Garmin has just released an upgraded version of its Vivosmart wearable fitness tracker, the Vivosmart HR+.The device offers higher accuracy when it comes to tracking the distance, pace and time spent exercising, due to its GPS function. Other important features include personal records storage, the Move IQ software, Auto Lap and Auto Pause and the possibility to be set in either running or walking mode.
The demand for better, more innovative and inclusive fitness trackers is pushing all players to come up with new, improved versions of the increasingly popular wearable devices. Garmin is one of them and has just stepped up its game by releasing the Vivosmart HR+.
Sold at $80 more than its predecessor, the Vivosmart HR+ offers several new features, alongside the brand new GPS function. For instance, its Move IQ software recognizes the type of activity the wearer is engaged in, regardless of its being running, walking, swimming, cycling or working on an elliptical machine. The Elevate technology, the device tracks heart rate at wrist level and measures the intensity of fitness activities performed by wearers by means of intensity minutes. This provides those who want to have a complete and more accurate overview of the activities they perform throughout the day with very valuable info.
Other functions, which lend from smartwatches, are the possibility to display call, email and calendar notifications and that to control music on the wearers’ smartphones. A very useful feature is that allowing Vivosmart HR+ users to find their smartphone when it is misplaced. The device is water resistant to up to 5 ATM and is powered by a battery that lasts for up to five days when used in regular tracking mode and just 8 hours, when in GPS mode.
All daily activities tracked by the device can be shared online on a free online fitness platform, via the Garmin Connect application.
Vivosmart HR+ is retailed by Garmin at $219.99 and can be purchased on the company’s website. While it does not stand comparison with, for instance, the multi-sport device Forerunner 735 XT, it does stand out as a noteworthy alternative to Fitbit Blaze, which is placed in the same price range.
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