Vivosmart HR+: Garmin adds GPS to its popular fitness tracker

Garmin has today added to its wide range of activity trackers the Vivosmart HR+ – a device with wrist-based heart rate plus GPS. This is Garmin’s sixth wearable in five months, not that we are keeping count.

The new tracker builds on the company’s excellent Vivosmart HR tracker, by adding a GPS sensor, additional running data and Garmin Move IQ auto activity detection. Other features are pretty much the same and include 24/7 heart rate monitoring, tracking of steps, distance, calories, floors climbed and activity intensity.

The Vivosmart HR+ features an always-on, sunlight-readable display. Rather impressively, Garmin has managed to squeeze in the GPS sensor into a wearable only slightly larger and 1 gram heavier than the Vivosmart HR.

“With a compelling combination of GPS, wrist-based heart rate, long battery life and water resistance, the Vivosmart HR+ was designed to keep up with users’ active lifestyles,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales.

“Wherever your day takes you the Vivosmart HR+ is made to help motivate and track all your active moments.”

The addition of GPS allows users to track distance, time and pace more accurately, and now you can also view a map of your activity via Garmin Connect. Additional running features include personal records, virtual pacer, Auto Pause, Auto Lap and walk/run mode.

The Vivosmart HR+ also includes Garmin Move IQ, a feature that continuously monitors for periods of sustained activity, including walking, running, biking, swimming and elliptical training. As its predecessor device, the wearable provides real-time notifications on incoming calls, texts, emails, social, calendar reminders, and any other smartphone notifications.

Garmin’s latest wearable has enough juice to run for five days in watch/activity tracking mode, which comes down to eight hours if you have GPS switched on. The device is water resistant up to 50 metres, so it’s swim and shower safe.

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Garmin Vivosmart HR+
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You can order the Vivosmart HR+ now on Garmin’s website or Amazon. It retails for $219.99 and you can choose from a range of different colours.

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