Instead of a spring hinge, the Vivoactive's straps are secured in place with tiny screws, and you get a tiny screwdriver with your purchase, too.
The buckle is a classic watch closure, and at the tail end of the silicone straps is a ridge that prevents it from flapping around. Swiping left and right on the touch screen and tapping it lets you navigate the menus, but you'll also use one physical button on the right side of the Vivoactive to access functionality.
It makes sense to use tactile feedback with a device that's on your skin.
When a notification comes to your Vivoactive from a Bluetooth-connected Android or i OS device, the watch vibrates and displays the alert.
A nearly identical button on the left lights up the screen and powers down the device when held.
The battery life is so remarkable, however, I doubt you'll have many occasions to shut it off.
On Tuesday, the first day I set up my Garmin Vivoactive (9), I assumed I'd be recharging it come Friday afternoon.
I had plans for this mighty little wristwatch activity tracker, after all.
In every other respect, the Vivoactive matches those two devices, and in a few places exceeds them.
For example, Garmin has its own app store, Connect IQ, where you can install other apps and widgets to put even more functionality onto your wrist.
The 1.13-by-0.80-inch display (a memory-in-pixel, reflective LCD) is always on, making the Vivoactive a perpetual wristwatch.
Without the wrist straps, the device itself measures 1.72 by 1.52 by 0.32 (HWD) inches and weighs just 0.63 ounces. Trust me when I say it's thin and light When you buy a Garmin Vivoactive, you have a few options.
Because the bands are swappable, you can play with different colors in both leather (black or white; .99) and silicone (black, white, slate, red, blue, berry, or purple; .99).