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Garmin VIVOACTIVE HR review

Review on Garmin VIVOACTIVE HR – Number 1 in “New Release” on Amazon!!!

Vivoactive HR

Garmin Vivoactive HR

Please note that Garmin VIVOACTIVE HR is already available for pre-order on Amazon

If you’re one of those individuals who likes dabbing into several different sports, and is keen on making the best out of each workout, Garmin just introduced what you may have wished for with the Vivoactive HR. The Vivoactive HR is the Garmin’s another, improved attempt at a smartwatch line purely designed for the sportier types.

Upon first glance, there are two things you’ll notice about the Garmin Vivoactive HR – first as the name suggests it has Garmin’s proprietary Elevate heart rate sensor and second it is sleek as ever resulting in a cleaner feeling unit. When compared to the original Vivoactive (vivoactive review here), the all new Vivoactive HR looks significantly different with all new rectangular slimmer watch face compared to square one.

Highlights of the Garmin Vivoactive HR  

  • Sunlight readable touchscreen display
  • Onsite sports app includes GPS enabled biking, running, swimming and more
  • Onboard heart rate sensor
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • Highly customizable widgets and watch face designs
  • Excellent battery life up to 8 days in activity/watch tracking mode and 13 hours with GPS enabled
  • Smart notifications
Garmin Vivoactive HR

Garmin Vivoactive HR

What’s in the Box?

  • Vivoactive HR
  • User guide
  • Charging/data clip

Garmin Vivoactive HR Design

The Vivoactive HR has received considerable improvements compared to its predecessor in terms of design. For starters, the screen quality is excellent and a great improvement compared to its previous iteration. Additionally, responsiveness has improved significantly as well, area that fell short in the original Vivoactive. Garmin has taken a bold approach of trying to make the Vivoactive HR sportier rather than premium, which results in a comfortable feel.

The rectangular 20.7mm x 28.6mm, 148 x 205 pixel sunlight readable display of the Garmin Vivoactive HR blends in well with the rubber strap, which is available in several different colors. Furthermore, the Vivoactive HR is appointed with two physical buttons complete with a brilliant touchscreen display. Another excellent visual change is the lack of the capacitive buttons as well as the side buttons to activate the screen owing to the fact that as a watch it’s always on. The display of the Vivoactive HR displays information about your recent exercises, heart rate information, daily exercise goals and progress towards goals. Additionally, it also allows you to navigate to menus, select workouts or tell the time.

The Vivoactive HR is highly customizable, and can be done by connecting with the Connect IQ store to install new face designs, widgets and apps. Battery life of the Vivoactive HR depends on the features you’re using, but Garmin claims this fitness wearable is good for 8 days in watch/activity tracking mode and up to 13 hours with the GPS turned on.

Garmin Vivoactive HR

Garmin Vivoactive HR

What can the Vivoactive HR actually do?

The Vivoactive HR fitness tracker is appointed with several sensors that do an amazing job of tracking your daily performance and sports endeavors, but additionally this device can also be paired with ANT+ sensors such as a bike cadence sensor. With regards to software, the Vivoactive HR still maintains all its great software features, but brings in a few extras such as the ability to track activities such as skiing and rowing.

Apart from tracking calories, steps and the activities mentioned above, the Vivoactive HR is also outfitted with an onsite altimeter to track the number of flights of stairs you’ve climbed and your altitude while skiing. A noteworthy feature of the Vivoactive HR is Auto Activity Detection for some sports, which begins recording a swim or run without any interaction from the user. You also get tracking of HR minutes and around the clock HR tracking functionality.

The Vivoactive HR can also be used as your day to day watch and also delivers messages and social media notifications when paired with your smartphone. But that’s not all, the Vivoactive HR can also be configured to wake you up in the morning with a silent alarm and even control your music and find your phone.

Garmin Vivoactive HR

Garmin Vivoactive HR

All the data collected from the Vivoactive HR can be viewed online with the Garmin Connect, an app that is compatible with Windows 10, Android and IOS devices. Unlike other Garmin wearable fitness trackers, the Vivoactive HR is the first that can be mated with the company’s Varia lineup including the Varia Lights and Varia Radar. You can also switch between color schemes from black on white text to white on black text and add a few colors here and there.

Pros of the Garmin Vivoactive HR 

  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • Smartphone notifications
  • Can be paired with several ANT+ sensors
  • Ability to track intensity minutes
  • Backlit display shows Garmin Move Bar as well as daily progress
  • Meaningful and detailed insights for several sports including swimming and rowing


Cons of the Vivoactive HR 

  • Battery power of 13 hours with the GPS turned on isn’t great, but still much better than other devices in its segment

Final Thoughts

The Vivoactive HR overall is very impressive and introduces a plethora of new ones while still keep the old ones and all packed neatly in a compact, comfortable fitness tracker. It is waterproof up to 50 meters, can be paired with a host of ANT+ sensors and even tracks most sports including rowing, skiing and flight climbed.

I would say that if you are looking to change your life style and you can effort to pay USD 249.99 for the device which will help you be motivated and keep track of your progress, Vivoactive is the one. I still have the Garmin Vivoactive (not HR) and I love it. First I started with the Garmin Vivofit, and it was good enough to start my fitness adventure, but after I switched to Vivoacitve and I love it. See below ratings for Vivoactive. The Vivoactive HR should only better, right? 🙂 It will certainly get more reviews as soon as it is in the market. Please note that Amazon offers pre-order for this model.


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