Which means Garmin Vivosmart not from something like the second part of the word stands for the Smartphone features. The fitness functions but also Garmin has expanded.
Control via wiper
Anders than its predecessor, the Vivofit, the Vivosmart does not have E-Ink display, but has a variable in its brightness, touch-sensitive OLED display. It is seamlessly embedded in the translucent, soft plastic band. Lifting the wrist, the display will be activated. What should appear, can be set in the associated Smartphone app (Garmin connect) about the time. A long contact of the band calls up the menu, activated, for example, the sport mode or controls the brightness. The coupling was in the test easily with various IOS and Android devices. Only some Sony Xperia models conspicuously often lost the Bluetooth smart connection. An update of the band on the software version 2.5 brought a noticeable improvement.
The Garmin Vivosmart a closer look at
Steps include not enough
The band counts steps with a built-in motion sensor. That makes it so just like other fitness bands it specifies only a rough bearing about your activity. What’s Special: The Vivosmart is possible with sensors pair not only with a pulse belt but also the in-house Cadence and speed sensor for the bike. For the first time, a fitness tape indicates the tempo cycling. Important but: It only sensors with ANT + work wireless technology, although the band also has power Bluetooth on board. This technique uses Garmin but only for the connection to the Smartphone.
Adjustable stride length
A computer image bemängelter maladministration of its predecessor is now fixed: stride length, about which the band which allows distance traveled in combination with the number of steps calculated be now adjusted, and that even for the running and walking separately. That’s fine. If the pedometer less easily outwit the Vivosmart of actually completed track would be even closer.
Come on, move it!
Like the Vivofit, as also the Vivosmart as the indicator has a horizontal band divided into five segments. It is fully completed, it animates with Los! To keep more movement to the venous pump in motion and to promote according to Garmin to fat burning. It shows the red bar at the Vivofit as it is to the laziness of the movement at the Vivosmart you must wipe by by to the relevant screen. Or wait, vibrates to the band that can also the Vivofit.
The power-hungry vibrate in the Vivosmart allows the band also an alarm clock function, either daily or only on weekdays. At night, the motion sensor acts as an indicator of the quality of sleep. Researchers are not unanimous however, whether close by the movement in his sleep on the sleep quality can be.
The band displays, including SMS and E-Mails, but also selectable news apps installed on your Smartphone. And if you have sipped their phone time, allowing use of the tape track you down in the ring tone or the vibration function enable. Prima also: On request the band via a message input lets you know without to portray these sender and content. This feature called Garmin privacy mode.
Garmin in his band the radio engineering ANT + connectivity excites out. Except for appropriate sensors, a Garmin-Virb-action camera can be controlled with the band. Useful, if not quite consistently brought to an end: with the Vivosmart your Smartphone via track and start/stop music playback can be controlled. To adjust the volume but you can not use the Vivosmart too bad, because by wiping gesture, it would be quite feasible.
Questionable data security
The Vivosmart syncs via Bluetooth the collected data with Smartphones (ios and Android), as well as PC and Mac (via Garmin Express software) via Garmin connect app with a personal mygarmin account. Each user must therefore that all data on non-European servers land, most likely have access to the U.S. intelligence community be clear. This is not only for Garmin so, but ultimately by almost all manufacturers with exclusive data storage in the cloud. New and only for Apple devices running ios 8: the Garmin connect app engages with the fresh health app and propagates information such as calorie consumption and the completed line on the Apple application. This worked well in the test.
The Garmin connect Portal is still in development and surprised again and again with good news, but also with barely comprehensible errors. So, for example, measured data in the comparison list, the compare with friends can be disappear. It is also incomprehensible that they showed no updates in the Smartphone app for the Vivosmart, the PC software plug in the test run was however immediately available patches. Garmin takes a step in the wrong direction in terms of environmental protection: the battery integrated in the Vivosmart is not to Exchange is over, put the tape in the trash.
Conclusion: Garmin Vivosmart
The Vivosmart is a smart fitness tape. Especially the notification and control functions in conjunction with Smartphones and the possible links to ANT +-sensors are managed well and helping to get more and more accurate fitness data. The topic of nutrition Garmin it still hides.
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