Garmin Vivofit 2 is a minor update but adds a touch of style

CES 2015: Here's all you need to know about Garmin's fitness band sequel
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Not content with ushering in a trio of new devices; with the Fenix 3, Vivoactive and Epix all getting a CES unveiling, the GPS specialist has also announced a sequel to its original fitness tracker, with the Garmin Vivofit 2 getting an official launch over in Vegas as well.

Wareable verdict: Garmin Vivofit 2 review

The Garmin Vivofit 2 is a minor update with regards to features and hardware but a fairly major one when it comes to design and aesthetics. Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Vivofit 2 and make sure you check back on our dedicated Garmin hubpage for a full review soon.

Garmin Vivofit 2: What's new?


Take a quick look at the image above and you can see that not a lot has changed from the original Vivofit that impressed us last year - check out our full Garmin Vivofit review to see why we were so enamoured.

It's the same no-frills rubberised strap (albeit with a new quarter turn clasp mechanism) combined with a two-colour LCD display and the usual array of activity tracking features are on board, complete with Garmin's signature move bar that is designed to keep you, well, moving.

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What's new for the Vivofit 2 is audible alerts when you've been sitting on your bum for too long, timed activity workouts with the new stopwatch feature and a handy backlight to make it easier to see in the dark.

Like the original, your data is synced with the Garmin Connect app and, great news - the 1-year battery life and 50m water resistance is still included.

Garmin Vivofit 2: Style Collection

The major updates come on the design front. The main image above shows the new Style Collection, which includes the Signature Series made from premium materials such as leather and stainless steel, and there will be designs intended for women as well.

Like the original Vivofit, the straps are interchangeable and they are all as water resistant as the regular rubberised ones.

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The standard Vivofit 2 colours are black, white, navy and pink and there will also be three band accessory packs on sale: neutral (black, slate and white), downtown (burgundy, slate and navy), active (red, blue and green), serenity (mint, cloud, lilac), and energy (canary, pink and violet) for $24.99.

Garmin Vivofit 2: Jonathan Adler designs


As well as those collections, Garmin has also teamed up with pottery designer Jonathan Adler for some funky patterned designs. These new designs are not only for the new Vivofit sequel, they will also be compatible with the original activity tracker too.

"Potters may not have a reputation for unbridled athleticism, but I confess: I'm a fitness fanatic," explained Adler. "As a designer, I was thrilled to work with Garmin to add some of my favourite colours and patterns to the Vivofit and Vivofit 2 accessory bands. As a gym-goer, I'm thrilled to take my fitness to the next level with Garmin's activity trackers."

Jonathan Adler's Garmin bands will be available bundled with Vivofit 2 for $139.99, or as three band pack for $39.99.

Garmin Vivofit 2: Price and release date

The Garmin Vivofit 2 will be coming in the first quarter of 2015 and will cost $129.99 on its own, or $169.99 with heart rate monitor in the box.

There's no word yet on a UK price but, as ever, we'll keep you posted.

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