Garmin didn't reinvent the Vivofit Jr with the second-generation model, but it did make it better. In doing so, it added more games, made it more practical for older kids, and more.
- Disney characters
- New games
- Parental Personal Assistant
- More expensive
- What if they don't like Disney?
Age might play a factor in which Vivofit Jr fitness tracker you select for your child. The newer model is a much more colorful choice with more options. Still, there's no reason to discount the older model if you're only looking for a basic tracker for the younger members of your family.
The differences between the two
There are three important differences between the first- and second-generation Vivofit Jr. First, there's the significant design change that looks like it was created by Walt Disney himself. Second is the introduction of all-new apps that parents can set up and design on the companion Vivofit app. Finally, there are refined, adjustable bands that make the second-generation more appealing to older kids.
Overall, the Vivofit Jr 2 represents a nice progression from the first version. The newer model offers a slightly larger (and better) screen that's in color with more strap choices than the original model. Inside, battery life on the device remains the same as does the water rating (yes you can swim with either model).
|Header Cell - Column 0||Vivofit Jr 2||Vivofit Jr|
|Strap||Stretchy and adjustable band options||stretchy only|
|Weight||17.5 grams||17.5 grams|
|Screen Size||11mm x 11mm||10mm x 10mm|
|Resolution||88 x 88||64 x 64|
|Water rating||5 ATM||5 ATM|
|Battery life||1 year||1 year|
Thanks to the introduction of adjustable band options, the Vivofit Jr 2 should appeal to older and younger kids alike since you can swap out the more childish band styles when necessary. For example, while your 4-year-old might like Minnie Mouse, your 9-year-old may not. Therefore, you can switch to a solid red band (or another color) and ditch the Disney look when the time comes.
The newer Vivofit Jr 2 is also the one that features games such as Mickey's Birthday Surprise: A Disney Adventure and Advance in BB-8's Adventure: A Star Wars Story, which are both activity trackers meant to make fitness fun. Meanwhile, with the new Toe-to-Toe step challenges, kids can sync with nearby friends to challenge each other to timed step competitions. On the older model, you have limited app offerings.
Also on the newer model, with the Parental Personal Assistant, parents can add profiles for multiple kids to see each child's steps, sleep, daily activities, and chore data. Grown-ups can also assign chores and schedule alerts from the Vivofit smartphone app which show up on the kids' band.
Overall, there's nothing wrong with the first-generation Vivofit Jr. It just doesn't have as many features as the updated version. If you want to save some money, it might be worth it to go for the older smartwatch. This might be helpful if you're trying out a Vivofit for your very young child, but that's the only reason we see for the purchase.
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Step in the right direction
The Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 is the one to get for kids of all ages. It offers different styles of bands, app-generated games, a chore tracker, and much more.
Not everyone loves Disney.
This is the Vivofit Jr to get with very young kids. It offers basic features to get your kid to start thinking about staying fit. There's still enough games to keep them happy too.
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Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.