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Garmin Vivosport vs Vivosmart 4 vs Vivofit 4 Compared

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Featured in this comparison are three of Gamin’s cheapest fitness trackers; the Vivosport vs Vivosmart 4 vs Vivofit 4 – Three outstanding smartbands – All great choices for tracking your active life and some of the very best on the market. We compare the specs and features head-to-head so you know what the differences are, and which is the best choice for you.

Garmin Vivosport vs Vivosmart 4 vs Vivofit 4 Specs Compared

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EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)
Battery:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Features:
3.4 out of 5 stars (3.4 / 5)
Price:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Average:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)
Design:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Battery:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Features:
3.4 out of 5 stars (3.4 / 5)
Price:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Average:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Design:
3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)
Battery:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Features:
3.2 out of 5 stars (3.2 / 5)
Price:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Average:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameGarmin VivosportGarmin Vivosmart 4Garmin Vivofit 4
Device typeSmartbandSmartbandSmartband
Predessesor--Garmin Vivosmart 3Garmin Vivofit 3
Successor
Released dateAugust, 2017August, 2018February, 2018
Ideal forUnisexUnisexUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeTransflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)OLEDTransflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Display size0.76 inch0.70 inch0.43 inch
Screen resolution72 x 144 pixel48 x 128 pixel88 x 88 pixel
Input typeTouchscreenTouchscreenTouchkey

BODY

ShapeRectangular/curvedRectangular/curvedRectangular/curved
Dimension10.9 mm x 21 mm15 x 10.5 x 18.33 mm9.4 x 19 21.2 mm
Weight24.1 g (small band)
27 g (large band)
16.5 g (small band)
17.1 g (large band)
25 g (small band)
25.5 g (large band)
Casing materialPolymerPolycarbonatePolycarbonate
Strap materialSiliconeSiliconeSilicone/TPU
Bezel Material--Aluminum--
Band size122-188 mm (Small)
148-215 mm (large)
122-188 mm (Small)
148-215 mm (large)
122-188 mm (Small)
148-215 mm (large)
Screen protectionChemically strengthened glassChemically strengthened glassChemically strengthened glass
Water resistantYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM
Color(s)SlateGold/berry, gold/gray. silver/blue, black
Black

MEMORY

RAM------
Internal storage14 days of tracked data14 days of tracked data4 weeks of tracked data
Memory card slotNoNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth and ANT+Bluetooth and ANT+Bluetooth and ANT+
Wi-Fi------
NFCNoNoNo
GPSYesNoNo

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

Technology------
SIM slotNoNoNo
Band------

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
Third-party apps YesYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep trackingYesYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes--
Distance coveredYesYesYes
Steps climbedYesYesYes
Calories CaloriesYesYesYes

MEDIA

Audio------
RadioNoNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNoNo
MicrophoneNoNoNo
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

Accelerometer YesYesYes
Magnetometer ------
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesNo
BarometerYesYesNo
Gyroscope ----No
Ambient light--Yes--
Other sensors--Pulse Oximeter--

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Proprietary OS Proprietary OS Proprietary OS
Chipset------
CPU------
GPU------

BATTERY

Type of batteryLithium polymerLithium polymer2 x SR43 replaceable battery
Battery capacity ------
Battery lifeGPS mode: Up to 8 hours
Smartwatch mode: Up to 7 days
Smartwatch mode: Up to 7 days1 year+
ChargingCharging cableCharging cableNo charging
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours--

MISC

Payment systemNoNoNo
Compatibility Android and
iOS
Android and
iOS
Android and
iOS
Companion appGarmin connect appGarmin connect appGarmin connect app
Customizable watch face------
Interchangeable band YesYesYes
Voice commandNoNoNo

BOX CONTENTS

Garmin VivosportGarmin Vivosmart 4Garmin Vivofit 4
StrapStrapStrap
USB charging cableUSB charging cable--
User manualUser manualUser manual

PRICE

About $126About $112About $70

What’s the Difference?

Garmin Vivosport vs Vivosmart 4 vs Vivofit 4 Features Compared

  1. Garmin Vivosport vs Vivosmart 4 vs Vivofit 4: Design

  2. In general, each of these three is lightweight, sleek and very comfortable to wear which are all the attributes of a nice fitness smartband. However, the Vivosmart 4 powered by OLED has a more interactive display compared to the transflective memory-in-pixel display powering the Vivosport and Vivofit 4. Although, the display of the later two are easier to read outdoors compared to the Vivosmart 4.

    The Vivosmart 4 also has the most stylish design with the aluminum bezel lining the top that leaves it with a more decent appearance, while also weighing a bit less than the other two which no doubt makes it the most befitting wear.

  3. Garmin Vivosport vs Vivosmart 4 vs Vivofit 4: Fitness Tracking

  4. The major difference between these three is in the available sensors and subsequently fitness tracking features. Each of these three can track your steps, distance, sleep, calories burned and as well can remind you after a long period of inactivity.

    However, the Vivofit 4 being a basic actvivity tracker lacks some fitness tracking features present on the Vivosport and Vivosmart 4. The latter two come with heart rate sensor, barometric altimeter which gives you more insight on your intensity helping you know when to scale up or down your intensity, and are also great choices for tracking climbing activities.

    In addition, the Vivosport has inbuilt GPS that makes it a great choice for outdoor activity tracking, but lacks a pulse ox sensor present on the Vivosmart 4 . The pulse ox monitors your oxygen level, and comes handy when you’re climbing, helping you see how well your body is adjusting to higher heights and as well monitors oxygen circulations while you sleep.

  5. Garmin Vivosport vs Vivosmart 4 vs Vivofit 4: Battery Life

  6. Each of these three boast a long battery life that lets you go long on a single charge, allowing you focus on your goal for the day. However, the Vivofit 4 uses a SR43 cell battery that last over a year before requiring a replacement, while the Vivosmart 4 and Vivosport use rechargeable lithium batteries that last just about a week which is impressive.

Garmin Vivosport vs Vivosmart 4 vs Vivofit 4: Which is Better?

No doubt, any of these three would be a great choice for monitoring your daily activities. However, the Vivosport and Vivosmart are higher-end compared to the Vivofit 4 that’s a basic tracker lacking some vital sensors and fitness tracking features.

In other words, the Vivosport and Vivosmart 4 are better choices with the Vivosmart 4 being a more outstanding device, and that makes it the best choice.

Our Pick

The Vivosmart 4 has the most stylish design and also has the least weight while also being a comprehensive activity tracker with an impressive battery life. The Vivosmart 4 is our preferred choice.

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