Top critical review
Good device but let down by the Garmin Connect app., and regular sync problems.
22 December 2015
I quite like the Vivofit 2, The display is easy to read and the backlight function useful. The strap is secure enough, although a bit fiddly to do up. The step count seems fairly accurate, and the miles walked seems to stack up against what my GPS says.
Unfortunately the Vivofit2 is let down by the Garmin Connect application. Garmin Connect defaults to a "modern" dashboard, which is not bad but regularly fails to sync, especially after a Windows update (I am running Windows 10 on a Sony Vaio, Core i5 laptop). The "reports" part of the dashboard is also slow to catch up with activities after syncing. As for the calories info, I tried to use this feature for a little while, but have since given up as I cannot understand it. Garmin Connect will sync with another (free) application, MyFitnessPal and swaps calorie data (assuming you are inputting your meals to the latter app, and tracking your activities with the Vivofit2) but the two never agree and the Garmin Connect guide does not give a clear enough explanation of what and how it is calculating. I also purchased the heart monitor strap, and had a devil of a time getting the Vivofit2 to connect to it - Garmin's instructions to pair the strap and the device simply do not work (I found the answer elsewhere on the 'net). I've not had any problems with the other Garmin products I have, but am not impressed with Garmin Connect.