Hands-On Review: Garmin Vivosmart 4, Activity & Fitness Tracker

Published on November 12, 2019

Garmin Vivosmart 4 is a tracking gadget which has new  Sensors, stylish look and the metrics that give cool glance. The  fitness trackers installed are very exciting and fresh plus its fashionable and thin design. The gadget has features like the body battery and pulse ox but for notifications this gadget has a small display. There is no facility of GPS or connected GPS provided. The Garmin Vivosmart 4 employs the Best tracker to focus on providing you active routine and also to keep you active. The reminders would coax you to exercise when you have been dull and would send you small encouraging messages to help you reach your own set fitness goals. The Vivosmart 4 is Garmin’s very cool looking and fashionable fitness band and offers more than just superb looks.  The Garmin Vivosmart 4  is bundled with advanced features. The body battery keep you rested and physically fit while pulse ox sensors keep track of your breathing-related issues.


Garmin Vivosmart 4 is a stylish band which has said bye bye to the old fitness bands that were only black plus boxy and look alien like on wrists. The Garmin’s most fashionable fitness trackers to date is Garmin Vivosmart 4. tracker unit that has been integrated into Garmin Vivosmart 4 is a slim one-piece silicone band. The gadget has a small, oblong OLED that offers touch functional display. The display is rimmed by a thin aluminum bezel. The tracker is lightweight and extremely comfortable in wearing. The gadget is not removable from the band. There is a limited color choices


The company has tried its best to provide as much as they could in Vivosmart 4’s small touchscreen. The interface of the band’s display is hard to use. The widgets and menu items have been aligned vertically, The touch sensitivity is high however difficult in small display. A touchscreen button at the bottom of the display serves a dual functionality: can take you to the menu and work as a back button as well.

Health and Fitness:

The Vivosmart 4 is a basic fitness trackers. A pulse oximeter, a wrist-based heart rate monitor, smart notifications, VO2 max estimates, and more are packed into this device. It’s not perfect, though. The features does not contain GPS and connected GPS either. The tracker cannot be used to log your miles. The tracker rather employs a motion sensor which is not much accurate. Sometimes the measurements recorded are close to the real length but in other times it is wildly wrong. The stride-length tool improves accuracy.

Pulse Ox:

Garmin Vivosmart 4 is the second Garmin fitness band to include a pulse oximeter. The feature calculates the oxygen saturation (SpO2) of blood. The app runs on daily basis also while sleep, to diagnose sleep apnea and other breathing disorders. The pulse ox readings are available at any time. The tracker uses the calculated readings to measure the blood oxygen as a percentage value. Pulse Ox is a really cool that helps your medical professional a great deal.

Body Battery:

Garmin Vivosmart 4 is the first Garmin device to have the body battery feature that calculates energy levels all round the day. It becomes difficult to ignore weakness and push through it all thanks to the body battery feature of the device. The Garmin Vivosmart 4 employs a combination of different parameters to include heart rate, sleep, workouts and stress to measure energy reserves. The tracker analyses these metrics to keep you always in balance The Vivosmart advises body battery charged by taking a day off from workout, sleeping, and decreasing your stress level. The battery gauge is displayed on the gadget as a widget and is the most cool feature of Garmin Vivosmart 4.

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Garmin Vivosmart 4 can connect to a smartphone to allow viewing the incoming notifications, however, due to small screen, it can be hard to to read the notifications. The text needs to be scrolled otherwise shows only the first line of the notification. The user would rather use his phone to view more details.  Through the Garmin Vivosmart 4 incoming phone calls can be rejected and alerts can be deleted directly from the tracker.

Battery life:

Garmin Vivosmart 4 has battery life timing of four days in a single charge with pulse ox sensor on all night long. If you turn off the pulse ox sensor, it would increase the battery life of the tracker to almost 7 days.

Price and warranty information:

Garmin Vivosmart 4 is at the time accessible now from Garmin’s website online as well as in-store retailers at a cost of only $129. The tracking gadget, Vivosmart 4 is warranted to be flawless in workmanship and materials for a period of 1 year from the original buying date.


The main drawback is the deficient of GPS as well as connected GPS because of which the Garmin Vivosmart 4 is unable to measure distance on the basis of mileage covered. The device takes an approximate measurement of distance covered on the basis of step count, which is not that much accurate as the mileage coverage offers.

Competitive option:

While considering other options against Fitbit Charge 3 is the gadget. It is not as stylish as Garmin Vivosmart 4, however it has the similar performance. The fitness tracker has a pulse ox sensor, a touchscreen display and a connected GPS.  The price is competitive as well:  $149 that is only $20 more than the Garmin Vivosmart 4.

Recommended if:

The Garmin Vivosmart 4 is an excellent tracker in looks and features and long battery timing. The only big drawback is the absence of GPS though the gadget offers not common fitness metrics and fantastic tracking of sleep.

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