Garmin Vivofit: Light and sexy, this nifty little device will surprise you

Aug 21 2014, 10:13 IST
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Garmin Vivofit is priced at Rs 9,990. Garmin Vivofit is priced at Rs 9,990.
SummaryGarmin's new fitness band, the Vivofit, is water resistant with Nike Fuelband like sexy looks.

Health is wealth! As clichéd as it sounds but the proverbial statement is gaining more and more significance in our daily lives. A casual workout has become a necessity to distress from hectic work schedule and keep your ‘wealth’ at premium.

And herein steps up Garmin’s new fitness band—the Vivofit. Surprisingly light, water resistant with Nike Fuelband like sexy looks, this nifty little device will surprise you. What Vivofit does is gives you a lot of freedom as the battery is quite strong and does not need charging for a year. So the user doesn’t have to take it off, charge it and put it on again. Although the battery needs to be changed physically after a year. Plus, the device sits quietly on your wrist—no sound or vibrating alerts. It simply displays a red line with an arrow head when it wants you push forward to attain your daily calorie goals. The red is a measurement of your inactivity—when you get up and go for a walk, it’ll start to shrink and eventually disappear.

General movement is tracked by the device through the accelerometer, giving you a reading of the number of steps you have taken so far in your day, and how many are left to go. What is a shame is the lack of an altimeter, meaning that you won’t be properly rewarded for those lengthy stair climbs.

The device also provides a hassle-free experience and is easy to use. Press the Vivofit’s single button and you’ll scroll through six core metrics: Time, date, steps taken, steps remaining to goal, calories burned, and total distance. You can eliminate some of these in the device settings in the companion app or website (which requires you to plug the included ANT stick into the computer) if you want to make scrolling faster. The Garmin Connect companion app is available on both Android and iOS, free of charge, and supports all Garmin fitness products.

In order to use your Vivofit, you’ll need to register it via the app; this means setting up a Garmin account (if you don’t already have one) and entering personal information like height and weight. And to pair the two, you need to hold down the Vivofit’s solitary button until ‘Sync’ appears on the display. Then, once a connection is made and “Syncing with Vivofit” pops up on the bottom of the app, you have to wait for a loading

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