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Garmin Vivomove Classes Up Geeky Fitness Trackers

It's fair to say that Garmin's fitness and activity trackers all have a very sport-centric look, which is fine when you're working out, but doesn't always match your evening or formal attire. With the Vivomove, Garmin is looking to crack the market currently held by other analog watch-style fitness trackers such as the Withings Activite Steel, Runtastic Moment Elite, and Timex Metropolitan Plus. The Vivomove starts at $149, and is available today.

Like its competition, the Vivomove at first glance looks like a traditional analog watch, with hour, minute, and second hands. However, two bars, one on either side of the face, show your progress towards your daily step goal and an inactivity reminder. At 42mm in diameter and 0.47 inches (12mm) thick, the Vivomove is larger than the 36.3mm Activite Steel, though smaller than the 46mm Runtastic.

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The Vivomove is water-resistant to 165 feet (though it can't track swimming), and its coin-cell battery should last about a year.

The red inactivity bar fills half way after you've been sitting for one hour, and then adds segments for every 15 additional minutes that you're not moving. The bar resets after you walk around for a few minutes. The Vivomove's fitness-tracking abilities are limited to steps and sleep, so it's best suited for those who want to get a general gauge on how much they're moving during the day. The watch then syncs with Garmin's mobile app (for Android and iOS), where you can track your progress and share and compete with friends.

The Vivomove starts at $149 for the Sport model, which will be available with either a black or white face, and a silicone strap. The Classic model will cost $199, and come in black with a leather band, or rose gold bezel with a white leather band. The Premium model ($299) has an all-stainless steel case with a brown leather band, or gold-tone steel with a tan leather band and white face.

Sport bands will be available in white or black for $30, and leather bands will be available in black, rose gold/white, dark brown, or light brown for $60. As the Vivomove uses a standard 20mm band, you can also replace it with any of your choosing.

While the premium versions look great, I can't see spending smartwatch-like money for a fitness tracker. Then again, it's a bargain compared to the $450 Withings Activite. The good news is that the starting models seem very attractive, too, and have a nice, substantial look. I also like that the non-leather bands don't detract too much from the watch's sophistication.

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