Garmin Vivosmart HR+

Review: Fitness Trackers

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Friday, 8 July 2016 - Last Updated on July 8, 2016
Garmin Vivosmart HR+

Many fitness trackers today are wearables; majority of which are worn on the wrist like a watch while others are clip-ons. Features of a typical fitness tracker may include the ability to count your steps, monitor your heart rate, monitor your sleep, and more.

There are different trackers available in the market. When choosing one, it is best to look for features that are ideal for your activities and lifestyle. Here are examples of popular fitness trackers.

Fitbit Blaze

Fitbit Blaze

Fitbit Blaze

Key features

  • Fitbit Blaze offers continuous heart rate tracking without the need to wear an uncomfortable chest strap.
  • It monitors calorie burned daily and during fitness activities.
  • This overall fitness tracker evaluates calorie burn over time.
  • The Fitbit Calorie Coaching feature sets goals and compares calories in to calories out.
  • Conveniently check heart rate at a glance to allow you to adjust workouts on the spot.
  • It uses simplified heart rate zones: Fat Burn (moderate intensity zone), Cardio (high intensity zone) and Peak (maximum intensity zone).
  • It provides users with charts and graphs to make quick analysis and identify trends.
  • The wearer can connect Fitbit Blaze with the GPS on his/her phone to map routes and view activity real-time stats on display.
  • Users can start a FitStar workout on their tracker and get step-by-step instructions and coaching tips.
  • Fitbit Blaze is ideal for different sport modes like running, biking and cardio.
  • It has multi-faceted clock faces.
  • The wearer can change bands and frames to suit his/her style or outfit of the day.
  • It displays smart notifications on screen that the user can glance and swipe away.
  • Easily control music from a smartphone by tapping the Fitbit Blaze.

What users like about it

According to Wareable.com, Fitbit Blaze is “versatile, good looking and easy to use.”

Fitbit Blaze’s heart rate readings are accurate according to CIO. The readings gathered during different workouts (run, walk, elliptical, spinning, and treadmill) were closely comparable to accurate consumer heart-rate trackers.

What users don’t like about it

Fitness enthusiasts might be disappointed by Fitbit Blaze’s lack of GPS. Wareable.com points out that its heart rate monitor is not cut out for intensive training.

Users want more useful statistics on the fitness tracker. CIO contradicts Fitbit Blaze’s claim of “up to five days” on a single charge. After conducting some tests, it turned out the fitness tracker’s battery life lasted only for two days.

Market price

The Fitbit Blaze sells for $199.95 USD.

Garmin Vivosmart HR+

Garmin Vivosmart HR+

Garmin Vivosmart HR+

Key features

  • It comes with a Smart Activity Tracker with wrist-based heart rate including GPS. Vivosmart HR+ is capable of tracking both distance and pace while mapping out the user’s run or walk.
  • This wearable tracker can measure steps, distance, calories, floors climbed, activity intensity and heart rate.
  • It’s comfortable to wear all day and even safe to use while swimming.
  • The wearer can receive smart notifications from compatible smartphones including email, call, text, and social media alerts.
  • The user has the option to sync to Garmin Connect Mobile to join fitness challenges, review data and instructions.

What users like about it

The feature called Move IQ monitors how long its user has been inactive. It also detects if the user is walking, running, cycling, swimming or exercising on an elliptical machine according to Gizmag.com.

Daily activities including sleep tracking can be shared with other people through the Garmin Connect application. Users can motivate each other by posting and participating on online challenges with friends and collecting virtual badges.

Aside from displaying notifications, it also alerts the user with vibrations. The wearer can control music on his/her smartphone and locate the phone in case it gets misplaced.

Users find its five-day battery life a great advantage.

What users don’t like about it

Some people find the basic black, rectangular band with rubber strap quite boring. Trusted Reviews says that the tracker’s app is not very intuitive.

Market price

The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ sells for $219.99 USD.

Jawbone UP2

Jawbone UP2

Jawbone UP2

Key features

  • It tracks the user’s sleep automatically and gives tips for a better night’s rest.
  • This fitness tracker comes with Smart Coach that functions like a personal trainer. It encourages the wearer to make informed healthy choices.
  • It has an Activity Tracking feature that lets the user know how much movement or activity he/she has done. It gives the person a better understanding of desired calorie burn for maintaining or losing weight.

Market price

The Jawborne Up 2 sells for $99.00 USD.

What users like about it

CNET credits Jawborne Up2 for its slim and fashionable design. It has an automatic sleep tracking and good battery life. It is water resistant and may even be worn in the shower. The tracker can be paired with many popular third-party apps.

What users don’t like about it

It’s difficult to check fitness progress because it lacks a display option according to CNET. It doesn’t come with heart-rate tracking. Although it has automatic sleep tracking, it has a tendency to overestimate. The Jawborne Up2 cannot be worn while swimming.

 

 

Photos from respective fitness tracker company websites.

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