Garmin has upgraded their Vivosmart HR fitness tracker to the Viviosmart HR+. The difference between the two fitness trackers is a built-in GPS. Runners will be able to track their runs with accuracy. The running metrics that Garmin’s Forerunner watches (Such as the Forerunner 235 and the 630) will be available on the Vivosmart HR+. It’s not that much of an upgrade, but if you’re a runner or a walker looking for more information on your exercise, it’s a welcome addition.
Features of the Vivosmart HR+
The Vivosmart HR+ has added other features as well. The Garmin Move IQ auto activity detection feature is there. This reads what activity you’re doing, whether it’s running, walking, bike riding, swimming or performing elliptical training. This gives you more in-depth information on your workout. This is found on the Vivoactive HR smartwatch.
The Vivosmart HR+ can now monitor your heart rate all day and night. It does this using Garmin’s Elevate optical heart rate technology. This feature also can tell how intense your workout is, monitor steps taken, floors climbed, distance traveled and calories burned. For someone who wants to monitor their complete fitness and exercise through the day, this seems like it would be a device worth looking at.
Users can swim and shower with the Viviosmart HR+ on their wrist. The device has a water rating of 5 ATM. When swimming, you can go to a depth of 50 meters. For those who want to push themselves, the device saves personal best records. here is a virtual pacer with auto pause, auto lap, and walk/run modes.
The added GPS changes the battery life of the Vivosmart HR+. When tested, the Viviosmart HR had 2.5 days battery life (Garmin claimed it had up to 5 days). With the GPS, the battery time is now up to 8 hours of use. The GPS can be turned on or off(Again, Garmin claim it’s up to 8 days battery life without the GPS), but the decreased battery life is a big loss. True, the device can monitor your heart rate for the whole day. But the battery won’t last that long.
The price of the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ is $219.99. This is $70 more than the Vivosmart HR. The Vivoactive HR smartwatch is $249, only $30 more.