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Friday, September 15, 2017

Long Term Review: Vivoactive HR

The Vivoactive HR proved itself all through England, the BVI, and a recent hiking/camping trip. The battery life has stayed incredibly good, mostly because I only have to charge it every 3 days or so, rather than nearly after every activity. That's because at half charge, I know I can still do a 4 hour bike ride and not run the battery down. It also charges insanely fast, which is great for a device that should be on your wrist for you to get the most out of it.

The Achilles' heel however, is insect repellent. Both DEET and Picaridin will break down the seals in the watch, causing water intrusion and rapid failure. Both Arturo and I suffered the same failure, so it's likely a design "feature" of the Vivoactive HR, rather than a manufacturing error.

I would still recommend the unit --- it's very reliable, just keep it away from insect repellent of any sort!

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