I tried the Garmin Vivosmart HR, compare to Fitbit Charge HR

It is a wrist based heart rate tracking electronic device. It looks more like a bracelet than a wearable electronic device which tracks heart rate to give you calorie burnt information more accurately.

Product Features

Garmin Vivosmart HR Activity Tracker Regular Fit
3.7 out of 5 stars rate
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Size – Regular & X-large
Color – Black , imperial purple & midnight blue
Display – 160 x 68 pixels
Weight – 0.07 pounds
Battery – 1 Lithium polymer battery

Pros

* Looking good in design (in comparison to Fitbit Charge HR).
* Better in battery life (my personal experience 6-7 days on normal use, Fitbit Charge HR battery life is just 3-4 days so good in this feature also).
* Water resistant (i use it during shower & swimming but no issue so no problem regarding that).
* Big display screen.
* Tracker has so many features.
* Providing screen replacement.
* Good blue-tooth connection in fact excellent.
* Accurate heart rate count.
* You can sync your Mapmyfitness account to Garmin Connect (a really good feature for recording data).

Cons

* Notifications are annoying mostly (i shut them off entirely when i use).
* You can’t differentiate b/w purple & black color.
* App not user friendly (it is based on my personal experience you may find it friendly it depends on person to person).
* Does not counting running steps accurately (in fact during sleeping showing 150 steps for your information i have no problem like sleep walking).
* App does not provide any tips to explain the data ( like my heart rate is too high or low ).
* They provide screen replacement but what about after 2nd time.
* The band is not replaceable (if you are looking to replace it than Garmin charges you $79 repair charge, my band broke after 1 month of use so i have to replace it really a headache).
* No. of stairs climbed not accurate.

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Editor’s experience

I use this product for 2 months. When it comes to features i found it better than its competitors in this price range. I found attractive in design even you do not know that it is a electronic device it just looks like a bracelet & screen light is off after usage . Screen size is big so no problem in watching any thing. I connected it to my phone & i receive all notifications on phone. On my usage steps functions works well. Some more features on my personal experience are –
Heart rate count : On my case overall data of the heart rate such as the average heart rate or maximum heart rate is pretty accurate, but some people complain to me that in their cases average heart rate data varies 20-25% when comparing to their previous using device but not in my case it is almost same. And it tracks heart rate 24/7 after that data is presented in Gemini’s mobile connect app. I am not particular about 24/7 because i do not strip it tight when i am not engaged in work outs, i suggest you also not to focus 24/7.
App connection : On app connection i noticed some issues after 15 days, though i found it easy to use it easy but some problem in connection so i don’t find this feature much useful. As i already mentioned in pros that from battery perspective i found it useful it usually lasts for 6-7 days on normal usage so no problem in that feature.
Bluetooth connection : In this feature i really found this product much reliable than Fitbit charge HR. Except some drop out randomly which you can reconnect easily no problem at all in this feature.
Stairs climbed : In this feature i didn’t find this feature much reliable. Normally on a weekday i climb the same number of stairs but the no. of stairs climbed vary much on a day to day basis sometimes lesser other time more.
Water resistant : This is a water resistant heart rate track i myself has use it during swimming so no problem in this feature.

Whether to buy or not

After going through all pros & cons and most importantly my personal experience i would like to give this product a rating of 4. In short it is good in some features like design, battery life & more importantly accuracy of heart rate count(which is actually the function of this product ) but you may find some features annoying like app connection, stairs climb counting.
But if you want to buy a heart rate tracker in $150 range than it’s best for you so go ahead and purchase it.
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