What are the best wearable devices for swimming?

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    #1Garmin vívoactive

    Garmin vívoactive

    The Garmin vívoactive is the perfect smartwatch for sports activities. It features GPS integrated and independent from your smartwatch, ultra-thin design and built-in sports applications (run, bike, swim, golf, walk...) and sleep tracking. 

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    Sergio Pineda
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This watch does a lot of things, but you really can't use any of them at the same time, which kind of defeats the purpose. For example, the watch works as a GPS watch for running, and it also works as a remote control for your music, but you can't use both at the same time. What a complete waste!!!!! I bought this to replace a 6 year old Garmin Forerunner that no longer holds a charge. As a GPS watch, this Vivoactive is a nice replacement, since it's close to the same price that I paid for the old watch that didn't do anything extra and took 3 minutes to find a GPS signal (the Vivoactive was only $10 more expensive at $120 and picks up a signal immediately). I have to keep reminding myself of that, since I seem to get angry every time I use the watch and realize that I can't really use any of the other features when I run. Speaking of the music feature, I was really excited to find out that this watch acts as a remote control for your music. This solves my problem of having to hold my phone in my hand on a long run (or hike), or having to constantly pull it out of my waist pouch or yank off my arm band to change songs (or using my wireless headphones and accidentally pulling them out of my ear). I read that this feature worked well for Android phones but was limited on iPhones, only working for iTunes but not for apps like Spotify. I am happy to report that it DOES WORK FOR SPOTIFY!!!! on the iPhone. The biggest let down though, is that if you are using one of the fitness apps (like you are on a run, and have the run app going so you can see your time, distance and speed), you can't scroll out of the running screen to change your music (major fail- completely defeats the purpose for me)."
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    #2Garmin Swim Watch

    Garmin Swim Watch

    The Garmin Swim Watch is a device that records the swim distance, pace stroke and pool lengths. It offers also offers advances features for time settings and logging drills. 

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    Lori Oliver
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Records swim distance pace stroke count and pool lengths , Water resistant to 50 meters Physical size 1.7 x 1.9 x 0.5 inches.Wireless uploads using ANT to Garmin Connect to analyze Offers advanced features for timed sets and logging drills Watch features - time of day (12/24h), dual time zone, day/date, daily alarm Twelve month battery life on a user-replaceable coin cell battery - CR 2032"
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    #3Waterfi Charge 2

    Waterfi Charge 2

    The Waterfi Charge 2 is a wearable device that can track the user's activities and heart rate. It also has 2 different wristbands for swimming and for gym activities. It can be submerged underwater for up to 30 feet.

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    Roger Ross
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Waterfi Waterproof Fitbit Charge 2 is exactly what I was looking for to take to the gym since I don't want to scratch up my apple watch this is a great cheap alternative"
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    #4Moov Now

    Moov Now
    Moov Now measures your exact movement and analyzes it in order to coach you. The free MOOV app offers free guided programs in sports including running, cycling, swimming, body weight training, and cardio boxing. 
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    Rebecca Silva
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I love the price point on this watch. However, it is plain ugly. Plus, it doesn't work all that well all the time."
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    #5Garmin Vívoactive HR

    Garmin Vívoactive HR
    Garmin Vívoactive HR is a GPS smartwatch with wrist-based heart rate. It has a sunlight-readable, high-resolution and colored touchscreen with built-in sports apps perfect for running, biking, swimming and more. 
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    Susan Russell
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "I like the idea behind this fitness tracker. I like a LOT of the things that you can do with it. The problem is, the multitude of "likes" is offset by the one issue that has bugged my VivoActive HR since I purchased it two months ago. Every so often, while I have it plugged into my computer USB port for charging, it has the annoying issue of updating itself and causing problems that will make any fitness junkie just gnash his teeth in frustration. You can download apps from the app store and they sure come in handy...until the aforementioned update ends up wiping them out. For example, I never cared much for the standard watch face so I downloaded one that was more to my liking. I also downloaded a hiking app so that it would keep track of my activity when I was out for my 3-times per week hike. Then I plugged it in to recharge and bang...the apps are no longer there, and I have the original watch face back. The first time it happened, the device was about 3 weeks old. I figured maybe it was some sort of anomaly, so I downloaded the 2 apps again and went through the process of adjusting the settings to my preference. Then about a month later and son of a gun, doesn't it do it all over again. This morning my apps were gone. So now I have to browse the app store and try and remember which ones I downloaded the first time. Fortunately I had written down the exact name of the apps that I liked, so it was less of a nightmare than I might have dealt with. But after two times, the watch has taken its place in the desk drawer and I've just gone back to my standard Timex Ironman wristwatch. Sure, it doesn't track my steps, my calorie burn, my activities, but I'm OK with that. All those things are great if they aren't offset by this annoying habit of the watch to delete everything I've installed on it! Come on Garmin, do your homework and your beta testing. I spent my entire life working in quality control and my company would have been out of business if we put out products with that level of reliability. The answer is not in a computer forum where you try and find someone else with the same (unresolved) problem. The answer is to manufacture a GPS Smart Watch with a better pattern of reliability. Buy one if you like, maybe you'll have better luck than I did, but be prepared. "
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    #6TomTom Spark 3

    TomTom Spark 3

    The TomTom Spark 3 is a water-proof, GPS-equipped fitness watch that provides users workout metrics in real-time. It is compatible with iPhones with iOS 8 and above and devices with Android 4.4.

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    Keith Coleman
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Waterproof Sport Watch: Multisport Mode tracks all your indoor and outdoor sports, including every run, cycle, swim and gym workout. Route exploration: Discover new routes, push your boundaries and never run the same route twice. GPS Watch with Advanced Features: 24/7 activity tracking, phone notifications, waterproof up to 40M and customizable straps"
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    #7Garmin Forerunner 920XT

    Garmin Forerunner 920XT

    This Garmin Forerunner 920XT is a smartwatch that can track numerous activities and fitness, from heart rate and cadence to pace, stroke count in swimming, and ground contact time in running. It also has Virb Elite action camera4 for recording.

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    Aradhya Venkatesan
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Garmin Forerunner 920XT is an activity tracker with plenty of options that works great inside the pool. I no longer have to try to remember how many laps I've swum or how many yards I need to cover. This device makes it easy for me to track my strokes and map my distance. It has useful features such as a pool rest timer, a lap counter and a metronome for run and stroke cadences. I also like that i that it can sync over both WiFi and Bluetooth which makes it more convenient to use."
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    #8Moov NOW M1508-bl-mov

    Moov NOW M1508-bl-mov

    The Moov NOW M1508-bl-mov is a wearable device that provides real-time audio coaching for running, cycling, cardio boxing, and body weight. It is equipped with a swim tracker for metrics such as the user's stroke type and stroke count.

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    Benjamin Hart
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "Have you ever been lost at sea? Well I can't think of a better wearable than the moov its got it all to keep you afloat!"
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    #9Withings Activité Pop

    Withings Activité Pop

    Withings Activité Pop is capable of time and activity tracking. It automatically syncs with your smartphone and tracks steps, distance, calories and sleep. It also features realtime coaching.

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    Vishal Sen
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This watch combines efficiently time and activity tracking. It syncs with my smartphone with ease and the battery lasts long. It's highly efficient and cost effective."
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    #10Garmin vívofit Fitness Band

    Garmin vívofit Fitness Band

    The Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band is a wearable device that tracks and learns the user's activity level and assigns a personalized daily goal. It displays steps, calories, distance and monitors sleep.

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    Kathryn Gardner
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Garmin is an amazing brand. I started swimming before work for exercise, I wanted a tracker that could go in the water. I love this tracker, it looks like a sporty watch, it tracks with no problems and even tracks sleep patterns if you want. This is a great fitness tracker"
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    #11Waterfi Waterproof Fitbit Alta

    Waterfi Waterproof Fitbit Alta
    The Waterfi Waterproof Fitbit Alta is a wearable device that tracks and analyzes the user's movements throughout the day. It can be submerged 30 feet underwater and allows its user to customize fitness goals.
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    Heather Scott
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I get most of my exercise from swimming and thought it would be great to get a fitness tracker that would record my exercise from swimming. I like the Waterfi because it is waterproof and you can wear it while in the water and use it to track your progress. I do see that it only has 3.5 star reviews so I'm wondering if it's the best on the market. It also isn't actually for sale on Amazon so I'm wondering if it's something I can still actually purchase. Overall, there's some things I like but I will probably keep looking for a watch that is available right now."
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    #12Timex T2N720

    Timex T2N720

    Timex T2N720 is a sporty tide and temperature compass watch. It is water resistant up to 100 m, has an analog hand for tide watch, and manual activation of the analog compass function which will only work upon activation.

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    Sarah Gibson
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "This is a sexy looking watch with a lot of functions. I like the black and red coloring, and the face is easy to see. The one drawback is the band, which made my skin itch. I simply replaced it."

Summary

Best What are the best wearable devices for swimming
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Garmin vívoactiveElectronics 33 Paid
2Garmin Swim WatchElectronics 28 Paid
3Waterfi Charge 2Electronics 22 Paid
4Moov NowElectronics 22 Paid
5Garmin Vívoactive HRElectronics 21 Paid
6TomTom Spark 3Electronics 17 Paid
7Garmin Forerunner 920XTElectronics 15 Paid
8Moov NOW M1508-bl-movElectronics 14 Paid
9Withings Activité PopElectronics 13 Paid
10Garmin vívofit Fitness BandElectronics 9 Paid
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