Garmin just released the new vivosmart 5. This is an update that has been four years in the making. Garmin’s first vivosmart was released eight years ago. Three more versions were added over the next four. The 5 has made a significant improvement to the vivosmart drought.
Garmin vivosmart was introduced in 2014. It was the first activity tracker that sent notifications to users via their smart phones. This feature, along with many others, is still the cornerstone.
Garmin vivosmart 5 specs
|Size of Touchscreen Display
|0.41” x 0.73” (10.5 mm x 18.5 mm)
|OLED Display Resolution
|88 x154 pixels
|Maximum 7 days (excluding pulse ox sleep track)
|7 activities with time, 14 days of activity track data
Heart rate constantRespiration rate
Pulse ox blood oxygen saturation
Bluetooth and ANT+
Garmin Connect Mobile Sync
Profiles of gym activity, including rep counting
Heart rate zones
Heart rate alerts
Training in intervals
You will immediately notice that the vivosmart 5, which is larger than previous models, has a screen-embedded but also a bigger button. Garmin has also abandoned the unibody design and users can now swap out bands.
Garmin vivosmart5 review roundup
Is the 5 worth the wait after the quick-fire release of the first four vivosmart models?
Garmin seems to know one thing better than any other wearables company: athletes love buttons. The button worksand it is slightly higher from the display making it easier to feel. The touchscreen is also much more responsive and simple to use. Although I have yet to test the Vivosmart 5, it has shown a marked improvement over the Vivosmart’s greatest issue.
The Vivosmart 5, which has fitness options, is limited in that customization can only be done via the Garmin Connect app and not the tracker. Even though I have experience with many Garmins , I am often confused about which options to use when using the Vivosmart.
This is a complicated device that perhaps shouldn’t have been. There are many improvements that could easily make it more efficient than the Vivosmart 4. However, I would hope that this was still the case four years later. The pricing simply doesn’t reflect the market realities.
Garmin Vivosmart 5 adds new features to the Vivosmart 4. One exception is Garmin’s removal of the barometric altimeter. This means that there is no stair tracking. Overall, there aren’t many changes and it is not enough to justify an upgrade .