Garmin Vivofit is a new activity and fitness band from the folks at Garmin designed to compete directly with the Polar Loop. We specifically mention the Loop because the Vivofit and the Loop are the only two activity bands that provide heart rate data, meaning they are serious.
Battery Life Of Over 1 Year Makes Vivofit The King
With Fitbit, Polar, Jawbone and all the others you have to recharge the unit every 3 to 6 days, which is a pain. Vivofit uses two coin-cell lithium batteries that last up to a year, so there is no more of the recharging stuff which we think is a big step in the right direction.
The Vivofit can store up to one month of 24/7 activity. This is significantly greater storage capacity than all the other competing bands meaning you can go much longer between downloads.
Water Resistant To 50 Meters
Garmin Vivofit now joins Polar as one of the only water resistant activity bands on the market. This is also big because who is going to remeber to take these things off before jumping in the water?
All The Same Features The Others Offer
Vivofit monitors sleep, calories, number of steps and distance. The band reminds you horly if you have been inactive for longer than an hour, in which case getting up and walking for a few minutes is a good idea.
Thanks to lithium coin cell batteries and construction the Garmin Vivofit weighs less than one ounce which is quite a bit lighter than other competitive bands and when it comes to something on your wrist lighter is better.
Personalized Goals Based On Your Activity Patterns
Vivofit is the only activity band that personalizes your goals based upon your historic exercise and activity patterns.
Bluetooth Smart and ANT+
Garmin was really smart here to incorporate both Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ inter-device communications standards into the Vivofit. This gives you the option to wirelessly transfer your data to a Smartphone using Bluetooth Smart or to use a USB ANT+ data stick to transfer the data to a PC device.
At $129.99 the Garmin Vivofit is $30 more than the Polar Loop but we think it is worth it thanks to the lighter weight, much longer battery life, not having to cut it to fit it and the fact that it actually customizes your activity program.
Our Real Opinion
This activity band, the Garmin Vivofit, is definitely a big evolutionary step ahead of the competition because it has much longer battery life for much lower maintenance. Also, it adds much greater memory and personalized activity planning that the others don't have.
Using both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart was a real smart move in our opinion.
Real Expert Advice
If you would like to talk to a real expert about Vivofit then simply call us at 866-586-7129 and see what a difference it makes to talk to people who actually use and understand the products they sell.
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