TechRadar has already christened it a fitness tracker built with data nerds in mind
. With that, we’re keen to delve into the Vivosmart 5’s specs and other details, starting with its sleek design.
Meet the Garmin Vivosmart 5
The just-released $149.99 Garmin Vivosmart 5 fitness tracker
is an easy-to-use alternative to a smartwatch. Simple and streamlined, it’s an undoubtedly attractive-looking piece of kit.
According to the manufacturer, highlights include all of the necessary fitness tracking features required for a healthy lifestyle. That’s in addition to a sleek band design and a week-long battery life. It is available in a choice of black, white, and mint green colors. The black option also comes in a larger size for those with bigger wrists.
Garmin Vivosmart 5 Specs
The Garmin Vivosmart 5’s most noticeable improvement over the Vivosmart 4 is its larger, higher-resolution screen. Other highlights in terms of its spec include a cutting-edge optical heart rate sensor and 24-hour oxygen level monitoring. Overall, buyers can expect:
- High-definition monochrome display
- Automatic brightness settings
- Optical heart rate sensor
- Garmin Body Battery feature
- 24-hour or overnight oxygen levels
- Up to seven days of battery life
- Water-resistant for swimming
- All-day stress monitoring
- Automatic sleep tracking
- Apple and Android compatibility
It also has features that track respiration, hydration, and women’s health. It’s all thanks to the $150 Vivosmart 5’s clever use of the same built-in sensors that are at the core of Garmin’s all-new, easy-to-use smartwatch alternative.
Garmin Vivosmart 5 Features
Despite its small size and sub-1oz weight, the Garmin Vivosmart 5 is surprisingly feature-rich. Crucially, the Vivosmart 5 makes accessing all of its many features as easy and intuitive as possible. It does so via a simple-to-use, scrolling view. It’s a view that buyers can customize, too, granting easy access to their favorite pieces of functionality.
Graphs, Graphs, and More Graphs
Unlike many fitness trackers, the Garmin Vivosmart 5 employs an abundance of graphs and charts to show different trends. With so much information being collected, it’s a potential goldmine for those who love extra data. One thing that the new smartwatch does lack, though, is onboard GPS. It’s an unfortunate omission, especially given that it’s a feature of the similarly priced Fitbit Charge 5
launched late last year.
On the other hand, the Garmin Vivosmart 5 excels in offering all of its data without the need for a costly subscription. Fitbit, by contrast, demands that buyers of its products subscribe to access things like advanced sleep and stress insights. With the Vivosmart 5, that’s not the case. All collected data is freely available in the Garmin Connect app.
As a result, the Vivosmart 5 isn’t necessarily the cheapest outright nor the most feature-packed fitness tracker. However, it’s an excellent all-around solution that still costs under $150 — considerably less than many of today’s most popular smartwatches.
Features-wise, other highlights of the Garmin Vivosmart 5 include its super-lightweight construction and its use of the same proprietary charging cable standard among all other Garmin products of a similar nature. There’s also the ability to trigger an alarm to find either a connected phone that’s gone missing or the Vivosmart 5 itself if one or the other becomes misplaced at home or elsewhere.
Add in automatic activity detection, music controls, handy daily weather forecasts, smart notifications, calendar reminders, built-in safety features, and more, and there’s plenty to look forward to from the all-new Garmin smartwatch. At the same time, the Vivosmart 5 can also maximize workouts
Garmin Vivosmart 5 Warranty
The Vivosmart 5 from Garmin has the same one-year limited warranty granted to all of the manufacturer’s non-aviation products. This coverage offers assurances that the device will be free from defects in materials or workmanship for 12 months from purchase.
Upgrade With Upsie
Upsie offers extended smartwatch warranties that last up to three years. With Upsie, devices are fully protected against everything from manufacturing defects and mechanical faults to drops, cracks, and other unintended mishaps.
Furthermore, Upsie’s warranties cost up to 70 percent less than warranties sold elsewhere. As a result, customers gain comprehensive protection at an affordable price.
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