After the Fitbit Force was recalled, I started wearing my older Fitbit Flex again. After having the display and longer battery life of the Force, I felt like I had truly taken a step back. I briefly thought about going with the Fitbit One but really wanted a wrist fitness tracker.. After much searching, and reading reviews, I decided to take a chance on the Garmin Vivofit. I am on day two of wearing the Vivofit.
Garmin Vivofit is a wrist wearable fitness tracker, it is the first tracker offered by Garmin. I will apologize in advance, but at this time all I really have to compare this device to are the various Fitbit devices I have owned. If you want an outstanding review of the Vivofit from beginning to end, take a look at DC Rainmaker.
Fitbit Force vs Garmin Vivofit
Like the Fitbit Force the Vivofit tracks your steps on a daily basis. The one thing I like about the Vivofit is that one screen shows your steps you have taken for the day and another screen shows how many steps you have left to meet your goal. In Fitbit you had to declare a daily step goal, I usually kept mine at 10,000. Once you hit that goal – you would get a notification. The Vivofit automatically creates goals based on your activity levels. If you haven’t moved as much for a few days it will lower your goal, or if you have been really active it will raise your goal. I have only had the Vivofit for a few days, I am very interested to see how this works.
Unlike the Fitbit Force the Vivofit reminds you to move if you have sit still too long. This is done via a red bar that runs across the top of the screen. To erase the bar, you are going to have to get up and move.
Both devices track sleep. I think at this time Fitbit does a better job of analyzing that data in their dashboard. You have to remember that Fitbit is more mature in the activity tracking market than Garmin at this time. I am positive as the Garmin product matures we will see better data views.
The band is much like the Force but thinner and more flexible. The Force fell off of my wrist several times. I don’t think this will be an issue with the Vivofit. The clasp mechanism, though similar seems much better.
Garmin Vivofit Conclusion
. . . and here we go. Possibly my favorite feature of the Vivofit. I don’t have to charge the darn thing. It operates on two button-cell batteries that are replaceable. Garmin claims they last about a year. Fitbit needs to go this route. I really like a wearable device I never have to charge AND I never have to sync with a cable. Another plus is the band on the Vivofit is replaceable. This always bugged me about the Force, if you damaged the band in any way you were out.
Giving up my Fitbit Flex was a tough decision. I have been with Fibit for a long time. I will still be using the Fitbit Aria, it is a great product. The market that Fibit once had cornered is now growing at a fast rate, it will be interesting to see what comes next. The Fitbit Force never caused an allergic reaction for me, it was a tough decision to send it back. I thought about keeping it, but didn’t feel like Fitbit was committed to maintaining and updating the Force going forward.