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Garmin Vivosport vs Vivosmart 4 vs Vivofit 4 – What’s the Difference?

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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 – Specifications

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Device nameGarmin VivosportGarmin Vivosmart 4Garmin Vivofit 4
Device typeFitness SmartbandFitness SmartbandFitness Smartband
Predessesor__Garmin Vivosmart 3Garmin Vivofit 3
Successor__Garmin Vivosmart 5__
Released dateAugust, 2017August, 2018February, 2018
Ideal forUnisexUnisexUnisex


Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)Monochrome OLEDTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Display size0.85 inch0.75 inch0.43 inch
Display resolution72 x 144 pixels48 x 128 pixels88 x 88 pixel
Pixel density190.47 PPI182.3 PPI--
Input typeTouchscreenTouchscreen
1 haptic button
Customizable watch faceN/AYes__


Dimension32 x 21 x 10.9 mm15 x 10.5 x 197mm (small)
15 x 10.5 x 223mm (large)
21.2 x 19 x 9.4 mm
Weight24.1 g (small band)
27 g (large band)
16.5g (small)
17.1g (large)
25.5 g (large strap)
Casing materialPolymerPolycarbonatePolycarbonate
Strap/band materialSiliconeSiliconeSilicone (black)
TPU (white)
Bezel MaterialPolymerAluminum_
Strap size122-188 mm (Small)
148-215 mm (large)
122-188 mm (Small)
148-215 mm (large)
122-188 mm (Small)
148-215 mm (large)
Interchangeable band NoNoYes
Screen protectionChemically strengthened glassChemically strengthened glassChemically strengthened glass
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Slate, limelightRose-gold/gray band
Midnight/black band
Black, white


Internal storage14 days of activity tracking data14 days of activity tracking data4 weeks of tracked data
Memory card slotNoNoNo


BluetoothBluetooth and ANT+Bluetooth and ANT+Bluetooth and ANT+
Bluetooth callingNoNoNo
Payment systemNoNoNo
GPSYesNo (connected GPS)No




Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
Third-party appsYesYesYes
Text responseNoYesNo


Sleep apneaNoNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYesYes
Floors climbedYesYesNo
Heart rate monitoringYesYesNo
VO2 Max.YesYesNo
Blood oxygenNoYesNo
Blood pressureNoNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingNoYesNo
Swim trackingYesYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoNoNo
Preloaded mapsNoNoNo
On-screen workout modesNoNoNo
Triathlon modeNoNoNo
ECG TrackingNoNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYesYes
Safety trackingNoNoNo


Music streamingNoNoNo
Bluetooth musicNoNoNo



Operating system (OS)Proprietary OSProprietary OSProprietary OS


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 daysMixed usage: 1 year+
Charging typeCharging cableClip-type charging cableNo charging
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hrsAbout 1-2 hrs__
Battery saver modeNoNoNo
Solar powerNoNoNo
Rapid chargingNoNoNo




Control cameraNoNoNo
Music controlYesYesNo
Find phoneYesYesYes


Compatibility Android and iOS
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Android 7.0+ and iOS 15.0+
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Companion appGarmin connect IQGarmin connect IQGarmin connect IQ
Voice commandNoNoNo


Garmin VivosportGarmin Vivosmart 4Garmin Vivofit 4
Charging cableCharging cableBand
Quick start guideQuick start guide__
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Garmin Vivosport vs Vivosmart 4 vs Vivofit 4 Features Compared

What’s the Difference?

  • Design

  • 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.

  • Fitness Tracking

  • 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 activity 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 is 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.

  • Battery Life

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.

Which Should You Buy?

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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