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Garmin Vivoactive

Garmin Vivoactive
alaScore 89

1020 reviews

Sep, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1020 reviews of Garmin Vivoactive. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Smart Watches for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Smart Watches the Garmin Vivoactive is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 373 user reviews of Garmin Vivoactive from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Smart Watches on

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This summary is based on the products: Garmin Vivoactive GPS Smart Watch with Sports Apps - BlackGarmin Vivoactive GPS Smart Watch with Sports Apps - Black

Sep, 2017

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 194 user reviews of Garmin Vivoactive from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Smart Watches on

81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Sep, 2017

Expert review by: Andrew Williams (

Garmin Vivoactive review


An exercise band that is also nearly a smartwatch

Great fitness and activity tracking ; Top battery life ; Good comfort

Kinda drab design ; Less slick than Android Wear alternatives ; It looks like a smartwatch, but kinda isn't

May, 2015

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Garmin Vivoactive: GPS fitness tracker with a side order of smartwatch


This smartwatch/fitness-band hybrid is a jack of all trades and a master of… Well, let's find out, eh?

Great multi-sport tracking ; Accurate ; speedy GPS ; Long battery life

No built-in heart-rate monitor ; It’s not overly sexy ; Sleep tracking rather basic

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: Andrew Williams (

Garmin Vivoactive


The Garmin Vivoactive is a fitness watch that cuts all the fat, and some of the muscle, off the higher-end Garmin Forerunner runner's watches. It delivers a GPS tracking device in a package that looks and feels like a lifestyle smartwatch.

Has full GPS tracking ; Good value ; Great battery life ; Small frame

Occasionally patchy notifications ; Limited apps library

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Dan Graziano (

Garmin Vivoactive review


"That's a nice watch." These are words you don't hear often when wearing a smartwatch, let alone a GPS equipped sport watch. But in my time testing the Garmin Vivoactive, these words were said to me many times by runners, family members and even some...

The Vivoactive has an ultraslim design, good battery life and an always-on color display that shines in outdoor performance. It has vibration and notification alerts from your smartphone, activity tracking with auto-adjusting goals, multisport tracking...

The Connect IQ app store is lacking, Garmin's mobile app is dated and sleep tracking is unimpressive. The watch software and smartphone connectivity can also be unstable, requiring frequent reboots.

The ultraslim design and laundry list of features can't overcome the buggy software. Once Garmin fixes these problems, the Vivoactive could be a good product, but until then, there are better options available.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: Ashleigh Allsopp (

Garmin Vivoactive smartwatch hands-on review


Garmin has opted for a square design for the Vivoactive. We prefer the look of circular smartwatches but wouldn't say that the Vivoactive is unattractive. It's available in either black or white, and is fairly thin at 8mm though perhaps too large...

We're looking forward to spending some more time with the Garmin Vivoactive smartwatch to find out how accurate it is at tracking our activity and exploring its features more thoroughly to see whether they make life easier.

Jan, 2015

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Garmin Vivoactive HR review

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The Vivoactive HR is a waterproof all-in-one gadget which can track your activities, heart rate and location data via GPS. It has multisport capabilities, but is it trying to do too much at the expense of doing anything well? We put this sleek fitness...

Nov, 2016

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Garmin Vivoactive review

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Garmin calls the Vivoactive a smartwatch for an active lifestyle, but can it keep pace with our tough fitness tracking tests? And just how smart are its smart functions? Read on for our full review of the Garmin Vivoactive and find out whether it lives...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Sasha Muller (

Garmin Vivoactive review: The fitness wearable to buy


Long battery life, integrated GPS and ANT+ compatibility make for a great fitness watch – niggles aside, the Vivoactive is the one to beat

The Garmin Vivoactive isn’t a sleek, sexy do-it-all wearable: it’s a GPS-enabled fitness watch with a smattering of semi-smart features.

Jun, 2015

Expert review by: Robin-Leigh Chetty (

Garmin vivoactive


A new smartwatch with a sportswatch heart, Garmin's vivoactive keeps things simple and uncluttered to deliver one of the better wearable experiences to date.

Lightweight and comfortable design; Long lasting battery performance; Precise activity measurements

A tad expensive; Straps attract dirt and dust; Requires additional hear rate strap

In spite of a few shortcomings, the vivoactive is a great device. It keeps things simple, and is very easy to use. Added to this, is a generous 8-10 day's worth of battery life and a lightweight design that slips easily into your everyday routine....

May, 2015

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (

Garmin Vivoactive GPS smartwatch


Track your fitness activities in high detail with this comfortable smartwatch

GPS tracking ; Comfortable to wear ; Lots of metrics to digest

App and Web interface could stand to be a little clearer ; Step count was a little off

May, 2015

Product Specifications


Band colour:Black / White
Band size:XL
Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver / Silver, White / White
Device Type:Wristband
Housing colour:Black / White
Housing material:Polymer, Stainless steel
Lens material:Glass
Protection features:Shock resistant, Splash proof, Water resistant / Splash proof, Vibration proof, Water resistant / Water Resistant
Shape:Round / Square
Water resistance:5
Waterproof:Y / Yes
Waterproof up to:50
Wrist size:162 - 225


Colour display:Y
Display diameter:3.04
Display Resolution:205 x 148 / 240 x 240
Display size (HxV) (imperial):20.3 x 28.7
Touchscreen:Y / Yes

GPS Performance

GPS (satellite):Y / Yes


ANT+ enabled: Yes

Other features

Protection features:Water Resistant

Packaging Content

Charging base: Yes
Chest strap:N
Manual:Y / Yes
Number of bands included:1


Active minutes:Y
Activity monitoring:Active minutes, Calories burned, Distance traveled, Personal goals, Steps taken / Y
Advanced workouts:Y
Alarm Clock:Y
Automatic pause:Y
Barometric altimeter:Y
Built-in distance meter:N / Y
Calories burned:Y
Distance travelled:Y
Electronic compass:Y
Find my phone function:Y
Foot pod:Y
Heart rate data transfer:ANT+ / USB
Heart rate monitor:Y / Yes
Heart rate-based calorie computation:Y
Integrated timer:Y
Music control:Y
Pace alert:Y
Personal goals:Y
Quality of sleep:Y
Recommended activity:Cycling, Golf, Rowing, Running, Skiing, Swimming / Cycling, Golf, Running, Swimming
Smart notifications:Y
Time/distance alert:Y
Vibrating Alert:Y
Vibrating motor: Yes
Weather forecast:Y

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth:No / Y / Yes
Connectivity Technology:Wireless
Wi-Fi: No


Battery Life:10 / 192 / 21 / 504
Battery life (GPS mode):10 / 13
Battery life (max):1 / 3
Battery technology:Lithium
Battery Type:Built-in


Sports activity apps:Connect IQ

System requirements

Mobile operating systems supported:Android, iOS

Technical Details

Accelerometer: Yes
Band colour:Black / White
Barometer: Yes
Battery Life:21
Built-in Camera: No
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): No
Display Resolution:20 x 148 / 205 x 148
E-mail: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Heart rate monitor: Yes
Housing colour:Black / White
Mobile operating systems supported: No
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calendar
Protection features:Water Resistant
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes
Strap material:Silicone
Touchscreen: Yes
Vibrating motor: Yes
Waterproof up to:50

Weight & Dimensions

Band width:22.5
Depth:3.85 / 43.4 / 5.7 / 8
Height :11.7 / 3.85
Thickness:1.14 / 3.85 / 8
Weight:38 / 43 / 48.2
Width:3.02 / 4.38 / 43.4