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 920XT, Garmin Vivofit, Garmin Vivosmart HR, Garmin Vivosmart, Garmin VivoSmart HR+, Garmin Forerunner, Garmin 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:
On the other hand, smartphones that are known to be incompatible are among the following:
Garmin makes its range of wearables versatile from the budget friendly Vivofit and Vivosmart to the more premium Forerunner to meet individual needs.