Awesome new thing!

For some time now I have been dithering about activity trackers.

(yes this happens pretty regularly in my life!)

I have been deliberating between the Fitbit Surge and the Garmin Vivoactive for sometime, they both have smart watch capabilities and give you phone notifications etc, they both have gps to track running, they both have step counters, and the fitbit has wrist based heartrate monitoring.

I read reviews, and generally the garmin came out better, better gps and more smartwatch capabilities and apps were available for it and generally it was better…but you still had to link it with your chest strap for HR…

so there was much deliberation and backwards and forewardsing…

then Garmin brought out the Forerunner 225…which has activity tracking, and more sophisticated running stuff and wrist based heartrate that actually got good reviews (unlike the fitbit one)

so there was more deliberation…

eventually I went for the Vivoactive…I like the smartphone stuff and I have a chest strap for the HR and I found one for a sensible price, I couldn’t really justify paying an extra Β£80 for the forerunner…

so here it is…

This is what the advertising think it looks like...

This is what the advertising think it looks like…

Isn’t it pretty…it is nice and thin and comfortable to wear which is a plus πŸ™‚

Mine no longer looks like that mind you…it has had a couple of upgrades…

The main screen looks like this:

yes..that is a star trek interface you see there!

yes..that is a star trek interface you see there!

I discovered shortly after receiving it that you could download a star trek look alike clock face for it…

who wouldn’t do that!!!

To be honest if I had knownΒ it was available it would have taken a lot of the deliberation out of the process…

Ok you want to know about it don’t you…well so far I love it! It does all the things my vivofit did but it also tracks my runs or walks much more accurately than my phone and automatically uploads them to strava for me πŸ™‚

It buzzes when I need to move more, it buzzes when I get a text or phone call or message on my blog or facebook! It is basically facilitating my social media addiction in a big way πŸ˜€

I love the convenience of being able to track things using one device and so far it seems to have a much more accurate gps than my phone and doesn’t lose signal when (for example) I store my phone in my bra due to lack of pockets!

The other massive advantage of this is there are downloadable apps…there is a wod timer where you can set times and count reps which is handy there isΒ an app which takes you through a quick 7 min work out, there is also a stopwatch. All of these things are useful and the app store is growing all the time πŸ˜€

the many faces of the garmin vivoactive

the many faces of the garmin vivoactive

I am loving it so far, but I will keep you posted πŸ˜€


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6 responses to “Awesome new thing!”

  1. NancyTex says :

    Looks pretty nifty! I walked by an Apple Store here in Southern California today and actually thought,…hmm, that’s actually not an ugly watch. I’m still not prepared to spend that much on it – but at least I don’t think it’s heinous. πŸ™‚

    • Ice_Badger says :

      Yes that was part of the dilemma too…
      I quite want an apple watch but like you I am not prepared to spend that much!!

      • NancyTex says :

        But sooooo many “sheep” will spend that much (in some cases money they don’t have) because it’s the new Apple “thing”.

      • Ice_Badger says :

        yes…that is very true!!

        and I discovered recently that the apple watch has no onboard gps, it uses the one in your phone so the tracking would be identical to our phones. which also means you can’t run without your phone!
        I rarely run without my phone, but the point is I can if I have no pockets or somesuch thing!

      • NancyTex says :

        Sounds like you made a really good choice then.

      • Ice_Badger says :

        that is what i decided in the end πŸ™‚ and it was less than half the price thanks to shopping around and the ebay πŸ™‚

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