Garmin Vivoactive – Fitness Smart Watch

Posted on Aug 23 2015 - 11:55am by David Gregorio

The Garmin Vivoactive is a fitness watch that cuts all the fat, and some of the muscle, off the higher-end Garmin Forerunner runner’s watches. It delivers a GPS tracking device in a package, that seems and feels like a lifestyle smartwatch. It lacks the wealth of apps available with watches that run Android Wear and PebbleOS, and is not quite as hot for notifications either.



It is much closer to the display on the Pebble Time, with high-efficiency tech that enables it to remain on all the time while barely using any power. The light can be set to turn on whenever you use the Vivoactive, but is one of the weaker parts, being a little dim. Still, this is ultimately an excellent screen for this kind of device. The part of the Garmin Vivoactive’s design that is worth paying attention to is the screen. This 204 x 148 pixel LCD panel is not of the type you will find on most smartwatches.

Specialties And Apps

It has plenty to offer during those hours when you aren’t running, cycling or swimming. Like other smartwatches, you can choose between many different watch faces. These range from simple, stylish ones that just tell you the time, to those with a read-out of your daily steps, the date, battery life and more.

There are even those that display how well you are doing on your daily step count in nerdy Pac-Man and Tetris style.

This is the platform that provides extra apps for Garmin’s top-end watches such as the Fenix 3 and Forerunner 920XT.And the Vivoactive is currently by far the cheapest to have access to it.

You need to limit your expectations on what to expect from Connect IQ if comparing it to the likes of Android Wear, nonetheless. While Connect IQ is reasonably well established at this point, its app selection is fairly limited.


The Garmin Vivoactive offers sports partisans a compelling sports watch-smartwatch hybrid at a bargain price.

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