Despite attempts by companies like Apple and Fossil to improve their looks, no one really wears a smartwatch as a fashion accessory. Devotees of connected timepieces wear them as either a genuine devotion to fitness, or an unhealthy addiction to notifications. But Garmin's new vívomove HR looks like like a classic analogue watch, and only reveals its smarts when you want it to.
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With the release of the VIRB X and XE action cams last year, Garmin finally gave consumers a reason to choose its action cam over a GoPro. But while it had built-in sensors letting users measure just how extreme their stunts were, it topped out at a disappointing 1080p. The new VIRB Ultra 30, however, boosts that recordable resolution to 4K, and it introduces voice controls.
There's never been a better time to utilise technology for health and fitness purposes. Fitness trackers are, by far, the most common piece of wearable tech available, letting you track your movement and activity as you go about your business – and all you have to do is remember to charge it and put it on in the morning.
But the fact that they're so common is somewhat of a downside, since, as a consumer, it can be difficult sorting the good from the bad. How do you know which ones are actually worth going out and buying? That's why we took a look a seven of the latest trackers from big-name companies to work out which ones are worth getting your hands on.
The Vivosmart has been given an update, with the HR+ model featuring wrist-based heart rate plus GPS.
You'll get running metrics, Garmin Move IQ auto activity detection, an always-on, sunlight-readable display and a water rating of 5 ATM — so it's swim and shower safe. And of course, it tracks your steps, distance, calories, floors climbed and activity intensity.
The Forerunner 735XT is Garmin's new $699 lightweight multisport GPS triathlon watch, with 24/7 heart rate monitoring and built-in activities including running, cycling, swimming, multisport, hiking, XC skiing, strength training, paddle sports and cardio.
The design is sleek, the band is made from comfortable silicone, the display is big enough view stats at a glance during a workout and I'm thinking this might actually motivate me to work out.
On a basic level, Garmin's vivomove is an analog watch with activity tracking features. But look a little deeper and you'll find a multitude of features that mean you won't want to take it off your wrist.
As expected, it will monitor your steps and sleep, along with giving you a reminder if you've been inactive for too long. The vivomove also boasts a one-year battery life, water resistance and a variety of interchangeable bands.
With smartwatches and phones gaining activity tracking capabilities, dedicated fitness trackers have needed to find new gimmicks to stay relevant. Batteries that lasted a full year without charging was a great start, as is the Move IQ technology in Garmin's new vívofit 3 that can recognise your different activities.
If swimming, surfing, biking, running and hiking sound like the average weekend for you, Garmin's fēnix 3 is the multisport GPS watch that just might sell you on the merits of wearing a smartwatch — especially now that there's a version with a heart rate monitor built-in.
Distracted driving was a problem even before we all had smartphones buzzing in our pockets. But it's an even bigger issue now, and one that Garmin wants to help solve with its new Drive line of sat navs that include improved driver awareness features alerting you to possible concerns on the road ahead.
Keeping track of your steps or your heart rate might seem like a small thing, but it can contribute a lot to your overall health. One of the simplest ways to track your fitness — whether it's just by measuring the number of steps you take in a day, or whether it's monitoring your heart rate regularly, or whether it's tracking the distance and time and even the route of your runs or exercise bike journeys — is to buy a smart fitness tracker, one that syncs with your smartphone or tablet. These are the five best wireless trackers we've tested as of November 6, 2015.
Touchscreen tablets never quite killed off e-ink book readers like the Kindle, nor did GPS-equipped smartphones kill off dashboard GPS nav units. They're still thriving, and Garmin intends to keep it that way by now letting parents also monitor their kids in the backseat using the same display that's giving them directions.
If the endless supply of crazy Russian dash cam videos haven't convinced you to get one for your car, maybe Garmin's new Dash Cam 35 will. In addition to documenting accidents, it now has Forward Collision Warnings to remind drivers when they're following too close to another vehicle, risking a crash.