Garmin gets fashionable with vivomove analog fitness watch
Garmin has long been a player in the sport and fitness watch market, with current offerings like the vivoactive HR and fēnix 3 preceded by wrist-tops like the Forerunner 201. While diverse in terms of models and supported sports, Garmin's styling is largely limited to various categories of "digital geek" - rectangular digital geek, round digital geek, ginormously awkward digital geek, and so on. The new vivomove offers a much more classic look that you can feel comfortable wearing anywhere.
Garmin's has gone one step beyond the popular "analog style" digital face, offering a watch with actual analog construction. The vivomove can be thought of as a lifestyle fitness tracker, something you can wear to work, at the gym after work, out to dinner, and virtually anywhere else the day or night takes you. It's a Garmin-built alternative to watches like the Withings Activité and Névo.
The vivomove has two integrated fitness-tracking meters. The black or white meter on looker's left shows progress toward a daily step goal, and the red "move bar" on the right is an inactivity reminder that rises with passing time and resets when you walk around for a couple minutes.
Many fitness junkies will want more than just basic steps and inactivity tracking, which is why the vivomove also wirelessly auto-syncs with Garmin Connect Mobile on your smartphone. It lets you analyze other measures like distance traveled, calories burned and sleep monitoring. The free app also provides an online fitness community, along with milestone alerts, tips, competitions and more.
The vivomove promises up to one year of battery life via a replaceable CR2025 coin cell. The watch itself has a water rating of 5 ATM (50 m/164 ft), but water won't do the leather bands any favors.
The vivomove is offered in three models and a variety of colors. The US$299.99 flagship "premium" version includes a stainless steel or gold-tone steel case and leather band. The $199.99 "classic" comes in black or rose gold-tone with leather band. The $149.99 sport is black or white with a silicone sport band. The bands are interchangeable and sold in a variety of colors for $29.99 (sport) and $59.99 (leather). The watch also fits other 20-mm bands.