Garmin Vivosmart 5 Review

The Garmin Vivosmart 5 is a fitness wristband that offers much more than just physical activity analysis. It tracks heart rate around the clock and can measure oxygen saturation in the blood. Likewise, it monitors breathing rate, analyzes stress and evaluates sleep in detail.

A whole range of sporting activities can be recorded with the tracker. In combination with the smartphone, users record outdoor routes and make use of the emergency call function if necessary. Female wearers can use the Vivosmart 5 fitness bracelet to track their menstrual cycle. Since the wearable is waterproof, it is also suitable for swimming. Its battery life is up to seven days.

The technical details of the Garmin Vivosmart 5

Screen size0.41 x 0.73 Inches
Wrist materialSilicon / Rubber, Synthetic Materials
Size watch case19.5 x 10.7 x 255 mm
GPSYes (with Smartphone connection)
Battery lifeup to 7 days
Supported systemsAndroid, iOS
Water resistance5 ATM
FeaturesStress tracking, Call notification, Inactivity reminder, Calories burned, SOS function, Text notifications, Alarm clock, Distance traveled
Microphone includedNo
Speaker includedNo

Garmin Vivosmart 5: Growth boost for the display

A 66 percent larger display has been added to the Garmin Vivosmart 5 fitness wristband compared to the previous generation. It is a touchscreen, with buttons as additional elements for operation. It displays content in a single color, which is done at a resolution of 88 x 154 pixels.

The OLED screen itself measures 0.41 x 0.73 inches. Thanks to its waterproof nature, the tracker is also suitable as a companion when swimming.

Interested parties can choose between two sizes. Option L is intended for wrist circumferences of 148 to 228 millimeters. The corresponding wristband is only available in black. Size S/M offers more options. It fits wrist circumferences between 122 and 188 millimeters.

Besides black, white and mint green are also available. While the interchangeable straps themselves are made of silicone, Garmin opted for polycarbonate for the Vivosmart 5’s casing. Depending on the size, the fitness wearable weighs 24.5 or 26 grams.

Helpful start for those who want to bring more exercise into their lives

The Vivosmart 5 fitness wristband is designed to help beginners in particular find their way to more exercise. A tracking of everyday activities is therefore self-evident. Steps, calories burned and distances covered are among the most important parameters that the wearable determines. Just as expected, it measures the pulse on the wrist – and that happens permanently.

Garmin Vivosmart 5
If you’re into sports, the Garmin Vivosmart 5 might help you with great features.

With the Garmin Vivosmart 5, wearers can specifically record various sports. Among others, cycling, running, yoga or swimming find support. Since the tracker itself is not equipped with a GPS module, it cannot independently record routes traveled. However, it can use the connection with the smartphone and save the routes with its help.

Based on data such as actual age, weekly high-intensity activities or even pulse rate, Garmin’s Vivosmart 5 determines the fitness age of its owner. This makes it possible to determine whether the body is younger or older in terms of its performance level than in reality. The Body Battery also proves to be helpful for upcoming training sessions. It illustrates how well recovered the user is or whether he still needs a break.

Garmin Vivosmart 5: Great for fitness enthusiasts

In addition, the Garmin Vivosmart 5 fitness wristband has a health benefit: Among other things, it measures the oxygen saturation in the blood and thus shows how well the body absorbs oxygen. The stress level can also be measured.

If the stress level is too high, breathing exercises can be used to relax.

Speaking of which, the tracker also tracks breathing rate – during sleep, yoga and targeted breathing exercises, among other things.

A detailed analysis of night’s rest and the option for women to log their menstrual cycle with the help of the Garmin Vivosmart 5 finally round out the capabilities. The wearable reliably informs its wearers about incoming calls and messages on the smartphone.

Garmin Vivosmart 5
The Garmin Vivosmart 5 is looking slim and fit.

It even recommends itself as a potential rescuer. Users can save the number of a contact. If there is an emergency – for example, during an outdoor activity – the fitness wristband fetches help via the connection with the cell phone by automatically sending a call.

The tracker’s battery life is up to seven days. If the sleep analysis is used, this value can be shortened.


Author: Smartwatch Fans