Garmin introduces a new activity tracker, the $219.99 GPS-enabled Vivosmart HR+
Garmin already has a wide range of excellent fitness tracker, but it is by no means idly resting on its laurels. For the past couple of months or so, we've welcomed a couple of Garmin wearables, and one of our favorite ones is the Vivosmart HR, which sadly did not have a GPS in tow.
Seems that Garmin was not happy that this feature is missing, so it just introduced an improved version of the Vivosmart HR! Yep, say hello to the Garmin Vivosmart HR+, a discreet fitness band that is mostly similar to the Vivosmart HR in terms of functionality, but now also comes with built-in GPS. Thanks to it, the band now measures distance and pace, which will certainly appeal to all the runners out there. There's also a virtual pacer included, it's a feature that encourages you to keep up to a predefined pace, as well as auto lap and auto pause features. Another nifty new functionality is Move IQ, which automatically detects the activity or sport you're practicing.
Just like the GPS-free Vivosmart HR, the new fitness tracker on the block arrives with a 1" always-on touchscreen display and the usual specs sheet of a self-respecting fitness band - step counting, burnt calories, floors climbed, activity intensity, phone notifications, music controls, activity reminder, and others. Continuous heart rate measurement is also on board. Finally, thanks to the Garmin Connect app for iOS and Android, you can comfortably review all of your stats on your smartphone.
So far, so good, but what about the battery life? Well, with GPS on, the Vivosmart HR+ will last for up to 8 hours, but if you disable it the battery will last for roughly 5 days.
Finally, the pricing. The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ costs $219.99 and is available in three color combos - Black / Shark fin gray, Imperial Purple / Kona Purple, and Midnight Blue / Bolt Blue. It will be available in the coming weeks. As a reminder, you can get a Vivosmart HR for $149.99.