Updated 18 Sep 2018

Garmin

Vivosmart HR

Snapshot: The Garmin Vivosmart HR is waterproof, but has no GPS. It works with both iOS and Android phones.

Vivosmart HR
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$99

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Test results

Overall score
64
Fitness functions
?/10
Smart functions
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Battery
?/10

Good points

  • OK for fitness functions.
  • Somewhat accurate fitness sensors.
  • OK for smart functions.
  • OK to use.
  • OK battery.
  • Good features.
  • Can be worn while swimming.
  • Works with both iOS and Android.

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 sleep tracking and assessments of fitness apps. Also includes Sensor accuracy which assesses the precision of sensors such as heart rate monitors and step counters.

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 September 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$99
Type
Fitness tracker

More test results (/10)

Apps
4.8
Features
7.4
Sensor accuracy
5.7
Heart rate accuracy
7.0

Brand survey results

Brand reliability (%)
84
Brand satisfaction (%)
58

Specifications

Weight (g)
30
Battery life (tested, hours)
220
Time to fully charge from 0% (mins)
125
Charge gained from 0% in 30 minutes (%)
About 50%

Features

Heart-rate monitor
Yes
Sleep tracker
Yes
Water resistant
Yes
Can swim with
Yes
Bluetooth
No
NFC
No
GPS
No
Works with iOS
Yes
Works with Android
Yes
Touchscreen
Yes
Clock display
Yes
Text message notification/read/reply
Yes / Yes / No
Make and receive calls
No
Music control
Yes
Navigation
No
Control phone camera
No

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