The new year has brought with it a massive range of smartwatches, fitness trackers, and wearable tech that adds another layer of convenience and connectivity into modern life. Although all of the newest tech offerings are highly function, however, many of them are lacking in one of the most important factors of wearable technology- style.
It seems the latest trend in the wearable tech world consists of larger and larger watchfaces with higher resolution, with many smartwatches apparently competing with the latest flagship smartphones for screen size. Wearable tech is intended to be unobtrusive, intuitive, subtle, and functional- strapping a touchscreen monitor to your wrist is definitely none of these things, regardless of how many biometric sensors the manufacturer manages to cram into the chassis.
Fortunately, there are still sensible and innovative wearable tech manufacturers on the market that are consistently churning out reliable, functional, dynamic, and useful wearable tech items. Garmin, one of the world’s most popular smartwatch and fitness tracker brands, is one of them.
Offering a wide range of fitness tracker smartwatch hybrids that range in price from budget solutions to high-end multisport luxury options, the Garmin brand is one of the fastest movers in the wearable tech space and has quickly captured the attention of tech heads and sports enthusiasts worldwide.
The Garmin Vivomove is a new offering from Garmin that fuses old-world classic styling with smartwatch functionality through intuitive and innovative design features. In this article we’ll break down the Garmin Vivomove and find out what makes it different from other fitness tracker smartwatch hybrids to help you decide whether it’s the right wearable for you.
At first glance, it’s obvious that the Garmin Vivomove isn’t your everyday smartwatch. From all outward appearance, the Vivomove looks like a classic analog watch, with timeless, classic design stylings that wouldn’t have been out of place in the 1920’s. Upon closer inspection, however, the Vivomove reveals a host of functions and abilities that put the latest fitness trackers to shame.
Instead of aiming for all-out connectivity and interactivity, Garmin have opted for a modicum of subtlety with the design of the Garmin Vivomove, and present consumers with a classic analog watch face that is replete with two bars on the inner circle of the watch face. These circles are used to track only steps and activity- all of the other functionality of the Vivomove is managed via the dedicated Garmin Connect App.
The major draw of the Garmin Vivomove is the style factor. Despite offering a slew of health and fitness tracking features such as sleep tracking, motivating training factors, and smartphone integration, the Vivomove is designed to complement an elegant style, suitable for either three inch heels or a three piece suit.
Like most smartwatches and fitness trackers, the Garmin Vivomove is designed to be used in combination with a smartphone to access all of the functionality of the device. The basic functionality of the watch without a smartphone is limited to step counting, activity tracking, and normal watch use, but when paired with a compatible smartphone and the Garmin Connect app, a wide range of features become available.
The Garmin Vivomove is designed to help fitness enthusiasts tell both the time, and the time to move. The watch tracks steps taken throughout the day on a convenient black bar on the watchface, moving towards a daily goal that can be set via the app. Another bar on the watchface slowly fills in red over the course of 15 minutes, encouraging users to reset it by moving or walking, promoting a higher level of activity.
The Garmin Connect app provides users with a suite of features that provide full activity and fitness tracking. The app is one of the most intelligent on the market, and can also be accessed via an in-browser app. The Garmin Connect system has the ability to learn the habits and trends of Vivomove users and provide actionable, detailed insights that assist users in reaching health and fitness goals.
The motivation system offered by the app includes progress updates on milestones hit, encouraging messages to help users reach their step goal, and even dedicated virtual coaches in the form of health and fitness experts that provide detailed information on how to best improve fitness form and function. The app also allows users to plan their fitness progress as well as share their progress with friends on the platform.
The biometric sensor suite also passively collects information on the Vivomove user while they sleep, allowing for detailed sleep tracking that provides insights into the frequency and duration of healthy sleep patterns.
The Vivomove case is constructed entirely from stainless steel, with a shatterproof glass lens that delivers crystal-clear glare-free visibility in all light levels. Measuring in at 42mm in diameter and 12mm high, the Vivomove offers the form factor of a classic watch, with a weight that varies from 51 grams for the sport model to 67 grams for the premium model.
The battery of the Vivomove is a replaceable coin cell that lasts for an entire year of continuous use, a massive amount of battery life that is rare on the smartwatch market. The step and move counter on the watchface is provided by microLED illumination, meaning it can be used in the dark, and the entire device is compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones.
Users are able to swap the bands of their Vivomove out with a massive range of different bands available from Garmin, making it possible to style the device to any occasion. The Vivomove is also 5 ATM water resistant, so it can be used both in the shower and while swimming, a feature not present in many modern smartphones.
One of the most compelling features of the Garmin Vivomove is the price. Starting at just $149.99 USD, the Vivimove series delivers luxury-level functionality for a basic price. If you’re looking for a fully functional but discreet and stylish combination smartwatch and fitness tracker, the Garmin Vivomove is a great choice.