I’m unsure what’s the fixation with the number three these days. Samsung announced three devices; the Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro, Gear IconX. Fitbit also announced three devices; the Fitbit Ionic, the Flyer Bluetooth headphones, and the Aria 2 weighing scale. Well Garmin’s not one to be shoved around and they too announced three wearables yesterday at IFA 2017! I already blogged about the Vivoactive 3 previously and would like to reserve this post for its more humble hybrid Garmin Vivomove HR. The wrist band Vivosport will be covered in my next post.
The original Vivomove provided an alternative to the activity tracking analogue watches such as the Withings Activite and the Misfit Phase. The compromise was in the fitness tracking aspect and most of these watches seldom ventured more than step tracking.
Well the latest Garmin Vivomove HR proved an analogue could fill the shoes of a fitness focuses tracking watch with ease! With a dash of Garmin of course.
Garmin Vivomove HR features:
- All day activity tracker. Records steps, distance, calories, intensity minutes, floors climbed and sleep
- Touch enabled OLED with analogue watch hands
- Wrist based heart rate measurements
- VO2 max estimation and stress levels detection
- Barometric altimeter and accelerometer
- Smart notifications
- Bluetooth® Smart and ANT+®
- Automatic rep counting
- Safe for swimming
- Up to 5 days in smart mode and up to 7 days in watch mode
The smart discrete display on the Garmin Vivomove HR comes on with the flick of the wrist with the analogue hands moving out of the way to allow full viewing of the smart notifications. Otherwise the discrete display is near invisible to the naked eye.
Stress level detection, VO2 max estimation, and wrist heart rate measurement in an analogue watch is unheard of and Garmin is definitely breaking new grounds with the Vivomove HR. The single wearable that came remotely close is Withings Steel HR. Other goodies that will ship with the Vivomove HR includes breathing counter and automatic rep counting.
The watch also has changeable wrist straps options though Garmin’s Quick Fit straps are not featured again. Unlike the Vivoactive 3, Garmin Pay will not be available on the Vivomove HR.
The single drawback I noticed is that while the discreet display illuminates, the analogue watch face doesn’t. That aside the Garmin Vivomove HR analogue watch is probably the smartest and fitness focused activity tracking analogue on the market at present.
The vívomove HR has a suggested retail price of $199.99 for the Sport version and $299.99 for the Premium version; the sleek vívomove HR Sport and the more upscale vívomove HR Premium with leather straps and full steel body.