- Stylish, attractive design + interchangeable bands
- Wrist heart rate monitor + VO2 Max
- Hidden display shows steps progress, weather, and smartphone notifications
- Good battery life
- Activity, sleep, stress, and workout tracking features
- Limited sport tracking features + no GPS
- Wrist HRM is still not as accurate as chest strap HRM
- Display is small
- All-plastic design means it’s less durable than other watches
Way better than the original vivomove HR. This watch looks great and has some pretty awesome health & fitness features.
We thought that the original Garmin vivomove was a really neat product, however, it didn’t really catch on. We’ve heard time and again that people want an activity tracker that also looks nice such that they could wear it in an office setting or to a wedding. The vivomove is just that, but it seems people don’t want a device that always looks like a sport watch nor do they always want it to look like an analog watch. It’s a fine line, but somehow these analog fitness trackers just seem to under perform, regardless of the brand. Withings, Fossil, Misfit, and plenty of others have tried out this analog watch / fitness tracker concept and no one has really seen tremendous mass market success.
What’s new with the vivomove HR?
Notwithstanding that, Garmin is willing to give this another shot, but this time has added even more sport features. The vivomove HR now features a wrist heart rate monitor, which we’ve seen plenty of times on other Garmin devices such as the fenix 5S [see on Amazon]. We really like the addition of the WHRM. We’ve advised people many times that basically any activity tracker that you get nowadays should have a wrist heart rate monitor. That said, the WHRM tends to be best for walking and running and tends to be only somewhat helpful for strength training and cross-training. Just a limit to the technology.
In any case, the other major development with the vivomove HR is that it has a small, hidden display on its face that will show incoming smartphone notifications (text, etc.), steps progress, and the weather. This display is the reason that Garmin is calling this a ‘Hybrid Smartwatch’. It has smart capabilities, but is still a classic analog watch.
In addition to the display and WHRM, the vivomove will estimate your daily steps, calories, distance, sleep, etc. The vivomove also has what Garmin calls Move IQ where the device will automatically recognize that you’re walking, running, etc. and categorize that workout for you. This doesn’t always work as intended, but it’s decent. Since this watch is more of a fitness tracker anyways, Move IQ should be just fine for the average user.
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The vivomove HR works with Garmin Connect (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and the web). Garmin gives you a daily steps goal, which you can alter, but that also automatically changes day-to-day in order to keep that goal attainable yet motivating. We really appreciate this Auto-Goal feature and we really do like the Garmin Connect app, although we think Fitbit’s mobile app is actually better.