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Garmin Vivoactive HR Smartwatch: First Look

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Vivoactive HR Smartwatch

At MWC 2016, not only the smartphones and tablets are being unveiled, but also fitness wearables. Garmin has announced Vivoactive HR smartwatch, a new addition to its smartwatch lineup. According to the company, Vivoactive HR is aimed at sports lovers and comes with built-in heart rate monitor. Let’s have a close look at its features:

Always-on Display

It comes with an always-on touchscreen display that is visible in direct sunlight. It features the most wrist-based optical heart rate sensors. As compared to its predecessor, the screen quality is significantly sharper. Responsiveness is also great. It will face direct competition from sleeker looking smartwatches available at about similar price like Moto 360 Sport.

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Heart rate sensor

It makes use of 24/7 wrist based heart rate to keep record of the calories burnt. The smartwatch makes use of the wrist-based heart rate data. This data is collected to calculate calories burned information and the intensity of fitness activities. The integration of a heart rate sensor is the biggest addition with its good design changes. The smartwatch looks like it has addressed issues in original Vivoactive. It retains the solid hardware features like GPS and software features while adding a few extras.

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Tracking Features

Aimed at sports lovers, it lets you track running, cycling, pool swimming and golfing as well as new activities like paddle boarding, rowing, skiing and more. Garmin Vivoactive HR is a GPS smartwatch and is capable of tracking active moments all throughout the day. It lets you count the number of steps taken, floors climbed, intensity minutes, and more. With its built-in GPS, it sports apps for walking, running, biking, running, skiing, snowboarding and many more. One can get all detailed information on these activities and workouts in the Garmin Connect app on Android and iOS. An amazing feature is the personalized smart coaching and feedback on the activities.

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Notifications and Battery

It has the ability to display incoming calls, text messages, emails and calendar alerts from your smartphone to your wrist. Vivoactive HR lasts up to eight days on a single charge or 13 hours with an active GPS signal. It comes with interchangeable watch bands. The smartwatch also includes access to the Connect IQ Store; you can personalize the smartwatch with free apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields.


Price and Availability

The Vivoactive HR will also ship by Q2 and has a price tag of $249.99. It will come with regular and extra large fit black bands. The accessory bands in black, white, lava red or force yellow can be bought for additional $29.99 each.

A quick look at Vivoactive HR Smartwatch:

Specifications Details
Display Size 20.7 mm x 28.6 mm
Display Resolution 148 x 205 pixels
Battery Rechargeable lithium battery
Battery Life Up to 8 days
Water rating 5 ATM
GPS-enabled Yes
Smart notifications Yes
Barometric altimeter Yes
Music Control Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Heart-rate monitor Yes
Automatic Sync Yes

Vivofit3 Activity Tracker

Along with Vivoactive HR GPS smartwatch, Garmin has also introduced Vivofit3 activity tracker. It is a successor to Vivofit 2 and comes with enhanced features. It lets you monitor most of your activities such as walking, swimming, biking, running and more. With Garmin Connect, it syncs your data and lets you analyze all activities in the timeline view. This activity tracker is water resistant up to 50 meters and comes with one year battery life. It will be available in Q2 and will be sold for $99.99. If bundled with a regular or extra large sized band, it will be $99.99 and for camo band, it will be $109.99.


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