Garmin Vivomove Sport hybrid smartwatch review

Hybrid smartwatches exist to satisfy the needs of someone who wants the best features of a smartwatch, packed into a sleek wristwatch. Garmin’s latest, the Vivomove Sport, is a hybrid that aims to do just that!

Advantages The inconvenients
1. Super lightweight and comfortable to wear 1. No mic/speaker function
2. Sleek design and bright enough screen 2. Double taps sometimes unresponsive
3. Detailed data on multiple fitness parameters 3. The app layout can feel overwhelming at times

Design details

Digital features take up the bottom half of the Garmin Vivomove Sport

Digital features take up the bottom half of the Garmin Vivomove Sport

Weighing just over 30 grams, the Vivomove Sport is comfortable enough to wear around the clock. makes its presence felt on my wrist.

The hybrid watch is nowhere as chunky as a dedicated outdoor smartwatch and manages to be stylish enough. From a fashion point of view, the Ivory version I used didn’t really complement everything I wore. So if you’re a bit particular about it, you might want to consider the other colors – Cool Mint, Cocoa, and Black.

Display

You can customize the watch face using the Garmin Connect app,

You can customize the watch face using the Garmin Connect app,

A double tap on the lower half of the gray analog dial wakes up the OLED digital dial and its integrated functions. The watch has an auto-brightness feature which worked well enough when I was out, although I prefer to choose the brightness level manually. The screen itself is a bit of a smudge magnet, but the white silicone strips only got slightly dirty after several weeks of use.

One issue I had with the device was that sometimes I wanted to wake up the screen, it took multiple double tap attempts to do so. Once operational, the touchscreen is quite responsive, but the startup issue was something I encountered more often than I would have liked.

Fitness and Health Features

Distance traveled, number of steps and calories burned are some of the basic metrics the watch tracks

Distance traveled, number of steps and calories burned are some of the basic metrics the watch tracks

It’s no surprise that Garmin, a name associated with fitness tracking, has included an extensive list of health and fitness features in the Vivomove Sport. It has the basics covered with a heart rate monitor, breaths per minute, pulse oximeter, step counter and some special trackers for stress levels, menstrual cycle and own body battery from Garmin.

body battery

Body battery levels are low on a particularly hot and tiring day

Body battery levels are low on a particularly hot and tiring day

The company says the watch takes into account your heart rate variability, stress and activity levels during the day to track your body battery. After a good night’s sleep, my body battery level was usually around 85-90 (highest being 100) and after a full day of work and commuting it was hovering around 30-40. was pretty accurate in tracking when I felt quite energized compared to when I was much more tired.

Tracking stress levels

Stress levels displayed on the hybrid smartwatch

Stress levels displayed on the hybrid smartwatch

The stress level meter on Vivomove sports was also quite accurate and one time it really stood out was when it gradually decreased when I was watching a hilarious comedy show! It also vibrated to indicate a high stress alert when I was in a hot, humid, crowded space with no AC power for a few hours!

Timed physical activity

There’s a special feature for any form of physical activity you might want to do. You can choose a particular activity you want: walking, running, cardio, cycling, strength training, breathing, yoga or swimming, and the watch will help you. run through your practice, record sets, reps, or asanas, and save data to the app for later. Double tapping to indicate a set or asana change was a bit tedious, as it felt like a short break in the flow of the workout.

The watch is swim proof and although I didn’t get a chance to swim it survived several downpours and was splashed under a tap every day.

Smartphone-connected features

Like most other smartwatches, the Vivomove Sport notifies you of incoming and outgoing calls, received messages, media playback, weather updates, and calendar events. The feature I liked the most was being able to send pre-programmed quick replies from the watch itself.

One of the pre-programmed message replies you can send on the go.

One of the pre-programmed message replies you can send on the go.

Media playback was not seamless as I would have liked. For example, if I wanted to stream a track from Spotify, I had to open the app on the phone first, then use the controls on the watch to play/pause or skip to previous or next tracks. Otherwise, it would open the default YouTube Music app, and once even Netflix on the phone.

Battery life

Garmin claims that on a full charge, the Vivomove Sport hybrid will stay on for 5 days. And in our experience, it certainly came close to that statement! On a full charge, it lasted us a full 4 days, with the brightness turned up and the display mode being changed to “Always On” on the last day!

Finally, when using it, you must remember that the watch cannot be paired only via Bluetooth. It absolutely needs the charging cable to be connected to a new device. So, if you’re traveling and you unpaired the smartwatch by mistake, you can’t use phone features – messages, calls, etc. – unless you pair it again using the black cable.

Conclusion

The few days I switched back to my regular wristwatch while reviewing the Vivomove Sport, I found myself instinctively checking my wrist for updates, whenever my phone vibrated. It’s fair to say that the Garmin Vivomove Sport definitely packs an punch and also has a fairly low learning curve.

The Garmin Vivomove Sport is available in these four color options

The Garmin Vivomove Sport is available in these four color options

All other Garmin smartwatches were priced from ₹25,990. The Garmin Vivomove Sport, however, is priced at ₹18,990. We can’t get rid of the feeling that you’re definitely paying a bit more for a hybrid that comes without a built-in microphone, built-in assistant like Alexa, or camera control feature, but if you don’t mind paying that premium , the Vivomove Sport is still the most affordable that Garmin has to offer. With some of the best features of a fitness-centric smartwatch and the style quotient of a nice wristwatch, the Garmin Vivomove Sport comes close to offering the best of both worlds.

Published on

June 07, 2022

Lance B. Holton