Garmin Vivoactive review

After Garmin introduced Vivoactive in Thailand, there have been quite a few gadget hunters asking about this model. I’m not surprised, I’m one of them. Here is a review providing hopefully enough information. Otherwise, just let me know. Any questions, comments very welcome (except folks selling SEO services, viagxx etc 😉 – those comments are NOT welcome).

 

Garmin vivoactive

Here comes the Garmin Vivoactive Review:

Garmin VivoactiveGarmin is known to design and produce some of the best high tech GPS equipment in the market, and the Vivoactive is no different! Regarded as the first sport enthusiast’s smartwatch, the Vivoactive is not just limited to running activities, but designed for more than one sport. So if you indulge in a variety of activities that require specific tracking features and GPS, the Vivoactive is a powerful contender. This GPS watch is able to direct crucial data such as texts, calls and other notifications from your phone to your wrist, and captures detailed data about your swims, bike rides, runs and even golf games.
Garmin VivoactiveWith regards to golf tracking, the onsite GPS and Garmin’s huge library of over 38,000 golf courses available for download lets you know exactly how far you are from the hole, and where exactly you are from the green. Adding to this, it measures distances to the front, center and back of the green and layups, and even keeps track of individual stroke plays and the score.
The Vivoactive is simply a jack of all trades, and apart from its sports tracking capabilities also serves as a fitness tracker and smartwatch. The many notifications that are directed from your phone to the Vivoactive may seem overwhelming, but good news is that they disappear after roughly 10 seconds and are stored for future viewing in the notifications menu. In terms of its swimming tracking, this watch is waterproof up to an astounding 50 meters, which for most swimmers is completely sufficient.

What’s in the Box?

  • Vivoactive watch
  • Band
  • Quick start guide
  • USB charging cable
  • Soft strap heart rate monitor (optional)

Price:

Vivoactive9,700 THB

 

 

Vivoactive bundle11,100 THB for bundle (with heart rate monitor)

 

 

 

Garmin ViovoactiveVivoactive Features and Design
Upon first glance, the Garmin Vivoactive looks relatively similar to the Apple Smartwatch owing to its featherweight and slim design at just 0.32 inches thick. With regards to its weight, the watch weighs just 38 grams, making it the lightest GPS watch in its class or at least one produced by any exclusive and esteemed sports company. Add to this is a slender 1.38 color touchscreen complete with two buttons, one on each side.
The button on the right side takes care of several of the watch’s functions such as accessing the settings and starting and stopping activities, and the left side button handles the power functions such as briefly turning on the backlight for roughly 5 seconds (to save battery power) and powering on/off. All other functions of the Vivoactive are achieved by either touching or tapping the screen.
The watchband is crafted of traditional rubberized plastic that is extremely comfortable, and available in a choice of black or white colors. If that’s not enough choices, you can also dress up your Vivoactive with a black or white leather band or 5 different color silicone bands. Just like a traditional fitness band, the Vivoactive is able to keep track of your calories burned, steps taken, distances travelled and even sleep.

When paired with optional sensors, the device can track ambient temperature, running cadence, heart rate as well as pedaling cadence and speed for cycling. As mentioned before, this GPS smartwatch can display notifications, calendar items, text, emails and calls right on your wrist, but you do need access to your smartphone to reply to them. One of the noteworthy features of the Garmin Vivoactive is the “Find My Phone” app, which will cause your phone to ring in the event it is misplaced.

Garmin also provides access to its very own app store for free – IQ Connect Store, which can be accessed via the Garmin Connect smartphone app to download widgets, apps and faces to look at data in a whole new way. When new apps and widgets are available, they can be they can be instantly downloaded and installed without even plugging in the Vivoactive to a computer.

Setting up the Vivoactive

Getting started with your Vivoactive as simple as using it and entails downloading the Garmin Express software from the official website and signing up for a Garmin connect account. To receive smartphone notifications on the smartwatch, you will have to download and install the Garmin Connect mobile app and pair it with your smartphone. Simply tap on the widget located in the main menu or the setting button and then swipe until you arrive at a Bluetooth screen to manage your notifications such as turning them on or off.

Using the Garmin Vivoactive

With the Vivoactive, you do have to worry about syncing your data such as daily activities and workouts as it does this task on auto-pilot when connected to the Garmin mobile app via Bluetooth. For syncing data right away, you can either plug the device into a computer and use the Garmin Express software or refresh the buttons on the app. Another superb feature of the Vivoactive is its ability to function as a standalone device, meaning you can view your stats such as calories, step count and distance travelled right on the watch by tapping on the history widget and without opening the mobile app.

Garmin states that the battery of the Vivoactive when fully charged will last for 3 weeks, but will be less if you use GPS functionality, other functions or streaming notifications from your smartphone to your watch. The Vivoactive is designed to collect a wide range of data such as speed, elevation and pace distance for runners and cyclists and indoor and outdoor swimming metrics for swimmers, which are all displayed in the Garmin Connect app screen or online.

The Vivoactive also provides you data about your nocturnal patterns such as the number of hours you slept and your movements, without the need to press any buttons or putting the device into sleep mode. Other advanced tracking features of the Garmin Vivoactive are VO2 max, vertical oscillation and even measure your step per minute cadence right from your wrist, which in itself it a unique feature for wrist-worn wearables.

The Garmin Connect mobile app is well laid out provides a detailed view of individual workouts and activity tracking at the top and in chronological order at the bottom. All the data is then displayed through clear graphs to offer you a comprehensive insight of your workouts, all from your smartphone. With the Garmin Connect mobile app, you can also earn virtual badges for motivation, and join online challenges with other users.

Pros:

  • Smart notifications
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • Onsite GPS and step tracking
  • VO2 max and vertical oscillation measurement
  • Garmin Connect app
  • Seamless management of notifications

Cons:

  • Menus can be overwhelming in the beginning
  • Sleep tracking not up to par with other similar devices
  • Only one programmable alarm

Garmin Vivoactive Key Features:

  • High resolution color touchscreen display
  • Can be paired with a compatible smartphone
  • Onsite GPS capabilities
  • Measures distance, time and speed
  • Over 38,000 courses worldwide
  • Free downloads of data fields, watch faces, widgets and apps
  • Battery when fully charged lasts up to 3 weeks
  • Optional 5 different color swappable bands to choose from

Final Thoughts:
The Garmin Vivoactive is a unique fitness device that is designed to appeal to a wide audience. It can be used to for several different sports and boasts solid features especially considering its price tag. All the data can be controlled seamlessly with a dedicated app and online and is a great choice for day to day use. Garmin also provides free access to its app IQ Connect Store, from where you can download widgets, apps and faces specifically for the Vivoactive. You can also customize your Vivoactive with different color bands and also leather or silicone bands. Garmin has bundled an amazing set of features in this fitness tracker so if you’re looking for a smartwatch that can handle your truly active lifestyle, the Vivoactive is the ultimate choice.

Related links:

  1. Into Sports on Eagle GPS (9,700 THB, bundle 11,100 THB)
  2. Vivoactive minisite on Garmin 
  3. Vivoactive – “Join the movement” on Garmin 
  4. CONNECT IQ store

Upcoming price reduction for activity tracker Vivofit 2

Starting from 1st May, 2015, Garmin in Thailand is planning to reduce price for vivofit 24,750 THB, 3,990 THB.

Considering that vivofit 2 on Garmin’s website is listed for USD 129.99, which is approximately 4,300 THB, the promotion price 3,990 THB sounds very attractive.

Vivofit 2 key features:

  • vivofit 2very unique for available in the market activity trackers, vivofit offers 1+ year battery life
  • thanks to easily noticeable red bar on the top display, reminds you to stay active
  • it also learns your activity level and suggest personalized daily goal
  • shows steps, calories, distance and time of day on backlit display; monitors sleep
  • automatically syncs to Garmin Connect™ to save, plan and share progress
  • supports heart rate monitor data (HRM included in the bundle version)
  • consists of backlight, beeper and activity timer.

Some more information about vivofit 2 on official Garmin’s blog (2-4):

  1. Garmin vivofit 2 minisite
  2. Garmin vivofit 2: Getting started
  3. Garmin vívofit 2: Moving Beyond the Basics
  4. Feature Focus: Backlight and Audible Alert on vívofit 2

 

Is it worth buying? If you are not too active and commit yourself for a change, definitely you should consider buying one of those: vivofit 2 (from 1st May – 3,990 THB) , vivosmart (5,990 THB) and the latest GPS Smartwatch VivoActive (9,700 THB) . I had started with the very first vivofit, and after months of using, I have to admit that it did help me to get into the right habit of exercise and being more physically active on daily bases. As we are all becoming more “civilized”, we shouldn’t skip hi-tech “toys”, which can actually help us improving our most valuable gem – health!

Map on Garmin Thailand app updated to version 2015.10

Map update (version 2015.10) is now available for Garmin Thailand app on iTunes. If you don’t have it yet, you can visit iTunes and purchase the application for USD 29.99,-

The application requires at least iOS version 7.0 and is compatible with  iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
You can visit iTunes for more details.

The map files takes 461 MB, so before you start the update, make sure that you have enough free space on your device.
How to find how much free space you have on your iPhone? Click: settings > general > usage > and there under “STORAGE” you’ll find “Available”.

How to update the map on your iPhone (I presume that you already have the app installed):
1. Start the application and press “Settings”:

Garmin Thailand app

2. Then “myMaps”:

Garmin Thailand App

3. “Map Management”:

Garmin Thailand App

4. And finally “Download”:

Garmin Thailand App

5. In the final step you will have to restart the application:

Garmin Thailand App

 

 

Price for vivosmart decreases

Garmin vivosmart

Yesterday’s introductions of new models is bringing some good moves. Garmin activity tracker vivosmart is now cheaper: (was 6,590 THB) 5,990 THB

3 NEW cool models announced by Garmin Thailand

GARMIN FENIX 3, VIVOACTIVE (NEW MODEL) AND VIVOFIT2 ANNOUNCED BY GARMIN THAILAND

Wearable technology is very popular nowadays. And the competition is hitting harder in this market to provide the best possible devices, trying to satisfy wishes and demands of all the users. Garmin definitely is not behind, actually with the latest releases, it is one of the main players, not only for the GPS equipped devices, but also for activity trackers, often called fitness trackers.

garmin_wearable_technology

From today 3 new models are available for sale in the Thai GPS market:
1. Fenix 3 – Multisport GPS Watch
2. Vivoactive – GPS Smartwatch
3. Vivofit 2 – Activity Tracker

All 3 are also available with the optional HRM (Heart Rate Monitor).

Fenix 3 bundle includes HRM-Run™ (the latest model from Garmin), whereas vivoactive bundle – Premium (soft strap) Heart Rate Monitor and the vivofit 2 bundle – standard Heart Rate monitor.

Premium Heart Rate Monitor (2,900 THB)

Heart Rate Monitor (2,600 THB)

Pricing:

1. Fenix 3 –  starting from 15,990 THB for a basic model (colors: grey and silver); then we have Fenix 3 bundle (includes HRM, colors: grey and silver) for 17,990 THB; Fenix 3 Sapphire without HRM – 19,990 THB, and 21,990 THB for Fenix 3 Sapphire bundle.

What’s the difference between Fenix 3 and Fenix 3 Sapphire:
Fenix 3 Sapphire consist of high scratch resistant domed sapphire glass lens and strong-link steel wristband.

2. vivoactive – 9,700 THB and vivoactive bundle (with HRM) – 11,300 THB

3. vivofit 2 – 4,800 THB (colors: black, white, navy, pink); vivofit 2 bundle (with HRM) – 5,100 THB.

 

If you have any questions related to the mentioned above models, feel free to send me an e-mail. I will do my best to answer them all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't miss the latest price reduction for nuvi 55 (extra feature added - LM, yes "LM"!)

Free Life Time Map updates and price decrease for nuvi 55 ! 

nuvi 55  ⇒nuvi55LM

Garmin Thailand is reducing 1,000 THB from the price of nuvi 55 (4,990 THB 3,990 THB). And what’s also exciting about this announcement is, that this model will be available as LM version.
The LM stands for Life Time Map updates.

To purchase this model, send us an e-mail:

or follow your order on http://www.eaglegps.co.th

If you already bought this unit a few days/weeks ago, you are still entitled for the Free Life Time Map Updates. All the units of nuvi 55 bought this year (2015) will be able to register for free future map updates.

If you purchase the unit from today onward, it will be automatically entitled for the free updates.

If you purchased the unit earlier this year, you will have to make a call to ESRI: 02-2669944 (have ready your warranty and receipt).

All EAGLE GPS’s customers who bought nuvi 55 this year, don’t have to worry about any extra calls to register for Life Time Map updates, we are already trying our best to do it for you.

Few facts about nuvi 55:

  • first introduced in Thailand in July 2014
  • dual orientation 5″ display
  • comes with preloaded maps for Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei
  • speaks streets names
  • provides line assist, junction view as well as predicts your route (myTrends)
  • auto sorts multiple destinations
  • displays upcoming points of interest along the route

Garmin Swim - into my swimming challenge in June

One of my favorite ways to relax and get fit is getting “in touch” with water. If it is swimming, kayaking or just being near gorgeous Thai waterfalls, always brings a great time.
As we just got the Garmin Swim, I’m up to a new fitness challenge.

What’s in the box:

Garmin Swim – box
Garmin Swim – box, back side

 

Garmin Swim – Quick Start Manual p.1
Garmin Swim – Quick Start Manual p.2&3
Garmin Swim – Quick Start Manual p.4&5
Garmin Swim – Quick Start Manual p.6&7
Garmin Swim – Quick Start Manual p.8&9; available languages

Basic settings:
Garmin is well known for very intuitive menus. Also this time no surprises (turn it on and follow displayed instructions: chose option with the top and bottom buttons on the right side and confirm with the middle button on the right)

Chose your language
12 or 24 hr option display
Set the month
Set the date
Set your weight in Kg or Lb
Done setting the watch
Swimming settings: chose the size of the pool
You can also input custom pool size
You can also set the rest timer
DONE!!! Ready for a swim

 

Garmin Thailand: new map update TCN v.2013.10

The map update (TCN v.2013.10) should be available now for all the units under warranty (1-year since the purchase date) and for the units with “Life Time Map Update”. 

For all the other units:
Some customers were able to download the update in Thai language only.
The English version was not available up to now, but in regards to the information from Thai headquarters, this should be solved during this month.
We will keep you posted.

Related links: Garmin.co.th (Thai), Register with Garmin International (MyGarmin), Register with ESRI

Garmin Golf Courses Updater

Free Lifetime Course UpdatesHere you can download useful software provided by Garmin, which will guide you in Golf Courses updates (compatible with Approach series). Available for both: Windows and Mac
Please note that Approache S3 purchased from authorized Garmin dealers in Thailand comes with preloaded over 150 golf courses in Thailand and the region. The courses updates for the region shall be available soon.


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Related lins: Garmin International, Garmin Golf Course Updater