Even though they have made many watches and wearables so far, Garmin has never made a smartwatch. A few days ago, they announced that their first multifunction watch is going to hit the market in Q1 of 2015. Garmin Vivoactive, as they named it, is meant to be a greatly improved version of their activity trackers – Vivofit and Vivosmart, which every fitness-minded person is simply going to love.
Namely, the things people who are into sports are going to love is its size – it is very thin, its full color touchscreen that is water-resistant up to 50m of depth, wristbands that come in various colors and its light weight, so it will never bother them during workouts. Vivosmart also features a general purpose activity tracker, which means that with its GPS it can record your running, swimming, cycling or any other sessions and it will instantly upload them to the Garmin Connect, which you can later on synchronize with other fitness applications in order to get the best out of it and to improve your exercising sessions.
However, it is not as precise as Suunto Ambit, Ambit 2 or Ambit 3 Peak and it mostly resembles the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio watch, but that is nothing third party applications cannot fix. After downloading those apps through Garmin’s Connect IQ platform, such as widgets or the ones that add custom watch faces, you can make it become a beast that fully fits your needs.
Vivoactive, of course is connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth and it shows notifications from it directly on your wrist, which means you will not have to stop your training to read a message or anything like that. Its battery is really amazing, as well. While working as a GPS activity tracker, the battery lasts about 10 hours, but when in simple watch mode, you will not have to think about recharging for up to three weeks.
Garmin Vivosmart is going to be available really soon and even the price has already been determined – it is going to cost $250 and if you decide to get a heart monitor with it, you could buy these two devices for $300, which is not too much, considering what this smartwatch offers.
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