CNET First Look
The Garmin Vivofit 2 never needs to be chargedNo dongles or USB cables needed for this tracker. CNET's Dan Graziano gives you a first look at the Garmin's Vivofit 2.
I've been wearing an activity tracker for almost a month now, and I haven't had to charge it. I'm Dan Graziano, and I'm here with the Garmin Vivofit 2. This device can measure the steps you take, distance traveled, calories burned, and your sleep at night. This is the new model which features a slight redesign over the original vivofit and adds a stopwatch function, a backlight, and audible alerts that will remind you when you have been inactive for an extended period of time. But really the shining feature is its battery life. There's no dongles, no USB cords to worry about. Instead the vivofit uses two coin batteries that will last a year. One of our complaints about the original model was that it would occasionally fall off your wrist. This has been addressed with the Vivofit 2. As you can see here, Garmin made a little twist clasp that makes it nearly impossible for the band to fall off. And that's a good thing because of on top of not having to charge it, the Vivofit is water resistance up to 50 meters and can be worn in the shower or while swimming. So there's no need to ever really take it off. Another feature I really like is the big always on display. This makes it easy to check your daily progress but it does add some extra bulk to the tracker and of course for more detailed information you will have to open the Garmin connect ap on Android or IOS This is also where you begin to see some of the Vivo Fit's flaws. Garmin's app doesn't provide any sort of smart coaching or insights like the Jawbone Up app and sleep tracking is also very lacking. Other trackers attempt to estimate the amount of deep and light sleep you achieve each night along with how long it took to fall asleep and how many times you woke up. The Garmin connect app can simply tell you how long you've slept for, and shows a graph of movements throughout the night, and that's it. It also doesn't include any sort of vibration, so there's no silent alarm feature to gently wake you up in the morning. And while Garmin claims the Vivofit will sync automatically with your smartphone, it only does so at certain milestones, such as when you reach an activity goal. Instead you must press and hold the button to manually sync it, and see your most recent data. The Vivofit 2 is available now in the US for $100, and can be bundled with a heart rate strap, which will increase the price to $130. Overall the Vivofit is a good alternative to people that don't want to charge their device every few days For more information on the Vivofit 2 check out my full review over at cnet.com. I'm Dan Graziano thanks for watching. [MUSIC]