Garmin adds GPS to Vivosmart HR+ Fitness Tracker
The Vivosmart HR+ is now even more accurate for tracking distances and planning your workout running routes then the previous model when the new HR+ is inked to the Garmin Connect mobile app.
The features of the Vivosmart HR+ are the same as the previous Vivosmart HR which I’ve reviewed here, including waterproof, 24/7 heart rate monitoring, touch-screen display and capability of tracking steps, distance, calories expended and floors climbed.
The Vivosmart HR+ brainpower has been kicked up a notch and it can recognize differences between walking, running, biking, swimming and elliptical training. When synced to Garmin Connect at the end of the day, it will give you a full picture of your workout stats.
Adding GPS has reduced battery life. The company claims the HR+ will last for up to 5 days in activity-tracking mode, including 24/7 heart rate monitoring. But add the GPS and battery life drops to about eight hours of continuous use.
What this means is that fitness enthusiasts who think about their personal fitness throughout day who won’t mind the reduced battery drain use will be limited to short-term use for super-accurate location running route tracking.
If GPS isn’t a concern, you can still go with the Vivosmart HR.