December 18th 2013 3:03 pm

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A truly fitness-focused activity tracker

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The Vivofit may not have the cool factor of Nike's FuelBand, or some of the features found in the Fitbit Flex or Jawbone Up24, but what it does offer is reliable tracking, useful reports and a durable design. The fantastic battery life, as well as the ability to change the straps, also go a long way to making this a wearable worth considering.

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Critic reviews

7.9
9 reviews
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    9.2
  • Portability
    8.7
  • Ease of use
    7.1
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8.0
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    7.3
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    8.0
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    7.3
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8.0
Engadget Mar 13, 2014

If you're looking for a reliable, durable activity tracker that has a decent online platform, the Vivofit is all of those things. If you can live with its minor flaws, and don't mind the aesthetic, it's a worthy addition to your fitness arsenal.

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9.0
Gizmodo Mar 13, 2014

Yeah, not having to worry about charging is nice, but most of its competitors get over a week of battery life, so it's not like you need to charge that often. Ultimately, it's just way too expensive for what it can actually do. You'd be better off with a GPS running watch.

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8.0
Wired Mar 7, 2014

For those looking to make their workouts more targeted, or get more accurate calorie burning stats, its Ant+ heart rate monitor compatibility is a big bonus. Other than displaying the date and time, it doesn’t try to venture into smartwatch territory, and that’s fine.

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7.0
PC Mag Mar 10, 2014

The band is not especially stylish or high-tech looking. And some of the features are less elegantly implemented than in competing products. If you don't mind those trade-offs, you'll get what you need from the Vivofit.

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7.0
CNET May 19, 2014

Garmin's simple and functional activity band is easy and low-maintenance, which makes it one of the best alternatives to a Fuelband or Fitbit.

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7.0
TechRadar May 7, 2014

When it gets dark the Vivofit becomes a little less useful, given that it misses both an alarm and a backlight, but luckily there are enough positives - including the low price - to make the Vivofit a fitness band to recommend.

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10
Android Community Mar 11, 2014

All said and done, we liked much of what the Garmin vivofit has to offer. We like the simplicity in terms of both setup and use. Plus, the heart-rate monitoring was a solid perk. Granted, a perk that comes at an additional cost, but one that steps up the fitness monitoring quite a bit.

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9.0
Top Ten Reviews Mar 17, 2014

The Vivofit has a lot in common with other smart pedometer bracelets, but its customization and battery life make it stand out in a crowded field.

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8.0
DC Rainmaker Mar 12, 2014

Ultimately, I think Garmin has nailed the device side of Vivofit. As an activity tracker, it checks off almost all the major boxes of what I want.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jan 7, 2014

It's not going to stand out at a glance, but the curved display does offer a bit more screen real estate than most and makes for a comfortable fit. It's relatively inconspicuous, but like just about every other fitness tracker, we wouldn't be caught dead wearing this thing at the opera.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 11, 2014

Vivofit looks like a great entry-level product to us. The long-lasting battery is a definite positive, even if the device is next to useless in the dark due to the display type.

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SlashGear Jan 6, 2014

It also works as a watch, and can store up to a month of data between syncs. You'll be missing out, though, if you wait that long; Garmin Connect, the company's cloud service, analyzes the individual wearer and cooks up a personalized fitness plan.

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TechRadar Jan 9, 2014

Of course, the obvious downside to having an always-on display with no backlight is that it's impossible to read the time and fitness metrics in the dark.

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TrustedReviews Jan 10, 2014

The Garmin Vivofit isn't the most technologically impressive of fitness watches. If you want features galore, you're looking in the wrong place. However, its screen and long battery life are big wins if you want simple convenience and instant feedback.

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9.0
tnsharan tnsharan

Its an excellent fitness tracker. Very good battery life and you can customise your step count and pair with a heart rate monitor.

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