Activity trackers 2: Garmin Vivofit

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Garmin Vivofit
Date:20 May 2014 Author: Anthony Doman Tags:, ,

Number 2 in our activity band group test is Garmin’s Vivofit. Given the company’s huge success in the sportswatch market, activity bands seemed a logical next step.

Typically with Garmin, they’ve created a comprehensive package that goes beyond the fitband norm. Bundled with the Vivofit is a heart rate monitor strap. (Our test unit came with the standard flexible plastic strap. This looks like the previous-generation heart rate strap, not Garmin’s premium model, The premium version is mostly soft elastic, with a small central hard plastic element.)

Besides the ability to read heart rate directly, the Garmin has a battery life of a year. That’s a potential deal-clincher when the competition needs regular recharging.

Stay tuned for the next update on our activity tracker comparison between the Vivofit, the Fitbit Flex¬†and Oregon Scientific’s Ssmart Dynamo. Also watch out for the full review in Tested in the July 2014 issue of Popular Mechanics, out at the end of June.

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