Garmin Vivofit 4 Review: Claims to have A Year Lasting Battery

Published on December 16, 2019
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The Vivofit 4 from Garmin provides a color display, enhances functionality, convenience and promises unbeatable battery life. This doesn’t suit anyone searching for a lot of fitness tracking apps, but the fundamentals are perfect for the Vivofit 4.

Garmin claims that the Vivofit 4 will be the best for your hand, but in this region there is hard competition from companies like the Moov Now, Fitbit Alta HR and a range of other products who want to drive you into better health.

Given the color screen on the Vivofit 4, Garmin says that his battery is a standard battery for watch which you can remove, so you never have to think about the charge and will last for a whole year.

Price & Release date

Launched in late 2017, the Garmin Vivofit 4 is on sale since the beginning of 2018. It can now be purchased from a variety of sellers and from Amazon too.

The initial price was $79.99, and the same quality, irrespective of whether you buy the fitness tracker in small or large edition. The price fell down when we saw £ 59.99 in the United Kingdom and just under $80 in the USA.

The cost is around what we would anticipate of such a fitness tracker, provided that the Fitbit Charge 2 is actually about GBP 90 / US$ 130, while the Moov Now, which does not include a screen has a price of around US$ 60.

Display & Design

The Vivofit 4 is substantially smaller than past Garmin items, which ensures that your wrist requires less space and it is a little lighter too. We also identified the material of the plastic belt and with the Vivofit 4, you have the only option. After a nice run, it was easy to clean.

Garmin has given the Vivofit 4 a special secure belt, which ensures that it should not float around the wrist either. For small, medium and large-sized, it was still a comfortable fit because we sought the larger alternative which was too big for the wrists of the reviewer. The silicone might not appear as outstanding and may not go into some particularly nice formal wear, but if you work out and are wearing for long periods of time it will make you feel at ease.

You have the option of belts in pure black or white whereas purple, black and blue models have a sprinkle effect. It looks different from other fitness devices, which usually have only a strong color design and we loved this color effect.

Nor do they costs any more, but we recommend you look for these snazzier choices if you don’t like the basic black or white ones. Garmin also does not have other materials, so it should be noted that for more formal functions like some clever watches offers, you can’t buy the official leather strap.


Despite the name of Garmin, it isn’t the perfect for athletes and many exercise fanatics. The Vivofit 4 was made for those who want something a bit simpler to monitor, but don’t burden you with statistics and data that you don’t need.

The Vivofit 4 continuously monitors the daily steps, but can also be used for jogging and a variety of other fitness exercises. We find that the Vivofit 4 begins tracking vigorous exercise sessions immediately from walking to jogging and this is largely true.

While the range you have travelled may be a little bit off, the Vivofit 4 is definitely not loaded with GPS or heart rate monitoring.

It will provide information like the mean page, the average speed, your training time and a rough estimate of your burned calories.

Move IQ is the name for the feature that starts the operation without pressing a button on the Vivofit 4. Once you start running, it will start soon and will immediately report your workout. This is especially useful when you are out of practice because it does not mean that you are failing to update your app until you jog.

Performance & Specs

The Vivofit 4 is quick because it is a simple tool and does not have to be particularly demanding.

As you run through the menus, it works quickly and we have always noticed that it is accurate. The precise computer power of the Vivofit 4 is uncertain, but the job is done perfectly.

You will not always need to have this attached to your mobile, but you will be advised that you can log information every four weeks and you must synchronize it with your device every once in a while. There is no memory here that can upload music and no Bluetooth compatibility, so this is not particularly built for your own phone.

Compatibility & App

The Garmin software isn’t as easy to use as other competitors like the Fitbit, but it provides you all the details you need in a reasonably easily readable format.

When your Vivofit 4 is connected, the daily step count and training details will be displayed within the app. There is a news feed tab showing you all your stats for activities. You will consider that in the My Day page where the trainings will be shown while you function on a particular day. This splits the information into a huge selection of stats for each exercise.


On fitness trackers, we have seen battery life improve, but a lot of devices which can only last for one or two days can still be purchased.

Garmin promises that this device will last up to a year, so every week you won’t have to load this. We were not able to test this in its entirety, so we must trust Garmin that the tracker lasts a long time. There is no clear information on how you know the battery life of the Garmin Vivofit 4.

Final Words

Vivofit 4 operate against the strong competition from Huawei, Moov and many more businesses in a difficult market.

But it’s generally a good device and although it don’t have some features on your wrist, it’s probable that you will feel happy if you’re looking for a basic tracker.

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