Earlier in September 2017 at IFA, Berlin, Garmin launched three new devices in Vivo series, namely Garmin Vivosport, Garmin Vivoactive, and Garmin Vivomove HR.

With the introduction of all the three newly launched Garmin devices, it certainly becomes challenging for health-conscious customers to pick the right Garmin fitness tracker as there is only a few additions to their features and a little modification in their design. Moreover, all their names just sound the same!

Garmin Vivosport

For those, who like to keep a track of their fitness activities and get occasionally involved in different activities like swimming and running, Vivosport and Vivosmart HR+ are the best available options from Garmin. Let’s find out the differences between the two Garmin fitness devices with respect to looks, features and functionality.

Difference in Design

Both the versions of Vivosmart HR fitness trackers have a sporty look and sit comfortably around your wrist, which is essential for tracking heart rate. On the other hand, Vivosport showcases almost similar features, except a few minor differences.

Both the fitness trackers have rubber bands and it is easy to put them on or take them off as they come with a typical watch-style clasp mechanism. Furthermore, they both come with a 3-axis accelerometer and optical heart rate monitor.

Vivosport Vivosmart HR
A regular model Includes inbuilt GPS feature; thus more expensive.
  • Width – 21 mm, Depth – 10.9 mm
  • Weight – 24gm and 27gm
  • Comparatively less bulky
  • Width – 21mm, Depth – 15mm
  • Weight – 30 gm
Physical buttons just below the display screen Though there are no physical buttons, touchscreen is very responsive
Display Resolution: 144 x 72-pixel display Display Resolution: 160 x 68 pixel; additional sunlight visible, and transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display
Measurements: 9.7 mm x 19.3 mm Measurements: 25.3 mm x 10.7 mm
Lens Material: Chemically strengthened glass Lens Material: Acrylic


Difference in Battery Life and Water Resistance

Vivosport and Vivosmart HR are waterproof; hence you can wear them in a shower or pool without worries. Also, they both can automatically track the basic details of your swimming workouts.

Vivosport Vivosmart HR
Battery Life: 7 days Battery Life: 5 days


Difference in Features

Both the fitness trackers include tracking of steps, the number of floors climbed, total distance traveled, sleep timings, overall calories burnt and 24/7 heart-rate monitoring. However, there are two features that are exclusively available in Vivosport.

Vivosport Vivosmart HR
Stress monitoring by reading heart rate variability Not applicable
VO2 max: measures milliliters of oxygen every minute (processed per kilogram of body weight) Not applicable


To conclude, we can say that both the Garmin devices are perfect for tracking round-the-clock fitness and activities and buying either of the two can never be a bad choice. In terms of design, Vivosport is slightly better with a longer battery life; while Vivosmart offers you more when it is about functionality.

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