Fitness trackers are great, but some people don’t appreciate their overtly sporty appearance. Not everyone who’s athletically inclined wants to look like a walking ad for Nike or Adidas. An Apple Watch gets it right, boasting loads of wellness features while looking versatile enough for the gym and casual everyday use. Unfortunately, it’s also quite expensive. If you want a fitness tracker that resembles a traditional wristwatch that’s competitively priced, Garmin’s Vivomove HR is a great option. This hybrid smartwatch won’t look out of place in the gym as well as the boardroom. You can get it on Amazon today for just $160, a its normal retail price of $200. And if you apply and are approved for an Amazon Rewards Visa card, you can get an additional $50 off instantly, bringing the price down to $110.
The Garmin Vivomove HR is a hybrid smartwatch that features a classic analog face with mechanical hands. It deceptively hides its smart features and is quite slim considering it has a heart rate monitor at its back. It comes with a silicone strap that’s not the most luxurious thing you’ll ever wear, but it’s perfect for working out.
Below the Vivomove HR’s hands is an LED touchscreen that blends seamlessly with the rest of the watch face. It has no buttons or crowns, so all interactions are through the touchscreen. Double-tap it and you’ll see the home screen display, which can show you the date and your step counts. Scroll left and it will show other exercise statistics and smart features, including the weather, music controls, and notifications. You won’t be able to see an entire text message through the Vivomove HR, though. It can only fit a word or two on the screen, which oddly is part of its charm. By the way, the screen isn’t the most well-lit and we can barely see it outdoors. You’ll have no trouble telling the time, though, because the hands are analog, but the digital screen frustrates.
To be honest, this watch isn’t the most packed in the fitness features department. Aside from the usual step count and heart rate monitoring, it includes stress tracking: After getting your heart rate it then gives you a score from 0 to 100 on how stressed you are. You can also track your sleep and calories burned, as well as store all that information on Garmin’s Connect app. That’s about it. It doesn’t have built-in GPS nor is it capable of tracking a multitude of workouts, unlike the Fenix 5X, Garmin’s premium multisport watch.
Its battery life can last for five days on smart mode but if you’re just going to use it to tell time, it can last for two weeks.
What you’re really paying for is its unique and sophisticated looks, and for that, the Garmin Vivomove HR gets high marks. Its subtle digital display is something you won’t see in other smartwatches. So while its fitness tracking capabilities may be below average and it is barely visible outdoors, it’s still worth recommending.
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