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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

Good Bad
Slim and Stylish Screen is small
Body Battery No GPS
Pulse Ox

Full Specficiation Comparison

 

vivosmart 4 vivosmart 3
Lens Material polycarbonate No Lens
Bezel Material aluminum No Bezel
Strap material silicone silicone
Physical size Small/medium: 15 x 10.5 x 197 mm Width: 18.5 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 122-188 mm Thickness: 9.8 mm
Large: 15 x 10.5 x 223 mm Length (small/medium): 197 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 148-215 mm Length (large): 223 mm
  Circumference (small/medium): 122-188 mm
  Circumference (large): 148-215 mm
Weight Small/medium: 16.5 g Small/medium: 20.4 g
Large: 17.1 g Large: 21.5 g
Water rating Swim Swim
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Display type OLED OLED
Display size 0.26" x 0.70" (6.6 mm x 17.7 mm) 0.38" x 0.76" (9.6 mm x 19.2 mm)
Display resolution 48 x 128 pixels 64 x 128 pixels
Battery life up to 7 days (excluding pulse ox sleep tracking) Up to 5 days
Memory/History 7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data 7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data
Clock Features Yes Yes
Time/date Yes Yes
Automatic daylight saving time Yes Yes
Alarm clock Yes Yes
Timer Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes
Sensors Yes Yes
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor Yes Yes
Barometric altimeter Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes
Pulse Ox Yes No
Daily Smart Features
Connectivity Bluetooth® Smart and ANT+® Bluetooth® Smart and ANT+®
Smart notifications Yes Yes
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only) Yes (Android only) No
Weather Yes Yes
Controls smartphone music Yes Yes
Find My Phone Yes Yes
Find My Watch Yes Yes
VIRB® Camera Remote Yes Yes
Smartphone compatibility iPhone®, Android™ iPhone®, Android™
Compatible with Garmin Connect™ Mobile Yes Yes
Activity Tracking Features
Step counter Yes Yes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it) Yes Yes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal) Yes Yes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep) Yes Yes
Calories burned Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Distance traveled Yes Yes
Intensity minutes Yes Yes
TrueUp™ Yes Yes
Move IQ™ Yes Yes
Fitness Age yes (in app) yes (in app)
Body Battery™ Energy Monitor Yes  
All-day Stress Tracking Yes Yes
Fitness Equipment/Gym
Available gym activity profiles Strength Training, Cardio Training, Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Yoga Strength Training, Cardio Training
Automatic rep counting Yes Yes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
Customizable data pages Yes Yes
Customizable activity profiles Yes Yes
Auto Lap® Yes Yes
V02 max Yes Yes
Customizable alerts Yes Yes
Activity history on watch   Yes
Heart Rate Features
HR zones Yes Yes
HR alerts Yes Yes
HR calories Yes Yes
% HR max Yes Yes
HR Broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+™ to paired devices) Yes Yes
Running Features    
Available run profiles Running Running
Swimming Features
Available swim profiles Pool Swimming (Basic) No
Kid Activity Tracking Features
Toe-to-Toe™ Challenges Yes