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Garmin adds GPS technology to an activity tracker with the Vivosmart HR+

By midian182
May 17, 2016
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  1. Garmin has released its sixth fitness tracker in five months. The most recent addition to the company’s growing range of products, the Vivosmart HR+, is, as the name suggests, an upgraded version of the classic Vivosmart HR tracker.

    The HR+’s biggest advantage over its predecessor is the addition of a GPS receiver. The function introduces more accurate distance, time and pace tracking, and thanks to the Garmin Connect app, users can view a map of their activities.

    Another new feature is the inclusion of the Garmin Move IQ auto activity detection software, which automatically recognizes activities such as walking, running, swimming and biking without the user needing to start a timed exercise session.

    The rest of the device’s functions are mostly the same as the Vivosmart HR, including a heart rate monitor, water-resistant (to 5 ATM) touch display, and the ability to track steps, distance, floors climbed and activity intensity.

    While both Vivosmart devices are fitness trackers first and foremost, they do have smartwatch-like connectivity features that will alert you of any incoming calls, texts, emails, social, calendar, and other smartphone notifications. You can also use it to control music on a smartphone and it comes with a phone-finding function.

    Like virtually all wearables, the Vivosmart HR+’s battery life isn’t its most attractive feature. When set to the standard watch/activity tracking mode you can expect it to last up to five days. But while the GPS is activated you’ll only get around eight hours continuous use.

    The Vivosmart HR+ could be an enticing product for those looking for a device that’s primarily a fitness tracker but also features the connected functions found in smartwatches. It’s priced at $219.99 and is available now in regular size black/shark fin gray, imperial purple/kona purple and midnight blue/bolt blue, and an extra-large black/shark fin gray band.

    Earlier this month, Garmin revealed the $149 Vivomove, an analog-style watch that boasts connectivity functions and activity tracking features.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,485   +2,038

    It's nice but it's a 100 bucks too much.
     
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,663   +774

    I have seen a number of different people that are significantly overweight, showing off these watches and commenting on how important it is for them to monitor the information ..... while they are stuffing in a few Big Mac's at McD's. Truly dumbfounding!
     
  4. Tibeardius

    Tibeardius TS Booster Posts: 52   +34

    I still haven't bought into the smartwatch/fitness tracker thing but this might be the breaking point for me. I'd love GPS for my hikes/runs but also want some smartwatch functionalities. However I don't need a big display and 18 hour battery life. Seems like this would last me 2 or 3 days with a hike or 2 mixed in. $220 isn't too expensive either. Maybe I'll wait a few months for it to go on sale.
     
  5. joe1946

    joe1946 TS Rookie

    So you go to McD's to watch fat people show you their watch and stuff their face, interesting.
     
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,663   +774

    Naaaaaaa .... I go for the french fries, but happily I'm still well under 200 lbs ..... for the moment! HAHAHAHA
     

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