I thought I'd 'outgrown' fitness trackers, but the Garmin Vivosmart 5 changed my mind

I thought I'd 'outgrown' fitness trackers, but the Garmin Vivosmart 5 changed my mind

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Man's wrist wearing Garmin Vivosmart 5
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It's silly, but I'm a spot of a snob astir sports watches. I surely admit the worth of compact fitness trackers similar the Fitbit Luxe oregon Huawei Band 3 Pro, I've ne'er truly considered wearing 1 regularly myself. They conscionable don't rather present the extent of information I've travel to appreciate, and are much astir mildly nudging you towards getting active.

Although it's earnestly chunky (sometimes awkwardly so), the Garmin Fenix 7 has go my mundane wearable owed to the sheer measurement of information it harvests passim the day. Stress levels, bosom complaint variability, betterment status, slumber stages, humor oxygen saturation, somesthesia – I privation it all, and a skinny small set conscionable doesn't present the goods. Or truthful I thought.

The Garmin Vivosmart 5, which I'm presently testing, is simply a fittingness tracker built for information nerds, and the much I usage it, the much I similar it. 

Looks aren't everything

I'll beryllium honest, compared with the likes of the Fitbit Luxe, the Vivosmart 5 isn't peculiarly attractive. Although it's tiny and airy (my room standard agrees with Garmin's measurement of 24.5g), it's designed for relation alternatively than aesthetics. For example, alternatively of installing a discrete interaction power connected 1 broadside of the case, Garmin has plonked a carnal fastener close connected the watch's face. It's not precise chic, but it definite is casual to use, particularly mid-run.

The Vivosmart 5 sports a bright, high-resolution OLED display, but it's monochrome alternatively than afloat color, and Garmin's interface designers person wasted nary clip with unnecessary graphics oregon animated faces. Data is packed successful densely, with astatine slightest 3 cardinal stats disposable astatine immoderate 1 time.

Three Garmin Vivosmart 5 fittingness  trackers successful  mint, white, and black, connected  apical  of a blurred gym background

The Garmin Vivosmart 5 has a monochrome OLED show and comes successful 3 colors: mint, white, and achromatic (Image credit: Garmin / Lifestyle Travel Photo / Shutterstock)

Tapping the look lets you spot measurement count, bosom rate, artillery level, weather, Intensity Minutes, and Body Battery Score astatine a glance, and swiping down allows you to drill down for much information connected each metric. It's an astonishing magnitude of accusation to cram into a surface that measures conscionable 10.5 mm x 18.5 mm.

I'm inactive successful the process of investigating the Vivosmart 5, but the main downside I've recovered truthful acold is artillery life. Garmin says the ticker volition past a week connected a azygous charge, but lone if you disable SpO2 and slumber tracking. With those 2 enabled, you're looking astatine artillery beingness person to 4 days. Charging is speedy though, and you should beryllium capable to get it afloat juiced up successful astir 3 hours.

I'd inactive privation a fully-fledged moving ticker for grooming (the Vivosmart 5 lacks on-board GPS, positive tools similar on-screen grooming presumption and stamina), but the small fittingness tracker has truly won maine over, and I mightiness conscionable extremity up investing successful my ain erstwhile I've shipped the reappraisal portion backmost to Garmin aft testing.

Cat Ellis

Cat is the fittingness and wellbeing exertion astatine TechRadar. She's been a exertion writer for 12 years, and chopped her teeth connected magazines including PC Plus and PC Format earlier joining TechRadar. She's a trained tally leader, and enjoys thing much than hitting the pavement and helping caller runners execute their goals. If you person a communicative astir fittingness trackers, treadmills, moving shoes, e-bikes, oregon immoderate different fittingness tech, driblet her a line.