Updated 16 Mar 2018

Garmin

Vivosmart HR

Snapshot: The Garmin Vivosmart HR is swimproof, without GPS but has a heart rate monitor. It works with both iOS and Android phones.

Vivosmart HR
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$179

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Test results

Overall score
64
Fitness functions
?/10
Smart functions
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Battery
?/10
Active heart rate accuracy
?/10

Good points

  • OK for fitness functions.
  • OK for smart functions.
  • OK to use.
  • OK battery.
  • Good features.
  • Is water resistant.
  • Works with both iOS and Android.
  • Has an accurate heart rate monitor.
  • Has sleep tracker.

But

  • Just OK for apps.
  • Doesn't have GPS.

Review

This band-shaped tracker looks pretty simple, but it has a small touch screen that lets you read notifications from a connected phone and control music. It’s also one of the models that allow you to go swimming with it on. The small monochrome touch screen will show basic info on your workout.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Fitness functions (25%). Includes sensor accuracy, sleep tracking, and assessments of fitness apps.
Heart rate accuracy is included as part of the fitness functions score and assessed against medical equipment.

Smart functions (25%). Includes phone functions, social media and voice recognition.

Ease of use (25%). Includes set-up, usability, and build quality.

Battery (15%). Includes battery life and recharge time.

App (5%). Assesses base app on phone.

Features (5%). Assesses available features.

Price is based on a March 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$179

More test results (/10)

Apps
4.8
Features
7.4

Specifications

Type
Fitness tracker
Weight (g)
30.0
Battery life (tested, hours)
220
Time to full charge from 0% (mins)
125

Features

Water resistant
Swimproof
Bluetooth
×
NFC
×
GPS
×
Works with iOS
Works with Android
Screen (touch)
yes (yes)
Clock display
Text message notification/Read/Reply
yes / yes / no
Make and receive calls
×
Control music playlist and playback
Navigation
×
Control phone camera
×
Heart-rate monitor
Sleep tracker

Member reviews