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Garmin Vivoactive HR vs Fitbit Surge

Garmin Vivoactive HR or Fitbit Surge?

Whenever we think about the best fitness tracker, comparisons start to occur. After all, without comparing a few, how on the earth will you be able to decide which one to go for?

In this article, we will talk about two multi-sport watch models to figure out which is the best GPS smartwatch to go for.

We don’t assume that our analogy or analysis will meet or exceed your opinion but is better to get the ball rolling. After we are done with this article, you will have a clear idea about at least two of the most promising GPS smartwatch models and will know which one to go for and what to ignore. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

Garmin introduced new, improved activity trackers! (1)

Garmin VIVOACTIVE HR

Vivoactive HR

Vivoactive HR

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 ).

What’s new:

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

Vivoactive HR

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.

Vivoactive HR

Vivoactive HR

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:

ModelVIVOACTIVE HRVIVOACTIVE
Physical dimensionsWatch 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, WxH0.80″ x 1.13″ (20.7 mm x 28.6 mm)1.13″ x 0.80″ (28.6 mm x 20.7 mm)
Display resolution, WxH148 x 205 pixels205 x 148 pixels
WeightRegular bands: 47.6 g; X-large bands: 48.2 gWithout bands: 18.0 g (0.63 oz); With bands: 38.0 g (1.34 oz)

Garmin VIVOACTIVE on Amazon available for pre-order:

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Garmin Part Number: 010-01605-03. Price: USD 249.99.