Overview: The Garmin vívoactive is a GPS smartwatch with
built-in sports apps that help you track your activities. When paired with your
smartphone, vívoactive can alert you when you receive a call, text, email, or a
calendar event. You can use the device with wireless ANT+ sensors, such as the
Rate Monitor, or the optional foot pod,
temperature sensor, or bike
speed/cadence sensor. The device has a waterproof rating of 5 ATM, allowing
you to swim, perform outdoors in the rain, sweat, or even shower with it on.
Vívoactive has a thin profile (only 5/16") and a high-resolution color
touchscreen display that you can read in the sunlight. The watch is powered by a
rechargeable battery, and comes with a charging/data cable.
Garmin Connect: The vívoactive has built-in Bluetooth Smart
technology so you can automatically pair it to your smartphone or mobile device.
You can also use the supplied charging/data cable to connect the device to your
home computer. With the Garmin Connect app on your smartphone or computer, you
can keep track of your activities, your daily goals, the calories you've burned,
and help motivate you to keep active. You can also share your activities and
goals with your friends on social media. Garmin Connect for your home computer
is compatible with Windows XP and newer and Mac OS 10.7 or higher. Garmin
Connect Mobile works with Bluetooth 4.0-enabled devices running Android 4.3 or
higher and iOS 7.0 and above. Click
here for a list of compatible phones.
Sports Apps: The vívoactive contains several sports apps that you can
use to track your activities, including both indoor and outdoor activities. Some
apps require you to pair the vívoactive to a compatible smartphone. Optional
ANT+ sensors can provide additional data to the tracked activity. In addition,
the Find My Phone app can help you locate a lost phone that is connected to the
watch via Bluetooth.
- Running: Using built-in GPS, the vívoactive smartwatch can track
the route and distance of your run, plus help you navigate back to the
starting location. The stopwatch keeps the lap and total time of your run.
You can also keep track of the number of laps, lap pace, and lap distance.
Heart rate and running cadence can be monitored with add-on ANT+ sensors.
- Walking: The vívoactive uses the same display and monitors the
same parameters as when running.
- Swimming: The vívoactive is designed for use while surface
swimming only. It is not intended for scuba diving. You can select the pool
size (25 or 50 meters, 25 yards, 33-1/3 yards, 33-1/3 meters, or custom)
before beginning your swim. While swimming, the watch tracks lengths,
intervals, strokes, and your swolf score (swimming efficiency measurement).
- Golf: Prior to playing golf, you must first download the course
data from the Garmin Connect Mobile app on your smartphone. While you play,
the vívoactive displays the hole number, par for the hole, and distances to
the front, center, and back of the green. An odometer records the time,
distance, and steps traveled during your round. You can also keep score and
measure shot distances with the vívoactive.
- Indoor Activities: You can select indoor activities such as
running or walking on a treadmill, or biking on a stationary bike. When
training indoors, the GPS is turned off. Speed, distance, and cadence are
calculated using the vívoactive's built-in accelerometer. The accuracy of
the speed, distance, and cadence data improves after a few outdoors using
History: The vívoactive gives you access to saved data for up to 10
previous activities. With Auto Upload activated, your saved activity data is
automatically uploaded to the Garmin Connect Mobile app. The device will save up
to two months of activity tracking data only, or up to two weeks of activity
tracking and extensive fitness activity (including heart rate or other detailed
data). When the built-in storage becomes full, the oldest files are deleted to
make room for new data.
Widgets: The device comes preloaded with Widgets that provide
information at a glance, track specific activities, or allow you to perform
specific activities on your smartphone. Some of the widgets require a Bluetooth
connection with the smartphone. By swiping the display, you can cycle through
the following widgets:
- Calendar: Displays upcoming meetings from your smartphone's
- Music Controls: Control the music player on your smartphone:
play/pause, next track, and previous track.
- Weather: Current temperature and weather forecast are displayed.
- Activity Tracking: You can create a daily step goal, and during
the day, the device will display your progress. A periodic move alert
(visual or vibration) will remind you to get up and move. You can also wear
the watch while you sleep, and the device will monitor your rest, including
total hours of sleep, periods of movement, and periods of restful sleep.
- VIRB Remote: The vívoactive can wirelessly control the Garmin
VIRB Elite Action Camera from a distance.
- Notifications: The vívoactive will gently vibrate to alert you if
you receive one of the following:
- Phone Call: Caller ID and missed call information are
- Text: Sender information and message are displayed
- Email: Sender information and subject are displayed
- Social Media: Notifications from Facebook, Twitter
- Weather: Weather alerts and temperature data from select
Connect IQ: The Connect IQ Store, found on the Garmin Connect Mobile
app, allows you to add extra features to your vívoactive. You can download
custom watch faces, new data fields for sensor activity, more Widgets, and
Rechargeable Battery: The vívoactive is powered by a built-in
Lithium-polymer rechargeable battery. The battery lasts approximately 10 hours
in GPS mode, and up to 3 weeks in watch mode. The battery is charged when the
watch is attached to the charging cradle and the charging/data cable is plugged
into a USB port on your computer.
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