Have you heard of Garmin before today? I’m sure you have, especially if you had some of the early technology devices for getting around town, yes, this is that GPS mapping system that has moved it up to that next level.
A Little History
- 1983 Gary Burrell recruited Min H. Kao for the defense contractor Magnavox while working for the former King Radio.
- 1989 Garmin was founded in Lenexa, Kansas, then as “ProNav”.
- ProNav first product sold for $2,500.
- 1995 Gamin sales reached $105 million, $23 million in profits.
- 1999 Garmin sales reached $233, $64 million profits.
- 2005 Garmin revenue of $1.03 billion.
- 2006 Garmin revenue of $1.77 billion, up 73% from 2005.
I guess one could say that ProNav/Garmin didn’t do must struggling in its early years based on the above income statement information. Such income allowed Garmin to invest in research and development that produced more money making product in the coming years.
Garmin list of product consist of names like eTrex H (early GPS), eTrex 30 (connecting GPS and GLONASS satellites), iQue (PDA-GPS), TT15 Collar (animal trackers), StreetPilot i-Series (compact GPS), Sonar fish finder (GPS), you see a pattern here, one thing Garmin has been consistent with, they have not lost sight of their GPS technology.
Well we are not here to get into a technical discussion that only a few readers would understand or be interested in. No, are here today to show how Garmin has kept its sights on one main goal, while at the same time, venturing into other realms and still holding true to the GPS.
The GPS this time, partners with the smartwatch in ways that has gone far beyond just tracking your current location. That said; let’s take a look at Garmin trip into “wristwear”.
Entering the market with a device that was designed to measure the quality of you sleep, it monitors quantifies body movement, it records the heart rate, tracks the number of steps you take, and the number of steps you climb in a day.
Now you may be asking yourself what reason would you have for needing this information. In most users’ case, the answer would be none unless you want to monitor this to improve your rest. Now there’s something that we might not consider until we actually need it.
Wait, this was like many of Garmin’s other product lines, this was an early entry, and they were just starting up. Along came another model Vivosmart, styled after the traditionally-styled watch with tracking capabilities.
It was also designed with a built-in accelerometer (calculates distance during indoor workouts, without the need for a foot pad), step counter, auto goal (learns the wearer activity level and assigns a daily step goal), move bar, and sleep-monitoring capabilities.
It was this model that spanned multiple versions of the have by introducing a stylish traditional watch look, it lead to Garmin gain a hefty portion of the smartwatch market by simply address the consumers concern up front and not the reverse.
What Vivosmart offers
The Vivosmart HR/HR+ offer at touch screen to interact with a lot of its features like:
- Swipe left or right in landscape orientation.
- Swipe up or down in portrait orientation.
- From the time of day screen, scroll through tracking
- This list of touch screen option goes on.
This is one area that all makers of smartwatches will have to address in that the screen size will determine how well the model will go over with the public. Many consumers have complained more about the screen size than that of watch overall size together.
Whether you use your Garmin for training and race, you are missing out on half the features it offers. Garmin Connect app will display a map, temperature, lap split, a variety of graphs and your notes for every activity, depending on your particular device, accessories and location. This device and app combination is everything you need to see what you have done and how you are doing.
It doesn’t stop there, examine the map and stats from your latest activity, view your calendar, track your goal or stay motivated by what your friends are doing, all in one place.
Also, Garmin, like many of the designers, have made it a point to get the message out about the battery care, ensuring that proper care leads to a longer battery life.
With what we have here, Garmin’s Vivosmart model is more than a great smartwatch for the price, but also the functionality of what you are getting for the long haul. The styling says a lot for this one and it does the rest.