Vivofit vs Fitbit


The greatest debate the world has ever known is now raging. The question of the century which is a better fitness device. Fitness device experts are saying that the lastest Vivofit creation will give the newest Fitbit a run for its money. In some features, the Vivofit comes out on top. For starters, the Vivofit is retailing for $30.00 than the Fitbit. If the cheaper device is as good as and even better in some ways than the more expensive device, why would you spend $30.00 more for the Fitbit device? There has been a lot of information written on which device is better. This article will discuss features of both fitness devices hoping the reader will keep an open mind to both devices and choose which one they think is the superior fitness device. The author will do the best they can to be objective but honest about both devices.

Vivofit, Is It the One?

Vivofit, Is It the One

Vivofit will let the customer swap out bands from the original type of plain elastic band to more stylish bands. Bands that will get your attention every time you walk into work, the gym, or down the street. They even have a camouflaged-theme band for the hunter in every family. After all, when you are out hunting you do not want that big game to spot a brightly covered watch band from miles away. You could you imagine scaring a deer away, the biggest game you could have shot all year because your fitness band was too colorful? Back to the real world of fitness devices. So you can swap bands to fit your mood or style of clothes you are wearing at the time.This is a nice feature that they give you the option of more than one band. Sometimes the original band is too dull and lifeless for people’s tastes. This may seem like a small benefit but it could make the difference between a sale and a lost sale in some people’s minds.

The Fitbit

The Fitbit

The manufacturer’s of the Fitbit fitness device also has given the consumer the option of switching out bands. Their bands are metal and more colorful than Vivofit bands and their color schemes are a bit too wild for this author’s taste. The Vivofit band is obviously wider than the Fitbit band but some experts say both bands are thinner than a lot of other fitness device bands on the market today. So, if you are into thin fitness device bands than either model is for you. Remember, a thin band may or may not look good on your wrist and you need to keep your skin tone in mind when choosing what color of band you would like to wear.

The Great Sleep Trackers

The Great Sleep Trackers

This tracking feature could help determine if you are getting a healthy night of sleep or not. And if not, you can detect the cause of your restless nights. The Vivofit is supposedly a minute more accurate than Fitbit in tracking actual sleep hours. It has been noted that Fitbit will stop tracking your sleep venture when you get out of bed. Vivofit stops tracking your sleep the moment you actually wake up. If you like to lounge in bed before you get up this could make a big difference in actual sleep time tracked.

Hey Move

Vivofit and Fitbit will let you know that it is time to get up and move.

If you get too lazy and stay in one place for one hour both fitness devices will let you know they are not happy with you. For instance, you are sitting in a chair and you fall asleep. Vivofit and Fitbit will let you know that it is time to get up and move. Fitbit has a more demanding and noticeable reminder than Vivofit has. So here is where you need to decide if you want a dominating or gentle reminder to get up and move. You may perceive these reminders as intrusions of your privacy or you look at them as reminders to keep you moving. If you are sound asleep on a park bench on a warm, sunny day you will want the dominant signal to wake you up so you will keep moving. The Gentle reminder will just pass right over you and you will just keep right on sleeping. Here it seems that Fitbit wins the battle because their reminder is more noticeable than Vivofit.

What Is Elevation

What Is Elevation

Whether this is a problem for you or not depends on your perspective. Neither tracking device will record your elevation or how many flights of stairs you climb daily or whenever you do climb flights of stairs. So, if you are used to this feature being on your fitness device then this could be a negative point for you. On the other hand, if you are a free spirit and you don’t care then this lack of elevation tracking will not bother you one way or the other. Some people just like to climb stairs for the exercise and don’t really care how many flights of stairs they climb. The serious athlete will depend on this feature to let him know how many flights of stairs he has climbed and how fast he climbed them.

What About My Heart

monitor their heart rate when they are engaged in physical activity

Well, what about your heart. Some people like to monitor their heart rate when they are engaged in physical activity. The experts say you want to get your heart beating at a healthy rate at least for 20 minutes every day. How will you know what your heart rate is unless you have some way of tracking it? You would think these fitness devices have that capability. Guess what? They don’t either the Fitbit or the Vivofit has the ability to track the heartbeat. This is strange because most fitness devices can do this standard measurement. People have come to expect their devices to track heart rate. But neither one of these devices will measure rate. It almost seems useless to have a tracking device that does not track your heart rate. You would expect the more expensive one to have a heart rate tracker.

Can Vivofit Beat Fitbit  

Can Vivofit Beat Fitbit  

Remember we are comparing devices that differ in price by $30.00 and here are some one-on-one comparisons between the two. The Vivofit (the less expensive one) has at least two advantages over Fitbit that could cause Fitbit to lose sales to Vivofit. Vivofit says their battery will last up to one year on a charge. This could be stretching the truth but the point is their battery life is longer than Fitbits. I am not sure how much longer their battery life is than Fitbit’s but it is definitely longer than the recharge that has to be made on Fitbit every five days. The battery is the heart of the device and this is one big advantage Vivofit has over Fitbit. Another big advantage for Vivofit is that it was made for swimmers. It can be worn while taking a shower, swimming in the ocean, or in your own backyard pool. The bottom line is that you can take Vivofit swimming anywhere without damaging it. Fitbit, on the other hand, doesn’t even offer any type of swimming feature. This is a big weakness in the Fitbit fitness device fo people would like to have a device they can take swimming. Also, the longer battery life won’t hurt Vivofit sales either.

Another basic category Vivofit beats Fitbit is the time duration on the display. It would seem like common sense that the time should always be accessible on the display face of the device. Again, you would think the manufacturer of the more expensive device would put the time display so you could see it all the time. This is not the case when it comes to these two devices. The Vivofit shows the time all the time but the Fitbit you have to tap the display twice to get the time to show. The other method of getting the time to show is just as inconvenient. You have to hold your wrist p to for the time to display. These days people are in a hurry and they do not want to take those few extra seconds to tap the device twice or hold their wrists up to the see the time. They want the time to just be displayed all the time.

Athletes when they are working out or are competing want to see the time all the time. They do not want to be inconvenienced to make extra motions to have the time appear. They just want the time visible all the time. Athletes could be competing against themselves and they want to be able to read the time just by looking at the display. They may be trying to beat their best time on a certain walk or run. Besides, it is just practical to have the time displayed continually on the device. Another weakness in the time display of Fitbit is that time shows for only a brief period of time.
The last advantage (and this is an advantage depending on your perspective) is that Vivofit shows you a lot more data than Fitbit does. The Vivofit gives you very detailed information maybe even too much according to some experts. This is a case of personal preference as to how much information you want your device to display. There could be some potential privacy violations if too much information is shown on the Vivofit. It is claimed that Fitbit shows you just enough so you will keep interested in seeing more data. So this could or could not be an advantage for Vivofit.

Don’t Count Fitbit Out

Don't Count Fitbit Out

This is where Fitbit makes a roaring comeback after being beaten by Vivofit on some basic features discussed above. This is a big one for Fitbit because it will show call, text, and calendar notifications from your smartphone. Vivofit does not show any notifications on its device. This is a real problem because if you are expecting a very important phone call you will never know it came in on a vivofit. But on the Fitbit as soon as the notification appears you are aware of it. There could be a life-threatening call or email and you will never get it. This could be big losing disadvantage for Vivofit. It today’s world of texting you want to be notified of your texts.

Another advantage Fitbit has over Vivofit is that its functions are much easier to access and use the device than Vivoft’s is. There are fewer options on Fitbit which removes a lot of clutter from the display. Fitbit is easy to use while Vivofit is not. Vivofit has a lot of dark data and may be harder to read the display than Fitbit’s display. Fitbit’s software is much easier to navigate than Vivofit software is. This could be a time saver in the long run. You are in a hurry and you want to pull up data fast.

Vivofit clutter will prevent you from interfacing with the data quickly and it will take longer to pull up data you want to see. From another perspective, Fitbit’s easier to navigate which will less likely frustrate users. Vivofit on the other hand with the clutter may make user’s impatient when they try to pull up data quickly but they cannot because there is too much data to wade through to get to the information they want.

Again, this could prove to be a personal choice but Fitbit is supposed to be more aesthetically pleasing to the eye than Vivofit is, It appears that Vivofit has more of a sterile look than Fitbit has. In one expert’s opinion, the latest Fitbit design (the one we are comparing to Vivofit) is the best-looking design to date. This could be a big advantage Fitbit has over Vivofit or it could be a minor advantage. It depends on what you feel is important to have on your fitness device. One person may not think twice about t how their device looks. The next person may just base their whole choice on how good Fitbit looks as opposed to Vivofit.

It really comes down to individual perspective as to which one of these fitness devices is better than the other one. It would benefit you to talk with your family and friends to see what product they are using between the two. Find out why they are using one over the other. What are their reasons for preferring Vivofit over Fitbit or the other way around?

You can also look at reviews (like this one) online and see which one the individual author seems to favor over the other one. Even though in all fairness the reviewer should leave personal taste out of the review and just give objective information. Just the facts alone can help you to make a decision on what features are important to you and which ones really do not matter to you.

Some other comparative notes on the two fitness devices. Vivofit has a more sophisticated Gps feature than Fitbit does. Vivofit can still track your route without having your phone with you but Fitbit has a connected GPS which means it can only draw the information from your phone when it is in a near vicinity of the device. This means you have to take your phone with you when you run. This could be limiting for you. If you have to bring your phone on the run to track your route why have a fitness device in the first place to track your route as well?. Like we mentioned before the vivofit will work being submerged in water down to 50 meters where the Fitbit is only water-resistant.

If you are a sports fan this could be a big clincher for you. It will track golfing, water sports, snowboarding, and skiing. The Fitbit will not support the above mentioned sports and it does not support snow sports at all. This will be a big turn-off for a lot of snow sports enthusiasts.

Imagine you would be missing a whole genre of snow sports facilities you could not track if you own a Fitbit instead of a Vivofit. Vivofit supports 40,000 golf courses. Fitbit does not support Golf at all. The golfers will choose Vivofit instead of Fitbit. Golfing is a huge market too.

Grand Finale

Hopefully, after reading these reviews you have a lot to think about as to which device you would choose between Vivofit and Fitbit. Both are extremely popular devices and they both will give the other a run for the money. The Vivofit is $30.00 cheaper and has much more data to access than the Fitbit. On the flip side of the data debate, the Fitbit is much easier to maneuver around in because it has less data to access.

If you are a Golfer and Snow Sports addict than the Vivofit will work better for you than Fitbit. This is because Vivofit supports Golf and Snow Sports while Fitbit does not. And if you want to carry less clutter while you are running. But you still want to track your route then you want to buy Vivofit because it has a more sophisticated Gps system than Fitbit. If you are into looks than you will want to buy the Fitbit instead of the Vivofit because the Vivofit looks clunky and the Fitbit loos much more stylish. You have decisions to make.


Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.