Garmin Vivofit fitness band: Hands-on first impressions at the launch

By Hardik Singh | Updated Aug 08 2014
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Garmin has launched a new fitness band in the Indian market for Rs. 9,990 and we take look at the device. Here are our first impressions of the Garmin Vivofit.

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Design

Simple and light is the key here. Garmin has done a nice job making the device look good and understated at the same time. The rubber strap used to house the Vivofit is of good quality and the device has a nice crisp display. Garmin says that the device is supposed to be worn 24/7 so that it can monitor your fitness all day long as well as your sleep and with a weight of 25.5 gms that seems feasible. It comes with three different coloured bands inside the box and six more colours are available. 

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Features

Battery life is a major plus on this fitness band as it uses 'Coin Cells' that are capable of lasting over a year. The device has a built in pedometer which we tested for a short while and really liked that the device registered even a few false steps. The display shows you the time, date and month, steps you have taken in the day, your step goal of the day, total kilometres you have walked and the calories you've burned in doing so at the click of a button. The fitness band can be taken for a swim as well, since it is waterproof up to 50m of water.

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Sync and stats

The Garmin Vivofit uses Bluetooth to sync to your smartphone (compatible with iOS and Android). It connects to the Garmin Connect app on your smartphone and through that app you can monitor your activities, calories and compete in social step challenges with other people or your friends. The device saves up to three weeks of 24/7 data on its own and you can connect it to your PC as well via the Garmin Connect software for your PC. 

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Analysis

The Garmin Vivofit which won the “Gottabe” - Best Mobile CES 2014 award earlier this year is a solid lifetracker. The device looks and feels like the Sony smartband we reviewed last month but with some added features but it does fall short on the app integration part with 3rd party apps and the fact that it is priced at Rs. 9,990 in an Indian market which is quite price conscious.

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