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Garmin vivosmart HR+ Review: Function over form

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The camera is good, general app performance is decent and the fingerprint sensor is amongst the fastest we’ve ever tested.

The good

  • Integrated GPS
  • Good battery life for a smart fitness tracker
  • 24/7 heart rate monitoring
  • Very detailed tracking options
  • Easy to read
  • Waterproof to 50m

The bad

  • Lacks style
  • Garmin app is clunky
  • Uses a proprietary charging clip

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When it comes to choosing the best fitness tracker, you have a lot of choice. You can spend a very small amount of money for something that isn’t much more than a digital pedometer, or a lot of money on something that looks very fancy and covers everything from running to snowboarding and beyond. Garmin’s vivosmart HR+ is an update to the existing vivosmart activity tracker that incorporates built-in GPS as its key new feature, but it fits firmly in the premium space in both pricing and feature terms.

Design

  • Easy to read
  • Waterproof to 50m
  • Lacks style
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Performance

  • Good battery life for a smart fitness tracker
  • Garmin app is clunky
  • Uses a proprietary charging clip
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Features

  • Integrated GPS
  • 24/7 heart rate monitoring
  • Very detailed tracking options
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Verdict

The vivosmart HR+’s asking price pretty much puts it out of contention for the more casual jogger, but then this isn’t a wearable that’s particularly aimed at that market anyway. It's much more a product for those dedicated to a fitness regime who want a device that can handle more tracking features than an ordinary fitness tracker, but for comfort or style reasons don't want to go down the full fitness watch path.

Still, that's a busy field with plenty of other alternatives, such as Microsoft's Band 2 tracker, Samsung's Gear Fit2 or any number of Fitbit devices such as the Fitbit Alta or Fitbit Blaze.


Pricing and availability

The vivosmart HR+ retails in Australia for $349.

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Specifications

Garmin Vivosmart HR+

General

Colours
Black, Blue, Purple, Grey
Battery Life
Up to 5 days

Connectivity

Bluetooth
Bluetooth Smart

Features

Accelerometer
Yes
Alarm Clock
Yes
Calories Burned
Yes
Distance
Yes
Dustproof
Yes
Gps
Yes
Heart Rate
Yes
Rechargeable
Yes
Sleep Tracker
Yes
Speedometer
Yes
Touchscreen
Yes
Usb Charging
Yes
Water Resistant
Yes

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