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Garmin Vivoactive

Garmin Vivoactive
alaScore 88

1021 reviews

Nov, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1021 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 88/100 = 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

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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

Nov, 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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Nov, 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

Expert review by: Dan Graziano (

Garmin Vivoactive HR review


I've had a busy month. I've been running, cycling, swimming, rowing and hiking. And I've done all of this while wearing a single watch, Garmin's Vivoactive HR. Unlike many of Garmin's other products, the watch won't appeal to just athletes. It's an...

There's a wealth of features here, including all-day activity tracking, phone notifications, built-in optical heart-rate sensor, GPS, multiple sport profiles and an always-on display. It can be worn in the shower and while swimming.

It's bulky, there are occasional connection and syncing problems, and the mobile app is confusing.

The Vivoactive HR's versatile, multipurpose function and design make it one of the better smart GPS fitness watches on the market.

Jun, 2016

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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

Product Specifications


Band colour:Black / White
Band material:Silicone
Band size:XL
Colour of product:Black / White
Device Type:Armband activity tracker / Wristband
Housing colour:Black / White
Housing material:Polymer
Maximum strap length:19.5
Minimum strap length:13.7
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 / 51
Wrist size:162 - 225
Wrist size range:137 - 195


Colour display:Y
Display Resolution:205 x 148
Display size (HxV) (imperial):20.3 x 28.7
Display Type:MIP
Touchscreen:Y / Yes

GPS Performance

GPS (satellite): 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
Alarm Clock:Y
Automatic pause:Y
Built-in distance meter:Y
Calories burned:Y
Distance travelled:Y
Find my phone function:Y
Floors climbed:Y
Heart rate data transfer:USB
Heart rate monitor:Y / Yes
Heart rate-based calorie computation:Y
Hours slept:Y
Integrated timer:Y
Music control:Y
Pace alert:Y
Personal goals:Y
Position location:Y
Quality of sleep:Y
Recommended activity:Cycling, Golf, Running, Swimming
Smart notifications:Y
Time/distance alert:Y
Vibrating Alert:Y
Vibrating motor: Yes
Water resistance:5

Ports & interfaces

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


Battery Life:10 / 192 / 21 / 504 / 8
Battery life (GPS mode):10
Battery life (max):3
Battery technology:Lithium
Battery Type:Built-in

System requirements

Mobile operating systems supported:Android, iOS / Android, Windows Phone, 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
Touchscreen: Yes
Vibrating motor: Yes
Waterproof up to:50
Wrist size range:137 - 195

Weight & Dimensions

Band width:22.5
Depth:3.85 / 5.7 / 8
Height :3.85
Thickness:1.14 / 3.85 / 8
Weight:38 / 47.6 / 48.2
Width:3.02 / 4.38