Most people I know tend to think about GPS navigation for their cars when it comes to Garmin. The first company I think of is Fitbit or Apple when I ask them about smartwatches or fitness trackers. We usually didn’t know about Gps watches if they’re not a racer. As a wearable reviewer, I always wonder why Garmin still creates some of the specific fitness smartwatches. I wondered about Google’s acquisition of Fitbit and started filling my comments and boxes with readers asking for solutions.

For me, Garmin is actually Fitbit’s most clear 1:1 rival–and, in some respects, Garmin is much stronger. Garmin watches usually have the potential to be more reliable for GPS tracking, the app provides more data and it doesn’t charge you extra for that unlike Fitbit’s new premium services. (Yet.) Definitely in the past, many of these watches were hideous, but vanity could not be the only excuse to buy or not purchase a smartwatch. This is the principal idea I came up against during the last week’s Garmin Vivomove Luxe study— and I believe I finally came up with it.

It’s all slightly off Garmin does.

Consider Vivomove Luxe, which is absolutely magnificent. This year Garmin has upped his style, and this year was by far the most beautiful of all the new Garmins. It added a second AMOLED color screen compared to previous Vivomove watches, so you can see more of your alerts at a glance now. This has a simple swipe gui, as opposed to certain other Garmin watch, where you must save which button does what. Except for ECG electrodes and integrated GPS, all sensors are available, including Sp02’s and heart rate optical sensors. A typical smartwatch. Additionally, it has a great battery life of 5 days.

I was going in, and in many situations, that was quite understandable, my hopes were quite high. The concealed screens fit well, and detail is only a fuzzy smidge on the edges. I did not have that problem with Vivomove Luxe, although it happened that I did not respond to previous swipe based Garmin watches occasionally. Reliably raising my wrist wakes up the watch. Taps did not leave me hanging to start, pause, or end workouts. Overall, the Vivomove Luxe is good for a connected GPS watch whose primary purpose isn’t health, I will learn a little more in precision later.

I still couldn’t shake the feeling there wasn’t anything. While this is one of the smartwatches that I’ve tried critically, I haven’t been as enthusiastic at the same as I’ve been with fossil’s new Hybrid HR. Yeah, it was 195 dollars. It’s 500 dollars.

The pricier side appears to be Garmins, so it wasn’t unexpected. The Vivomove Luxe is made of stainless steel with a saphire crystal top. Moreover, the default brace is leather embossed. Nevertheless, technically, NFC payments and more precise monitoring are the only advantage the Vivomove Luxe has over the Fossil Hybrid HR. This is not all but I’m not sure that the extra 300 dollars for people interested in hybrid analog watches are worth plus good materials. The fitness platform of Garmin represents an enormous step over the Fossil, however, in general, people who are keen on hybrids do not ask for more than basic steps.

For the cells that come with an embedded GPS and a much wider device ecosystem, the Apple Watch Series 5 is the same size. Despite the fact that Garmin is popular for GPS, Luxe is on your phone. And while Fitbit Verse 2 doesn’t look pretty posh, it gives you all the same features, as well as a constant touchscreen, a variety of apps and Amazon Alexa $200 support— you can receive NFC payments in an additional $30 on the special edition.

The Vivomove Model is a cheaper version of the watch. It looks nice, though with fewer options for paint. Apparently, a silicone brace and anodized aluminum have been downgraded to Corning Gorilla Glass 3, to bring the price down to $300. It’s more rational, but for a hybrid it’s still a bit high. If you want to squint alerts and read them off an AMOLED monitor (it is much harder), the Vivomove 3 and 3S level of entry is only $50 cheaper at $250. How is it that 3 and 3S differ? The 3S is only slightly smaller, nothing. Four watches, however, are all shy about reaching this sweet spot.

If it had built-in GPS, I could make the case to shell $500 for the Luxe. Compared to any other model out there, this would take you to the next stage and then it would be a super stylish watch that even fitness junkies would easily use. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. Sadly.

The good news isn’t the lack of GPS–but if you take outdoor fitness seriously, a GPS-compliant Garmin watch will serve you better. The Luxe uses GPS related–just as it pulls the data from the smartphone. (The sweating in leather straps is gross anyway.) The outdoors were 4.22 miles (11’08 “per millet, on average) and the Luxe measured 4.23 miles (11’04) a little faster.” It’s a little too weak, but I found a couple of bluetooth problems when the Luxe was trying to link with my iPod. And if you’re a medium running data geek, Luxe is not the better option to display your flying statistics as there’s a limited amount of information you can see on the AMOLE dual. I was an Apple Watch series 5 that is GPS, simultaneously and has a comparable 4,21 miles and a speed of 11’17. This is very similar to indoor distance monitoring and fitness tracking on the wrist (if you prefer treadmills, I find a more precise combination with a boots and chest strap). The Luxe did pretty well, though.

The average and maximum heart rates in the Luxe class were equivalent to the Apple Watch, and during my racing, the Polar H10 chest harness. Perhaps interestingly, Garmin’s stress control is focused on the variability of your heart rate. Normally, as a strain of hokey fitness ads I write down stress monitoring. Only Garmin did notice precisely the minute my stress levels went up when I called a source and tried to make a deadline, as well as my therapist was particularly emotional. I was disturbed and fascinated by light. The Luxe will also monitor things like your pulse oxidation rate, your physical battery recovery, and your normal breathing speed.

Sleep was one region in which the watch let me down. The Garmin said that I had a quiet and uninterrupted sleep for 9 and 40 minutes on a night when my debilitating cat had wanted to get a four-hour case of zoomie. This is even if I was trying to appease my demon fur baby in and out of bed. I found that after a week of research, my daily half an hour of reading or watching Television was regularly logging in as slept as morning. This is a growing sleep tracking problem, but I think other trackers have improved to mitigate that. The Luxe probably said I was sleeping about 90 minutes a day on average.

But in the end, this tsunami of luxury packaging metrics doesn’t really suit most hybrid analoge fans. You look for a look-alike clock for an affordable price with simple feature. Perhaps I would sing a different tune if the Luxe was priced the same as the Custom. But this is not and it seems like Garmin has gone too far on the wrong things at the end. Here with the really smart dual AMOLED screens she had a smart idea and potential. Insteadened, however, by offering too many options, Garmin did not offer anything at a slightly excessive price compared to the competition. And Garmin does this with all their different lines, not just the Vivomove sequence. Why are there 6 Fenix 6 kinds of watches, between $600 and $1,200? In Garmin’s accompanying app, where data is rich but also haphazard in various tabs and widgets, this disorderly approach is also evident. Garmin could be competitive in precision and lifetime like Fitbit and Apple, but it does not justify the clunky experience.

For the Vivomove series, one more reasonably priced watch would have suited Garmin better. A single $250 hybrid with dual secret GPS AMOLEDs, heart rate monitoring, precise tracking, and NFC payments, which seem pretty? Honestly, it’d be killer even without GPS. For the higher price, I’ve gladly made the case. We have an explosion of “nearly perfect” hybrids instead. This is a shame, but I think the Luxe is at least nice to watch.

Beautiful smartwatch. Garmin is still prettiest.

The inclusion of an external AMOLED screen improves the viewing, but is still intelligently discreet.

Precise monitoring but no built-in GPS does not mean that it is as precise as other Garmin watches.

The $500 price tag is even too high for a model with better fabrics, NFC payments and continuous cardiovascular monitoring.

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