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Garmin Vivofit 2 Review

The Vivofit 2 is the update version of Garmin Vivofit, combining significant updates on both design and functionality. Though the Garmin Vivofit 2  has no built-in heart rate monitoring, the band is waterproof, making the battery life one year long.

Garmin Vivofit 2 Key Features

Garmin Vivofit 2 Key Features
  • Count steps, goal, calories burned, distance traveled, time and date.
  • Move Bar.
  • Duration of Activity with detailed metrics enabling stopwatch.
  • Automatic Sleep detection with sleep hours, light sleep and deep sleep, and awake time.
  • Compatible with optional Heart Rate Monitor.Customizable band size; small and large.
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters.1-year battery life with two CR1632 coin cell batteries.
  • Wireless syncing using Bluetooth 4.0 BLE to your mobile device or computer.
  • Compatible with iOS and Android using the Garmin Connect App.Available in Black, White, Navy, Pink, Red, Camo & Brown combo.


  • 1-year battery-life.
  • Systematic Sleep mode identification.
  • Completely waterproof.
  • Compatible with ANT+ heart rate strap.Always-on display.
  • Move Alert.
  • Customizable display.
  • Manual Backlight.Audio-voice Alert.
  • Swappable wristband.
  • Third-party app compatibility; such as MyFitnessPal for food chart.

Completely waterproof


  • No manual alarms.
  • No smart notifications.
  • No optical heart rate monitoring.
  • Manual syncing.
  • No diet tracking.
  • No details metrics for activity tracking.

Garmin has always listened to their customers and tried to providing them newer models with more facilities. The Vivofit 2 is also the same case and the updated version of Garmin Vivofit. Like other leading branded fitness tracker, Vivofit 2 runs on coin cell batteries, monitors steps, distance and sleep and on top of that, Vivofit 2 is completely waterproof. Swappable wristband of the device make it fashionable to wear all day long.If you are not concern for the smartphone notifications and optic al heart rate monitoring, you can go for Vivofit 2. But the absence of silent alarm and automatic syncing cut the good marks of the VIvofit 2.

Garmin Vivofit 2 – Design

Garmin Vivofit 2 – Design

Vivofit 2 still looks like the original one, small and rectangular size. It fits comfortably and naturally on wrist. The LCD display is always on with illuminating back light. A single physical button can control the screen, scrolling through the date, steps taken, steps remaining to accomplish the goal, miles traveled and calories burned.

The up-gradation comes to the band connector. To make it one of the most secure band to the wrist, a snap and a quarter-turn knob has been added. This is a rare mechanism for any fitness tracker out there in the market. Besides, the vivofit 2 comes in two size – large and small for skinny and heavy people.

Making to Vivofit 2 fashionable, the wristband is available in black, white, navy or pink. Garmin is now providing “Style Collections”, a bundle of three silicon bands for the fashion aware users, along with “Energy”, combining bold canary, pink and violet bands, and “Downtown”, combining chic burgundy, slate and navy colors.

To meet up the higher customer satisfactory level, Garmin has aligned with professional Jonathan Adler, who provided another colorful collection featuring Adler’s signature white-accented patterns with silicon bands. Besides, the Signature Series combines metal bands in gold, silver and rose gold color for making it a good match with jewelry.

The 1 × 0.39-inch display is effortless to read in indoors and outside in sunlight. Additional back light illuminates the display in the dark.

You can take the vivofit 2 to shower and swimming, as it is waterproof up to 5ATM, beating the other two main competitor Jawbone and Fitbit in this regard.

Vivo fit 2 Display

The Vivofit 2 has an always-on display. Garmin specially designed it for the beginner athletes. Because an always-on display will be motivating you 24/7 depicting the data of your activity tracking; such as like how many steps left to complete your daily goals, how well your heart is beating while you are exercising.

However, very few activity trackers have this feature in their fitness tracker. My previous Fitbit Charge HR needed a button press for activating the display, while the screen automatically went off darkness after a few seconds. At first, I felt it okay but gradually it became irritating to press the button in the middle of workouts and I needed to stop sometimes to see the metrics. And as you know, an unplanned break in between the workout can cause how much laziness to restart again immediately!

Before that, while I was checking Samsung Gear Fit 2 for reviews, it also has the same feature in a different activation mode. Interestingly the screen will activate when you simply look at the screen and deactivate when you look off the screen. But the most complaint about the screen of Samsung gear fit 2 is, it does not activate always with the glimpse of the eyes.

So, I found Garmin Vivofit 2 is more advantageous than other fitness tracker out there in the market.

Mark Felming

Garmin Vivofit 2 – Activity Tracking

Garmin Vivofit 2 – Activity Tracking

Just like other standard fitness trackers in the market, Vivofit 2 provides info on steps, calories burned, and distance you have traveled.

However, still you can get heart rate data incorporating calories burned if you wear an optional heart rate strap with the Garmin Vivofit 2, as it does not have the feature systematically. Distance traveled will include the number of steps you have taken and the step length for a given period.

Besides, vivofit 2 will systematically put forward a daily goal to you based on your activity types, you do all the times and the personal info you added on the Garmin app. Well, you can consider it as an app twist rather than a feature.

Like other fitness tracker, vivofit 2 will depict how many steps left to accomplish your daily goal each day. This little titbit may seem unimportant to you, but believe me it will always motivate you to reach your daily steps goal and will reduce your body fat a little bit more than earlier you could. But unlike other fitness tracker, Vivofit 2 will show you the step goal info on screen always.

A sudden long time inactivity can totally damage your metabolism system and then obesity can come back again, regardless of your planned workout sessions. Just like a well-balanced food chart, your workout sessions need to be well-maintained and well-distributed. That’s where the importance of “Move Bar” lies.

A red bar will go up gradually on the screen during your inactivity time and when it fully grown up, a “Move” alert will be shown on your wrist with a beep sounds, so there is no chance to miss it. After a little walk for 2-3 minute easy workout session can deactivate the “Move” alert for a period, generally for 60 minutes or you can alternate it in the app or web interface.

Garmin used the stopwatch feature in a unique way in vivofit 2. The Vivofit 2 not only time the duration of the activity but also provides a summary of the time, distance, steps, and calories burned while you are working out during that time.

Heart Rate Monitoring

Garmin vivofit 2 Heart Rate Monitoring

The Vivofit 2 does not have optical hear rate monitor on its own. Garmin now provide the Vivofit 2 with a heart rate monitor (ANT+ compatible chest strap), as a bundle. However, after paring the two, you can view the heart rate data and heart rate zone data on your wrist.

Besides, Vivofit 2 is compatible with other third party heart rate monitor, so if you already have an ANT+ heart rate monitor, you don’t need to go for the bundle option.

That’s a bad one of the Garmin Vivofit 2. Because, chest straps are not comfortable for all day long wear and you won’t get 24/7 info of your heart rate readings. Additionally, most of the optional heart rate strap are not waterproof, so you won’t get any heart rate readings while you are swimming.

Most of the latest fitness tracker available in the market have the optical heart rate monitor or built-in heart rate monitoring on the devices, as the wrist-based sensors provide more accurate info and most of the devices are available in affordable price.

However, when the Vivofit 2 gets paired with the heart rate monitor, it will give you the heart rate data incorporated with calories burned during that session. This is the most exact methods of estimating calories burned for a session.

Sleep Tracking

Garmin added automatic sleep detection feature in the Vivofit 2 in the spring of 2015, as almost every fitness tracker on the market has added this feature to their devices.

The new edition of the Garmin Vivofit 2 can edit the sleep session in the Garmin Connect App or website. Besides, Vivofit 2 will provide you sleeping information in 3 categories; light sleep, deep sleep and awake periods.

Though I prefer medium vibration in the morning alarm, Vivofit 2 does not have any silent vibrating alarm option and no settings for customizing the audible alarm. That is also a bad side of the vivofit 2.

Garmin Connect

Though Garmin claims that the Vivofit 2 will automatically sync with phone or computer, the vivofit 2 has synced with my computer when I completed the daily step goal. Eventually I came to know that, the syncing does not happen randomly, it only happens when the daily goal has been accomplished. However, it has both sides, either it will help you to be more active from the beginning or you will be irritated within a short period.

Both happened in my case! I felt irritated on a tiresome day and I felt more motivated on the regular days. Well, hold the button on the device being 10 feet of your phone or computer for syncing it with the device, if you can’t complete the daily goals.

Garmin connect is an obvious feature for any kind of Garmin products and provides a wide range of features for users. When you become a member of the Garmin community, you will come to contact with a huge number of active athletes who are more experienced and can suggest you the best tricks for being a fit one within less time you planned.

Another good feedback is that you can compete online challenges with the other active people on the web and Garmin will give you virtual badges for accomplishing different milestones.

Trying to keep it very simple for the user, Garmin has not added any food tracking feature on the Vivofit 2. While they have provided third party app compatibility, which allows MyFitnessPal to be downloaded in your device and you can do food and calories tracking.

Comparison of Garmin Vivofit 2

Comparison of Garmin Vivofit 2

Simultaneously, Garmin has also released Garmin Vivosmart, Garmin Vivosmart HR, and Garmin Vivoactive at the time of Garmin Vivofit 2 release. Those are also fitness tracker providing more features or benefits to the users.

If you want more features, which are not available in the Vivofit 2, smart phone notifications, vibrating alarm, you can go for Garmin Vivosmart. Except the higher price than the vivofit 2, other beneficial points are rechargeable lithium battery with random 7-day battery life, a touchscreen and music control.

No doubt, the Vivosmart HR is the upgrade version of the Vivosmart and additionally gives you the wrist-based heart rate monitoring.

Vivoactive is for the most active athletes, while the Vivosmart and Vivosmart HR are for moderat user. With 3-weeks rechargeable battery, it works more like a multi-sport watch rather than a general fitness tracker. The battery life of the device mostly depends on the GPS mode usages of the battery.

Garmin Vivofit 2 is better than Garmin vivofit, so go for it.

Final Verdict

Backside of Garmin vivofit 2

Two best things can always be expected from Garmin, battery life and promised features, waterproofing, general fitness features and never dishearten the Garmin. Garmin Vivofit 2 is a good option for the beginner and moderate user for the daily usages. Battery life and daily step goals will assist you to be more fit than before, gradually but certainly. Compatible with heart-rate monitor and incorporated data with calories burned will help you to re-plan your daily activities. And finally the compatibility will MyFitnessPal help you to plan your diet chart and re-think your food intake for daily.

Dont forget to head out Garmin Forerunner 405 Review & Special Guide

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