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Garmin vívofit 4 activity tracker with 1+ year battery life and color display. Small/Medium, Black. 010-01847-00
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- Features always-on customizable color display and 1+ year battery life; no charging necessary
- Tracks steps, distance and calories burned, monitors sleep and provides a personalized daily step goal (heart rate monitoring not available on this product)
- Safe for swimming and showering
- Periodically syncs to Garmin Connect, where you can save, plan and share your activities, get involved in social challenges and more
- Garmin Move IQ feature automatically detects activity and classifies activity type on Garmin Connect
- Small/Medium fits wrists with a circumference of 122-188mm. Large fits wrists with a circumference of 148-215mm
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Activity Tracker with 1+ Year Battery Life
Find more ways to beat yesterday with easy-to-use vívofit 4. It brings you activity tracking and the freedom to keep moving without taking a break to recharge. With its 1+ year battery life, vívofit 4 is perfect to wear 24/7, so you’re always tracking your activity, automatically classifying it with Move IQ and so much more.
Periodically syncs to Garmin Connect, where you can save, plan and share your activities, get involved in social challenges and more.
Garmin Move IQ feature automatically detects activity and classifies activity type on Garmin Connect.
- Features always-on customizable color display and 1+ year battery life; no charging necessary
- Tracks steps, distance and calories burned, monitors sleep and provides a personalized daily step goal
The vívofit 4 activity tracker follows your progress 24/7 and lets you ditch the charging cord, thanks to its 1+ year battery life. It’s also safe for the pool or the shower, and its always-on color display is bright and easy to see, even in the sunlight. Let your personality shine through by customizing the screen with color themes, watch faces and text phrases or by swapping out the band for a different one. Accessory bands are available in various colors and styles.
Convenience on Your Wrist
With vívofit 4, we’re bringing you several new tools designed to make life a little more convenient. Use the weather widget for a quick, illustrated look at what the day is going to bring. Set an alarm in the app that will go off on your device, or even set a countdown timer right from your wrist to remind you when it’s time to turn off the oven. Misplaced your phone? vívofit 4 can help you with that, too.
Get Moving, the Easy Way
No need to manually start and stop your activity timer — Move IQ has you covered. It can automatically capture and classify different activities such as walking, running, biking, swimming and using an elliptical. For walks and runs, it can even start an activity timer automatically. Review the captured data later on Garmin Connect.
Personalized Activity Tracking Plus Motivation
vívofit 4 inspires you to get up and move. In addition to tracking steps, distance, calories burned and sleep, it also tracks periods of inactivity. A colored move bar fills up to alert you if you’ve been stationary for too long. Reset it by walking for a couple of minutes. vívofit 4 even learns your current activity level then assigns an attainable daily step goal. As you meet your milestones, it will adjust your goal for the next day, gradually nudging you toward a healthier lifestyle.
Share and Compete
Throughout your day, vívofit 4 periodically syncs to Garmin Connect. The Garmin Connect app makes it easier than ever to beat yesterday. Bold, colorful activity cards provide all your statistics at a glance. Scroll down to easily compare today’s totals to past results, or tap in for more detailed information. Activities and other health measurements recorded by your device are presented in vivid detail. And the data you see is customized just for you and the way you move, without all the filler.
Step Challenges with Your Kids
Use the Toe-to-Toe feature to challenge your kids to a step competition. Your vívofit 4 activity tracker can wirelessly connect to your child’s nearby vívofit jr. 2 or even another vívofit 4 to kick off an instant timed step competition. It's all controlled right from the wrist, and once the competition is over, you'll both see the total number of steps during the one-on-one challenge and find out who triumphed.
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Find more ways to beat yesterday with vívofit 4. It brings you activity tracking and the freedom to keep moving without taking a break to recharge. With its 1+ year battery life, it’s perfect to wear 24/7, so you’re always tracking your activity, automatically classifying it with Move IQ and so much more.
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This was my first foray into fitness wearables and, the sheer number of options is fairly overwhelming. I was at first intrigued with cheap models from no name brands but studying up on those revealed you’re not getting what you didn’t pay for, plus it seems the reviews may be suspect. So, decided to stick with the main names, Fitbit and Garmin as top players.
Knowing I needed to improve my health, especially with a sedentary desk job, I set about to do my research. Fitbit came to mind first, but I was put off by the many negative reviews. Maybe, like the bad reviews here, this is an industry plagued with hit and miss production, I don’t know, but I was surprised to learn that, generally, none of these wearable are highly accurate in what they track, so, best case scenario, you can expect to get a general sense of habits like activity and sleep and so forth.
So, I dialed down my expectations, and began looking for something that could give me basic trends on how I was doing, health wise, since I had no need to quibble over exact steps or exact moments of sleep. I just needed to get a sense of the overall trend of where my fitness is, and move that trend in a positive direction.
I should mention that, prior to this, I got a smart watch, and learned quickly that I didn’t want a device that tried to poorly replicate what my phone already did (since my phone does it all much better), needed to be charged constantly, would drain my phone battery and would annoy me on my wrist with constant notifications. I’m not a world leader, and have no need for constant connection to my phone, beyond checking it when I want to. I don’t let my phone run my day. If I’m not checking it, I don’t want to be bugged by it. Constant interruptions on my buzzing and beeping wrist, for receiving a junk email or photos of my friend’s new kitty cat are just annoying. I also learned, in trying to use that watch for a fitness device, that Google Fit stinks as a fitness app. So, a dedicated but not “smart” fitness wearable that had a decent app became my target.
I subtracted the feature of heart rate monitoring, since wrist devices are considered to be pretty woefully inaccurate, and, besides, I have a home blood pressure monitoring system, and my heart rate is good. Plus, I don’t need a device to tell me that my heart rate is up, when exercising. I can figure that out for myself. Besides, heart rate type fitness trackers cost more, and are usually the kind that need constant charging.
So, I was looking for something that would work with a decent Android app to track steps, set a step goal, track sleep patterns, keep a history of all of that, and not need frequent charging. I also wanted something slim and unobtrusive. I have a decent collection of Swiss watches and did not want some garish tech behemoth on my other wrist. After a lot of searching, I found this, the Garmin Vivofit 4.
Oddly, the 4th version here of the Vivofit gets poorly regarded for not being “more” of a fitness device, such as adding a heart rate sensor, but I found this to be the epitome of less is more and I applaud this rare find in the fitness wearables world. In short, it does everything I need and want it to do, and does it all extremely well. I think this line also is one of the very few that has a watch battery, so needs no charging at all. Just replace the battery, once a year. Perfect! I have enough stuff that needs charging, and, for a wearable, I’m not wearing it if I have to charge it all the time.
In form and function – a sleek design that emulates a tasteful bracelet, with a single button to access everything, with combinations of long and short presses. It is backlit, to see in the dark. It is easily visible in average light. It comes with a watch type buckle strap, which stays securely fastened. Connectivity has been flawless, and neither the battery on my phone, or my Vivofit, is drained, because I only connect when I want to, to store data. I do it usually twice a day.
Features are plentiful, for my needs. On the app, you can program a variety of settings that will show up on the Vivofit, even choosing what kind of display you prefer, turning alerts on and off, and setting the basic parameters for your fitness goals and sleep time frame habits and even can track your weight, and get a BMI readout based on current height and weight. A host of more complicated settings exist, but I think those are more for the heavy hitter Garmin devices, and honestly I am much more interested in simple data tracking. I’m not quitting my job to become a fitness deity.
On the device itself, you get always-on time and date displayed, and can tap the button to go through to see steps taken, steps remaining to reach your step goal, calories burned, distance traveled (which can apparently be synced up to your phone’s navigation – you can even create routes and such, if you’re so inclined), and, next, see your “intensity” minutes, which are created when the device senses more strenuous activity, like going for a dedicated fitness walk. Finally you get a weather reading, just showing the high and low for the day, which is handy when choosing the morning wardrobe without needing to check the weather on your phone.
A long press takes you to the sub-menu, where you can sync the device, start a “timed activity” which will be recorded, access a countdown timer (1, 3, 5 or ten minutes – I even find it handy when cooking!), use a stopwatch, can find your phone (the camera LED will flash and a loud chime will sound, even if your phone is in silent mode) and can access a “competition” mode, called “Toe to Toe” where you can apparently start some kind of competitive stepping exercise with someone else wearing one, if that’s your thing. Garmin suggests competing with your children – sort of a step class bonding moment, I guess?
In terms of rewards, you are blessed with a chime and fireworks on the screen when you achieve your own designated daily step goal (as set in the app, by you). This may seem insignificant, but I can assure you, when within a few hundred steps of your goal and the reset time of midnight approaching, I have more than once, when working late, jumped on my mini-stepper in my office to finish my last steps to reach my goal for the day. So, it is motivation that feels good.
Perhaps the best aspect of motivation on this device is the “activity” tracker. If being inactive, while not in your sleep window of time, a red bar shows up on the screen, accompanied by a beep, to let you know to get moving. For me, this is invaluable because I definitely lose track of time working at my desk for hours on end, and this little nudge to get up and move around is much needed. Walk a few minutes or exercise a bit and the device chirps again, to tell you that you’ve now been active, and the red bar goes away.
If you ignore the first red bar, two more red bars will occur before it resets itself, but, the more red bars appear, the longer you have to be active in order to make them go away and get the all clear chime that you’ve done enough movement.
For me, this is just gold. An auditory (which you can turn off, via the app, if, let’s say, it is your day off) and visual reminder to get up and get the blood flowing again, so time does not pass with being stagnant. It’s exactly what I needed!
Issues I’ve run into? None, thus far. No problems with sync, connectivity or operation. In terms of a timed activity, it won’t recognize my Bowflex session as working out on a fitness machine (it reads it as “walking”) but it does track it as an active time in my day, and, if I really wanted to, I could manually enter it as using fitness equipment via the app, but I’m not that fussy. Just recording my activity is enough for me. As I say, I want something simple, that basically takes care of itself, and, outside of syncing twice a day, this device does exactly that.
For me, it’s all about the convenience and simplicity of it and I think it is far superior to any of the Fitbit entry level devices. It has a screen, a wide range of actually useful functions and features, and needs no charging. In terms of the app, yes, maybe Garmin Connect is not as slick as Fitbit’s offering, but I’m not looking to join a social media fitness community. I just want the basics of my data, and you can go deep on the Garmin app, if you want, or, like for me, just see the main points of how you are doing, and see trends and averages over time. I didn’t find the app difficult to navigate, and needed no tutorial on it. Very straight forward.
All in all, this little device is a huge blessing in my life. I’ve needed to address my health and fitness, and this is definitely helping me as part of an overall strategy. No device will do for you what you won’t do for yourself, but, as a tool to help track and become aware of your health, this provides maximum assistance with minimal fuss. Using this, plus having bought the mini stair-stepper in my office, along with adjusting my calorie intake, I’m down four pounds in a few weeks, and that’s a good start. Not an overnight miracle, but certainly much needed progress and if I can even manage five to six pounds off in a month, kept off, it won’t take long to shed the twenty pounds I need to drop. Plus, I’m being active, which is good for every aspect of my health.
Given the range of devices on the market, if you’re not looking to “go big” and get an entire fitness center housed on your wrist, this is an ideal unit. Simple, small, needs no babysitting, and gives you the data you need and skips the stuff you don’t need anyway. Doesn’t bug you about what your phone is doing, doesn’t need to come off to charge. And, considering that even many of the larger and more expensive products still have their flaws, in terms of accuracy, you’re getting no less in performance here, for a lot less in cost and bulk and time spent on the device, instead of on your fitness.
I highly recommend this. It’s the easiest path I’ve found to better fitness, and that certainly earns five stars from me.
Thanks for reading. Hope this has been a help!
But syncing is a complete pain in the butt. It does not auto-sync, you have to do it manually. And if it was easy to sync manually I probably wouldn’t mind, but for some reason, even though the app shows my Vivofit 4 is ready to sync, it won’t actually sync most of the time.
At least 2 times a week I have to remove the Vivofit 4 from the app and reinstall it in order to be able to sync it. It is a multi step process, so it has become a royal pain in the you-know-what.
I had the Vivofit HR and it did the same thing, just not as often. I was hoping it was just the device, but it’s doing the same thing with the Vivofit 4, so it must be a Garmin thing. Disappointing.
Easy to read display
The Fitbit didn't have a screen to display step count, which was annoying. Any time I wanted to know where I was with my steps I would have to sync it to my phone, which drained the battery even faster adding to the whole forgetting to put it back on issue. The Vivofit has a display that shows time, date, steps, etc so I find myself syncing much less.
I really only need the steps and sleep features so the Vivofit 4 is perfect. I also love the alert that beeps unobtrusively, reminding me to get up and get some steps in. It helps me split up my steps goal throughout the day so that I'm not stuck trying to get thousands of steps in right before bedtime.
I'll have to update this review in a couple weeks to see if the battery sticks since some other folks complained about the battery dying out. I've only been using it for 4 days. Lovin' it so far.
1 week update: It's a week from my original review and the Vivofit is still doing really well. It's on my wrist 24 hours a day and I have not had any problems with it. I am loving the sleep tracking. It's still functioning as expected, no battery issues. Syncs with my phone once or twice daily and then on demand if I force a sync. Zero complaints.