Top positive review
Great tracker, very easy to use, let down by a terrible strap
14 July 2018
bought for my son, he is a wee bit to old to be in the target range for the viviofit jr, but really wanted an activity tracker. This is robust and very easy to use. It does not require charging (battery life is stated as one year - I will update on this). It is also completely waterproof - it can be worn for swimming too. It is easily sync'ed to a smart phone with the garmin connect app. The information is well presented, there is a detailed breakdown of activity and sleep, as well and the all important step count. Individual activities can be timed using the timer function (my son can start the timer now without having to look at the watch). They can then be edited on the smart phone once sync'ed so runs can be named and compared. There is no GPS on this (that would take too much battery) so distances are calculated on step count, I would say that it is more accurate than I had expected - usually less than 5% error.
There are weekly step competitions and he has set up his own custom competition against other family members - this is a lot of fun.
It functions as a watch also - which is pretty cool if you are 9.
So why not 5 stars? Well....The strap really lets is down. Firstly it is massive - too big for my grown up wrists, Garmins advice is to buy a vivofit junior strap, which if it were for me I would be pretty sore about having to shell aut again for a new strap. As I bought it for a 9 year old I can't really argue. Secondly the fixing on the strap is a real faff, some kind of twisty thing that links with holes - why? it is almost impossible to put on one handed. Thirdly, the strap is a solid piece of plastic as so gets nasty and sweaty underneath. My husband has a vivosmart and his strap is better designed in all respects.