I've already started the test, so the first thing I'll do is leave you with the video of the unpacking and the first impressions of the watch.
If you want to have all the details, I leave you the text of the presentation below.
Today Garmin presented new products at the Las Vegas CES. Not only did they surprise us with the presentation of the new Fenix 3It has also introduced other products, such as Garmin Vivoactive, a Smartwatch with integrated GPS that is not intended to replace any other product of the brand, but is a new product within the Vivo range.
This new Garmin device is a smart clock, but it has not joined the growing wave of devices with Android Wear. Instead, it relies on the Connect IQ platform, which Garmin launched with the 920xt. Through Connect IQ it will be possible to add data fields and widgets, or customizations to the clock screen. And from today onwards, Connect IQ takes shape definitively, as these applications and clock screens are now availableIn other words, any user or company can create their own applications, either to add to the clock or to support any type of new device (as long as it has ANT+ connectivity)
As for the Vivoactive, it is not comparable to any clock we know today, as it is an amalgamation of many other devices in one. It is a GPS clock designed for runners or cyclists, an activity monitor that in addition to counting the steps also serve in swimming, and also has smart watch functionality.
It's a very thin watch, only 8mm and 38g in weight. It's controlled by a touch screen, in colour and with a resolution of 205×148 pixels. As for autonomy, you shouldn't worry, because Garmin declares that it's capable of reaching 10 hours of use in activity with GPS recording, and up to 3 weeks if you don't use satellite localisation.
When thinking about this Garmin Vivoactive, we must change our initial concept to what is a training clock. Think of it as a computer, a hardware platform (screen, GPS, processor, etc.) where we will install different programs, thanks to which we will have the full functionality of training clock. As standard the clock incorporates three applications: cycling, running and swimming (of course, it is water resistant to 50m), which are what we previously had as activity profiles, in which you can connect different sensors, pulse or cadence for example. These sensors will be connected through ANT +.
Thanks to Connect IQ you can add any other sport for which an application is developed that can benefit from the use of GPS, sensors or accelerometer. So the possibilities are practically endless. For example, the Golf application, where you can download different golf course layouts and can indicate distances to the green or carry your score card.
In the activity monitor section, it follows the same pattern as the rest of the Vívo range. It is capable of counting steps and monitoring your sleeping hours, as well as estimating distances and calorie consumption. This data can be synchronised with your mobile phone and, from there, synchronised to Garmin Connect to obtain all day's data together, both the activity you did and the sports you played, and how you slept during the night. Everything is quantified.
Finally, I have to remember that the Garmin Vivoactive is still a smart watch, so it will be able to perform typical smart watch functions, such as receiving application notifications from your mobile phone. You will not need to install any specific application and it is compatible with both Android and iOS. But remember that you will need your phone to have Bluetooth Smart.
Other Garmin Vivoactive partners
Taking advantage of the Las Vegas CES, Garmin introduced us to other products. The Garmin Fenix 3which is probably what 920xt buyers were hoping for. And the new Garmin EpixThe Fenix range is the ultimate adventure GPS, which, in addition to incorporating all the navigation options of the Fenix range, allows you to install maps.
Garmin Vivoactive, Availability and Pricing
The Garmin Vivoactive is available in two colours, white or black. The base price of the watch will be £249, rising to £299 if you want it in a kit with a pulse sensor. Garmin estimates that it will be available in the first quarter of 2015, so if you are interested you can get it in March or April, but if you want to receive it as soon as possible, you can book it NOW and receive it as soon as it is available. And with the AF-VOUCHCLOUD-AF code when you make your purchase, you will get a 10% discount and totally free shipping.