Thursday , March 22 2018

Garmin announces vívomove, a fashionable watch with activity tracking

garmin vivomove range

Activity trackers are everywhere at the moment, and it’s rare to walk past someone without seeing a tell-tale rubberised band on the wrist indicating that the wearer is monitoring how far they walk, amongst the plethora of other metrics.

However, if you want something a bit better looking, and low-key, there are remarkably fewer options. To address this deficit, Garmin has released a range of stylish analog watches with activity tracking features subtly built right in. The vívomove range, which you can see above, look like any other presentable analog watch, and with a one year battery life, there’ll be no nightly fumble to get your watch onto a charger.

Despite this simplicity, the devices seem fairly capable; they’re designed to be worn all day, and with standard, interchangeable straps, you’ll be able to find a look that matches every outfit or occasion.

The activity tracking features are built into the watch-face; the bar to the left of the dial measures your progress towards your desired activity goal, and the bar on the right measures how long you’ve been inactive, so you know when you should get up and move around.

Being swim and shower safe, you don’t need to worry about drowning the vívomove either — it’s designed to be worn whenever and wherever you like. Your activity is synchronised regularly to the Garmin Conncet mobile app on your smartphone, so you can measure weekly and monthly goals, and track other metrics such as sleep patterns, workouts, and more.

Garmin’s vívomove will be available later this month starting at $249 for a sports watch (not shown), $329 for the black/leather combo (top-left) or rose-gold/leather (top-centre), and $479 for a premium option featuring stainless steel or gold-tone steel and leather.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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