Gamin Vivofit review

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Some people might balk at the idea of writing about the same sort of wearables day after day, but not us. Here at we strive to find the best of the best when it comes to wearables of all types, which is why today we’re taking a look at the Garmin Vivofit, a band that does mostly what others do, but in its own special way.


The Vivofit does what you’d expect it to, being a fitness tracker. It keeps an eye on your calories, steps taken, distance travelled and can compare all of this with your own personalised daily fitness goals. The majority of the input comes with the companion application, but you can view current stats in real time on the built in LED display.

To make sure that you don’t damage your new fitness band while you’re out and about, the Vivofit is resistant to water up to 50 metres under it, so even if you dropped it to the bottom of a pool you’d be fine.

Unlike a lot of fitness bands however, which are quite passive, the Vivofit will give you a kick in the backside, or at least, a vibrate on the wrist, to remind you to get up and move about every now and again, something that would be perfect for desk workers or those that work from home. You can just stand and stretch to get the blood flowing again, or set yourself goals to complete certain tasks, like take a quick walk around the block.

To make sure you’re working at your best too and stay motivated, you can even compare your stats with friends, family and other Vivofit users around the world using the companion app and website.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Vivofit though is battery life. It can last up to a year on a single battery!


The Vivofit went on sale earlier this year and currently commands an £80 price tag at most retailers.


The Vivofit is actually one of the most feature-filled wearables out there, so it’s hard to find anything particularly wrong with it. It is pricier than some fitness wearables with less function, but that’s a fair trade off. If anything, it doesn’t do that much to stand out, but many wearables don’t.

Bottom Line

The Vivofit is an excellent fitness wearable, packing many features, a display, stupidly long battery life and a strong companion app into a package that’s quite affordable too. This is a winner for sure.