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Garmin Vivosmart 4 vs Vivosmart 3

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Posted: 28/09/2018 at 11:28 AM   /   by   /   comments (0)

Garmin has released the new iteration for the vivosmart 4 series and it’s packed with software and comes in 4 stylish colours. It’s set to release in Australia this month with a couple more styles releasing in October. These new styles include Grey Rose Gold, Black, Berry and Azure Blue and have an RRP of $199.

Garmin vivosmart 4 Grey Rose Gold| Available Now| $199 AUD |

Garmin vivosmart 4 Azure Blue Silver | ETA Mid October | $199 AUD |

Garmin vivosmart 4 Berry Light Gold| ETA 11th October | $199 AUD |

Garmin vivosmart 4 Black (Small/Medium) | Available Now| $199 AUD |

Garmin vivosmart 4 Black (Large) | Available Now| $199 AUD |

Garmin vivosmart 4 Berry Light Gold

Garmin vivosmart 4 Berry Light Gold

Garmin vivosmart 4 Azure Blue Silver

Garmin vivosmart 4 Azure Blue Silver

Garmin vivosmart 4 Grey Rose Gold

Garmin vivosmart 4 Grey Rose Gold

Garmin vivosmart 4 Black

Garmin vivosmart 4 Black

What’s Changed from the previous iteration

There are a couple of significant changes with the new iteration the biggest software changes are the Pulse Ox (Pulse Oximetry) and the Body Battery features. The inclusion of Pulse Ox is surprising as it’s only be released on this watch and Garmin’s premium fitness watch the fenix 5X Plus. I’ll list the core changes below before into more detail:

  • It’s a lot thinner and comes with a much clearer screen with a polycarbonate screen
  • Battery life (7 days instead of 5)
  • Pulse Ox
  • Body Battery feature

The Body Battery is a new Garmin feature that has debuted on this watch. It works by estimating how ‘fatigued’ your body is based on your recorded activity information and health metrics. This data is based on your own historical information – heart rate, quality of sleep, physical activity. These factors come together to give you an estimate on how ready you are for a workout. Lower numbers indicate you should be leaning towards lighter exercise or rest while higher numbers suggest you are well rested and prepared for an intense workout.

Body Battery

Out of the box, this measurement tracking won’t be super accurate as it will need time to understand your personal level of fitness. The Body Battery feature can also help you track potential patterns throughout your weeks, this data can actually help inform you why you’re feeling odd on a particular day.

Body Battery range:

0-25: Low energy reserve

26-50: Medium energy reserve

51-75: High energy reserve

76-100: Very high energy reserve

Data Metrics

Sleep Data Metrics

Pulse Ox was first introduced on the fenix 5X Plus series but has also been released on the vivosmart 4. At a basic level, the Pulse Ox measurement captures the amount of oxygen saturation in your blood. For the vivosmart, the focus on using Pulse Ox is to get more information on how well you slept and what impact that had on your body. Now you can instantly view your Oxygen Saturation at any point (I’ll include a chart that explains what the percentages mean) though spot analysis is particularly useful at altitude.

Pulse Ox

What does it do

At its core, the vivosmart 4 is designed for everyday health-minded users. This is not intended for athletes nor is it meant to be an all-purpose smartwatch. The software functionality is designed only for health stats like analysing Sleep patterns (REM sleep gauge), tracking your activity impact and benefit (body battery), stress tracking, relaxation breathing timer, VO2 Max and more.

While the device does not have built-in GPS functionality, it can still track all of your standard activities like walks, runs, strength training, yoga, pool swim and more. It also comes with smartphone compatibility with alerts for notifications, calls, texts and calendar notifications. It’s also safe for swimming and showering without getting damaged.

But is it good?

Overall this watch with the new features like Body Battery and the inclusion of Pulse Ox make it an excellent new addition to Garmin’s lineup, my only problem with this watch is the screen. The screen size makes me question the point of even including all the notification features. You will be entirely relying on the Garmin Connect Companion app for any fitness/health information you want to check up on.

Garmin vivosmart 4 Grey Rose Gold360-degree and accessories available on tabs of this page

Garmin vivosmart 4 Azure Blue Silver - 360-degree and accessories available on tabs of this page

Garmin vivosmart 4 Berry Light Gold - 360-degree and accessories available on tabs of this page

Garmin vivosmart 4 Black (Small Med)360-degree and accessories available on tabs of this page

Garmin vivosmart 4 Black (Large) - 360-degree and accessories available on tabs of this page

Slim and StylishScreen is small
Body BatteryNo GPS
Pulse Ox
Full Specficiation Comparison


vivosmart 4vivosmart 3
Lens MaterialpolycarbonateNo Lens
Bezel MaterialaluminumNo Bezel
Strap materialsiliconesilicone
Physical sizeSmall/medium: 15 x 10.5 x 197 mmWidth: 18.5 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 122-188 mmThickness: 9.8 mm
Large: 15 x 10.5 x 223 mmLength (small/medium): 197 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 148-215 mmLength (large): 223 mm
 Circumference (small/medium): 122-188 mm
 Circumference (large): 148-215 mm
WeightSmall/medium: 16.5 gSmall/medium: 20.4 g
Large: 17.1 gLarge: 21.5 g
Water ratingSwimSwim
Display typeOLEDOLED
Display size0.26" x 0.70" (6.6 mm x 17.7 mm)0.38" x 0.76" (9.6 mm x 19.2 mm)
Display resolution48 x 128 pixels64 x 128 pixels
Battery lifeup to 7 days (excluding pulse ox sleep tracking)Up to 5 days
Memory/History7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data
Clock FeaturesYesYes
Automatic daylight saving timeYesYes
Alarm clockYesYes
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitorYesYes
Barometric altimeterYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes
Pulse OxYesNo
Daily Smart Features
ConnectivityBluetooth® Smart and ANT+®Bluetooth® Smart and ANT+®
Smart notificationsYesYes
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only)Yes (Android only)No
Controls smartphone musicYesYes
Find My PhoneYesYes
Find My WatchYesYes
VIRB® Camera RemoteYesYes
Smartphone compatibilityiPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™
Compatible with Garmin Connect™ MobileYesYes
Activity Tracking Features
Step counterYesYes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)YesYes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)YesYes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep)YesYes
Calories burnedYesYes
Floors climbedYesYes
Distance traveledYesYes
Intensity minutesYesYes
Move IQ™YesYes
Fitness Ageyes (in app)yes (in app)
Body Battery™ Energy MonitorYes 
All-day Stress TrackingYesYes
Fitness Equipment/Gym
Available gym activity profilesStrength Training, Cardio Training, Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, YogaStrength Training, Cardio Training
Automatic rep countingYesYes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
Customizable data pagesYesYes
Customizable activity profilesYesYes
Auto Lap®YesYes
V02 maxYesYes
Customizable alertsYesYes
Activity history on watch Yes
Heart Rate Features
HR zonesYesYes
HR alertsYesYes
HR caloriesYesYes
% HR maxYesYes
HR Broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+™ to paired devices)YesYes
Running Features  
Available run profilesRunningRunning
Swimming Features
Available swim profilesPool Swimming (Basic)No
Kid Activity Tracking Features
Toe-to-Toe™ ChallengesYes