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Fitbit Charge HR vs Garmin Vivosmart Fitness Monitor Review 

 

Fitbit Charge HR vs Garmin Vivosmart - What is the difference?

Learn the differences between these 2 wearable technology watches. If heart rate is one of your main interest, the Charge HR has continuous heart rate monitoring built in while the Vivosmart requires a chest strap. You will also find other feature variations. 

 

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   Fitbit Charge HR Review  Garmin Vivosmart Review
  Fitbit Charge HR  Garmin Vivosmart 
Price

 

 Retail: $149.95

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Garmin Vivosmart Small

Garmin Vivosmart Large

 

Major Differences 

Continuous Optical Heart Rate Monitoring Built-in

Conventional watch strap w/clasp

 No music control.  This is available with the Fitbit Surge

MobileRun - Tracks run stats and map routes

 

Touchscreen

Heart Rate Monitoring Requires Wearing Chest Strap

Rechargeable battery last a little longer

Music control when connected with compatible player

 Ability to connect with optional equipment such as bike and VIRB camera

 

Band

 

Made of flexible and durable elastomer material

Surgical grade stainless steel buckle

Small  5.5" - 6.7"

Large  6.3" - 7.6"

X-Large  7.8" - 9.1"

Width - 0.8"

 

 Small Band 5" - 6.8"

Large Band 6.1" - 8.7"

Weight: 0.67 oz. (Large)

0.66 oz. (Small)

Colors

Black

Plum

Blue

Tangerine

Black

Blue

Purple

Slate

Berry

Compatible

 

Syncing

4.0 Bluetooth wirelessly and   automatically syncs to leading smartphones

Also syncs to Tablets and Computers

Syncing Range: 20 ft.

 

 Click Here for Supported Devices

 

PC and Mac Requirements

Windows Vista and Later

Mac OS X 10.6 and Up

Internet Connection

USB Port 

 

Wireless Sync to Garmin Connect from your PC or Bluetooth Smart Ready Phone

Check compatibility with your device 

New phone/tablets may not yet be listed

Wireless Sync via Bluetooth

Display

OLED 

 

Display Size: 1.35" x 0.14"

Resolution: 128 x 16 Pixels

Touchscreen

OLED (Illuminated) Display

 

 

Data Tracked

 

Distance

Continuous Strap Free Heart Rate Monitoring

Heart Rate Zones

Steps

Calories Burned

Floors Climbed

Active Minutes

Monitor Sleep

Auto Sleep with Alarm 

 

 

Steps

Calories

Distance

Heart Rate and Heart Rate Zone when paired with a Heart Rate Monitor

Sleep Tracking - Tracks movement and restful sleep during the night

Total Sleep Hours

Goals - Device learns your activity then calculates a daily step goal

 

Battery Type

 

Rechargeable Lithium Polymer

Battery Life: Up to 5 Days

Charge Time: 1 - 2 Hours 

 

Rechargeable Lithium

Battery Life: Up to 7 Days

Advanced Features

 

Syncs with Fitbit App

Compatible with popular 3rd party apps

Watch Functions: Day and Time

PurePulse Heart Rate -  Strapless, Continuous Monitoring through your Wrist 

Exercise Tracking - Run Stats, Review Routes, Splits, Workout Summaries on the App

Use MobileRun to track run stats and map routes

Notifications - Call & Text

Alarms

Wireless Syncing

Share and Compete with friends and family

 Record Workouts

See Progress with Charts and Graphs

Log Food

Earn Badges 

Memory:  Track 7 days of minute by minute detail.  Track daily totals for 30 days

 

Time of Day

Date

Heart Rate (w/Optional Equip)

Bike Speed (w/Optional Equip)

VIRB Camera (w/Optional Equip)

Music Player Controls (when connected with compatible device)

Smart Notifications (when connected with compatible device)

 Syncs with:

Garmin Connect Mobile App

Analyze, Categorize, and Share Data.

AutoSync

Vibration Alerts

Alarm

 Garmin Connect: Sync your data here and see all the above as well as other data including sleep, food, weight loss, and virtual badges.

 Memory

 

Tracks 7 days of detailed data

Tracks daily totals for past 30 days 

 

 

Device stores 3 weeks of activity between syncs. Up to 2 weeks if heart rate monitor is used an hour per day

 
Waterproof

Water-Resistant to 1 ATM 

5 ATM
Images

 

Fitbit Charge HR Back View

 

 

 

Fitbit Charge HR Multiple Views

 

 

 

Fitbit Charge HR In Action

 Garmin Vivosmart Back View

 

Garmin Vivosmart Screen Shot

 

Garmin Vivosmart In Action

What's in the Box

Fitbit Charge HR

Charging Cable

Wireless Sync Dongle

 

 Vivosmart Only:

Vivosmart Device

Vivokeeper

Charging/Data Clip

Manual

 

Vivosmart Bundle:

Vivosmart Device

Vivokeeper

Heart Rate Monitor

Charging/Data Clip

Manual

 

Price

 Retail: $149.95

Find the BEST Price

 

Retail From:  $169.95 - $199.95

Find the BEST Price

Garmin Vivosmart Small

Garmin Vivosmart Large

 

 

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