Garmin launched their newest fitness tracker, the vivofit 4. The major difference between this and other snap-on trackers is its cost; it’s one of the few on the market that falls under $100, yet still offers some features found in more expensive devices.
Garmin Vivofit 3 was well-known among fitness trackers in 2017. Will the Garmin Vivofit 4 live up to its name? Let’s find out.
Garmin vomit 4 review notes: Our first review unit had a bug that could cause these devices to stop counting steps, but our second unit has no such issues.
I’ve been using the Garmin vivofit 4 for fourteen days as my main fitness tracker, and the Google Pixel 2 XL has been my phone of choice throughout this review.
Garmin has succeeded in making the v vomit 4 look like a pricier fitness tracker with its other models, such as the v to smart 3 or Gosport. At 11 mm thick and 23 mm wide, the V ofit4 is also slightly wider than its predecessor. The Garmin Vivofit LG 4 is lightweight at only 25 grams. And this isn’t something I realized, especially when one day it just disappeared from my wrist because it was so light!
One key difference between your v vofit 3 and 4 is the improved, color screen. The v vofit 4 includes a slightly bigger 11 x 11 mm display (the 3 s was 10 x 10 mm). The vivofit 4 features a screen with an LED backlight, which can be turned on by holding the physical button.
The screen is readable outdoors, but it is difficult to see when indoors if you don’t turn the backlight on. I wish the backlight had an auto mode so it would activate automatically in low light, but I’m probably just nit-picking for things to criticize.
The vivofit 4 comes with a comfortable strap that may be the best feature of this model. It’s easy to put on and adjust, but it feels plasticky compared to previous iterations. The clasp is also different from previous models – for anyone used to a standard watch clasp, this will come as a welcome change when upgrading from
You can purchase the vivofit 4 in three different color options. The black, white, and speckle bands are sold separately for $19.99. If you buy both a merlot and navy speckle band as well, they are given to you at $29.99 worth of value.
Features and performance
The v vomit 4 costs $80 $60 cheaper than the v vivoactive 3 and $120 cheaper than the Vivo sport. With less a GPS and heart rate monitor, it’s not for everyone but it has enough features for many that just need to track steps or exercise.
While it can track your steps, calories burned, sleep, and distance traveled, the Garmin Vivofit 4 has no GPS.
If you want to monitor and track your heart rate, there are numerous activity monitors and smartwatches that will do the job for you.
The Vivofit 4 doesn’t have a heart rate sensor, unlike the previous models which let you connect with external sensors through ANT+ connectivity. It is a shame that Garmin did not include an ANT+ connection in this model of the visit. The v vomit line stood out from other trackers of similarly priced due to its heart rate sensor and Garmin has now discontinued it.
Garmin noted that increased features and an upgraded color display on the Vivofit 4 left less room in the firmware for ANT+ connectivity. Garmin told Android Authority it may be added back, but we sure hope to see this feature come back with the next iteration of vivofit 5.
The Vivofit 4’s Move IQ feature supports Garmin’s wonderful activity recognition. This means you won’t have to manually start a task before your workout, but it won’t track any swim activities and requires an upgraded model if you need lap/speed data.
Sometimes the same features found on more powerful fitness watches are also available on budget versions, like the Move Bar. By day’s end, if you haven’t moved much for an hour or two – think of that long meeting that is now over but you can’t risk taking a walk to get rid of your extra calories – it will let you know and
The VivoFit 4 monitors your steps taken, total exercise time, and calories burned during exercise. It can provide distance, pace, and speed information that is not as accurate because it obtains this data via accelerometer data. Still, the capability to track the numbers in concern can provide users with an idea of their overall level.
The Vivofit 4’s accelerometer was hit and miss throughout our testing period, nonetheless, it was mostly missed. It often overshot distance and speed by a significant margin. I took a three-mile run on the treadmill at a reliably precise pace of 7.8 mph. In the screenshots below, you can see that my Garmin Vivofit 4 recorded my distance as 2.57 miles, my best pace as 2:30 minute/ mile, and my max speed as 23.9 mph!
Sleep tracking can be accurate or inaccurate depending on what you’re doing prior to going to bed. For example, the Garmin v V 3 following I was reading in the living room and it did’ t record when I went to sleep. Perhaps not surprisingly, other times the sleep data has looked just fine. For example, one night before bed I was watching Netflix and went to sleep with the vivofit on. This led to it showing that I slept for 12 hours straight even though this wasn’t accurate at all. The device also showed periods of deep sleep when in reality I
Garmin Connect records your sleep levels and movement throughout the night and gives you details about how much of your sleep was deep, light, in case you were awake. This is not displayed in a very user-friendly manner within the app on iPhone devices. To reduce confusion when choosing a fitness tracker, we may choose the line graph Fitbit offers on its iPhone app.