Garmin Vivosmart 5 Review: Feature-Rich And Affordable

Garmin Vivosmart 5 Review
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The Garmin Vivosmart 5 is a fitness tracker with some seriously solid functionality. It has the potential to please even the most demanding users with its advanced metrics.

However, does its design and functionality make it worth $150? Find out more below!

Garmin Vivosmart 5
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Features Include:

  • An Accelerometer
  • A SpO2 sensor
  • An Ambient Light Sensor
  • Pulse Ox Blood Oxygen Monitoring
  • Safety Notifications
  • Garmin Connect support
  • Up To 7-Day Battery Life
  • OLED Display
  • Syncs With Strava


  • Starting off, the Vivosmart 5 features a larger, monochrome OLED display that’s 66% bigger than the previous models. This massive screen provides three times the viewing area, meaning it’s super simple to read even when you’re on the move.
  • One of the main features of this fitness tracker is its ability to keep track of health and workouts. The Vivosmart 5 gives you various tracking reports through your phone, including blood oxygen monitoring and continuous heart rate monitoring.
  • This tracker from Garmin allows you to collect a large amount of data yet presents it in a way that’s easy to understand through the App. It’s simple for you to customize the tracker and view your all-day-long stats at a glance.
  • Pulse Ox, an often overlooked feature of Garmin’s products, is there. It provides accurate heart rate and sleep monitoring. Which when combined with all the other metrics captured, gives you all-around tracking.

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Battery Life

  • Garmin says that the battery life on the Vivosmart 5 is around seven days if you have “all day” with continuous blood oxygen monitoring turned off.
  • In contrast, if your device has all-day continuous blood monitoring, then it should be a sensor battery of around three days.

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Build Quality

  • Surprisingly, Garmin has produced two sizes of the Vivosmart tracker. The small to medium size is on the smaller side, measuring 3 inches by 1 inch and fitting wrists from 122mm up to 188mm. The large size ranges from 2 inches by 1 inch to 2 inches by 2. 4 inches. It will fit larger wrists, ranging from 148mm up to 228mm.
  • Though it lacks the aluminum bezel from its predecessor, the Vivosmart 5 does possess many of the same qualities as the Vivosmart 4 and Garmin Fenix 2.
  • The Vivosmart 5 is very lightweight and comfortable to sleep wearing. It has navigation buttons that make it easy to navigate through the apps.
  • Lastly, its sleek, honey-hued design is comfortable to wear, even after animated workouts, and it offers surprisingly detailed analytics at the touch of a button, making it quick and easy to track progress while on the move.

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Is It Worth Checking Out?

The Vivosmart 5 doesn’t revolutionize the wearable market, however, it does deliver the features that most people want from a fitness band. And it does this in a nice slim and sleek design:


  • Week-long battery life
  • Comfy gym-ready fit
  • Swappable bands
  • Well-designed interface


  • No GPS
  • Cannot import workouts from other devices yet

It is far from the best on the market, but if you have under $150 and don’t want to join the Fitbit ecosystem, the Garmin Vivosmart 5 is definitely worth checking out. Nerdable Recommended.