Garmin Vivomove brings fashion appeal to fitness trackers
The Garmin Vivomove – the latest fitness tracker unveiled by the company – blends fashion looks with wearable smarts, and works with Android and iOS.
When household name Fitbit unveiled its new Blaze wearable – a product that tried to match fitness tracking capabilities with watch appeal – the company’s stock immediately plummeted. Luckily, a new contender in the form of the Garmin Vivomove, hasn’t had the same unfortunate effect.
Blending a traditional analogue watch frame with fitness tracking capabilities – as seen on the likes of Jawbone and Fitbit’s range of wearable devices – the Garmin Vivomove arrives in three different configurations, each progressively more expensive. Read: New Huawei Watch and Huawei Nexus 6P designs announced
Eliminating much of the bulk that comes as part of the traditional fitness tracker package, the Vivomove offers one year of battery life and support for any 20mm watch strap. The Vivomove can track steps, sleep, provide alerts, and is waterproof up to a depth of 50 meters.
The Vivomove is arguably a visual refinement over one of its closest competitors, the Withings Activite, which we reviewed last year.
Garmin’s newest fitness tracker arrives in three configurations – the $150 USD Sport, which arrives with a silicone band, the $200 USD Classic which arrives in black or rose gold, and finally the $300 USD Premium which arrives in a gold-tone steel.
The Vivomove connects to Garmin’s Connect app, which is available on both iOS and Android, and can be used to monitor activity as well as connect with friends already on the platform.
It remains to be seen whether the Vivomove will manage to entice consumers away from premium Android Wear offerings in addition to the Apple Watch. Read: Garmin Vivofit Review: Make every step count
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