Garmin Vivomove Sport Review and Giveaway

MakeUseOf | 1/10/2017 | Kannon Yamada
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Do you hate modern wearables and just want a dead simple smartwatch for activity-tracking? Garmin’s $150 Vivomove smartwatch gives you the opportunity to be as lazy, or as active, as you want.

The Garmin Vivomove smartwatch barely classifies as smart. Rather than focusing on features, it emphasizes the appearance and function of a traditional watch, with smart features sprinkled on top. Those seeking a feature-rich wearable should look elsewhere. But for those who want simplicity, does the Vivomove meet your needs?

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The hardware of the Vivomove won’t impress those interested in the latest and greatest Android Wear or Apple Watch devices. It doesn’t display much data beyond movement and steps taken. Its greatest achievement in performance is its year-long battery life.

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The Vivomove Sport appears identical to a standard wristwatch. Like most sports watches, it employs a silicone-rubber watchstrap with a traditional locking mechanism. It looks and feels like a stylish analog watch. But don’t be fooled. Despite appearances, the Vivomove is its own unique take on the classic watch design.

The biggest departure from convention comes in its watch face. There are two daylight readable gauges to the left and right of the dials. The two gauges also set the Vivomove apart from its mechanical ancestors. The silver gauge on the left of the watch face counts steps – meaning, it’s a pedometer. The red gauge on the right represents the amount of movement the user engages in, which is more or less an accelerometer (or movement sensor).

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Unlike most smartwatches, the Vivomove can function without any kind of tethered smart-device. However, in order to squeeze all functionality out of it, users need a smartphone. If you want to forego its higher functions, such as sleep-tracking, you...
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