Garmin Vivoactive Review

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Sometimes it is hard to find time from your busy schedule to go out and work out. However, this does not have to be the case. With the proper workout gear, you can easily blend in your workouts with the office. How about a smartwatch to keep you balanced in all these aspects? The Garmin vívoactive is one of such handy smartwatches. Below is a review of the product:


  • This GPS smartwatch is ultra-thin and it features a color touchscreen of high resolution that is sun-readable.
  • It features built-in exercise and sports apps such for GPS-enabled hiking, biking and running. It also allows for activity tracking, enabling you to keep track of your stats at all time.
  • You will no longer have to check your smartphone for alerts and notifications. Simply pair it with this smartwatch which vibrates gently in case of a call, or any notification.
  • Click onto Connect IQ store to customize your smartwatch with your desired free apps, widgets and watch face designs.
  • The battery life is quite excellent, lasting up to about 3 weeks in the activity tracking/watch mode and up to 10 hours when using GPS.
  • You can also control your music playlist and track your phone with this smartwatch.


  • The smartwatch is ultra-thin and comfortable to wear for the entire day.
  • It is possible to read the color touchscreen in direct sunlight.
  • It has an excellent battery life.
  • With the built-in sports apps, it is easy to keep track of your workout stats, even when away from your phone.
  • Stay connected to the rest of the world, even during exercise, as this smartwatch gives you text, call, weather and social media notifications as they come in.
  • Get a more personal feel by customizing your smartwatch with the free apps, widgets and watch faces available on the connect IQ store.
  • This smartwatch is waterproof which means that you can go swimming and even shower with it on.
  • This watch keeps you on your toes by giving you a daily steps-taken target and after an hour of inactivity, it displays a red light meaning you need to get moving.


  • I feel that Garmin could do a better job at the number of apps they offer in their store. They are too few at the moment.
  • The wrist band is irreplaceable which would be a drawback in case it becomes worn out.


The Garmin vívoactive is the perfect solution for anyone seeking to create a balance in their work and life outside the office. This smartwatch has been designed to enable you live better and even work smarter. The fact that the watch is lightweight and ultra-thin makes it comfortable to wear for an entire day. It also blends easily and perfectly from the office to the sports field.

Stay active at all times with the built-in sports apps, and at the same time keep in touch with pressing matters at work. The smart notifications are usually gentle causing very minimal interruptions.

With the sun-readable, high resolution touchscreen, you can easily view your stats whenever you want, even at the golf course.

Since this smartwatch is GPS-enabled, it will capture all the important data such as pace and distance, despite the speed at which you are working out. The built-in wrist-based cadence and speed tracker and an accelerometer make it unnecessary to have a separate foot pod while exercising on a treadmill or an indoor track and/or in the absence of GPS.

You can set vibration alerts to keep a check on your pace, walk/run intervals and your heart rate. This watch features training aids such as Auto Pause and Auto Lap. The automatic sync gives a summary for an exercise, indicating total running time, distance covered, speed, and calories burned. It also keeps records of the longest and fastest runs.

Possible alternatives:

  • Tom Tom Spark Cardio,
  • Lycos Life Advanced Smart Band and the
  • Apple Watch


Clearly, the benefits of this smartwatch by Garmin outweigh the disadvantages, and so my verdict is, why not? If you have been looking to keep track of your workouts and still keep in touch with your office, then this is the watch for you. It has all the benefits you could look for in a fitness tracker and considering all the benefits you reap, I would say that the price is absolutely worth it.