The Garmin Vivoactive 4 offers everything that you need to track your fitness and activity, whether it’s in the gym or out on the road, all in a slim, stylish package that won’t break the bank. As one of the best GPS watches on the market today, we took it through its paces to find out what it can do, whether the price point was worth it, and if there are any other things you should know before making your purchase. Here’s what we found.
This product offers several great new features that were not available in the previous model. The watch band is smaller, giving it a slimmer appearance while still offering the same durability. Features such as on-board sports apps allow you to track activities without your phone.
There are also now stress and sleep tracking capabilities, as well as an on-watch personal trainer to keep you motivated and encouraged throughout your workouts. If you’re looking for something simple with plenty of features, this may be the right one for you. It’s a great choice for anyone who wants the best device they can get at an affordable price.
Plus, it’s compatible with both iOS and Android! If you want to learn more about this wonderful product, please check out our review of the Garmin Vivoactive 4! We’ve written a comprehensive review detailing its most notable features and how it compares to similar products. We hope this helps you make the decision that’s right for you! My name is _______, I’m the Head Designer here at GPS Junction. As always, we thank you for reading!
Starting with the design, this is not a watch that is going to blow you away. It’s comfortable and lightweight, which are two important aspects of any smartwatch. But it doesn’t have much of an appeal to it. This might be more of a problem for me than someone else who isn’t into fashion as much as I am, but I think there are better-looking options out there. The band has plenty of holes to adjust it and was easy enough to do so in the store.
There is also the option to swap out straps on the back (20mm), which seems to give some versatility in terms of looks for the device if you don’t like the blue color or want something that can dress up your outfit or down depending on where you’re going. The display is bright, clear, and vibrant with a resolution of 240×240 pixels.
Physical Quality and Comfort – The watch feels like a real piece of equipment. There is weight to it, but this weight makes it feel durable and purposeful. Its square design is not likely to be as attractive to some people, but for those who are looking for function over form, this is a good device. The watch does not slip around when running because of the tight strap; however, there may be an adjustment period where people become accustomed to feeling the strap around their wrist.
That said, comfort becomes increasingly better as time goes on because the band loosens up over time.
On a side note, some people do find that they need to change the width of the band due to sweat during intense workouts. With all of these watches, there can be a trade-off between form and function in terms of what type of material you want the strap made out of. With the Vivoactive 4, Garmin uses silicone which prevents skin irritation or rashes. While it doesn’t breathe as well as other materials, it’s unlikely you’ll experience any major discomfort with silicone in regards to allergies or excessive sweating during exercise.
All things considered, this watch should last years with proper care and wear so long as you take precautions against water damage or accidental exposure to elements (salt water).
Software & Connectivity
Connectivity is one of the top points to consider when making your decision. The Garmin Vivoactive 4 has many connectivity options including Bluetooth and WiFi. You can also use ANT+ sensors such as speed/cadence, heart rate monitor and foot pod with the device. Data is also synced automatically to a compatible device such as a smartphone or laptop via Bluetooth or WiFi connection.
It should be noted that there is no cellular connectivity with this watch but it does have live tracking where you can connect another phone number so emergency services will know your location in case of an accident. The battery life on the Garmin Vivoactive 4 lasts up to 8 days in power save mode and up to 12 hours in GPS mode which are both very impressive features for a fitness tracker. Software-wise, the Garmin App Gallery offers plenty of third party apps for navigation, running routes, fitness programs, coaching tips etc.
Battery Life & Compatibility
Battery life on the Vivoactive 4 is great. I easily get at least five days of battery, and I never need to recharge it. The Garmin Connect app will even notify you when your battery level is low, so that you can take action and plug in. I’ve found that the heart rate monitor works well with this watch, though it does have some limitations that other GPS-enabled watches do not have – specifically speed monitoring.
Speed will still show on the watch as a general estimation, but if you want accurate speed readings, then use the foot pod to calibrate instead of relying on wrist data. Here are some tips for conserving battery life: Turn off the screen after every use. Keep Bluetooth turned off (you can connect through WiFi) when not using notifications or apps.
Turn off all notifications except for alerts from your favorite apps, such as text messages or phone calls. Set up alarms through the timer rather than relying on beep alerts that could drain power more quickly. And don’t forget to update the software!