Garmin vivofit 2


Обзор Garmin Vivofit 2: километры счёт любят

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До настоящего момента подобными девайсами я никогда не пользовался. Все нужные мне как заядлому велосипедисту функции умещались в одно из десятка мобильных приложений, способных получать и обрабатывать данные в режиме реального времени. Недолго думая, я принял решение тестировать Vivofit 2 по принципу «чёрного ящика», то есть на основе моих личных впечатлений, полученных от общения с устройством.

Garmin Vivofit 2 упакован в небольшую сине-красную коробочку прозрачным окошечком. Из окошечка на меня смотрел браслет с небольшим дисплеем. Взгляд привлекла надпись на коробке 1 + year battery.

Это вселило надежду, что беспокоиться о режиме питания очередной электронной штуки мне не придётся. Сбоку на коробке также расположились значки, которые вкратце поведали мне об основных возможностях устройства:

  • Датчик движения.
  • Таймер.
  • Подсветка дисплея — её на самом деле нет, во всяком случае, в темноте разглядеть что-либо не удалось.
  • Совместимость с iPhone (4S и позднее) и устройствами на Android 4.3 и выше.

Внутри, помимо самого браслета и дополнительного адаптера для людей с небольшим обхватом кисти, есть USB-разъём и руководство пользователя. Вчитываться в него я не стал, решив посетить официальный сайт Garmin и узнать, что об этой модели устройства расскажет сам производитель.

Скриншот на боку той же коробки навёл на мысль скачать официальное приложение Garmin Connect, предлагаемое для совместного с Vivofit 2 использования и расширяющего его функциональность за счёт обмена данными между внешними устройствами и браслетом по Bluetooth.

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Если по какой-то причине оценить пользу приложения для вас не представляется возможным, то для этой цели и пригодится вышеупомянутый USB-компонент. С его помощью возможно использование всех те же функций, что очень удобно: вернулся с тренировки, «поженил» компьютер с браслетом, возрадовался своим достижениям.

Итак, для начала я просто надел браслет на руку и синхронизировал его со скачанным приложением. В нём мне было предложено ввести свои данные: возраст, рост, вес. Насколько я понял, на их основе девайс будет производить подсчёт сожжённых в течение дня калорий, пройденного расстояния и других показателей моей физической активности.

Материал, из которого выполнен ремешок Vivofit 2, на ощупь достаточно приятный, в меру «резиновый» — уже через пять минут рука перестала ощущать присутствие на ней устройства, а я занялся своими делами, решив, что первые выводы попробую сделать на сон грядущий.

В течение дня Vivofit 2 издал всего лишь один звук, проинформировав меня о том, что я засиделся. В этот момент на дисплее появилась красная полосочка индикатора. Работает это так: если в течение часа вы совершаете движений меньше, чем требуется, полоска постепенно растёт, вытягиваясь на всю длину окошечка дисплея, и раздаётся сигнал, призывающий вас бросить дела и немного размяться.

На этом какие-либо попытки гаджета пообщаться со мной прекратились. Поэтому я решил взять инициативу в свои руки и провести с ним ещё сколь-нибудь полезную манипуляцию. В качестве полезной лично мне функции я выбрал «Дистанции», доступную на вкладке меню «Фитнес». Выполнив сопряжение браслета с компьютером, я наметил желаемый маршрут в онлайн-приложении и загрузил его в Vivofit 2.

Сюрпризом оказалось то, что для всех видов спортивных браслетов от Garmin существует всего лишь одна версия мобильного клиента для синхронизации и обмена данными. Проще говоря, функция «Дистанции» для девайса, попавшего мне в руки, оказалась недоступной.

Тем, кто жаждет соперничества и жить не может без разного рода соревнований, можно посетить раздел «Испытания» (вкладка «Фитнес» в меню приложения) и найти себя в рейтинге лидеров той или иной дисциплины.

Есть ещё одна интересная фича — режим сна. Если вы используете Vivofit 2 вместе с облачным онлайн-сервисом, система попросит вас указать временной промежуток, в который вы обычно ложитесь спать. Как только вы сделаете это, режим сна будет активирован всякий раз автоматически. Сколько бы часов я ни спал, качество сна никогда не вызывало у меня никаких нареканий, с чем умный браслет не преминул согласиться, выразив своё одобрение весёлым зелёным смайликом.

В общем и целом использование Garmin Vivofit 2 оставляет сплошь приятные впечатления: браслет не просится в розетку, управление всеми функциями осуществляется одной-единственной кнопкой, есть Bluetooth, в конце концов, девайс водонепроницаем.

Явных недостатков я не выявил, да и не слишком хотелось придираться к чему-либо. Разве что функция шагомера не всегда работала с одинаковой точностью. Например, я проехал на велосипеде около 15 километров, что, однако, не было учтено и привело к появлению красной полоски на дисплее и уже ставшему привычным звуковому сигналу.

Подводя итоги, хочу сказать следующее: если вы любите спорт и активный образ жизни, браслет Garmin Vivofit 2 внесёт немало интриги в ваши тренировки. С другой стороны, если ваш напряжённый рабочий график не подразумевает занятий физкультурой, взгляните на руку — возможно, настало время размять ноги и прогуляться за пирожками вместе с коллегами по офису.

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This is my first fitness tracker, so I wanted something that I felt was affordable. This was right in my budget. I like that it sets daily goals for me and I find that I strive to meet and exceed them every day. I did wish it would vibrate to let me know I have been sitting for a while instead of the beep, but it is not loud and actually I don't hear it often. But, I am happy to give up the vibration for a long battery life. I have not had a problem with it falling off or bothering me (it is comfortable). It tracks my steps well and calories. I also like that I can tell time by glancing at it rather than pulling out my cell phone. I am very pleased with this device. I actually have received compliments on the white band.

I have had 5 or 6 for bits over the last few years and got tired of them breaking all the time and decided to try something new. I did some research and decided to try this fitness tracker. I get my steps still. But I have so many other reasons I love this 1. The band is very easy to change out and I can find a wide variety of other colors available online and in local stores- even gold and silver! 2. I don't have to take it off to shower, do the dishes, get in the hot tub, etc 3. I don't have to charge it. I can't tell u how many times I have forgotten to put my fitness tracker back when I had to recharge it twice a week which ended up being a pain. 4. Constant screen. I don't have to press a button to see my watch, or steps, or whatever setting I have it on. 5. So much easier to sync to my phone than my fitbits were. Press a button. That's it 6. Still syncs info to MyFitnessPal and weight watchers site. Things I would change if I could. Add a backlight. Impossible to see in the dark or poorly lit area.

Still learning how to use the Vivofit 2. Feels comfortable. Large screen so easy to read even when I don't have my readers. White band looks nice but gets dirty easily so will switch to darker color. So far, helps with motivation to take those extra steps.

I was looking for something that didnt have to many features. Also easy to read. Setup with the app is easy, I also use my fitness pal as well. Great tracker for someone who looking to use it for basic health reasons. I love that its a year long batterie, unlike my husband's fit bit. The band is super comfortable, even while sleeping, and the turn lock feature is great. Over all great tracker for the price in my opinion! Very pleased!

This is a great product. It is not completely accurate when counting your steps, but I don't think any would be 100% accutrate. I found the set up to be easy, and linked it to my fitness pal, to see how many calories I burn a day vs what I consume in a day. It does everything I wanted it to. It links with your phone, so after you link them the time updates on its own.

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Garmin Vivofit 2 review

The Garmin Vivofit 2, the micro-update to the original fitness tracker of the same name has been strapped on the wrist of Wareable for the last week or so, keeping track of our steps, sleep and more.

The Vivofit 2 is a budget fitness tracker, costing just $129.99, putting it in the middle ground between the real wallet-friendly Jawbone UP Move and Misfit Flash and the bank-busting Fitbit Surge and Garmin Vivosmart.

Read on to see if it's well placed enough to earn a Wareable recommendation…

Garmin Vivofit 2: Design and build

A quick look at our Vivofit 2 images and you can see that not a lot has changed from the original Vivofit that landed last year. It's the same rubberised strap combined with a two-colour LCD display.

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However, while the strap used to be no-frills, and incredibly likely to come open, the newcomer offers a range of interchangeable colour options (13 in total) as well as some swanky Jonathan Adler designed options, which you can buy in an accessory pack of three. There are also steel designs on offer too.

Sadly, our review sample was a plain black one. But like the original Vivofit, you can pop out the actual tracking module and pop it in any strap you see fit.

The unreliable strap has been improved by way of a twisty clasp that keeps it all secure, although it is a bit of a pain to get it closed and turned. Quite literally, in fact, we got a nasty pinch that woke us up one morning.

Garmin Vivofit 2: Features and UI

The display now packs a backlight, which you activate with a long hold of the side button. Further holding the button brings up the new stopwatch feature, which you can use to time your workouts, meaning the level of detail for your activities is a little bit more in depth.

Further holding brings up the sync and pair options, but more on that later. Syncing, unlike the original, is now automatic – meaning it should tally with your smartphone or your connected PC using Bluetooth, whenever it's in range. Sadly, this doesn't really work in practice and more often that not you're left to manually sync by tapping the button.

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In daylight, the display is clear, and easy to read and has a somewhat retro charm. You can cycle through your recorded metrics – the time, the date, your steps, your goals, KMs covered and calories burned – by tapping the button. The Vivosmart 2 isn't a touchscreen affair but it's a simple, tried and tested formula, and it works well.

Unlike the Garmin Vivosmart, which keeps you updated with regards to notifications from your synced smartphone, there's no smartwatch-style updates on the Vivofit 2 which is a shame because basic functions such as incoming call and text alerts would have made it a much more significant upgrade.

Garmin Vivofit 2: Fitness tracking

In terms of activity tracking the Vivosmart 2 is the same bag of tricks as its older brother. It'll keep track of your steps, distance walked, calories and sleep and, like other ANT+ / Bluetooth Smart devices, it can be paired with heart rate monitor for bpm-based training.

The Vivofit 2 automatically sets your daily goals based on your recent activity; it's not just a 10,000-steps-fits-all setup, and your goal target is displayed as a countdown during the day. It's a feature we liked on the original as it makes your progress is more organic.

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Calorie counting is done using an algorithm based on your personal stats combined with your activity, and distance recording is estimated using a calculation from the accelerometer; unlike the recently announced HTC Grip there's no built-in GPS.

The Move Bar, unique to Garmin activity trackers, also encourages more movement. After an hour of sitting on your back-side, the band gives you an audio alert and displays a red move bar that gradually builds, making you feel more and more lazy and adding to your guilt. You need to get up and walk for a couple of minutes to reset it and wait a further 10 minutes or so for the shame to subside.

There's sleep tracking on board, but it's not exactly feature-rich – it simply tracks your levels of movement in the night, rather than providing periods of REM and the like – and, annoyingly, you have to press and hold the band's button to tell it you're going to bed. Not ideal if you like nodding off in front of the TV.

Garmin Vivofit 2: The app

The Garmin Connect app and web portals have both seen significant updates in the last few months and the result is that it's now pretty comprehensive. In fact, it's the same platform that more specialised wearables such as the Fenix 3 or the Forerunner 920XT use and, if you've worn one of those before, you'll even see your historic info.

Wareable guide: Using Garmin Connect

However, if all you're using is the Vivofit 2, it is quite basic and lacks some of the slick visual elements of the Jawbone or Misfit platforms.

You can sign in using an existing web account like Yahoo or Google though, meaning one less password to remember and both web and smartphone apps present your data in a clear and concise manner. It's also nice that you can combine your Vivofit 2 stats with calorie and nutrition information from MyFitnessPal.

However, we lost count of the amount of times our Vivofit 2 lost its connection with our Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone during the day, for unknown reasons and for varying lengths of time, and we had to re-pair the device at least five times over a week's worth of use.

Syncing issues were our big bugbear with the original and it doesn't look as if much has been done to rectify the problem.

Garmin Vivofit 2: Battery life & extras

A major plus point for the Vivofit 2 is the fact its battery life is a whopping year long. Packing two replaceable CR1632 coin batteries, you won't need to worry about charging cables at all.

The Garmin Vivofit 2 is also 5ATM water resistant, meaning you'll have no worries taking it swimming and recording your efforts.

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