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Get a Good Garmin Workout with the Right Phone

The popular Garmin brand caters to most fitness demands with wearables in the form of fitness bands and smartwatches. While its best selling models such as Garmin Forerunner 920XTGarmin VivofitGarmin Vivosmart HR, Garmin Vivosmart, Garmin VivoSmart HR+Garmin ForerunnerGarmin Forerunner 235 and Garmin vivofit 2 range from basic to high-end, all supports the same Garmin Connect App to connect with your phone.

Fitness bands like the Vivofit and Vivosmart families focus on the typical tracking features to monitor steps, calories used and sleep with motion detector. In comparison, the Vivosmart is higher range with additional features like wrist-based heart rate, notifications from phones, barometric altimeter, Auto Lap®, touch screen and ANT+™ and Bluetooth Smart wireless connectivity. 

Meanwhile GPS-enabled smartwatches like the Forerunner models are targeted more for serious sports enthusiasts. These watches edge over their simpler fitness band siblings by showcasing a color display, multi-sport tracking capabilities, auto-sensors, optional foot pod, Connect IQ™ app, and virtual trainer among other highlights.

For battery life, Vivofit can last up to 1 year while Vivosmart only manages a maximum of 5 days. Meanwhile Forerunner offers from 9 days for the Forerunner 235 up to 4 months for the Forerunner 920XT in watch mode. All models are water-resistant.

Using the Garmin Connect App requires a compatible smartphone to pair successfully with the Garmin device. The Garmin supported phones include:

Motorola Nexus 6

Sony Xperia Z C6603

Sony Xperia Z Ultra LTE

Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z3 D6653

Apple iPhone4S

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5c

Apple iPhone 5s

iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPad

Apple iPad Mini

Apple iPad MD366LLA

Apple iPod touch

LG E960 Google Nexus 4

LG Nexus 5 D820

HTC One M7

HTC One M8

LG G Flex Titan Silver

LG G3 S D722

LG G3 D855

Motorola Droid RAZR M XT907


Galaxy Note 2 DUOS

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy i537 S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini 4G LTE

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy GT-S5310T

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

Sony Xperia Z1

Asus Zenfone 5

New ASUS Zenfone 6

Huawei P8 GRA-UL10EMUI 3.1

Apple Ipad Air 2

Microsoft Surface 3


Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

LG Nexus 5X


Letv Le Max 2

Microsoft Lumia 950

OnePlus Three 3

Lenovo ZUK Z1

Moto g4 Plus

Galaxy J5 prime

HTC One M9

Motorola DROID Turbo

Sony Xperia E1 

Sony Xperia Z Ultra C6833

Sony Xperia ZR C5502

Asus Nexus 7 Tablet

HTC Butterfly S

On the other hand, smartphones that are known to be incompatible are among the following: 

Lenovo VIBE X S960

Apple iPhone 6S

Fire HDX 8.9 8.9

Xiaomi Mi 5

Lenovo VIBE X


Motorola MOTO G (1st Gen) XT1032

Motorola Moto G (2nd generation)

Moto X Pure Edition

Garmin makes its range of wearables versatile from the budget friendly Vivofit and Vivosmart to the more premium Forerunner to meet individual needs.  

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