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Garmin Vivosmart - Slate (Large) by Review Summary ,  Sep 25, 2015

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Garmin Vivosmart - Slate (Large)
Report Date: 09/25/2015
Based on 878 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.6
Returned or considering to return: 13.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Connect5.0   above average
Weight5.0   above average
Comfortable4.8   average
Waterproof4.8   exceptional
Track4.7   average
Wake4.7   above average
Accurate4.5   average
Fit4.3   average
Running4.3   above average
Strap4.3   above average
Battery4.2   above average
Sleep4.2   average
Fitness4.1   average
Control3.9   average
Tracking3.9   average
Monitoring3.8   average
Quality3.7   average
Wearing3.5   above average
Display3.4   average
Moving3.4   below average
Charging3.3   average
Vibrate3.3   average
Movement3.1   below average
Connection3.0   average
Bluetooth2.8   average
Apps2.5   mediocre
Run2.5   mediocre
Sleeping2.5   below average
Sync2.2   mediocre
Software2.1   below average
Support1.4   below average


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Accurate

Accurate:
"I'd rather be able to pair my chest strap monitor, which is super easy to put on and comfortable (I have the soft strap) but will get me accurate readings vs something on my wrist that's giving me wrong data."
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"Jawbone's offering was accurate but uncomfortable."
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"Overall, I can't recommend it as the most accurate fitness tracker."
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"Sleep patterns seemed fairly accurate as well."
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"And the accuracy I don't think is any less accurate than other bands I have tried (jawbone, etc).Where I really love this is that it fits a nice niche for me."
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"Great and accurate reviews listed here for the Vivosmart."
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"The steps tracker is surprisingly accurate, as well, even though I did not calibrate it to my stride."
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"I'd rather be able to pair my chest strap monitor, which is super easy to put on and comfortable (I have the soft strap) but will get me accurate readings vs something on my wrist that's giving me wrong data."
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Apps

Apps:
"I had a pedometer in the past and used for a little while a couple of apps on my iphone which turned out to be a not so good experience given the need (obviously) to permanently wear your phone."
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"Cons:- Separate heart rate monitor; however, I am skeptical of the ability for other smart watches to analyze heart rate with optical measurement- Short battery life (like 4 days) if you have the Vivosmart continuously connected with your phone (also penalizes the phone's battery)- iPhone App - the Garmin app is usable; however, not as user friendly as the Fitbit or Jawbone apps."
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"And although the App is not as pretty as some of the other Apps out there, when you combine the App with the Garmin website, you get everything you need and then some."
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"I linked the connect app with My Fitness Pal and my calories would never transfer into the Connect app, so the Connect App does not work well with other apps."
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"So $179 provided me with a device that is only good for maybe 7 months and one of the worst Apps I have ever seen."
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"A more useful information manual would be nice; perhaps the Android platform isn't as robust as my friend's Apple apps."
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"I like that you can easily use apps with the Vivosmart to help you track food & calories as well."
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"I'm not saying the pedometer apps are 100 percent accurate, but I believe they are much closer to reality than the Vivosmart."
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"Love that you can connect different apps to keep track of fitness and nutrition."
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"So $179 provided me with a device that is only good for maybe 7 months and one of the worst Apps I have ever seen."
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"I did some testing of the distance against a treadmill, actual garmin GPS watch and phone apps and this this was pretty spot on - I was impressed."
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Battery

Battery:
"My only complaint is I wish it would say how much battery life is left before it shows low battery."
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"Again I tried to charge it and it almost immediately shows full charge, take it off and the battery immediately goes dead."
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"Seems like a bad battery, very frustrated that I spent $150 for a product that I got to use for 2 months."
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"The battery went dead during a time where it should have had enough charge."
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"I dont care if this feature compromises battery life, I want to see the time without any other steps than flicking my wrist..."
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"I hate when the battery needs to charge because I don't want to take it off!"
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"It had good battery life, going easily 7 days."
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"I wish the battery status was a little easier to find, but I'm sure I'll figure out how long it lasts to make sure I charge it on time."
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"Wish the battery life was longer, but I'm very pleased with this purchase."
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"I've had the vivofit and the vivofit 2 (both of which I liked a ton especially the year battery life and always on display) and this is definitely the next step."
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"Pros- comfortable fit- dual purpose (watch and fitness band)- easy to use- app is simplistic and easy to use- battery lasts me a week with display on highest setting- easily connects to the Garmin heart rate monitor."
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Bluetooth

Bluetooth:
"Specifically -- if you have an old iPad you will not be able to bluetooth sync."
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"This piece of technological trash fails to maintain a bluetooth connection and will not sync with a Garmin or a Scosche heart rate monitor."
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"The only negative thing I have to say is that I absolutely hate the Bluetooth connection lost & Bluetooth connected notices."
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"At the time I purchased the device, maintaining a consistent connection from the device to the phone was a problem due to bluetooth issues in the software."
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"Great tech features but Bluetooth connectivity is inconsistent"
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"I never notice it on my arm, it is comfortable to wear and I don't have problems with double tapping the screen or the bluetooth disconnecting."
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"Bluetooth connection: It works very well."
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"Works great, battery lasted a week (only have had it a week), and the Bluetooth has good connection."
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"Great tech features but Bluetooth connectivity is inconsistent"
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"This Garmin works fantastic with this feature.. Also is connects to Bluetooth (iphone 6) each and every time within a decent range...This vivosmart preforms perfectly in all the areas where the others have failed... And it is very simple to use...I am boasting about this vivosmsart after having purchased and was disappointed with the Pebble ( both versions ) , Timex x20, Vidonn, and Topprome.."
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Charging

Charging:
"But when I provided feedback to Fitbit about the failure of my Charge and that they needed to look at a design that did not leave the button exposed, they offered to replace my Charge for free, even though I was very clear about what had happened to it."
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"However, the Charge failed after only a few months due to the fact that I have a dirty volunteer job that involves working with birds."
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"Now I feel like I am having to charge it every 4-5 days which is a hassle."
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"Again I tried to charge it and it almost immediately shows full charge, take it off and the battery immediately goes dead."
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"The battery went dead during a time where it should have had enough charge."
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"The charger is kind of weird, but i can deal with it too."
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"But when I provided feedback to Fitbit about the failure of my Charge and that they needed to look at a design that did not leave the button exposed, they offered to replace my Charge for free, even though I was very clear about what had happened to it."
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"Woke up this morning to find that the refurb will not power up and when you attempt to reset it by connecting it with the charger, the unit starts to rapidly heat up, potential fire hazard had I not noticed."
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"I don't like having to take the watch off for charging because it can't track while it is off so for checking sleep patterns you need to wear it during the perfect charging time."
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"It comes with a very easy-to-use charging cord that just plugs into any outlet."
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"I've worn this pretty much every day, need to charge once a week and it's design has been non-invasive, blends in with outfits and it's very light so easy to forget you have it on."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"It's disappointing because the Vivosmart is sleek, comfortable, looks much less klunky, and fits well."
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"Purchased this after another brand fitness tracker failed, really like the way is operates, very comfortable to wear, and also waterproof."
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"It's disappointing because the Vivosmart is sleek, comfortable, looks much less klunky, and fits well."
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"It looks pretty sleek, is very comfortable to wear all day (and even while sleeping) and I also really like that Bluetooth can be turned off."
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"PROS:1. cool sleek design, not bulky, comfortable.2."
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"I have been using this for a little over 2 weeks and overall I would recommend this for ease of use, comfort and key features."
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"I never notice it on my arm, it is comfortable to wear and I don't have problems with double tapping the screen or the bluetooth disconnecting."
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Connect

Connect:
"It connects right to myfitnesspal app and has been a great asset to my bootcamp class."
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"Good - it has a nice app and connects with other apa for collecting data."
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"Pros- comfortable fit- dual purpose (watch and fitness band)- easy to use- app is simplistic and easy to use- battery lasts me a week with display on highest setting- easily connects to the Garmin heart rate monitor."
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"A good thing is that it automatically connects back within 30 seconds once back in range, although sometimes it pops up the ask for the pairing code so you have to look back down at the band to see the code and type it in to re-connect it."
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"This Garmin works fantastic with this feature.. Also is connects to Bluetooth (iphone 6) each and every time within a decent range...This vivosmart preforms perfectly in all the areas where the others have failed... And it is very simple to use...I am boasting about this vivosmsart after having purchased and was disappointed with the Pebble ( both versions ) , Timex x20, Vidonn, and Topprome.."
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Connection

Connection:
"I sometimes use a heart monitor while cycling and that too paired without problem so enjoy having all my data connected yet have to wonder if we'll eventually evolve with technology like the Borg."
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"The iPhone app does not work well with it either, was always having issues connecting and updating."
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"This piece of technological trash fails to maintain a bluetooth connection and will not sync with a Garmin or a Scosche heart rate monitor."
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"The only negative thing I have to say is that I absolutely hate the Bluetooth connection lost & Bluetooth connected notices."
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"At the time I purchased the device, maintaining a consistent connection from the device to the phone was a problem due to bluetooth issues in the software."
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"Woke up this morning to find that the refurb will not power up and when you attempt to reset it by connecting it with the charger, the unit starts to rapidly heat up, potential fire hazard had I not noticed."
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"The connection with your phone is great."
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"I sometimes use a heart monitor while cycling and that too paired without problem so enjoy having all my data connected yet have to wonder if we'll eventually evolve with technology like the Borg."
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"We are both tech savvy but it took us a minute to get it working).Once paired I never had a problem with connectivity again."
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"I like the auto sync feature with Garmin Connect, makes it easy to keep up with your numbers."
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Control

Control:
"It works and is functioning but hard to accept after using fitbit for so longMusic controls are a little wonky but its not importantHard to wake it up by double tapping (which is good I guess so it doesnt waste battery click random things)No real instructions guide (there is a pdf) so you have to dig to find all of its features and customizations"
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"It is missing a volume control, which would be nice but not a huge deal-Watch feature - tells times&date, keeps things minimal as I don't have to wear a watch in addition to the tracker-Alarm - buzzes me every weekday morning for work :)-Find my phone - my phone sounds from under the pillow, books, or where ever its hiding so I can easily find it (although I hope Garmin will have an update to make it louder, so you can find your phone in a louder environment)So I'm pretty happy with my purchase, and have not had any problems with it (its been over a month)."
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"Other features that weren't must-have's that I enjoyed were:-Music control - this wasn't a feature that I was looking for, but it's great to have."
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"FYI the Vivosmart's music controls are not compatible with the Doubletwist music player app for Android."
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"NOT good for those that want a machine to control all aspects of their decision making*Edit* Three months ago I was in a motorcycle accident."
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"Music controls are great (but a little finicky)."
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"I loved receiving notifications from my phone, seeing the progress I was making throughout the day, and being able to control my music from my wrist."
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"Music controls are another great feature."
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"Another great feature is you can control your music from it."
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"During runs I like wearing both as I use my watch to connect to a HRM and connect my Vivosmart to my phone to control music as well ensure that I don't miss any important phone calls."
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Display

Display:
"Although the Vivofit performed well, its display was hard to read, especially in low light or at nighttime."
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"Additionally she was having a problem getting the tapping pressure correct to get the display to come to life, which led to more frustration."
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"The display is not crystal clear, so it's difficult to read."
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"Until the display failed it was a great compact fitness tracker that fit comfortably, wasn't too large, band worked well and never fell off."
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"I like the display, although in sunlight it's really hard to read, everywhere else it's fine."
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"After less than 2 weeks the display became unresponsive and started showing garbage."
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"First, the display could be just a little larger (or have greater resolution) to be more legible."
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"I also enjoy the display and the notifications option; I usually have my phone on vibrate but I don't notice it too much when it goes off."
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"She also liked the brief display of texts and emails (from multiple accounts), and the vibration for notifications for phone calls (even when the phone is silenced)."
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"The display outs easy to read and customizable."
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"Pros- comfortable fit- dual purpose (watch and fitness band)- easy to use- app is simplistic and easy to use- battery lasts me a week with display on highest setting- easily connects to the Garmin heart rate monitor."
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Fit

Fit:
"Maybe it just didn't fit me well."
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"Until the display failed it was a great compact fitness tracker that fit comfortably, wasn't too large, band worked well and never fell off."
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"After having the vivofit, the gear fit was disappointing because it was only splash proof I love being able to hop right in the shower or pool with my band on."
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"I started looking for an activity tracking wristband thinking I'd run into the same problems I have with watches, but the Vivosmart fit the bill perfectly!"
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"I love the MOVE vibration because I need to know I have not moved for a long period, I have a desk job and have leg problems so this helps me enormously, Fit bit did not have that."
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"The band is annoying and my wife has difficulty putting it on and tightening it to fit properly without assistance."
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"It's disappointing because the Vivosmart is sleek, comfortable, looks much less klunky, and fits well."
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"Pros- comfortable fit- dual purpose (watch and fitness band)- easy to use- app is simplistic and easy to use- battery lasts me a week with display on highest setting- easily connects to the Garmin heart rate monitor."
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"The fit is SUPER comfortable and very low profile."
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"And the accuracy I don't think is any less accurate than other bands I have tried (jawbone, etc).Where I really love this is that it fits a nice niche for me."
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"I would highly recommend this fit band for users who want more than the basics but enough features to keep you well informed."
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Fitness

Fitness:
"Had been carrying a pedometer around as a result of a work fitness challenge, but the inaccuracy of the steps was frustrating."
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"That is not a big company or major player in the fitness band game and while their device had its problems at least I could read the text on the screen when I got email or text notifications."
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"Until the display failed it was a great compact fitness tracker that fit comfortably, wasn't too large, band worked well and never fell off."
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"Apparently Garmin is aware of it and is replacing failed devices, but if I had known of this problem when I was shopping for a fitness tracker I would not have purchased this device."
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"I was a Jawbone girl for the longest time, but I've been so frustrated with them lately (and even their newest fitness tracker STILL doesn't have a watch feature)."
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"(Also, this is my first fitness band, so unfortunately I can't compare to others, sorry! )"
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"Overall I would highly recommend this to anyone in the market for a fitness band."
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"Pros- comfortable fit- dual purpose (watch and fitness band)- easy to use- app is simplistic and easy to use- battery lasts me a week with display on highest setting- easily connects to the Garmin heart rate monitor."
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"This is a great little band not only for fitness."
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"I love this fitness band."
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"I am truly satisfied with this fitness band and would recommend it over the other ones I have tried."
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Monitoring

Monitoring:
"I sometimes use a heart monitor while cycling and that too paired without problem so enjoy having all my data connected yet have to wonder if we'll eventually evolve with technology like the Borg."
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"Yes, you have to buy the chest strap heart rate monitor, but at least you'll get accurate results from your run, walk, etc which will lead to better counts in your calories burned, etc vs a faulty wrist based monitor."
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"More recently, she has started to experience some of the minor annoyances that seem to be pretty universal with such devices: - Activity monitor is not especially accurate."
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"I had a problem with sync'ing heart rate monitor."
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"Missing built-in hearth monitor rather than that it is good."
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"He doesn't wear it at night, so I don't know how well it would monitor his sleep, but he does wear it when he runs and exercises, and he feels it is fairly accurate."
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"And since it's so comfortable, the nighttime sleep monitoring is a bonus."
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"Pros- comfortable fit- dual purpose (watch and fitness band)- easy to use- app is simplistic and easy to use- battery lasts me a week with display on highest setting- easily connects to the Garmin heart rate monitor."
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"I sometimes use a heart monitor while cycling and that too paired without problem so enjoy having all my data connected yet have to wonder if we'll eventually evolve with technology like the Borg."
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"Cons: I would have liked the heart rate monitor to be part of the band like other fitness bands instead of having to carry around an external chest monitor."
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"Quickly (like three days later) I purchased the heart rate monitor - so my recommendation on the side is just cut to the chase and buy both as you will not be disappointed."
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Movement

Movement:
"(counting non steps or not counting actual movements) Maybe the negative reviews were just old enough that possibly the movement tracker has been updated by now."
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"I've tested it by counting steps, then seeing what has registered...and in a test, it's pretty right on, but in real life walking and movement while on your feet...it fails the test."
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"When I was sitting at my desk I realized I kept getting more steps and was confused, but then realized it was registering the movement of my hand from my keyboard to my mouse as a step...I actually watched the steps move up when I did that."
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"I'm not gonna point the finger at Garmin specifically for this since none of the trackers really do well with the strides involved with skating and the arm movements are probably not easy to measure."
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"The sleep movement chart is not meaningful and there's no easy way to start and end sleep tracking, unlike the UP24."
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"The text message reading, step counts and movement alerts are all wonderful features."
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"Doing this seems to make the step counter much more accurate, since it seems to count some arm movements as steps."
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"I've tested it by counting steps, then seeing what has registered...and in a test, it's pretty right on, but in real life walking and movement while on your feet...it fails the test."
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"My only wish is that the Sleep monitor was a bit different in that it is tracking my movement, that doesn't necessarily equal to a good nights sleep."
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"I love the sleep tracker, so I can see how much movement I did during the night and it syncs up to the MyFitnessPal app, which I use every day."
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Moving

Moving:
"If it is actively counting steps, it needs to let the Move alert part of the band know that it shouldnt be registering the user as not moving.3 - This is the biggest disappointment for me personally and almost made me return it."
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"Love it use it every day for getting myself motivated and moving, it developed a major problem after 3 months (display locked up full on) had to be sent back to Garmin, they replaced it without issue."
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"Perhaps the device I received was faulty or perhaps it is the Garmin's notion of getting moving that is simply intolerable."
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"thought it was weird but continued moving on with it."
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"I'm on my 3rd Garmin activity monitorThe first has been cruising around NYC in a taxi got some months now soloThe second fell off my wrist in a particularly vigourous bout of housecleaning...I intended to hold out until it turned upBut turns out I really really missed the little conscience on my wrist..besides it's winter when my activity level is akin to a bear'sIs imply could not justify purchasing the same device a 3rd time so I decided to check for upgrades of the sameAnd lo and behold the vivosmartThe easiest set up ever..really plug and play with the mobile devices(receiving a server error message on my PC)I'm moving again and loving itThe new features are worth the trade off of the one year battery lifeNot 5 stars because it does not take into account movement if you're walking and carrying something at the same timeHopefully the little lock keeper will prevent anymore lossesLooking forward to an activity filled winter"
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"I really like it, it's a good motivator to get moving and tracks quite accurately."
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"Really keeps me moving and it's fun to meet daily goals."
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"Does exactly what I had hoped--keeps her moving by motivating with accurate step counts!"
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"I choose the Vivosmart because I liked the fact that it keeps you moving throughout the day with gentle reminders by vibrating on your wrist, and I liked the discreet display and the sleek design."
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"It keeps my constantly moving and tracks sleep, plus I love that it notifies me when I get notifications on my iPhone."
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Music

Music:
"I get migraines easily and hate waking up to music or loud noises."
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"Other features that weren't must-have's that I enjoyed were:-Music control - this wasn't a feature that I was looking for, but it's great to have."
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"FYI the Vivosmart's music controls are not compatible with the Doubletwist music player app for Android."
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"Music controls are great (but a little finicky)."
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"But if you're looking for that sweet spot that gives you an affordable mix of a health and activity monitor with a few smart features thrown in (text & email notifications, ability to control the music app of your choice, etc) in a very stylish and comfortable arm band...."
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"I loved receiving notifications from my phone, seeing the progress I was making throughout the day, and being able to control my music from my wrist."
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"I get migraines easily and hate waking up to music or loud noises."
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"Music controls are another great feature."
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Quality

Quality:
"Don't waste your time, seems like a good idea but product quality is poor and it broke in the first 48 hours."
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"Terrible quality I've had 2 and they both stopped working."
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"i just wasn't happy with the quality of the product as far as tracking goes and thats why i got it."
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"I can't recommend it because of the poor quality finish and won't be buying any that I planned for gifts this year."
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"Love the idea of the band, but not sure about quality."
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"Don't waste your time, seems like a good idea but product quality is poor and it broke in the first 48 hours."
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"The band is really great, excellent quality, battery last about 5 days, notifications from iPhone are really handy."
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"It is high quality and very well made."
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"It is also very comfortable and the build quality is very good."
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Run

Run:
"He loved it and found it very useful on his runs but after a month it broke and now we have to send it away to get to fixed."
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"Shortly into my run I noticed the band was ruined."
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"I started looking for an activity tracking wristband thinking I'd run into the same problems I have with watches, but the Vivosmart fit the bill perfectly!"
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"Problem is once the 1 year warranty runs out I can no longer receive replacement items and then its just a matter of time until I have to throw it in the garbage."
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"He doesn't wear it at night, so I don't know how well it would monitor his sleep, but he does wear it when he runs and exercises, and he feels it is fairly accurate."
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"Yes, I see the damage, and can run my fingers along the gouges."
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"Yes, you have to buy the chest strap heart rate monitor, but at least you'll get accurate results from your run, walk, etc which will lead to better counts in your calories burned, etc vs a faulty wrist based monitor."
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"It's nice to have the alerts while out on a run, and I can quickly figure out if I want to get my phone out to respond or not."
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"He also enjoys it's usefulness in tracking distance run and the movement reminders."
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"You can enter a custom step length to get a more accurate idea of how far you have walked or run."
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"I have to say, with my iPhone, my bluetooth headphones, my Garmin 220, my Vivosmart and my heart rate monitor, I am certainly well tech'd out when I run!"
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Running

Running:
"It was a little rough getting it set up, but the customer service reps were not in India and easy to talk to so there wasn't any problem with getting it up and running after that."
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"Bluetooth pairing so far has been kind of annoying with my Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 running 5.0."
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"It's completely waterproof--I've gone fishing, running, swimming and hiking--no problems at all."
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"I work hard to win the Challenges, and I have started running again."
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"It was a little rough getting it set up, but the customer service reps were not in India and easy to talk to so there wasn't any problem with getting it up and running after that."
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"And the Garmin site also connects to a lot of other fitness sites such as google health, Higi and myfitnesspal as well as other running and fitness sites."
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"She already had a Garmin running watch, but, she loves this and wears it all the time."
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Sleep

Sleep:
"I have experienced problems with syncing the sleep tracking but after a couple days of frustration it started working again and had not lost the data from when it was not syncing."
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"It was very uncomfortable and had a flashing green light that disturbed my sleep."
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"]For sleep tracking, it is again unfortunately useless."
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"Sleep tracking is not very good."
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"* Sleep is ridiculous on this."
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"Stop trying to diversify the product to the point that it only becomes mediocre at best (fitness tracker, sleep tracker, watch, social platform, extension of the phone, etc)."
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"The step and sleep tracking work well but it just doesn't handle anything that's outside of it's box."
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"And since it's so comfortable, the nighttime sleep monitoring is a bonus."
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"Pretty good at tracking sleep."
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"Step tracking and sleep tracking works and is easy."
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"I love the sleep feature and the move bar."
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Sleeping

Sleeping:
"You can track your sleeping patterns and it will help you see where your problem times are."
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"Some devices in this price range have it, although I'm not sure how accurate the algorithms are (i. e. if you veg out by the TV will it detect you sleeping?"
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"One complaint is that it registers steps while I'm sleeping."
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"Pros:- Fits great, isn't bulky and comfortable to wear when sleeping- looks nice on, attractive- like the features it offers for tracking steps against a goal- get an alert and can view any notifications from iphone so don't have to pull out phone to view notificationsCons:- says you can edit sleep times on mobile app if you forget to tell the watch when you go to sleep or wake up but the mobile app only allows you to change the 'start' time (when you go to sleep) and not when you wake up which is when I forget so not very helpful- it gives an alert when bluetooth connection is lost and when reconnected which sounds good but in reality isn't."
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"It's pretty cool to see which part of last night i was sleeping ok, dead to the world, or had to take a middle of the night bathroom break."
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"It looks pretty sleek, is very comfortable to wear all day (and even while sleeping) and I also really like that Bluetooth can be turned off."
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"Now I'm addicted to seeing how well I'm sleeping each night."
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"It was fun to wake-up and be reminded I'm not sleeping enough."
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"I love what it is intended to do, it is feather-light and extremely comfortable to wear (even while sleeping), and I like that it's waterproof so that I don't need to worry about the weather."
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"I was curious how well I was sleeping."
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Software

Software:
"Even with the program and device on their most current software, I was unable to do anything besides upload my steps because any other activities crashed the software."
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"I was able to sync my activities from the device, but any attempts to change the device settings failed, crashing the software."
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"The tier 2 (software support) tech found the hidden files, double checked to make sure they were not necessary and then deleted them."
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"At the time I purchased the device, maintaining a consistent connection from the device to the phone was a problem due to bluetooth issues in the software."
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"Garmin had a chance here to make up for selling me a defective device which shipped with terrible software and instead they left me to write them a bad review."
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"Constant software updates don't always fix problems."
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"Software is easy to use (unless you just absolutely cannot find your way around a computer or an app, which in that case, you shouldn't have this band)."
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"Updated software and it's all good again."
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"Took several days to get oriented to it and figure out how the device and software work together, but it works well."
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"Works well:however, software is an issue."
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"Works fine consider I used it once or twice and I bought over a month ago, lol easy enough to read, software was easy to install but you need to register on there site... i took about 15 min to figure out how to use it, but i hate using the manual that would be the smart thing."
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Strap

Strap:
"Heart Rate strap not comfortable."
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"It comes with a hard rubber strap, that thing is not comfortable at all."
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"I found that the strap was a little annoying."
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"My heart rate strap also paired seamlessly."
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"Secondly, I prefer the idea of wearing HR strap to get more accurate HR readings."
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"Consumer Reports did a test of the heart rate measurements for various bands and those with the optical sensor were much less accurate than the chest straps."
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"I'd rather be able to pair my chest strap monitor, which is super easy to put on and comfortable (I have the soft strap) but will get me accurate readings vs something on my wrist that's giving me wrong data."
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Support

Support:
"The tier 2 (software support) tech found the hidden files, double checked to make sure they were not necessary and then deleted them."
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"Unfortunately it doesnt support IOS so had to buy this."
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"I have not been pleased with the Garmin support."
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"I sent another email to technical support and hope the problem gets fixed."
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"Buyer beware, if you get a faulty product Garmin will not support you."
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"After contacting support, I've received an email saying the problem was fixed."
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"The good news is that the tech support guy was patient, polite, and effective."
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"- You can set it up to give you notifications from pretty much any app on your phone that supports notifications."
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"Poor support by Garmin as they originally listed the M8 as compatible."
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"Make sure your phone is compatible before purchasing - only more recent phones support BT Smart."
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Sync

Sync:
"And the app is weak but since you can hardly ever get it to sync the app might as well not exist."
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"It works pretty well but the syncing is inconsistent."
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"I have experienced problems with syncing the sleep tracking but after a couple days of frustration it started working again and had not lost the data from when it was not syncing."
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"Specifically -- if you have an old iPad you will not be able to bluetooth sync."
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"I was able to sync my activities from the device, but any attempts to change the device settings failed, crashing the software."
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"This piece of technological trash fails to maintain a bluetooth connection and will not sync with a Garmin or a Scosche heart rate monitor."
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"Syncs well with MyFitnessPal and keeps track of steps as well as my S5's app."
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"And the app is weak but since you can hardly ever get it to sync the app might as well not exist."
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"Water proof, works great in and out of pool and syncs with my cell phone."
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"It works pretty well but the syncing is inconsistent."
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"Great product, but it didn't sync with my phone."
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Track

Track:
"You can track your sleeping patterns and it will help you see where your problem times are."
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"I am in fact still wearing this (after three months of not being able to put anything on my wrist), and it still tracks everything accurately."
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"Syncs well with MyFitnessPal and keeps track of steps as well as my S5's app."
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"Great little band to track steps, get phone notifications and even use as a watch."
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"It does an excellent job at keeping track of steps, calories, etc."
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"I really like it, it's a good motivator to get moving and tracks quite accurately."
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"It tracks cardio great except for bicycling which it does not track and it does not track weight lifting."
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Tracking

Tracking:
"Not the best at tracking steps, anytime you move your arm it will count as a step."
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"As a tracker I find it weak."
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"I have experienced problems with syncing the sleep tracking but after a couple days of frustration it started working again and had not lost the data from when it was not syncing."
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"Before purchasing this I read people complaining about the app for Android and how the tracker does not stay connected."
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"The step and distance tracking is still not 100 percent accurate (and from all of my research, none of these wearable devices are), but it's tracking within 10 percent of my distance on Runkeeper and the steps according to my pedometer apps."
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"The step and sleep tracking work well but it just doesn't handle anything that's outside of it's box."
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"Pretty good at tracking sleep."
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"I am very happy with my choice of tracker."
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"Step tracking and sleep tracking works and is easy."
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Vibrate

Vibrate:
"it's annoying having it vibrate every time there is a notification."
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"Tells the time, displays calories burned and distance walked, has an alarm, vibrates to remind you to move, can help you find your misplaced phone...so many great features at a great price and good form factor."
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"The display is really too small to effectively show text messages, but it was nice to get them on my wrist since I often have my phone on silent or vibrate and in a holster where it's not as easy to detect."
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"Only downside is that sometimes it vibrates for her to move even shortly after she was moving."
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"I no longer have to wonder whether my phone is on vibrate and I'm missing a call."
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"I love that its waterproof and will vibrate when I haven't been active enough."
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"Love the way it vibrates after an hour to remind you to move."
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"The alarm clock is nice (vibrates)...finally my alarm doesn't wake my husband 2hrs before he needs to get up (I'm sure he appreciates it too).I'm surprised that it doesn't have GPS (as that's what Garmin does), but since I carry my phone on my runs (using mapmyrun) it doesn't detract from it at all."
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"When I have been sitting for too long the band vibrates telling me I need to move which is nice because I like to at least meet my set goal for the day."
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"Great except for when too far from your phone it vibrates disconnected a lot."
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Wake

Wake:
"I wasn't able to set an alarm to wake me up in the morning."
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"The subtle vibrations on my wrist was a wonderful way to wake in the morning."
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"Idle and Wake Up Buzz: The buzz is great."
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"It works and is functioning but hard to accept after using fitbit for so longMusic controls are a little wonky but its not importantHard to wake it up by double tapping (which is good I guess so it doesnt waste battery click random things)No real instructions guide (there is a pdf) so you have to dig to find all of its features and customizations"
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"After three days, here is my breakdown:What I liked: I liked the touchscreen even though you seemed to have to double tap in pretty specific areas to get it to wake up."
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"I switch to night when I'm going to bed so any notifications don't wake me up, as some have complained about."
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Waterproof

Waterproof:
"One of the problems with that device was it not being waterproof ,I fried a few by bringing them in the pool."
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"I love that its waterproof and will vibrate when I haven't been active enough."
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"My husband and I love the Garmin Vivosmart especially because it is waterproof!"
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"Works great and love the waterproof feature easily sync to iPhone."
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"Great price, as described, waterproof which is a must"
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"I also love that I can wear it in the shower since it's waterproof."
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Wearing

Wearing:
":-( I loved wearing this but out of the blue the digital read out became broken and only partial lines were visible so you can't make out your miles steps etc."
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"It is very light and due to the screen being hidden when not on, looks like you are just wearing a plain black band."
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"I also read one review that said the person damaged the plastic the first day of wearing the band."
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"Unfortunately only a month and a half after I started wearing it the screen died."
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"I am in fact still wearing this (after three months of not being able to put anything on my wrist), and it still tracks everything accurately."
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"Secondly, I prefer the idea of wearing HR strap to get more accurate HR readings."
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"Great Product, simple to setup, it syncs easily with my smartphone and after a day or so, you forget you are even wearing it."
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"Unfortunately mine was purchased at Best Buy - and since I didn't start wearing it until after the 15 day return exchange period, I'm screwed and at the mercy of the manufacturer."
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"The band is comfortable, I don't even realize I'm wearing it."
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"Best feature wearing it in the pool for water aerobics."
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Weight

Weight:
"The Garmin Vivosmart is very light weight and I'm able to keep it on all day and night with it on without it interrupting any of my daily activities."
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"This was a great help in the beginning with my weight loss and exercise program, the product states it is durable and water proof, even has an option to check when you download the app to allow tracking of swimming."
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"The design of the band is great, very lightweight so you can wear it 24 7 with little to no fanfare and the touchscreen is very responsive."
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"It's very lightweight and durable."
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"The Vivosmart is very lightweight, and fits on my wrist comfortably."
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Workout

Workout:
"Meaning if you're trying to stay within certain parameters or zones during your workout you can't easily just look at the band and see this any time you want."
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"One of my complaints is that it is frustrating to log my workouts and basically be logging too much activity, but knowing that the Vivosmart isn't going to give me an accurate distance on my workout."
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"When I woke up my band after putting it in sleep mode, I walked to the bathroom, got ready for the gym and then checked to see how many steps I had...325, when I had walked at most about 20.When I finally get to the gym and workout I look at the tracker after about 45 minutes and it said I had been inactive for a good 11 minutes which was completely wrong."
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"I think it came with 2.60 -- Bluetooth now works flawlessly --- Step counts are fairly accurate ( I calculated very precise accuracy on the treadmill workouts) Other steps counted may vary in accuracy but I think the steps your denied doing some things are evened out by activities that you are registering steps for that you probably shouldn't actually be getting credit for."
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"The integration with Garmin Connect is seamless and provides more detailed information on top of your workouts."
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"Overall the band is great for tacking workouts and calories, and great at keeping you motivated I have already seen weight loss."
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"It counts my steps, it's great during my workouts; I don't have to take it off in the shower."
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