Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch

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[Editors rating (9.3) + Users rating (10.0)] / 2 = (Hombre Golf Club) score (9.3)/10

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In today's day and age, everything that surrounds us is constantly changing and evolving, especially technology. With that being said, we discovered that the Vivoactive HR GPS Smart Watch by Garmin is in popular demand. Specifically, throughout the last couple of years, many of us have seen watch designs evolve from basic classic faces to digital. With the advancement of digital technology, we are not surprised to see these kinds of watches on the market today.

From our research, we found that not only are these smartwatches taking over the watch market, but they also offer additional convenient functions which help the users with their day to day activities. Garmin, if you are not familiar with, is a well-known technology company that focuses on creating quality GPS devices. They specialize in developing tracking devices for automobiles military, aviation, sports, and outdoor activities. We guarantee that any of their products will live up to their name.

We can all agree that the advancement of GPS technology throughout the years have surpassed everyone’s expectations. Who would have thought that building this function into your watch can be such a lifesaver! During our research, we found that there are so many different options to choose from, and choosing one may become overwhelming. There is no need to worry though, we did all the work and found that this option by Garmin is the most popular and efficient choice amongst its users, especially for its value. With thousands of reviews and feedback, this product by Garmin is easy to use, provides exceptional convenience, and will no doubt assist you in all your activities.

Editor's Pros & Cons
  • Smart tracking and pairing capabilities with your mobile device
  • Extended battery life (up to 8 days in watch/activity tracking mode and up to 13 days while on no GPS mode)
  • Built-in elevated wrist heart rate technology which monitors your heart rate 24/7
  • There is no glare when reading your watch in the sun
  • Built-in GPS and sport apps
  • Product is water-resistant
  • Exceptionally priced
  • Designed with a large colored high-resolution touch screen
  • Fully customizable with widgets, apps and face designs from the Connect IQ store
  • Smart technology, notifications, and coaching with Garmin Connect
  • The heart rate monitor is not capable while swimming
  • The battery will only last 13 hours if you only use GPS mode


With a 28.6mm x 20.7mm display sized touch screen, this product by Garmin is one you should highly consider. From our research, we found that users are in favor of being able to touch their watch screen to navigate through all the different apps and options. With its sleek design, this option is very user-friendly and attractive on anyone’s wrist. Speaking of wrists, we were pleased to see that this product comes in two different fits, regular and extra-large. But just to make sure, we recommend trying the watch on in-person to ensure it fits you perfectly.

What makes this product stand-out the most is it's built-in heart rate monitoring technology, Elevate. With this advanced technology, say goodbye to chest straps because this product will measure your heart rate right from your wrist. Whether you are walking, swimming, or running, you can count on this smartwatch to track every step you take. From its top of the line GPS feature, you can also put your own personal touches on this exceptional option.

From downloading Connect IQ store to Garmin Face It, you will have the option to personalize your vivoactive HR at any time. Connect IQ will allow for you to customize the face, access and view tracked data and a handful of different apps. Meanwhile, Garmin Face It is an app that allows you to change the face of your watch with any photo on your smart mobile phone, adding your own personal touch. We guarantee that you will be pleased with this versatile product by Garmin.

Additional Features

This option by Garmin is no brainer, especially for us athletes. No matter what sports you take part in or simply just love walking, this smartwatch will track your every move.

We also found that this smartwatch will track your active movements whether you are outdoors or inside working out. For example, if you are a runner, its built-in accelerometer is perfect for you. Some features include, customized vibrating alerts for target heart rates and running or walking intervals. And at the end of your run, we discovered that you will get a summary of your total workout - from mileage, overall time, and even calories burned. If you are a biker, there is also an app for that. With this device, it is the GPS enabled cycling app. This feature allows you to measure your distance, time, speed, and also burned calories.

With all this talk about features, you must be thinking, does it assist any golfers? Yes, it does. Garmin states that there are over 40,000 different course maps worldwide. They created a golf course database that is connected to your watch. It can also help you keep up with your scores and give you an overview of the green. This feature is pretty impressive if we must say.

Lastly, if you enjoy winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding, this product by Garmin offers 3D speed technology. This feature will calculate your distance and speed on the slopes in relation to its latitude and longitude coordinates. These features make this smartwatch an all-in-one option for all athletes.

Range and Accuracy

With the advancement of technology these last couple of years, it is safe to say that this product by Garmin has advanced as well. Not only is this option durable and versatile, but its range and accuracy are top notch as well. For instance, when you are within range of your smart mobile device, your watch will automatically pair to it via Bluetooth. Also, your apps, downloaded music, the weather, and other data will all sync too. Additionally, when you are connected to your smart mobile device, we found that your family and friends can track you and your activities in real time with the LiveTrack feature. How neat is that?

Compared to similar options, this one specifically is all-in-one, from being able to personalize your watch face, to locating your phone via your watch. As we all know, Garmin specializes in GPS technology, therefore making the built-in GPS in this product top of the line. From all the reviews, we can positively say that their GPS mode will not let you down.

Another thing we’d like to mention is, yes, this is a tracking smartwatch and we found that the tracking features will greatly vary based on how you wear the watch. You want to make sure it is tracking your active movements accurately, so with that being said you want to make sure you are wearing it correctly - not too tight and not too loose. Since this option will track your progress 24/7 you want to ensure it is being able to read your activities accurately and not track false data.

Lastly, we’d like to note that the heart rate monitoring feature is great but it does have some room for improvements. We discovered that this feature is quite new to digital watch designs so some users have mentioned problems and inaccurate readings when they are involved in high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts.

Ease of Use

We discovered that this smartwatch is designed to not only keep track of your active activities, but you will not have to worry about syncing your mobile device to track your progress either if this is what you prefer. With that being said, If you decide to sync your devices, you will be able to get the same notifications that your phone gets on your smartwatch. From text message alerts to app alerts, you will always stay connected.

This product is extremely convenient when you are on the go. No matter if you are running errands or playing a round or two on the golf course, this product by Garmin will track it all. We believe this is a very important factor to consider when purchasing a smartwatch. The easier it is to use, the more attractive this is to those who are busy day in and day out. Also, we’d like to mention, not all smartwatches are simple to use. Some may be more complicated than others but this option by Garmin is definitely user-friendly.
Being able to switch through the different apps quickly is a nice feature to have. From using it to navigate through a new area or tracking your weekly workouts, this easy to use product is a great choice. Having a large colored touch screen makes it easier to use and navigate through.

Battery Life

With a battery life of up to 8 days, who wouldn’t want to wear this stylish smartwatch. Even though you may only get 13 hours of battery life on GPS mode, if you are seeking to use this product to track all your active movements accurately, from swimming to golfing, this is the one for you.

At the end of the day, the battery of this product will solely depend on its usage and mode. As we just mentioned above there is a difference in battery life between using its GPS features or smartwatch apps. Yes, frequent use will use more battery and we believe with its sleek design and long-lasting battery, together makes this watch a must-have.

Water Resistance

Do you plan to swim or get wet with your smartwatch? Well, the days of taking it on and off when swimming or taking a shower are now over because this product by Garmin was designed to get wet.

During our research, we found that your watch stays protected through all weather conditions. For instance, if you are caught in the rain during a round on the golf course or live in a very humid and rainy area, you will have the peace of mind to know that your smartwatch is safe. This is a very important feature to many users because not only do we all sweat and spend time outdoors, but we’d hope that our investment towards a multi-sport watch will last through mother natures elements and in the gym.

Value and Cost

After doing all our research, we highly recommend this option by Garmin. You will be just as surprised as we were when we saw the price of this product by Garmin. This all-in-one watch is a must-have, especially at such an exceptional price, under $200. Overall, you cannot go wrong with a smartwatch that monitors your heart rate 24/7, tracks your activities, and alerts you of notifications, whether from a built-in sports app or a message to your smartphone.

This option by Garmin offers amazing features for a very affordable price. With its large touch screen and sleek design, it is very hard to pass up. It will make a perfect addition to your day to day activities and for those who love fitness, this will become your best friend. You will find that this product will provide huge benefits without breaking your bank.

Key Features

Like many of us, we find pride in tracking our progress in anything we do. Garmin designed a smartwatch that has the capabilities to sync to your smart mobile device to make it easier to track your steps, miles ran your heart rate and so much more. On the other hand, if you don’t have a smart mobile device, don’t worry you can still use features built into this watch. This product makes a great addition to your day to day activities and we guarantee that you will be happy with this product.

Key Features

  • Exceptionally priced

  • Up to 8 days of battery life is using activity/ tracking mode

  • Top-quality built-in heart rate monitoring advanced technology

  • Water-resistant

  • Large sleek designed colored high-resolution touch screen

  • Today’s smart technology device

Bottom Line

Today, there are many smartwatches to choose from in the market. From all our research, we believe that this product by Garmin will not only track your active movements but it will also monitor your heart rate 24/7, yes that's right, even while you sleep. This device is extremely user-friendly and is guaranteed to improve your lifestyle.

This option by Garmin comes in two wrist sizes, regular and extra large, which makes it very convenient to wear day in and day out. After investing money into this device, the last thing you want to happen is for it not to fit you comfortably. If you are searching for a quality and versatile smartwatch, this option by Garmin is one to seriously keep in mind.