This week’s review will be pretty different because I’ll be reviewing the Garmin Vivofit2!
One of the side goals of cooking my own food is losing weight and I knew early on that I had to add exercise in my life. As much as I tried, however, I just couldn’t fit exercise in my schedule. I was just too tired from work and always made sleep a priority over it.
My goal is simple, I just wanted to have 10,000 steps a day. I looked for fitness trackers on the market and the Vivofit2 was a perfect match for me. Priced a little less than 7,000 pesos, I really had to think if it would be worth my money.
I am sharing with you a video I watched that made me buy this gem.
It has a predecessor and its main difference would have to be the audible alarms. At first, I didn’t know which to choose between the two because the difference was so minimal. Check out the quick comparison between the two:
So as you can see, the Vivofit2 is perfect. It has all the basic functions of a fitness tracker that you need without complicating it too much.
- It’s lightweight and not bulky.
- It has date and time features, doubles as a watch.
- Has an audible alarm that tells you you’ve been idle for too long. Also has a “move bar”
- Background light 😀
- Battery life is A++
- You can set personal goals for yourself using Garmin Connect
- Activities can be tracked separately
- Step counter is a little inaccurate especially in moving vehicles (but this is expected, I heard, and the Vivofit2 is the most accurate one in the market)
- Garmin Connect is ugly and the interface is not user friendly. As much as I want to sync my tracker all the time, I just opt not to.
- When I listen to music, the audible alarm is no use.
What’s in the box?
There are two bands that come with it – small and large. Personally, I prefer using the large because in Manila’s humidity, I don’t like anything that sticks to my skin. 😦 There is also a USB dongle, which I haven’t used yet so I can’t tell you how to use it. And lastly some simple instruction manuals, which aren’t very helpful, to be honest. I had to Google how to start up my Vivofit2 which was a little annoying.
Rating: Even if the step feature is a little inaccurate, I still love the Garmin Vivofit2. The psychological effect of having a “watch” that alarms if you’ve been idle for too long is just superb. Also I love the “move bar.” If I didn’t hear the alarm because I was too busy with work, all I had to do was check if I had bars already! It makes me more conscious of how long I have been sitting down at work and not moving. This buy is totally worth it. I’m giving it 4 stars out of 5.