Andrew Noyce
By Andrew Noyce

If golf is just a part of your active lifestyle then the Garmin Vivoactive GPS smartwatch may be for you.

Much more than a simple golf GPS, the Garmin Vivoactive is a lightweight and ultra-thin watch that incorporates a number of features that allow you to make the most of a number of sports, as well as track your daily movement and keep up to date with work, family and friends.

Garmin Vivoactive GPS Watch

The device comes with a range of GPS-enabled sports apps that will let you track miles run or cycled, lengths swum and importantly, for us at least, plot your way around the course with accurate data and score tracking.

Golfers can download course maps from more than 38,000 courses worldwide, which stay up-to-date automatically to the in-built golf app. The device then utilises GPS to allow you to see data such as layup and dogleg distances, as well as distances to the front, middle and back of the greens.

Garmin Vivoactive GPS Watch

The device also lets you keep individual stroke play scorecards for the courses you are playing, as well as measure shot distances.

Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice-President of Worldwide Sales, explains the Vivoactive package:

Vivoactive combines signature Garmin fitness technology, such as built-in GPS, long battery life and a sunlight-readable display, in an ultra-thin smartwatch that lets users stay connected and achieve more.

Designed to be worn all day, Vivoactive can be personalized in many ways - from interchangeable bands to watch faces, apps and widgets - making it versatile, stylish and functional for your life.

In addition to the other sports apps, where features such as bike speed and heart rate are enabled by Bluetooth link ups to associated devices, the Vivoactive will monitor your daily routine, tracking steps, calories and distance, letting you set a personalised daily step goal and giving you a gentle reminder if it thinks you've been sedentary for too long.

The Vivoactive syncs with the Garmin Connect Mobile app that is available across a wide range of smartphone platforms, allowing users to see a complete picture of their daily activities. Garmin Connect also offers a free online fitness and golf community that includes challenges for extra motivation.

Garmin Vivoactive GPS Watch

The Vivoactive is lightweight and ultra-thin and has been designed to wear all day whether you are in the office, working out or at the golf course where the sunlight-readable, high-resolution colour touch-screen means you will have no problem getting your data.

Smartphone syncing means information such as phone call information, text messages and e-mails, as well as social media alerts can all be directed to the watch and the Vivoactive will even work as a remote control for the music player on your smartphone.

Garmin Vivoactive GPS Watch

The Vivoactive is also customisable with a number of colourful interchangeable straps available and free downloads from Garmin's Connect IQ store means that third party developers will be creating more apps that will run with the Vivoactive device.

Vivoactive will be available in black or white as a stand alone watch, orfor an extra £30 you can purchase it in a bundle that includes a compatible heart rate monitor.

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Garmin Vivoactive Golf GPS Rangefinder - Product Details

Launch UKMarch 2015
Launch USAMarch 2015
Launch RRP£199.99
Device TypeGPS Watch
ElevationNo
Shot MeasurementYes
ScoringYes
Power OptionsRechargeable
SubscriptionNo
DimensionsWidth: 39mm, Height: 44mm, Depth: 8mm
Screen SizeWidth: 29mm, Height: 21mm
Device Weight38 grams
Course Capacity38,000
Manufacturer's WebsiteGarmin Website

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