Garmin vívoactive 4S review

Shahriar Siam

The Garmin Vivoactive 4 is a piece of Garmin's scope of touchscreen running watches, and sits in the arrangement as far as both cost and highlights.

The Vivoactive 4 is still fundamentally less expensive than most Fenix and Forerunner options, and brilliant changes to the controls mean you are substantially less liable to inadvertently interruption and stop practice following touchscreen swipes and goads.

It's an incredible wellness tracker, as long as you are glad to pass up a portion of the month-to-month checking details offered by the Fenix and Forerunner watches.

The Garmin Vivoactive 4 was reported in September 2019 at the IFA gathering and it is a follow-up to 2017's Vivoactive 3.

You'll pay around $349.99 (£259.99, AU$499.99) for one. That is a little lower than the expense of the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music, and loads not exactly either a Forerunner 945 or Fenix 6.

This is a decent course to Garmin watch following without blowing a tremendous gap in your accounts. In any case, until further notice at any rate, you might need to consider the more seasoned Vivoactive 3 as well. It has more established equipment, which has genuine impacts however at $171 (£159, $236.97AU) is as of now a deal.


Product Dimensions 1.57 x 1.57 x 0.5 inches
Item Weight 1.28 ounces
Item model number 010-02172-11
Batteries 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
Wireless communication technologies Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
OS Proprietary OS
Department Mens
Manufacturer Garmin


The Garmin Vivoactive 4 looks genuinely like the Vivoactive 3 and Foreunner 645. A band of silver, yet not chrome-brilliant, metal lounges around the edge of the watch. Its screen is secured by Gorilla Glass 3 tech, yet it's not recessed like the Fenix 6's, making it somewhat increasingly powerless. All of such security adds to a watch's measurements, however.

We changed to the Vivoactive 4 from utilizing the Forerunner 645 Music. It's the watch we use to follow runs week-to-week.

The Vivoactive 4 is bigger, and it's essentially so. However, simply purchase a Vivoactive 4S if a thin watch is the thing that you need as it has comparative highlights with a marginally littler screen and battery.

This is an agreeable watch to wear, however again the Forerunner 645 successes out somewhat here. The Vivoactive 4's standard silicone band is thicker and has less "give" than the Forerunner's. The lighter and littler a watch is, the more uncertain you are to see it is even there on your wrist following a couple of hours.

We discover we will in general take the Vivoactive 4 off for a couple of hours every day. You just end up with furious looking spaces on your wrist on the off chance that you do the tie up extra-close.

There's no compelling reason to take it off, aside from to charge, on the off chance that you are glad to wear it throughout the day. The Vivoactive 4 has 5ATM water opposition, adequate for showering as well as swimming as well.


The Garmin Vivoactive 4 has a 1.3-inch screen of 260 x 260 pixel goal, indistinguishable specs from the Fenix 6.

This presentation won't look excessively noteworthy to the individuals who haven't possessed a Garmin or comparative watch previously. These are transflective screens, which means they reflect light so they become more clear on a splendid day.

This is the total inverse of the LCD and OLED screens utilized in a great deal of different smartwatches. They need to build brilliance to contend with daylight, as opposed to being 'controlled' by it.

The Garmin Vivoactive 4 likewise emanates light, so you can see the showcase in a dim room. Be that as it may, this light possibly goes ahead when you communicate with the watch or give it a wrist flick towards your face. This screen utilizes next to no power when non-lit, and shows content day in and day out, until the battery passes on.

This is as yet the most ideal sort of screen for open air run preparing. You don't need to stress

about flicking your wrist so you can see your pace mid-run. It's only there, on-screen, the entire time. Also, there's no battery charge included.

Interface and controls

The Vivoactive watches have less fastens than those in the Fenix and Forerunner arrangement, since they are a touchscreen trackers. Garmin has put two catches on the Garmin Vivoactive 4, as opposed to the one on the Vivoactive 3, however.

This is likely a reaction to grumblings it is very simple to coincidentally respite or end an exercise with the Vivoactive 3.

During exercise, the Vivoactive 4's screen is utilized to flick through data screens. Yet, to delay and quit following, you utilize the catches. The outcome? We've had zero of the issues numerous Vivoactive 3 proprietors have encountered.

You may expect the Garmin Vivoactive 4 feels more like a smartwatch than the very exercise-centered Forerunners and Fenix items. The interface is a lot of the equivalent here, however.

You flick here and there from the watch face to get to both additional information screens and applications. The Vivoactive 4, much the same as different Garmins, utilizes the Connect IQ application store to add programming to the watch. A couple of years back we half-thought this application store may get a greater amount of the sort of applications you see on Wear OS or an Apple Watch. Be that as it may, this interface shows that isn't point.

For instance, in the event that you introduce Flappy Bird, a low quality clone of a versatile game that exploded in 2013, it begins running consequently when you flick to its "information" page, over the clock face. We might not have dropped a shown following meeting to botch with the Garmin Vivoactive 4, however we have incidentally stacked Flappy Bird multiple times or more.

Other features

Music is maybe the most significant additional component of the Garmin Vivoactive 4. There's a $50/£50 contrast in cost between the standard Forerunner 645 and Forerunner 645 Music, yet here you get music gushing as standard.

What's more, that implies 3.6GB of capacity to include webcasts, playlists and collections. You can plug your Vivoactive 4 into a PC to include records physically. The document framework springs up when you do, and there are discrete organizers for digital broadcasts and music.

The band likewise underpins Deezer and Spotify, for which you'll require a Premium membership to either support. According to the numerous one-star application surveys on Connect IQ, Garmin hasn't made the way toward connecting up your record sufficiently smooth. We needed to spend some time working it out as well.

When the Vivoactive 4 application is introduced you have to delve into the watch's settings menu to discover the Music Provider setting, which at that point courses through to your telephone to provoke the record connect up. Be that as it may, for what reason wouldn't we be able to do this legitimately from Connect IQ?

Garmin's music administration mix is burdensome. Be that as it may, when you are ready for action it works completely well, and even executes infinitesimal versions of collection workmanship. There's no speaker on the Vivoactive 4. You connect a couple of remote earphones legitimately, letting you run without your telephone.

Garmin Pay is the other nerd include. This lets you make remote installments, much like Apple Pay or Google Pay. In the US it bolsters a lot of significant banks, including Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo. UK purchasers are less fortunate. Santander is the main commonly recognized name on the rundown.

On the off chance that your bank doesn't bolster Garmin Pay, you can't utilize it. Look at the rundown before purchasing a Vivoactive 4.

The watch can likewise deal with some smartwatch essentials. Notices from your telephone applications come through, and you can pick which do, assuming any. The Vivoactive 4's screen is a totally decent approach to peruse an email header or a brisk WhatsApp message, and you can answer to them with pre-indicated canned answers.

You can't direct messages through a mic or converse with a computerized colleague here. We implied it when we said "smartwatch nuts and bolts".

There are additionally screens for the climate, your forthcoming schedule passages, and you can follow your water utilization on the off chance that you like. Associate IQ lets you include a greater amount of these small scale applications as well. Our recommendation: don't treat the Vivoactive 4 like a smartwatch, or anticipate that it should do much past the straightforward stuff.

The more applications you have introduced, the more the interface appears overloaded. Keep in mind, there's no particular zone for applications here. They either end up on the exercise menu, which is fine, or in the merry go round of screens that sit above and beneath the watch face. You just need to keep pages you really use here, or it begins to feel like a refuse dump you never need to visit.

Our present design incorporates only the pulse readings from the most recent four hours, the body battery show, music controls and warnings. Maintain a strategic distance from Connect IQ's minuscule (we truly mean small) determination of games. They are on the whole terrible, and old. Outsider applications you may discover helpful incorporate the period tracker and Pomodoro, a profitability procedure where you work in extreme 25-minute stretches. Pomodoro likewise runs as an activity movement, so doesn't obstruct the Vivoactive 4.

We are genuinely content with the watch's restricted application library. Indeed, even with a touchscreen the Garmin Vivoactive 4 doesn't feel like a ultra-brisk, high force smartwatch. Screen advances are 'computerized', with none of the material science based impacts utilized in an Apple Watch to cause its product to feel progressively natural and responsive.

Battery life

Garmin says the Vivoactive 4's battery endures as long as eight days of standard following, where you don't utilize GPS, for six hours of GPS following music or as long as 18 hours without music.

It endured four days for us, including two hours of GPS use during two run meetings and one more hour of pulse broadcasting for an indoor cycle meeting. We didn't stream music during the runs.

Our true experience is plainly a route underneath Garmin's own cases, given our GPS go through just toddlers to 11% utilization of the battery as per the official specs. In any case, the Vivoactive 4's life span is somewhat better than the littler Forerunner 645 Music's. Also, as we were surveying the watch, we likely messed with the interface more than we would three months into possessing it.

Exercise each other day and it should last a little over a large portion of seven days, in any event. In any case, there's no genuine battery productivity progress here, and the Vivoactive 4 is appeared by the Huawei Watch GT 2. It keeps going longer than seven days even with a few GPS-followed runs. In any case, we'd preferably train with a Garmin watch over a Huawei.

The Vivoactive 4 uses a module charger, a little exclusive link simply like that of the Vivoactive 3 and Fenix 6. Charging from zero to full takes an hour or somewhere in the vicinity.


Pros Cons
Great exercise tracking, with full ANT+ HR broadcast mode does not work well yet
GPS No Performance Condition/training load monitoring
On-watch music streaming Spotify/Deezer integration should be more friendly
Stacks of stats


The Garmin Vivoactive 4 puts the tech smarts of the watches utilized by the ultra-long distance race running world class into an increasingly available wearable. You may not get all the star style counsel of a Forerunner, yet you do get the rest.