Fitness trackers have become quite popular and the market is filled with various brands and designs. While finding one is an effortless process, not all offers you land will be desirable. It is important to carefully evaluate and review each fitness tracker before spending your money however affordable it may be. Letscom ID130HR is one of the highly reputed fitness trackers in the market. It comes with various features and specs that make tracking your daytime and night activities a seamless painless task. Here is a review of the tracker including key features, capabilities, software, pros and cons.
As I mentioned in my previous post, it was only matter of time to have the vivoactive with wrist-based heart rate monitor system. Cool! As an owner of vivoactive and also vivofit (1 generation), I’m pretty excited about vivoactive HR, as the vivofit found its place somewhere in a drawer, and I was missing the extra feature included in the new activity trackers – wrist-based heart rate, on my vivoactive (that’s my choice for day-to-day activity tracker ).
At first sight, it does look good. Comparing to vivoactive, the vivoactive HR has more rounded edges, which gives it very neat, more complex look.
Beside the sport app included in the first version of vivoactive (review here) such as running, biking, swimming, golfing, walking, we are also getting paddle boarding, rowing, skiing and snowboarding. :-O I guess I will have to make a trip from tropical Thailand somewhere to snowy mountains to check on skiing and snowboarding 😉
Vivoactive HR, except of the basic activity tracking options as steps counting, it also provides data on floors climbed (this information is taken from Garmin’s official announcement. I guess they had in mind “steps counting” instead of “floors climbed”). And…what’s most important for this model, it will give us 24/7 heart rate data analyzes of calories burnt and our workout activities. I believe it will significantly affect batty life….. Well, I don’t have to “believe”, the specs on Garmin website prove that the battery life on vivoactive has been reduced from 3 weeks to 8 days on vivoactive HR. No surprise on that. But still, as usual, the major “battery drainer” is a GPS receiver, which reduces battery life from 8 days of smartwatch mode with 24/7 HR, to only 13 hours. While talking about the GPS, vivoactive HR operates with two systems: GPS and GLONASS, which allow for faster satellite lock and better position accuracy.
Except the smart notifications (e-mail, text …) also included in the previous model, vivoactive HR display us data on a screen with higher resolution, and consists of electronic compass and barometric sensor. I’m pretty much amazed that Garmin managed to put all this high tech into a nicely sized smartwatch. Obviously the extras must have influence on size and weight of the new vivoactive HR, but Garmin doesn’t make it clear to us with the “X-large, without band” (weight) information:
|Physical dimensions||Watch only: 1.19″ x 2.24″ x 0.45″ (30.2 mm x 57.0 mm x 11.4 mm). Regular fits wrist circumferences 5.39″ to 7.68″ (137 mm to 195 mm); X-large fits wrist circumferences 6.38″ to 8.86″ (162 mm to 225 mm)||1.72″ x 1.52″ x 0.32″ (43.8 mm x 38.5 mm x 8.0 mm)|
|Display size, WxH||0.80″ x 1.13″ (20.7 mm x 28.6 mm)||1.13″ x 0.80″ (28.6 mm x 20.7 mm)|
|Display resolution, WxH||148 x 205 pixels||205 x 148 pixels|
|Weight||Regular bands: 47.6 g; X-large bands: 48.2 g||Without bands: 18.0 g (0.63 oz); With bands: 38.0 g (1.34 oz)|
Garmin VIVOACTIVE on Amazon available for pre-order:
Garmin Part Number: 010-01605-03. Price: USD 249.99.
The Garmin Forerunner 235 is the latest iteration of its much successful predecessor the Forerunner 225 and this time comes in with a rich new set of features. For starters, this latest wrist running watch is appointed with an optical heart rate sensor, which is not the Mio sensor but own engineered by Garmin. Upon first glance, the FR235 isn’t much of a departure from Garmin’s other fitness watches yet there are some significant aesthetical updates that make it stand out from the pack.
Weighing in at just 42 grams, the Forerunner 25 looks good on a suit and at the gym, and even comes with a swappable strap so you can mix and match on the fly. With regards to battery life, the FR 235 is good for an astounding 11 hours in training mode and up to 9 days in activity mode with smart notifications turned on.
Apart from heart rate monitoring, this Garmin running watch is designed to calculate a plethora of running metrics most notably ground contact symmetry, stress score, vertical score, stride length and vertical ratio. In addition, all run data is automatically uploaded to the Garmin Connect mobile app, and can be linked with a MyFitnessPal account to sync nutrition and calories information. Continue reading
Just like its predecessor the Forerunner 15, the Forerunner 25 is yet another great addition to Garmin’s popular lineup of fitness watches. As one would expect, the Forerunner 25 does arrive with a few more features compared to the Forerunner 15 starting with Bluetooth smart connectivity to enable smartphone notifications (emails, calls, texts) and upload workouts from the Garmin fitness watch to the web via the Garmin Connect Mobile App available for Android and iOS devices.
New to the Garmin Forerunner 25 but already available in existing high end Garmin fitness trackers include:
The Forerunner 25 can be had in two separate versions – one with the Forerunner only and other with a heart rate monitor. In addition, there’s even two different sizes and two colors for each color variant to choose from namely black/red and black/blue for the large size and black/purple and white/pink for the smaller size. The FR25 is designed to capture all types of GPS data on a run including distance, pace and even heart rate.
What’s in the Box?
Compared to the older FR15, the Forerunner 25 is slimmer for both the large and small face versions. Although upon first glance the screen area of the Forerunner 25 may look the same, the portion where you can write text is slightly bigger hence the 33 percent increase. The face of the FR25 is flanked by four buttons – start or enter, down or scroll, back or return and backlight LED.
The display of the FR25 is pretty sharp and is visible in bright daylight and the LED backlight the Garmin fitness watch is well lit during dark and low light conditions. One thing worth noting is the Forerunner does not offer any vibration alerts so it’s all beeps be it alarms, phone notifications, or even training cues. The FR25 is both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart enabled, but only the former sensors can connect with the device.
Along with onsite GPS to track pace and distance, the FR25 also features a built in accelerometer to track things such as calories burned, steps, distance travelled, and sleep at night. The one element lacking is a heart rate sensor, but Garmin does offer a bundled Forerunner 25 version that brings in an ANT+ heart rate chest strap.
The charging cable is proprietary, and battery life for the Forerunner 25 is clocked at 8 weeks (small) or 10 weeks (large) when used in watch/training mode and 8 hours (small) or 10 hours (large) with GPS turned on. In addition, the Forerunner 25 is also waterproof up to 50 meters so it will be just fine if you accidently wear it in the shower or it gets caught up in the rain or even goes for a swim.
Key Features of the Forerunner 25
One of the nifty features of the Garmin Forerunner 25 is it can estimate the distance covered without a food pod using its onsite accelerometer. The FR25 GPS watch receives signals fairly quickly and during runs provides access to two displays that display up to 4 stats (2 per screen) and 3 when connected with a heart rate monitor. The screen of the FR25 is highly customizable and can display a myriad of stats including distance, time lapsed, calories, pace, lap pace, lap time and average pace.
The Forerunner 25 even offers a few run modes to choose from, where you would just select “Basic Run” when you’re just going on well a basic run. Furthermore, you can also set parameters such as distance, time, calories to aim towards, whereas lap tracking can be manually or automatically activated. The Auto Pause feature of the FR25 stops the device from tracking once you stop moving, which proves handy in several situations such as when you’re at a red light.
The tracked stats can be viewed within the Garmin App where you can review your run, zoom in and out, and examine your stats at every lap. The run/walk intervals feature of the FR25 for users who’d like to see parts of their activity, i.e. running and walking. With this feature enabled, you can set walk and run intervals and the device will notify you with audible beeps once the interval is achieved.
Another noteworthy feature and one that is generally seen on higher priced fitness watches is Inactivity Alert, which on the Forerunner is represented by a Movement Bar that fills up gradually after every one hour of inactivity. You are notified of inactivity every by a beep and even a “Move’ message across the screen. So every 15 minutes of inactivity add a segment to the Movement bar, and clear it is just a matter of getting up and walking for a few minutes.
Just like most other Garmin fitness watches, the FR25 tracks daily activity in the form of sleep and steps, whereas calories and distance travelled are estimated based on the user’s activity levels and personal settings. The Forerunner 25 even allows you keep tabs on your progress throughout the day by simply pressing the “back” button, and scroll through date, calories burned, steps taken, distance covered and goals.
As you get acquainted with the Forerunner 25 and vice versa, the fitness tracker will gauge your activity levels and assign goals automatically for you to achieve or you can complete this task manually. However, sleep tracking is automatically activated based on regular sleeping hours, which is configured in the Garmin Connect Mobile app.
On that note and definitely worth mentioning is the highly advanced app, which is rated as one of the most informative in its segment. It allows you to join social groups, review your data and even accrue badges as you go along. You can even notify your friends to check on your progress on your run with Live Tracking, which will allow them to see your pace, speed, elevation among other metrics.
Pros of the Garmin Forerunner 25
Cons of the Forerunner 25
All in all, the Garmin Forerunner 25 is a great fitness watch for both entry level runners and seasoned gym goers. It arrives with all the features necessary to rack all aspects of your runs and walks and even your sleep. Add to is its superior battery life that simply gives it an edge over its competition.
The Garmin Connect app is regarded as one of the best in its segment, and allows you get comprehensive details about your workout, join groups, earn badges and even set fitness goals. If you’re just getting started with running and walking or simply looking to buy a fitness tracker, the Garmin Forerunner 25 should definitely be on your list.
Physical & Performance
|Physical dimensions||Black/Violet & White/Pink: 1.41” x 1.73” x 0.55” (35.9 x 43.9 x 13.9 mm); Black/Blue & Black/Red: 1.58” x 1.85” x 0.55” (40.2 x 47.0 x 13.9 mm)|
|Display size, WxH||Black/Violet & White/Pink: 0.73” x 0.73” (18.5 x 18.5 mm); Black/Blue & Red/Black: 0.91” x 0.91” (23 x 23 mm)|
|Display resolution, WxH||128 x 128 pixels|
|Weight||Small: 31 g (1.1 oz); Large: 39 g (1.4 oz)|
|Battery life||Small: 8 weeks, watch mode; 8 hours in training mode; Large: 10 weeks, watch mode; 10 hours in training mode|
|Water rating||5 ATM|
|Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone)||✔|
Maps & Memory
|Virtual Pacer™ (compares current pace to target)||✔|
|Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod)||✔|
|Heart rate monitor||Yes (Some versions)|
|Foot pod||Yes (optional)|
|Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed)||✔|
|Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap)||✔|
|Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal)||✔|
|Heart rate-based calorie computation||✔|
|Calculates calories burned||✔|
Activity Tracking Features
|Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)||✔|
|Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)||✔|
|Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep)||✔|
|Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)||✔|
|Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer)||✔|
After Garmin introduced Vivoactive in Thailand, there have been quite a few gadget hunters asking about this model. I’m not surprised, I’m one of them. Here is a review providing hopefully enough information. Otherwise, just let me know. Any questions, comments very welcome (except folks selling SEO services, viagxx etc 😉 – those comments are NOT welcome).