The Garmin Vívosmart Is Part Activity Tracker And Part Smartwatch

Garmin’s first foray into activity trackers was a solid try, but left a lot to be desired. The vívofit just doesn’t have a lot of features to make it stand apart from its peers. But the company’s latest activity tracker, vívosmart (say veevo-smart), does just that.

The vívosmart combines good looks, activity tracking with smartphone alerts and controls — too bad it’s a touch pricey.

The $169 band features a hidden touch-sensitive OLED display. The band of course tracks the wearer’s activities and since it’s a Garmin, hooks up to the company’s other products including its heart monitor and activity cameras.

The vívosmart also acts as a notification device for a connected smartphone, vibrating for incoming text, email, call, calendar reminders and more.

This latest activity tracker seems to be a solid addition to Garmin’s fitness products. Honestly, Garmin should have skipped the disappointing vivofit and pushed this competitive device out sooner. Garmin expects the vívosmart to hit retail in early November where it will retail for $169 or $199 if bundled with a heart rate sensor.