Garmin Vivomove Sport Review: Check Out Whether Its Worth Buying Or Not?

Garmin Vivomove Sport Review

Garmin recently unveiled the Vivomove Sport at CES 2022, marking the company’s first new hybrid since introducing the Vivomove Luxe, Style, and 3 / 3S back in 2019. The Sport appears to be a Swatch at first glance.

(Actually, this specific Swatch resembles my mint green review unit quite a bit.) However, your stats, notifications, timers, and other widgets for Garmin-specific fitness features are accessible with a flick of the wrist or a double-tap on the display.

The display makes me think of how augmented reality (AR) glasses attempt to put a phantom-like holographic information overlay over an otherwise regular object. In comparison to the Withings ScanWatch, the previous hybrid I tested, it’s easier to read your data and notifications with this effect.

Garmin Vivomove Sport: Impressions so Far

Garmin Vivomove Sport Review

I believe that the conventional watch face is a fantastic selling point. Even with all the technology that is included in watches today, there is a certain satisfaction in lifting your cuff to reveal watch hands that tick in perfect time. The minute markings and numbers are also simple to see, especially in dim light.

The Garmin Vivomove Sport is offered in a variety of colours to suit most tastes: Cool Mint, Cocoa, Black, and Ivory, each with its own distinct hands and accents.

I’ve been testing the black variation, which is usually an excellent choice if you want to prevent colour clashes with sports gear or everyday wear. The straps, which price for £34.99 each, are changeable.

They can be taken off really quickly, and the retracting pin looks reliable. Since getting the watch, I’ve pretty much worn it constantly without ever feeling like it was irritating or making my wrist sweaty when working out.

Although the strap looks to be quite durable, it’s reassuring to know that spares are offered and that the entire item isn’t “lost” if the strap breaks.

If you run or bike off-road, the watch hands are likely to get crooked. Any strenuous activity, according to Garmin, can impair them. Even though the digital clock was right on time, I panicked a little when I initially realised that the watch was five minutes slow.

I fiddled with the watch and found that they had fallen asleep at 9.10, not 9.15. Fortunately, a two-minute remedy can be found in the watch’s settings menu (or using the app). If you engage in “vigorous” exercise, it’s definitely worth knowing…

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Features Of Garmin Vivomove Sport

Garmin Vivomove Sport Review

  • Chemically strengthened glass serves as the lens’s substance
  • Fibre-reinforced polymer is used for cases.
  • Quick-release artists: (20 mm, Industry standard)
  • The silicone used to make the strap
  • Dimensions: 40 x 40 x 11.0 mm. Fits wrists measuring 125 to 190 mm in circumference.
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Size of Display: 0.34 by 0.73 (8.6 mm x 18.5 mm)
  • 72 x 154-pixel display resolution
  • Type of Display: OLED
  • 19.0 g for the case alone. 33.8 g when using a silicone strap.
  • Battery life 5 days in smartwatch mode. Up to one extra day in watch mode.
  • Five ATMs for water
  • 10 actions with timings; 14 days’ worth of activity monitoring data

Facilities and Customization

There is a touch screen buried on the lower half of the watch face. The OLED display is activated by a double tap (or unique wrist motion). With the hands go, you can see up to 10 different widgets and tap on any of them to learn more.

With high clarity (albeit not the same as some more expensive competitors) and a carefully chosen brightness level, the display is quite easy to see. To be clear, the size and form of the watch face severely limit the amount of text that can be seen; more on this later.

Using the settings menu on the watch, the Garmin Vivomove Sport may be completely customised. There are numerous settings that may be changed, including those for vibration, brightness, timeout, gesture mode, and sensitivity. However, choosing some levels will result in greater battery consumption than others.

There are three options for screen activation: gesture, gesture just while moving around, and no gesture. The double tap is always present, of course. Even while exercising, wrist action-activation has always been 100% dependable. Swiping allows you to navigate menus and widgets once the screen is active. Both tapping and swiping are accurate and responsive.

Daily metrics syncing with the Garmin Connect app have been completely trustworthy. I’ve tested using both Android and Apple mobile devices. They offer immediate detail and are just as easy to use, plus they have more images and averages. Alternately, you can “collapse” this initial view into something more condensed with the ability to further explore any field from there.

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Battery Life and Charging

Garmin Vivomove Sport Review

 

Depending on how low it has fallen, a proprietary cable that is supplied with the watch charges it from “critical” to full in an hour and a half. Runtimes are significantly influenced by the use of features that require pairing with another device, vibration intensity, time-out duration, and gesture settings.

The battery life is greatly impacted by the fact that I use it most of the time without pairing. When I have the gesture setting set to “exercise only” and the shortest time-out setting, I can use it for five and a half days before it runs out of juice.

When the battery capacity reaches “critical,” just the watch’s hands work; all of the smart features are inoperable. Before giving up, it stays in this state for another day. When it needs to be charged, the watch displays a warning.

Even while the battery life may be compared to other alternatives, it’s important to keep in mind that many settings can be ‘dialled’ down if you want it to last longer. Although I haven’t primarily relied on pairing for GPS, I have generally been pleased with the run time between charges.

By selecting from a variety of watch faces and preloaded widgets that offer quick access to information, you may customise the watch face in the Garmin Connect app.

Swiping the screen cycles between 16 different widgets, some of which need a connected smartphone. 16 will be too many for the majority of people, including myself, to always have on hand. You rapidly become aware of which ones are being ignored and can get rid of them (using the app).

The watch’s widgets, such as steps, hydration, heart rate, calories, Body Battery, and Intensity Minutes, operate more precisely when personal information (height, weight, age, HR zones, etc.) is entered into the app.

On activity, stress, and sleep, the latter two are based. You can set pre-determined targets for your hydration, intensity minutes, and steps, all of which are displayed. A linked smartphone was necessary for the weather widget, notifications, and calendar. Despite the lack of onboard music at this pricing point, there are also music controls.

Some widgets provide extra information about the watch itself as well as editing opportunities. You can track pregnancy, add fluid intake to your hydration status, examine all recent smartphone notifications, or view the steps you took the day before, your heart rate data from the previous hour, menstrual cycle changes and symptoms you registered, and more.

The latter is true to its name; you really don’t want to read much past the initial notification (reception of mail, SMS, phone, money, etc.), due to the text’s small size. It can take a lot of time and effort to tap through a full message if you decide to read it in its entirety (if it is lengthy).

Sending a regular text message reply, such as “Thanks” or “Okay, I’ll get back to you soon,” is feasible when an Android is connected. This is fantastic if you’re busy and your phone is tucked away.

Tracking and Evaluation

Your heart rate is monitored continuously by the watch. Body Battery, Stress, and Intensity Minutes all utilise heart rate data to operate because this is what determines many of the recovery monitoring widgets.

It will prompt me at the appropriate times to “Move” or “Take a break” (which has occurred while I’ve been sitting down for several hours following a lengthy ride). How does it know I’m sitting at a laptop, working on a review?

The app’s sleep tracking feature is similar to that of any other smartwatch and may be accessed there. I never had any two smartwatches agree on a single night, thus I always take this kind of data with a grain of salt (about both duration and quality).

It’s a fantastic guide, though, and it definitely captures how I feel like I’ve been sleeping most of the time.

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Conclusion and Value

The Garmin Vivomove Sport will fight its hybrid smartwatch rivals at a price of £159/$179.99. However, if you’re looking for a classic watch face, Fitbit’s £199.99 / $229.95 Versa 3 is a better performer.

One of Fossil’s Hybrid smartwatches, such as the £189 / $199.99 Bronson or Skagen’s £189 / $195 Jorn, would be worth considering if classy looks are important to you (opens in new tab). However, I can’t speak to the capabilities for tracking or user-friendliness here.

The Vivomove Sport is definitely worth taking into consideration if you’re looking to track fitness and lifestyle with a high-quality hybrid smartwatch via a fully integrated app. It fits well on the wrist, is completely customizable, accurately records daily activity, and syncs seamlessly with a dependable app to provide more than enough data for any enthusiast hoping to improve their fitness and lifestyle.

Only the battery life isn’t quite as long as some of its rivals. However, it doesn’t fall too far behind. Given the functionality and quality of data collection on offer, it is a tiny price to pay.

Kimberly

Kimberly is a freelance writer with a love of writing and traveling. She has been writing for most of her life and has been published in various magazines and online publications. She writes about entertainment, technology, and lifestyle-related topics at Gadgetgrapevine.com. Kimberly is always looking for new writing opportunities and loves learning about new cultures and experiences.

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