Analysis and handling of the Vivofit 4 from Garmin.

In a few words

Nowadays, there are several hundred watches connected.Functions range from monitoring fitness, health, calculating the number of steps, but also measuring calories burned, or sleep patterns.

Several weak points on this watch :
– The size of his screen
– Its weight/size
– Not enough functionality for good health monitoring
– Few sport-oriented features
– The impossibility of putting new applications

In detail, here is what it is according to the use you will have of it.

The Vivofit 4, the right one for healthy use?

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.
Following our tests, this Vivofit 4 has a low score for healthy use.It may be used for simple information purposes only.

Instead of running his watch with a known system, Garmin decided to use his own portable operating system.The use is less intuitive than with other watches.We would have preferred something more conventional.
It is only after a short week that you can enjoy the different functions.
This model does not have a sleep measurement.
The Vivofit 4 unfortunately does not have accelerometer-type components.A useful device when you want to keep track of the calories burned during the day.
For those who need to take their pulse regularly, or follow their heartbeat, this watch is to be proscribed, as it does not have PPG (photoplethysmography).
With no ECG function, this model does not allow you to see the heartbeat curve.

What are its functions for everyday use?

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In terms of the needs of daily life, Fossil allows this model to meet them well.This watch informs you and gives advice.
One of the features that sportsmen and travellers will miss: GPS.Not on this watch.
In case you forget to take off your watch while taking a shower, no problem.Because of its design, you will be able to swim with it.We haven’t tested this last point, but we can take the company at its word.
No security glass has been fitted to this watch.
This watch recharges normally with the cable supplied.
We will regret the absence of a touch screen on this model.It’s a stylish and contemporary watch.Indeed, it is only 79 gr; that is to say, what is lighter.
This watch does not support NFC function, so contactless payment is not possible with this watch.
In the context of regular use, the absence of a music player will be regretted.You will have to choose another watch for this.

The watch to improve physical performance?

A connected watch can allow you to keep track of your sporting activity, but not only that.It is a product with many advantages.And as far as the Vivofit 4 is concerned, here’s the thing.
Fossil has not really provided this watch for users who are physically active.Installed applications do not track data or statistics.
With its weight of 79 grams, it is still one of the heaviest watches.
Unlike some competing models, this watch does not include GPS.This means that you will need to carry your smartphone with your watch if you want to accurately track your running, cycling or hiking session.
Due to the absence of a SIM, you will not be able to track tracking data directly from the wristwatch.A disadvantage that turns into an advantage in terms of the battery life that will be extended.
And even better, with this watch you will be able to know how many calories you burn each day.

However, if you like to listen to your music while you play sports, this watch is to be avoided.

A connected watch with which 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.There are health applications, other sport-oriented applications, or applications that meet the needs of everyday life.
Due to its configuration, this smartwatch limits the addition of new applications.
Due to a specific operating system for this watch, you will not be able to download new applications.Only those installed by default are available.
Due to a screen size of 1.2 inches, some will have difficulty reading and analyzing the data displayed.It is one of the lightest watches – 79 grams.
Last point concerning possible new applications in addition to what is planned: this will be out of the question due to its specific configuration.However, it remains an interesting product as long as it is easy to use.

Vivofit 4, the right choice for the right use

As you can see, this watch is not one of the best.It’s fast, inexpensive, and easy to replace if you see your need changes.
The weak points of this connected watch are :- The size of his screen
– Its weight/size
– Little functionality for health monitoring
– Not enough sport-oriented features
– The impossibility of putting new applications