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Garmin Vivomove Sport Review: Bridging the Gap

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Smartwatches are convenient as they help track different health parameters, while serving all your smartphone notifications right on your wrist. While such devices are very popular today, not everyone wants a screen on their wrist. There are some who still prefer a traditional watch design but might still want the capabilities of a smartwatch. The Garmin Vivomove Sport is a hybrid smartwatch that aims to serve just this need. It looks like a traditional watch but also has a hidden display for all the smartwatch features. Does it offer the best of both worlds? Here’s my review. 

Garmin Vivomove Sport price in India

The Garmin Vivomove Sport is priced at Rs. 18,990 for the lone 40mm variant. It’s available in Cocoa, Cool Mint, Ivory, and Black colours.

Garmin Vivomove Sport design

The Garmin Vivomove Sport is a unisex smartwatch with a 40mm dial. I found the size of the dial to be slightly small for my large hands and would have preferred an option of a 42mm or 44mm size. The Vivomove Sport has a circular metal dial that sits on top of a polymer case. The dial feels well-built and should be able to resist some accidental knocks. The case supports 20mm silicone straps with a quick-release function. The bundled straps are of high quality and you can always use any other 20mm strap too.

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The OLED display on the Garmin Vivomove Sport is only visible when it lights up

 

Garmin says it has used chemically strengthened glass on the top of the dial of the Vivomove Sport. The watch has an hour and minute hand along with even number markings on the watch face. Garmin has neatly hidden a small OLED display in the lower half of the watch face. This display lights up when you double tap the glass or raise your hand.

Garmin has managed to make the interface work with touch controls so there are no buttons on the watch, which gives it a clean look. The underside of the watch has got the heart rate and SpO2 tracking sensors along with the charging mechanism. The pogo pin charger clips to the charging port when the watch is charging. Garmin claims that the Vivomove Sport is water resistant up to 5 ATM. 

Garmin Vivomove Sport software, features, and ecosystem

The Garmin Vivomove Sport runs on a proprietary software and uses the Garmin connect app to connect the watch to either an Android or an iOS device. Since it is OS-agnostic, you can pair it with any smartphone you have, which is a big advantage. When paired with an Android smartphone, the app does allow you to respond to messages, but this isn’t the case when paired to an iPhone.

The smartwatch will alert you for incoming calls and these can be accepted or rejected, but you can answer the call through the watch since there is no speaker or microphone in it. Speaking of things that are missing, the Garmin Vivomove Sport lacks an in-built GPS and relies on the paired smartphone for GPS data. This could be a downer for those looking to go for a run without their smartphone.

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The Garmin Vivomove Sport uses a regular buckle for the strap

 

I’ve talked about the Garmin Connect app in detail in my previous Garmin Venu 2 Plus review, so I’m not diving in too deep here. The Vivomove Sport has a touch-based interface and you can swipe across the glass to see different parameters that it has tracked. It allows you to check the number of steps you’ve taken, distance covered, body battery (which predicts your energy levels), stress levels, heart rate, SpO2, and respiratory rate. The Vivomove Sport syncs with the app so you can check all these parameters on the phone. You can also track all your different workout activities in this app itself.

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The underside of the Garmin Vivomove Sport has all the health sensors

 

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When interacting with the OLED display, the watch hands automatically move to the nine and three positions to avoid blocking the display. The touch-based interface on the Vivomove Sport requires you to swipe left or right on the lower-half of the dial to check various fitness metrics. You can also long press the glass to access workouts, SpO2 tracking, and different settings of the watch.

The touch response was surprisingly good, but doing anything on the watch needed a combination of multiple taps and swipes which would get annoying. It did take a little time to find my way around when I first began using it, but it got easier with time.

Garmin Vivomove Sport performance

I used the Garmin Vivomove Sport for over a month for tracking my walks and compared the results to the Apple Watch Series 7 (Review). I walked a distance of 1km and the Vivomove Sport showed 0.98km, which was a minor but acceptable deviation, despite not having in-built GPS. Step tracking was fairly accurate and this hybrid smartwatch measured 994 steps for every 1,000 steps I counted manually.

The Garmin Vivomove Sport could track heart rate continuously, showing every minor change in real-time. I compared the readings from the Vivomove Sport to those on the Apple Watch Series 7 and found them to be in the same range. SpO2 tracking was also accurate and matched the results of a medical-grade pulse oximeter. The Garmin Vivomove Sport can also track SpO2 while sleeping but this feature needs to be enabled. The latter has a big impact on the battery life, which I’ll talk about in a bit.

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The Garmin Vivomove Sport is dependent on the paired smartphone for GPS data

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Sleep tracking on the Garmin Vivomove Sport was accurate and it managed to track different sleep phases too. The details can be seen in the Garmin Connect app. Sleep is broken down into deep sleep, light sleep, REM, and awake periods. If you enable SpO2 tracking while sleeping, it will also show your SpO2 levels and respiration rate throughout the night.

Battery life is where the Garmin Vivomove Sport didn’t meet my expectations. I was expecting this hybrid smartwatch to offer at least a week-long battery life, but it only managed to last for four days on average, which is still a little lower than the five days that Garmin claims. With SpO2 tracking while sleeping enabled, the Vivomove Sport would barely go beyond two days. Garmin could have offered the Vivomove Sport in larger dial sizes, with a larger battery. Charging the Vivomove Sport took about an hour using a standard 10W charger.

Verdict

The Garmin Vivomove Sport hybrid smartwatch combines the looks and functionality of a traditional watch with the features of a smartwatch. It’s a well-built device with a neat design and understated looks. It offers multiple fitness features and the tracking was fairly accurate. However, at Rs. 18,990, the price is on the higher side. The Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch HR FB-01 is an alternative with almost the same set of features but with a promise of two weeks of battery life, and it even costs nearly half as much. If you don’t mind a larger dial size, then the Fossil Machine Gen 6 Hybrid (Review) is a much better alternative as it has a similar price as the Garmin, but actually delivers on its two-week battery life claim.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (Review) is a full-blown smartwatch alternative to the Garmin Vivomove Sport at roughly the same price, but you’ll have to compromise quite a bit on battery life. 

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Fitbit to Discontinue Support for Music Transfer From Computers This Fall

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Fitbit is putting an end to Fitbit Connect app, soon leaving the users unable to transfer music from their computer to a Fitbit device. The Fitbit owners will soon lose the company’s service to transfer music files to their Fitbit device.

In their statement on the Help page, Fitbit stated that they are discontinuing their Fitbit Connect app on October 13. However, the company has also given two options to users to download music to their devices. “You can continue to play personal music stored on your watch and transfer music to your watch with the Deezer app and Pandora app,” the statement read.

In the FAQs related to the discontinuation of the Fitbit Connect app, the company has elaborated that users can undertake a 90-day trial of Deezer or Pandora before subscribing to their paid services for downloading music to their Fitbit devices in the future.

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The Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Sense, and Fitbit Versa users can download the Deezer playlists and Flow directly to their watches. However, this feature is not available for Fitbit Versa Lite Edition.

Meanwhile, Fitbit users in the US can download the Pandora app to listen to music. The feature is supported in the Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Sense, and Fitbit Versa series (except Fitbit Versa Lite Edition). To download music from the app, one will need a paid subscription and a working Wi-Fi connection.

Fitbit Connect is a companion app for Mac and Windows computers that lets you sync fitness data between devices and transfer music to legacy Fitbit devices. The phasing out of the software on desktop is also evident from the fact that the company no longer recommends Fitbit Connect on its setup page.


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LG Tone Free T90, T60 With 9 Hours of Battery Life, ANC Unveiled: All Details

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LG Tone Free earbuds 2022 lineup has been unveiled along with some specifications by the South Korean company. The lineup includes Tone Free T90, T60, TF7, and TF8. The true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds are going to be rolled out starting late-August, according to LG Electronics. The Tone Free T90 TWS earbuds are this year’s flagship earphones from the company, and they feature up to 9 hours of battery life with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) off and a IPX4 rating for water and sweat resistance.

The South Korean tech giant, LG Electronics, has not revealed the prices for any of the above mentioned four TWS earbuds so far. Although the company is yet to reveal a definite launch timeline, it has announced that it will start rolling out the TWS earbuds in major markets globally in late-August. As previously mentioned, the company revealed some specifications of the LG Tone Free T90, T60, TF7, and TF8 earbuds.

LG Tone Free T90, T60, TF7, TF8 specifications

According to the company, the LG Tone Free T90 will be 2022’s flagship TWS earbuds offering from LG Electronics. It features a new internal structure with larger dynamic driver to help the earphones generate deeper and more satisfying bass, according to LG Electronics. The Tone Free T90 uses graphene, a material that is said to reduce vibrations. The earbuds also use Meridian Headphone Spatial Processing (HSP). The technology is said to enable the Tone Free T90 to offer a consistent tonal balance at a given volume.

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LG Tone Free T90 TWS earbuds also feature Dolby Atmos with support for Dolby Head Tracking technology across all content. The company claims that the Tone Free T90 earbuds are the first wireless earbuds to feature an audio virtualiser designed by Dolby. They also support the Snapdragon Sound Technology Suite 1. It is said to offer 24-bit/96kHz resolution audio. The ANC technology on the Tone Free T90 gets the Double Step ANC Algorithm and Real Time ANC Optimiser. The Tone Free T90 feature a three mic + VPU setup. The eabuds support wireless charging. Both, Tone Free T90 and T60, feature IPX4 rating for water resistance.

The design of the upcoming earbuds’ has been created by LG Electronics in collaboration with POSTECH Ergonomic Design Technology Lab. The four TWS earbuds are said to be smaller and lighter in weight. The company said that the “Performance Fit” ensures the right positioning of the earbuds inside wearer’s ears. LG Tone Free T90 and T60 get the UVnano charging case, which offer a wider coverage by sterilising all parts of the ear gels. They also sport the Plug and Wireless feature that is said to enable the charging case to also work as a Bluetooth transmitter. The package will include a USB Type-C and an auxiliary cable as well.

LG Tone Free T90 and T60 are claimed to offer up to 9 hours of battery life with the ANC off. The charging cases of the two are claimed to come with up to 20 hours of battery life with ANC off. The quick charge feature on the Tone Free T90 and T60 TWS earbuds enables them to be completely charged after about an hour in the UVnano charging case.

Meanwhile, LG Tone Free Fit TF7 and TF8 feature a three-microphone setup. They also get the Median Sound technology and ANC. Both these earbuds models will also get UVnano charging cases. The earbuds are said to be designed for active lifestyles, and hence, they feature the SwivelGrip technology.

The Tone Free Fit earbuds also support fast charging. The Tone Free Fit TF8 and TF7 are claimed to offer up to 10 hours of battery life with ANC off, and the charging cases are said to come with up to 20 hours of battery life with ANC off. Both the TWS earbuds models from LG Electronics get a IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. The Tone Free Fit TF8 TWS earbuds also feature Plug and Wireless technology.


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Apple Watch Series 8 Design, Colour Options Tipped: All Details

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Apple Watch Series 8 has been tipped to feature the same design as its predecessor, the Apple Watch Series 7. A tipster has shared the expected colour options for the company’s rumoured next-generation wearable device. The leak specifically refers to the base variant of the Apple Watch Series 8. It is also said to feature four aluminium colour options and two stainless steel colour options. According to the tipster, who cites an unnamed source, no new sensors were noticeable on the smartwatch. A recent report had suggested that the Apple Watch Series 8 could support a ‘fever detection’ feature.

Tipster ShrimpApplePro (@VNchocoTaco) has leaked details regarding the base variant of the rumoured Apple Watch Series 8. According to the tipster, the wearable will feature a design similar to the previous generation smartwatch form Apple. It is said to feature Midnight, Starlight, Product Red, Silver colour options in aluminium. It could also get Silver and Graphite colour options for the stainless steel version, the tipster added.

The base variant of the Apple Watch Series 8 will not be available in a titanium model, according to the tipster, who also notes that their source was unable to visually notice any new sensors on the rumoured smartwatch series from Apple. Additionally, the tipster has also shared that the box of the Apple Watch Series 8 will get a new seal with stronger glue. This is said to prevent retailers and from repackaging the smartwatch. It is said to enter mass production this month.

Apple Watch Series 8 will reportedly sport the largest display that the tech giant has placed on a wearable. As per the report, the Watch Series 8 could be called the Apple Watch Pro. The report also added that it could be the first major redesign for an Apple Watch since 2018. This claim has been purportedly refuted by tipster ShrimpApplePro.

According to a recent report, the Apple Watch Series 8 could feature a body temperature sensor that can reportedly detect if a user has fever. It is said to recommend wearers to see doctor or use a dedicated thermometer. The report added that the feature might not display the exact temperature like a traditional thermometer.


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