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Between all those functions, plus checking the weather on the watch frequently and asking it to locate my phone, I was downright amazed, come Monday morning, when the Garmin Vivoactive still had 40 percent of its battery power remaining. I could nitpick that it doesn't have an optical heart rate monitor (HRM), like the Fitbit Surge and the Basis Peak, our Editors' Choices.
But at least you can pair it with a compatible chest strap HRM if you really want heart rate.
A nearly identical button on the left lights up the screen and powers down the device when held.
You can set a highlight color for the Vivoactive so that the hour shows up in, say, pink or light green, while the minutes display in white.
Want to reverse the display so it's black on white? Setting the alarm, which vibrates and rings, was easy enough for me to figure out through intuition, as was enabling activity-tracking when I was ready to record a run or walk.
First, you can buy the tracker on its own or pair it with a Garmin chest strap heart rate monitor for a bundled price of $299.
Second, it comes in black or white, and that color is for both the casing and the included wrist straps.
Because the bands are swappable, you can play with different colors in both leather (black or white; $29.99) and silicone (black, white, slate, red, blue, berry, or purple; $14.99).