Garmin Vivosmart 5 – Opinion
Garmin has to maintain its profit margins to keep shareholders happy and, to cut a long story short, that means BAD news for Vivosmart 4 owners looking to upgrade.
Vivosmart 5 is priced at $149. If you want to change your existing Vivosmart 4 to get a larger B&W screen and some additional sleep and tracking stuff that should already be included then…fill your boots.
Actually, I’m being a little cynical as this band would have wowed the world 5 or 6 years ago when fitness bands were at the height of their popularity. Being able to broadcast your heart rate to gym equipment would have stunned some people and getting a sleep score and nightly respiration rate would have had the techy gurus gaping in awe at what can be squished into a relatively small band – albeit larger than the previous edition. The lack of an altimeter to properly track your stair count might have been frowned upon and using your phone’s GPS to get your location would have been an unpalatable but necessary evil. Still, a lack of onboard GPS means you can eke out a decent 7 days of battery life between charges.
Garmin seems to listen to customers. One of the interesting drivers behind the larger band format seems to be to increase the readability of the larger screen. We’re all getting older, me no exception, and I definitely find it increasingly hard to read phones and watches (I don’t wear glasses but perhaps should). Your time will come too! And when it does, one of your key purchase decisions will be “Can I read the bloomin’ thing?” Some of the imagery in Garmin’s press release suggests they are targeting an older demographic who might prefer a band to a watch and so the addition of incident detection and emergency assistance also makes sense if you fall but can’t reach your phone.
It’s a shrinking market and it’s a competitive market. There are very many cheaper options that might last you a few months or a few years – if you are lucky.
Vivosmart 5 looks old fashioned but if you like a band and already have a Garmin then, hey, why not? $149…it’s not so bad even though it should really be half the price. Perhaps the premium reflects the hassle-free factor?
It’s a solid offering from a brand you can trust. It has some good features but few that are unique to Garmin.
If you are looking for a competitor to the Whoop band then this, most certainly, is not it.
This is the kind of product you either love or the kind of product you end up buying for your parents or aunt or gran.
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