Fitbit Alta vs Garmin Vivosmart

Fitbit Alta
Track your steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, hourly activity & stationary time. Get instant access to your stats, the time and smartphone notifications on the slim OLED display. Easily customize your Fitbit Alta tracker with different metal, leather or classic bands that fit your personal style.
Garmin Vivosmart
Garmin Vivosmart Is a Fitness Tracker With a Smartwatch Punch. It offers smartwatch-like capabilities, including the ability to get calendar notifications and alerts for incoming calls, texts and emails.

Latest news about Fitbit Alta and Garmin Vivosmart:

16.05.17. Garmin's vívosmart 3 finally takes fitness tracking to the gym. Garmin is looking to solve one of the biggest issues facing wearables with its latest release, the vívosmart 3: How can an activity tracker be useful in the gym?  The $140 vívosmart 3 is a shot at making a more well-rounded wearable for everyone, with the added bonus of new weight room-specific features. The vívosmart 3 tracks runs, counts steps, and logs your sleep, like its competitors from Fitbit, the Alta HR and the Charge 2. The strength training function is built to log workouts directly on the device, with individual rep counting and even a way to automatically identify the specific exercise being performed via the device's sensors.  This could be Garmin's real edge against Fitbit in the wearable wars. The battery life runs in line with Garmin's five-day estimates.

06.03.17. Fitbit adds heart rate monitoring to its Alta line and improves sleep tracking. Fitbit has updated its popular Alta tracker. The Alta HR is an update to last year’s Alta, a well designed piece of hardware that has since grown into the second-best fitness tracker (behind the company’s higher-end Charge 2). The biggest addition is heart rate monitoring that bumps the price up by $20 to $149. The company is also announcing updates to its sleep tracking, which take advantage of the aforementioned heart rate monitoring to differentiate sleep states, including light, deep and REM. It’s a marked increase over Fitbit’s existing sleep tracking, which relies on the on-board accelerometer to gauge how much a wearer moves during the night. That manner of tracking paints a picture of sleep length, but offers little in the way of quality. The company adds that it will also be harnessing the three billion hours of sleep it’s logged from users to better tailor sleep recommendations in much the way it does with fitness goals.

08.09.14. Garmin Vivosmart - part activity tracker and part smartwatch. Garmin’s first activity tracker vívofit just did’t have a lot of features to make it stand apart from its peers. But the company’s latest activity tracker, vívosmart, does just that. It combines good looks, activity tracking with smartphone alerts and controls — too bad it’s a touch pricey. The $169 band features a hidden touch-sensitive OLED display. The band of course tracks the wearer’s activities and since it’s a Garmin, hooks up to the company’s other products including its heart monitor and activity cameras. Vívosmart also acts as a notification device for a connected smartphone, vibrating for incoming text, email, call, calendar reminders and more.