Garmin vivosmart HR+ review

Finally, I moved from a Garmin Forerunner 225 to a Vivosmart HR+. Mainly this is because the Vivosmart is smaller, lighter and has a GPS and also because, honestly, I don’t need all of the Forerunner features. Moreover, the Forerunner doesn’t mount on MacOS so one can’t upgrade firmware, transfer calendars and training plans and so on.

The vivosmart is a good fit, but there are some not-so-minor caveats:

GPS is slow, and if you decide to give up, you don’t have a choice besides a indoor activity (with the Forerunner you could run an activity with a poor GPS tracking anyway).

You cannot manually mark laps. There is only one button, and is for start/stop.

From a tech perspective, you have all the sensors and the analytics capabilities of a high level device (accelerometer and so on). The software is amazing, and tracking an outdoor run without GPS on a known path provided an excellent result (equivalent to a GPS enabled tracking).

Finally, the vivosmart is a good deal for me (YMMV), especially because I manage to train intervals on track.

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