Garmin Vivofit 2 Hands On Review

Garmin Vivofit 2

Currently Vivofit is one of the best-selling fitness trackers on the market. The tracker already has great features and pleasant design but at CES 2015 Garmin announced a slightly updated version.

I had the opportunity to test the new Vivofit for few days.

In the package

The package doesn’t suprise with something special – Vivofit 2 itself with a large and small band, USB ANT Stick, documentation and optional Garmin heart rate monitor (Vivofit 2 Bundle).

Design

The main design of new Vivofit is unchanged, rubberised strap combined with a two-colour LCD display, but there are some minor alterations. Тhe clasp on the band is new, which should improve its ability to stay shut. The pod design is entirely different now and it is not compatible with the older pod. Vivofit 2 comes with two band sizes of the same color. Additional bands are available as accessories, in an exciting range of fashionable colors (13), as well as some Jonathan Adler designed options, which you can buy in an accessory pack of three.

Features

Vivofit 2 is a activity tracker with move bar and alerts. It lacks the smart notifications from Garmin Vivosmart but it is cheaper. The band shows steps, calories, distance and time of day on backlit display, monitors sleep, automatically syncs to Garmin Connect via bluetooth to save, plan and share progress.

Vivofit 2 reminds you to stay active throughout your day with its move bar with audible alert that lets you know when you’ve been idle for an hour or longer, the band learns your current activity level, then assigns an attainable daily goal. As you meet your milestones, Vivofit 2 adjusts your goal for the next day, gradually nudging you toward a more active lifestyle. When you reach your step goal, the device displays GOAL+, and begins counting the number of steps taken that exceed your daily goal.

The band has a 50m water rating, which means you can shower or swim, worry-free.

During sleep mode, the Vivofit device monitors your rest.‍ Sleep statistics include total hours of sleep, periods of movement, and periods of restful sleep.

Vivofit 2 can be used with wireless ANT+ sensors like a heart rate monitor.

Software

Vivofit 2 automatically syncs to Garmin Connect, where you can see a complete picture of your progress, join online challenges and earn virtual badges for extra motivation. The smartphone app is not my favourite, I dont feel it so user friendly and it is not a looker, but I rarely use it. The best feature of the Garmin Connect is the ability to sync and store data from various Garmin devices in one place.

Tech specs

  • Dimensions: 21 mm wide x 10.5 mm thick (length varies based on band size; 120-175mm (small wrist circumference) and 152-210mm (large wrist circumference)
  • Display: 1.00″ x 0.39″ (25.5 mm x 10 mm)
  • Weight: 25.5 g (0.89 oz)
  • Battery: two replaceable CR1632 coin cells
  • Battery life: more than 1 year
  • Water rating: 5 ATM
  • Accelerometer
  • Backlight
  • Beeper

Price

The price of Vivofit 2 is $99 ($129 with heart rate monitor) in USA or £89 / £119 in UK. The new band compared to the old Vivofit is evolutionary, not revolutionary, but this is not something bad. Garmin provides a product which is aimed at people who seek to improve their physical activity, entry level to the large product portfolio of the company.

The biggest rival now is another good looking band – Fitbit Charge that is sold at a higher price ($129) but it is available with built-in HR monitor ($149). Another option is Jawbone UP2 ($99).

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