Thursday, 19 May 2016 17:17

Garmin vivosmart HR+

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Garmin fitness trackers are breeding like rabbits. There are now three wrist-based heart rate trackers – the vivosmart HR, vivosmart HR+ and the vivoactive HR. The latest vivosmart HR+ adds GPS to the mix. Fitness devices are selling well, smart watches are not.

You need to know that each device does different things so I have included a table at the end to show you this. You also need to know that while I may recommend Microsoft’s amazing Band 2, the Garmin product — especially the vivoactive HR — is also highly recommended. It almost comes down to personal choice.

The software has been updated and includes running metrics and Garmin Move IQ auto activity detection. The Garmin Elevate wrist heart-rate technology provides 24/7 heart rate monitoring. It also tracks steps, distance, calories, floors climbed and activity intensity. It features an always-on, sunlight-readable display and water rating of 5 ATM, so it’s swim and shower safe.

“With a compelling combination of GPS, wrist-based heart rate, long battery life and water resistance, the vívosmart HR+ was designed to keep up with users’ active lifestyles,” said Adam Howarth, general manager, Garmin Australasia. “Wherever your day takes you, the vívosmart HR+ is made to help motivate and track all your active moments.”

The addition of GPS to the vívosmart HR allows users to more accurately track distance, time and pace for their activities, as well as view a map of the same. Additional running features include personal records, virtual racer, Auto Pause, Auto Lap and walk/run mode. Using Elevate wrist heart-rate technology, vívosmart HR+ monitors heart rate at the wrist and quantifies the intensity of users’ fitness activities using intensity minutes. This feature helps users monitor their progress against activity goals recommended by leading health organisations.

The vívosmart HR has the usual smart notifications, including incoming calls, texts, emails, social, calendar reminders, and other notifications from compatible smartphones. Users can control music on their smartphones and find their phone when they’ve misplaced it.

The vívosmart HR+   has up to five days’ battery life in watch/activity tracking mode (with 24/7 heart rate monitoring, no GPS) or up to eight hours continuous GPS use.

The rrice is $349. It is available in regular size black/shark fin grey, imperial purple/kona purple and midnight blue/bolt blue; as well an extra-large black/shark fin grey band.

If you can't read the table click here.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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