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Garmin vvofit 2 Activity Tracker Black by Review Summary ,  Sep 25, 2015

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Garmin vvofit 2 Activity Tracker, Black
Report Date: 09/25/2015
Based on 675 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.7
Returned or considering to return: 10.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Accurate5.0   above average
Shower5.0   exceptional
Comfortable4.7   average
Waterproof4.7   above average
Moving4.5   average
Fit4.4   average
Track4.4   average
Sleep4.3   above average
Tracking4.2   above average
Wearing4.2   above average
Monitoring4.1   average
Display4.0   below average
Fitness4.0   below average
Walk4.0   average
Software3.8   above average
Connection3.6   above average
Battery3.5   average
Charging3.5   average
Movement3.2   below average
Computer3.1   below average
Sync2.8   below average
Button1.4   mediocre


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Accurate

Accurate:
"It's pretty accurate on the step counter, and it seems pretty consistent."
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"The heart monitor is accurate and more comfortable than I expected."
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"Pros: The band is comfortable, the display is clear, and the step counting seems accurate."
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"Love it.....only gave it four because the app steps weren't accurate....but overall love it!"
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"Accurate, easy to sync, better value."
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Battery

Battery:
"I'm very upset because all in all I like the tracker, it's features and how it has good battery life so you should not have to take it off all the time."
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"Great for activity tracking, but the battery is already dead "
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"I finally called Radio Shack, and they had them, so I got in the car, bought two batteries at Radio Shack for about $10, and that fixed my problem -- for about another month, at which point the thing went dead again!"
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"The CR 1632 batteries are very hard to find."
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"The 1 year battery was a big selling point for me, so this was a huge disappointment."
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"My Vivofit2 came from Academy with dead batteries."
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"I'm very upset because all in all I like the tracker, it's features and how it has good battery life so you should not have to take it off all the time."
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"Love it...very wearable, waterproof and annual battery change, so no charging!"
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"Take note the Garmin has the best battery life and a smooth interface for logging the workouts, ( I have used Garmin for years for for other sports tracking data), and it keeps in all in one place."
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"Great for activity tracking, but the battery is already dead "
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"Love the lighted face and the convenience of having batteries."
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Button

Button:
"Only problem I had was with the button."
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"They button you push to check your status is very hard to use while on your arm."
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"There certainly is no Help button on the site to answer problems."
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"A couple very minor cons:-The sync button is hard to get used to and sometimes hard to push."
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"Very bulky on my wrist, hard to push the button to make the screen light up"
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"It solved an annoying aspect of the NFB - having to press a button to see the time."
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"I have to take off the band, remove the device and then am I able to put enough pressure on the button to change screens."
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"So, figuring out the app and buttons on the band was a little tough, but so far so good!"
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"Also I don't have any problems with the button to switch through displays."
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"Button provides nice feedback."
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"Syncing is easy, at the end of the day I just press one button and it syncs with my smartphone, it also comes with a little blue-tooth USB attachment if you want to sync it with your computer."
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Charging

Charging:
"Both the polar m400 and the Vivofit2 have a lot of one star complaints, Fitbit Charge HR has a lot of good reviews."
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"On the plus side, the size was nice, no charging is nice and the fit was good."
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"I really like the design of the Vivofit2 over the fitbit charge but.... it is not accurate, it won't won't sync automatically or manually and getting tech help is slow."
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"I had a FitBit before and found it very frustrating: having to charge it, the way it charged, the way it stopped charging after owning it only a short while - annoying."
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"I had had problems with the FitBit charging and decided to try this one, as it uses a battery and never needs charging."
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"I really really appreciate the convenience of not having to charge it every few days and not having to worry about water or steam misting up the screen."
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"I recommend Fitbit Charge HR, much better product for a good price."
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"No charging, and it syncs easily with my computer."
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"Both the polar m400 and the Vivofit2 have a lot of one star complaints, Fitbit Charge HR has a lot of good reviews."
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"I liked that I did not have to charge it and that it was waterproof."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"If adjusted for better comfort it does not take accurate heart rate measurements."
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"I love the comfort."
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"nice looking, very comfortable but pairing and syncing to my phone is random at best with very little to no support that i've found, i guess i will be looking for a different one."
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"He is a runner so with the heart rate monitor he is impressed how easy and comfortable it is."
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"I am very happy with the activity tracker and would recommend to anyone who is looking for an affordable, comfortable, and decent activity tracker."
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"4) Comfortable band and fits well (this was the reason I returned the UP3 after only having it a few hours)."
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Computer

Computer:
"To all you techie's out there that hate to take it off, put it in the computer and then try to remember to put it back on or visa versa, here's the product for you."
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"I like how it tracks steps, but getting it to sync with computer and phone can be a problem."
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"The only negative I have found is I can't set my own step goal without opening the program on the computer but that is a very small drawback as the Garmin will automatically readjust the goal for you."
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"Not as easy to sync to computer as I expected it to be"
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"You can set up the unit on your phone app without the USB stick but I prefer to do most set up on the larger screen on my computer so was not pleased I couldn't do it that way until the stick arrives in 1+ week."
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"Again all the good things about this device are COMPLETELY NEGATED by the COMPLETE failure of their complementing software (computer or mobile)."
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"I did not like the iPhone App, but am satisfied with the computer version."
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"I enjoy the tracking app via the computer which break down activity throughout the day, as well as sleep time (light and heavy)."
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"No charging, and it syncs easily with my computer."
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"Unable to efficiently sync to either my smart phone or the computer... not worth all the hassle, headache and time."
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"Easy to sync with my computer, too."
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Connection

Connection:
"But for those who want the social aspect, or for someone who really benefits a lot from the motivational popups and encouragement included in some of the competitor's apps, Garmin Connect will be a major disappointment."
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"I use this to sync with Garmin Connect on my Samsung S6 and found it challenging at first."
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"I did not order it with the heart rate monitor as I read that it doesn't work well near a Wi-Fi connection, and the indoor exercise that I do is in the same room as my computer with Wi-Fi."
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"Nice device but it fails to sync to Garmin connect about half the time."
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"I read some revues that complained that syncing was a problem the Connect."
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"Also had some technical problems setting it up to automatically connect to Weight Watchers (the reason I bought it)."
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"Garmin Connect is without a doubt the worst fitness app I've ever used."
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"Was working well, but with the last two updates of the Garmin Connect app, I can no longer sync."
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"It is advertised as being able to auto sync to Garmin Connect, but so far, I have always had to do that manually."
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"-The Connect app is pretty good and can join with the My Fitness Pal app to track calories."
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"Nice device but it fails to sync to Garmin connect about half the time."
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Display

Display:
"Display was dark and heart rate measurement was inconsistent."
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"Synching with a phone is a real pain too, instead of just periodically synching after you open the app you have to open the app and then hold down the hard to press button on the tracker until the display changed to synch."
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"Nice features: battery operated and requires no charging, easy to read display that shows steps,I miles, calories burned, steps left to reach goal, time and date.. Synchs easily with my android phone and gives clear displays of the above so you can compare your progress day to day."
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"I can tell you that I tried the FitBit surge just before this and it was clunky, uncomfortable, heavy and had a HORRIBLE back light on the display screen it looked like it came out of the 80's."
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"I could see my steps, the date, the time, the sleep and sync display in a nice readable display."
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"I liked the fact that it had a display, that it would sync with a program on my Windows laptop, and that it would run for a year on watch batteries."
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"the display also lights up so you can see it easily at night."
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"Pros: The band is comfortable, the display is clear, and the step counting seems accurate."
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Fit

Fit:
"On the plus side, the size was nice, no charging is nice and the fit was good."
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"I am SO disappointed with my vivo fit 2 + HRM."
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"I love the Garmin & here's why its better than fit bit flex...no charging, the athletic band is lighter weight and doesn't stick to you when you sweat, lock on band keeps it secure, the step count is much more accurate, real results right on the band, pairs well with my fitness pal, easier to operate, variety of band options...even dressy ones, no computer needed it can sync directly to your phone, no non dominent arm restrictions, doubles as a watch...after struggling with a fit bit flex for 6 months of a love hate relationship...I've fallen in love with Garmin vivo fit 3 in just a few days!"
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"I liked fit bit but lost 2 of them do to water issues."
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"Fits amazing and i wear it everyday with no problems."
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"I absolutely love my vivo fit 2."
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"4) Comfortable band and fits well (this was the reason I returned the UP3 after only having it a few hours)."
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"I'm fortunate that my wrist is a size that both fit me without problems."
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Fitness

Fitness:
"Not a very good fitness tracker."
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"I am very disappointed with this fitness tracker."
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"If you are trying to use a food diary like My Fitness Pal with it to lose weight, it creates more hassle than it's worth, where, its adds the inflation of your calorie burn, you have to delete it, and then it keeps restoring it, thus defeating any goal of reducing weight by taking in fewer calories than you burn."
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"The only thing is that is does not sync well with my fitness pal."
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"Very good fitness band I have had it just over a month have not removed it once does well in the pool and no issues wearing while showering syncs well with iPhone"
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"I purchased this fitness tracker just yesterday and am already very disappointed."
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"Garmin Connect is without a doubt the worst fitness app I've ever used."
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"The Connect app which is the one for the Garmin device and other fitness apps play well together (I use myfitness pal)."
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"For the new version, the addition of the back light, timer and strap lock make this the best fitness band on the market today."
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"For the price and features, I would recommend this over any other fitness band."
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"this is the best fitness tracker out their it is a lot better than a fitbit and it can do a lot more things"
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Monitoring

Monitoring:
"This works well enough, just comes with a heart strap for monitoring, which is not convenient or easy."
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"I did not order it with the heart rate monitor as I read that it doesn't work well near a Wi-Fi connection, and the indoor exercise that I do is in the same room as my computer with Wi-Fi."
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"Now what really got me disappointed was that I hadn't tested out the heart rate monitor nor the calories or the miles walked with anything else to compare the accuracy."
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"I would not go back to BB but I do appreciate how it has helped me monitor my body."
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"The chest piece that must be worn to monitor the heart becomes uncomfortable during long workouts."
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"The wristband does NOT monitor your pulse... this to had to have been an oversight on the part of the developers..."
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"Heart rate monitor works great for kickboxing."
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"I got mine with the premium heart rate monitor and that works as well and it paired easily."
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"I think I'm going to try the polar M400, since my polar heart rate monitor works so well."
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"So if you're not worried about swimming with that Garmin heart rate monitor I think this thing is fantastic."
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"He is a runner so with the heart rate monitor he is impressed how easy and comfortable it is."
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Movement

Movement:
"I don't think the step width has anything to do with it, the vivofit 2 is just not picking up movement the way the vivofit 1 did, and missing 3,000 steps is a pretty big error ratio."
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"What I don't like is how it adds steps with the smallest movement of my hand so steps are not accurate at en of day."
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"It does count steps with excessive arm movement (while standing or sitting) which is difficult to avoid in certain activities other than walking or running."
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"Had high expectations but it counted nearly ever arm movement as a step so was not too accurate (usually about 10% off)."
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"Wish it would track 'movement' as well as steps.. and of course I wish it had a vibrate feature."
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"I don't think the step width has anything to do with it, the vivofit 2 is just not picking up movement the way the vivofit 1 did, and missing 3,000 steps is a pretty big error ratio."
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"It show time, date, steps taken, steps left to goal, and calories burned, as well as tracking movement while you are sleeping."
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"I walked without any arm movement and pretty much counts the steps I am taking but it kinda lags a little bit."
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"It does a great job of counting my movement while I am working in the pool, which was exactly the reason I bought it."
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Moving

Moving:
"I suspect the step counter isn't extremely accurate, but psychologically having this on keeps me in the mind set of moving."
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"As a result of this little unit I'm moving more - that's a good thing."
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"Or if you just want a pretty color :).I'm not someone who is ultra stuck on how accurate the step tracking is (I just use it to be generally aware of how much I'm moving in a day), so when I say it is good enough for me it's probably give or take 300 steps from what my FBC says."
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"But I'm wondering how great is the tracker if it tells me I'm not moving when I am?"
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"Great motivator to keep moving."
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"But the addition of date & time so that it acts as a watch, and the ability to see your progress in real time, and the gentle 'reminder' buzz to get moving when you've been sitting too long - all good."
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Shower

Shower:
"I love this because I can wear it in the shower and swimming."
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"It's so nice not having to worry about taking it off for showers and bathing the dog."
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"I was honestly leery of testing it in water, such as a pool but I did shower in it a few times with no problems."
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"Love that you don't have to charge it and can wear it in the shower."
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"It is great not to have to take it off to shower."
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Sleep

Sleep:
"Oh, and the sleep portion is also not as robust (informative) as Jawbone's and, to a lesser degree, Fitbit's."
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"I also find it annoying that I have to turn it on sleep mode every night rather than fitbit which can tell when you are sleeping."
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"Also - The latest firmware update, which Garmin Express will install if it needs it, will detect sleep automatically and attempt to auto-sync 5x a day if you're in range of your phone (and the app is running) or your computer."
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"It is a big disappointment as far as tracking sleep."
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"For several of them, I'd find the device was dead or nearly dead just as I was about to exercise, or sleep or do ANYTHING which basically prevented me from using it when I needed to."
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"- It is truly motivational, the red line really gets you moving- The battery of course, one year duration- Waterproof- Some say sleep tracking is no good but for me knowing that a moved a lot or not the previous night is enough for me and frankly you would need wires connected to your skull to have a full reading of sleep patterns."
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"I enjoy the tracking app via the computer which break down activity throughout the day, as well as sleep time (light and heavy)."
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"There are other features as well (activity timer, sleep tracking, etc), but all that's been covered elsewhere."
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"It's been doing a great job for me, especially tracking my sleep, which is the primary reason why I bought it."
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"I could see my steps, the date, the time, the sleep and sync display in a nice readable display."
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"Really great at tracking activity and sleep."
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Software

Software:
"The software is TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, useless."
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"Terrible syncing issues and software."
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"That's a bit annoying and I hope that a future software update addresses that."
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"The problem seems to be with the Ant stick software which Garmin uses for bluetooth connectivity."
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"Will I experience a device software update to fix the wrong counts when nota walking ?"
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"Again all the good things about this device are COMPLETELY NEGATED by the COMPLETE failure of their complementing software (computer or mobile)."
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"good device in desperate search for better software and even more desperate search for good documentation."
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"Software was easy to load, and user friendly."
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"It's actually not that simple to make this device display heart rate, which is why only four stars, but after some major hunting around in the software I was finally able to figure out what to do."
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"The device seems well built but the software is very poorly designed."
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"- The software and syncing feature work great."
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Sync

Sync:
"I'm taking one star off for the annoying syncing issue."
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"When I had the FitBit, I had occasional problems syncing it, but nothing like this."
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"I have not been able to sync it with my heart monitor,(both are Garmin)."
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"Con: The sycing for me (Galaxy 4S) is a little clunky and often fails if I have a lot of data to sync (more than about 2 days worth)."
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"The only negatives for me are that it occasionally has issues syncing, requiring multiple attempts, and every once in awhile it tracks steps, but loses activity information."
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"I had syncing problems at first, but my phone is older and I suspect it may be the culprit."
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"No charging, and it syncs easily with my computer."
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"Synced with my iPhone 6 Plus easily and it was fun for a few days until I noticed that it was giving me about 100 steps for brushing my teeth."
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"I could see my steps, the date, the time, the sleep and sync display in a nice readable display."
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"Unable to efficiently sync to either my smart phone or the computer... not worth all the hassle, headache and time."
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"Easy to sync with my computer, too."
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Track

Track:
"It broke and does not track steps anymore."
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"Overall i would not recommend this app for anyone who is planning to track their calories."
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"The only negatives for me are that it occasionally has issues syncing, requiring multiple attempts, and every once in awhile it tracks steps, but loses activity information."
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"The problem with the Garmin Swim is that it only tracks swimming workouts and doesn't sync without the USB Ant stick."
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"Scaring of not being able to track these activities having poor experience with just steps and calories counting...Edit: I found by myself the fix of MyFitnessPal counting of burned calories."
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"The accompanying website (and associated app) is pretty basic and not terribly convenient for adding other activities but it keeps track generally."
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"Wish it would track 'movement' as well as steps.. and of course I wish it had a vibrate feature."
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"I regularly walk a 2.7 mile track in 2 rounds (5.4 miles) and the 1 was able to pick up approx 13k steps 5.3 miles."
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"Great for keeping myself on track and getting a lot of steps in."
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"I teach water fitness in the local pool and wear it to track my steps during class; as well as on land."
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Tracking

Tracking:
"I'm very upset because all in all I like the tracker, it's features and how it has good battery life so you should not have to take it off all the time."
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"I am totally disappointed with this activity tracker."
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"Not a very good fitness tracker."
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"Reason I got a second one, after the first one broke in 3 months, was it is the only tracker that does not have to be recharged weekly (supposed to last a year) and that also shows your steps as you progress during the day."
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"The tracker worked but the band was horrible."
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"I am very disappointed with this fitness tracker."
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"I enjoy the tracking app via the computer which break down activity throughout the day, as well as sleep time (light and heavy)."
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"There are other features as well (activity timer, sleep tracking, etc), but all that's been covered elsewhere."
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"This is a good tracker for the money! "
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"I thought it did a decent job as an activity tracker and I was getting back on an exercise and calorie counting regimen, but the clasp did not hold up to rugged work."
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"It's been doing a great job for me, especially tracking my sleep, which is the primary reason why I bought it."
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Walk

Walk:
"It was raining here one day and i woukd not be able to get out and do my daily walk so i took several turns around the grocery store to increase my steps."
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"So, if you walk softly, it will not give you an accurate pace."
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"I regularly walk a 2.7 mile track in 2 rounds (5.4 miles) and the 1 was able to pick up approx 13k steps 5.3 miles."
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"I discovered it when I was at my cottage in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and after a good walk I went to sync the Vivofit to my iPhone."
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"It tracks very well when taking long walks 50 steps or over, I've counted in my head multiple times, and it's been within 5-10 over the course of 500 steps."
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"So once that light comes on, you have to do more than just walk to the bathroom to clear."
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"I really do enjoy seeing how many miles I walk during my normal routine and find that it even gives me a feeling of satisfaction when walking the dogs to know that I am getting credited for my efforts ;)The sleep cycle tracker is another great feature."
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Waterproof

Waterproof:
"- It is truly motivational, the red line really gets you moving- The battery of course, one year duration- Waterproof- Some say sleep tracking is no good but for me knowing that a moved a lot or not the previous night is enough for me and frankly you would need wires connected to your skull to have a full reading of sleep patterns."
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"But, I have no complaints about my vivofit 2 except maybe that it was waterproof! "
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"Love it...very wearable, waterproof and annual battery change, so no charging!"
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"I liked that I did not have to charge it and that it was waterproof."
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"This is a great product, I love that it is waterproof and doesn't need charging for a year."
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"I went with the Vivofit 2 because it is waterproof up to 50 meters and I would be able to swim with it."
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Wearing

Wearing:
"Only dislike is limited to wrist wearing."
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"Very good fitness band I have had it just over a month have not removed it once does well in the pool and no issues wearing while showering syncs well with iPhone"
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"Appreciate wearing a tracker that I can wear while walking and biking and also water activities--swimming and kayaking."
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"No problems with it coming out while I was wearing it."
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"The actual device is pretty secure but will pop out of the band easily when you're not wearing it, so use caution there."
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"***Update on 7 27 15 (causing a one star downgrade): I still enjoy wearing this."
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"I have been wearing this for more than a week and pretty much very happy with it."
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Weight

Weight:
"If you are trying to use a food diary like My Fitness Pal with it to lose weight, it creates more hassle than it's worth, where, its adds the inflation of your calorie burn, you have to delete it, and then it keeps restoring it, thus defeating any goal of reducing weight by taking in fewer calories than you burn."
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"Also had some technical problems setting it up to automatically connect to Weight Watchers (the reason I bought it)."
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"- I mostly alternate between weight lifting and swimming, and so it would be nice to have a way to more accurately track those activities."
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"I love the help it gives me in managing my weight loss."
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"The band is lightweight and easy to wear."
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"- It is very comfortable and lightweight."
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"I pretty much have a very sedentary lifestyle and been battling weight lose for years."
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