Analysis and handling of the vivoactive 4 from Garmin.

To start

You may find that the connected watches are identical, with a small screen, rather fragile and not very evolutionary? There is always a new version of a watch a few weeks or months apart, and faced with the number of possible choices, it is complicated to find your way around.

Several weak points on this watch :
– Little functionality for health monitoring
– Few sport-oriented features
– The impossibility of putting new applications

This article will help you see more clearly.

Health follow-up question, what is the vivoactive 4 worth?

Many technological developments have taken place since the first health monitoring watches.They may or may not be coupled with other devices such as the telephone or computer.
Our tests have shown that the vivoactive 4 is one of the least interesting models if we want to have a healthy follow-up.That doesn’t in any way prevent you from buying it for aesthetic reasons.

Instead of running his watch with a known system, Garmin decided to use his own portable operating system.It will be necessary to get used to the interface before taking full advantage of your watch.Menus and features are less easy to find.It is only after a short week that you can enjoy the different functions.
This model does not have a sleep measurement.
Having an accelerometer, the watch will be able to monitor your physical health.This will allow you to interpret your movements during the day.This connected watch will, by monitoring your steps and arm movements, be able to establish the number of calories you will burn.
The watch does not have a PPG type heart rate sensor.
With no ECG function, this model does not allow you to see the heartbeat curve.

What are its functions for everyday use?

Are you still sceptical about buying an intelligent watch because you doubt its real need?How is this useful in your daily life?This is precisely what the vivoactive 4 test shows.
Through this model, Garmin offers an interesting product.This watch informs you and gives advice.
Although Fossil indicates that the unit can last about 7 hours.
One of the features that will delight sportsmen and women is the presence of GPS.This means it can track data such as distance travelled and your route even without a smartphone connected.The counterpart to the activation of this mode will be that the battery life will be less.
Next to that, it is advertised to be water-resistant.The manufacturer indicates that it has the right watertightness rating, and that you can even immerse it at a depth of several metres.We haven’t tried it at sea, but under the kitchen tap, it works.
Garmin opted for a watch without the reinforced glass option; this is regrettable.
We will regret the absence of a touch screen on this model.The NFC option is not integrated in this watch connected, which means no contactless payment.
One last point about the features of this watch is the music function.The built-in player will make you appreciate this item even more.

A connected watch for sports

A smartwatch allows you in some cases to record your sporting progress easily.It is a relevant choice for many physically active people.And as far as the vivoactive 4 is concerned, here’s the thing.
With this product, Fossil is not for sportsmen.Even for the occasional sportsman, this watch won’t do.
The watch includes GPS support so you can track your runs.This will allow you to navigate easily, even when you are travelling.
The watch does not have a SIM card, and therefore does not have 3G access.In return for this inconvenience, you will have an extended battery life.
And even better, with this watch you will be able to know how many calories you burn each day.

An interesting point about this smartwatch, is the presence of an audio player.

The watch and possible applications

Depending on the brand of the watch, the operating system used to operate the watch is not the same.Associated applications do not allow the same types of use.More or less complex applications that facilitate measurement or analysis.
Due to its configuration, this smartwatch limits the addition of new applications.
This watch works with a specific operating system, making it impossible to add new applications.Apart from those installed at the start, no other choice.
And if you need an application in addition to those installed by default, you will have to turn to another model.It is a basic watch, dedicated to simple uses.

The vivoactive 4 in conclusion

To conclude, this connected watch is not very technologically advanced and is very simple to use.It’s fast, inexpensive, and easy to replace if you see your need changes.
Here are a few weak points to watch out for:
– Little functionality for health monitoring
– Not enough sport-oriented features
– The impossibility of putting new applications