Monday, May 16, 2016

Garmin vívosmart HR+ now with GPS

Garmin is aggressively trying to catch up with Fitbit in the activity wearable market. Garmin has launched a host of new devices recently and the latest addition is the vivosmart HR+ which includes built-in GPS (along with built-in optical heart rate, activity monitoring, smart notifications, etc.).

At some point, the line between an activity tracker and a smartwatch gets blurred. The vivosmart HR+ has many features that are found on a smartwatch, but Garmin is not positioning this device as a smartwatch. It's listed as a "Smart Activity Tracker with Wrist-based Heart Rate plus GPS." I think I'd call it a smartwatch.

If you don't need such a small and slim device, then the Garmin vivoactive HR might be a better buy since it's listed as a "GPS Smartwatch with Wrist-based Heart Rate." The vivoactive HR can run some proprietary apps based on the Garmin ecosystem of the Connect IQ "app store."

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