced Vivoactive HR feels lots higher. Functionally, it shares quite a bit with its predecessor. It has an analogous low-res shade touchscreen LCD and cozy watchband, the identical constructed-in GPS, the identical week-lengthy battery (Garmin says eight days in exercise monitoring mode). However it’s all in a smaller, extra engaging package deal.
In case you hadn’t guessed from the “HR” suffix, the brand new Vivoactive has a coronary heart-fee monitor inbuilt. Given final yr’s watch required you to don a chest strap in your day by day run, that is an enormous comfort, and is sensible now that numerous smartwatches have monitoring inbuilt as properly.
The Vivoactive HR continues to be a distinct segment gadget. It is meant for health fanatics. Should you’re the type of individual that desires a exercise tracker that additionally does notifications, relatively than a sensible watch that does exercise monitoring, the modifications Garmin’s made this time round make loads of sense. We have solely had a fleeting second with it thus far, however issues look promising up to now. It is due out in Q2 for $250, at which level we’ll hopefully have spent much more time with it.