Why I Chose the Garmin Vivofit
As an active person, along with all of the technology available to us, there is some validation in knowing “how many steps did I take today?” or how long it took to run a half marathon, and any other physical activity. With all of the different brands out there to choose from, which is the right choice?
Everyone has their own opinion, of course, however, I have decided on the Garmin Vivofit (and have had it for a year and a half). Before I had the Garmin I had tried the original Pebble Smartwatch. To be completely honest, I loved it. However, whenever I had to charge it, I would forget to put it back on and then I would lose a day’s worth of data (which actually drove me crazy – remember I am an engineer and inaccurate data is a big no-no!).
That’s when I found the Vivofit (at my boss’s recommendation). The battery was said to last for a year (mine lasted a year + 7 months) which was the number 1 reason why I chose it. It wasn’t super fancy but it did exactly what I had wanted it to do. It tracks all my steps and activities and has an accompanying app that was easy to use. I then bought my boyfriend one, and all of my coworkers also purchased – which helped because we all were friends on the Garmin Connect App and you can see everyone’s “feed” and what activities they are doing everyday, step competitions, stuff like that.
***Disclaimer! I am not one to monitor my heart rate – so if you are looking for an activity tracker that also has a heart monitor this is not the one for you! There are other models that Garmin carries that has the heart rate monitor.
In a nutshell – these are the pro’s for the Garmin Vivofit
- Year long battery (& longer)
- Smartphone App – has a lot of statistics (I will show screenshots later in post!)
- Small and not as noticeable as an actual smartwatch (I still wear a regular watch on my other hand)
- Goal for # of steps daily is dynamic – meaning depending on your activity level the app will calculate everyday what your new goal should be to try and push you to walk more (this function can also be turned off if needed)
- Competitions between friends on app is fun!
Some con’s that I have seen:
- No internal heart rate monitor (you can purchase the monitor that connects to the app)
- Sometimes the steps and miles were slightly inaccurate – what I mean by that, when I’ve run on the treadmill, it sometimes did not have the same mile count (maybe a few tenths of a mile off) as the vivofit had while on my wrist. This wasn’t something that bothered me, so it wasn’t a deal breaker.