Analysis and handling of the vivoactive 4 from Garmin.

As a preamble to this test

Connected watches have become powerful.Some of them are oriented towards monitoring physical condition and even go as far as monitoring calories burned, others are more for office automation with e-mail synchronization.

Several weak points on this watch :
– Not enough functionality for good health monitoring
– Not enough sport-oriented features
– The impossibility of putting new applications

Because it’s important to think twice before buying this type of product, this article will help you see things more clearly.

Is the vivoactive 4 compatible with healthy use?

Connected watches have become excellent tools for health analysis, which you would not normally expect from a product like this.They allow you to carry out real health and fitness programs.Our tests have shown that the vivoactive 4 is one of the least interesting models if we want to have a healthy follow-up.It can be an aesthetic object, even if some may not find it very attractive.

The main difference with known watches is that it does not run on Propriétaire or Apple.It is still slow and not very intuitive to use.Menus and features are less easy to find.You will therefore have to go through an acclimatization phase on the interface before taking full advantage of this watch.
Unlike many other watches, the manufacturer did not consider it useful to install sleep monitoring on this model.
The accelerometer built into the watch provides accurate information about your fitness and health.It will then be possible to follow your activity 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.
This model is not equipped with photoplethysmography or PPG, which allows precise monitoring of the heart rate.
With no ECG function, this model does not allow you to see the heartbeat curve.

Is this watch useful in everyday life?

Are all connected watches gadgets or are some of them special?It is a product that is sometimes expensive, for limited use.This is precisely what the vivoactive 4 test shows.
In terms of the needs of daily life, Fossil allows this model to meet them well.It quickly becomes part of your daily life.
And yet the manufacturer indicates 7 hours of autonomy.
This model comes standard with GPS.Some users will never use it.The counterpart of this option is that the range will decrease if the active GPS mode is still selected.
This watch is designed to be waterproof.Because of its design, you will be able to swim with it.Diving into the aquarium, it was found that it still worked very well.
Garmin opted for a watch without the reinforced glass option; this is regrettable.
The menus are accessible only with the buttons.It will not be possible to make your payments without contacts, as it is devoid of the NFC function.Finally, and still for regular use, you have here the music function.The built-in player will make you appreciate this item even more.

The smartwatch designed for sports

A connected watch is for everyone, which means you don’t have to be an extreme runner or jogger to use it.It is a product with many advantages.We explain what vivoactive 4 can do for you.
Athletes will find no interest in this new product.Even for the occasional sportsman, this watch won’t do.
It has its own GPS to track location data during a race, or your work day.No need to have a smartphone paired with the watch.
You will not be able to read the tracking data on your watch; you will have to do this on your smartphone.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 Garmin watch: a good choice to be connected?

There are different operating systems installed on smartwatches.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.
Most of the time, you will have to content yourself with the applications installed by default on this smartwatch.
Due to its proprietary operating system, you will not be able to add other applications to this connected watch.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.

Finally, The vivoactive 4…

To conclude, this connected watch is not very technologically advanced and is very simple to use.On the other hand, you know that with a very attractive price, it can be a simple choice.
Several weak points appeared to us on this watch:
– Little functionality for health monitoring
– Not enough sport-oriented features
– The impossibility of putting new applications

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