Garmin’s recent announcement of their new offerings to the lineup of smartwatches on the market is actually pretty exciting. One of the two new Garmin activity tracker/smartwatches available for preorder is the Vivomove HR. The Vivomove HR is the newly updated version of Garmin’s hybrid smartwatch. It has a big emphasis on design, but its functionality and specs make it a big contender in the war for your wrist space.
Design in key in the Vivomove HR. It boasts a gorgeous minimalist design and looks like an analog watch. Additionally, there are plenty of options to customize the look. The Vivomove HR’s screen is touchscreen and the display is virtually hidden – it shows the info you want when you want it but otherwise looks just like a regular watch.
The Sport and Premium design options are all really good looking. Garmin has targeted women with the Rose Gold design, making it one of the few smartwatch options that look distinctly feminine. However, it’s still a bit big, so it’s another smartwatch that doesn’t exactly cater to women with small wrists.
The Discreet Display screen is a gorgeous feature of this watch, but the drawback to that discretion is that it can be hard to read in bright sunlight. Despite that, the display is readable and useful. The watch hands even move up and out of the way so as not to interfere with the display.
As the name implies, the Vivomove HR tracks your heart rate 24/7. It tracks more than just that: it functions as an activity tracker and wellness monitor. Here are some of the tracking features it includes:
- Stress: Measures heart rate variability and stress levels
- Fitness: Measures VO2 max and fitness age, as well as intensity minutes
- Inactivity and Steps: Keeps track of movement – including steps and distance – and lets you know when you’ve been inactive
- Heart Rate: Comprehensive data related to zones, alerts, and calories via optical HR sensor
- Sleep: Keep track of patterns and amounts
All in all, the tracking features of the Vivomove HR are pretty comprehensive. The overall look at your health and wellness through fitness tracking and wellness monitoring functions well to help you work toward better health.
The features of the Vivomove HR beyond the fitness tracking are pretty sweet, too. It is water resistant – Garmin rates it “Swim,” which means it is suitable for showering, swimming, and diving.
Another cool feature is “Four-Fold Breath,” which helps you relax and breathe. This is a great addition that pairs well with the stress tracking and long-term data related to your overall wellness.
The battery life on the Vivomove HR is in line with other smartwatches. Garmin says it will last five days in smart mode and up to two weeks in watch mode. Unfortunately, the Vivomove HR uses a proprietary charger instead of a universal one (or even the same one used on several other Garmin devices).
Finally, the device does include smart notifications and music controls, making it a well-rounded hybrid watch. It has a ton of notification options, and the music control is intuitive and responsive.
There are a few things we don’t love about the Vivomove HR: it doesn’t have built in GPS, the display can be hard to read in bright light, and the Premium model is a bit expensive.
Having said that, there is a lot to be excited about in the Vivomove HR. The tracking capabilities and data are comprehensive and useful. The design is gorgeous and there are several options that should make shoppers happy. It’s really the design itself that we think will appeal to most; the fact that it has so many neat additional features and a inclusive focus on overall wellness makes it an easy sell.