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

This article will help you see more clearly.

The watch that tells you about your health?

Many technological developments have taken place since the first health monitoring watches.They are now equipped with many advanced sensors.
The vivoactive 4 may be a bit outdated today, but it is still a good camera.That doesn’t in any way prevent you from buying it for aesthetic reasons.

The operating system remains the weak point of the watches produced by Fossil; and this vivoactive 4 is no exception.It is still slow and not very intuitive to use.We are far from the smooth navigation of models with PropriƩtaire or Apple Watchs.
You will therefore have to go through an acclimatization phase on the interface before taking full advantage of this watch.
If sleep analysis is your priority, you will need to look at another model.
The sensitivity of the accelerometer is able to detect even micro-vibrations of the wrist and arm.The movements will then be analysed and compared on a daily basis.This smart watch will be able to identify gestures or actions, which will be analyzed through health applications.
This model is not equipped with photoplethysmography or PPG, which allows precise monitoring of the heart rate.
There is no sensor and no application that reproduces the electrocardiogram curve on this watch.

The right choice every day?

Are you still sceptical about buying an intelligent watch because you doubt its real need?How is this useful in your daily life?For the vivoactive 4, this is what you can expect.
Garmin has designed a reliable model that corresponds to classic needs.This watch informs you and gives advice.
As for the autonomy, Garmin considers that it will last 7 hours.
One of the features that will delight sportsmen and women is the presence of GPS.A detail for some, but not for many.The counterpart to the activation of this mode will be that the battery life will be less.
Note that it has a watertightness certification.Because of its design, you will be able to swim with it.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.
You don’t have a touch screen on this watch.You will not be able to shop with this watch because it does not have the NFC contactless function.
And last but not least, because it’s still pleasant, this model allows you to listen to music.Even if the sound isn’t at the perfect level, it’s still an interesting option.

The watch to improve physical performance?

The connected watch offers an interesting alternative to tracking devices, which are only oriented towards sport or health.It is a product with many advantages.Is vivoactive 4 a new electronic gadget?
This new model is not for those who play sports on a regular basis.It is interesting, but not for those who want to improve their sports results.
The watch includes GPS support so you can track your runs.This functionality is made possible without a smartphone being connected.
Due to the absence of a SIM, you will not be able to track tracking data directly from the wristwatch.However, this will mean a much longer battery life.
And even better, with this watch you will be able to know how many calories you burn each day.

You will also be able to listen to music with this smartwatch.

The right model to install 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.Applications that may correspond to health monitoring but also to the measurement of performance in sports.
This model is not well placed in terms of applications.
Due to its proprietary operating system, you will not be able to add other applications to this connected watch.You will need to make sure that the applications installed by default are suitable for you.
Finally, as far as applications are concerned, you will have to contact you from the default; no possibility to add new ones.However, it remains a simple and cheap product for basic uses.

What about the vivoactive 4?

At the end of our tests, we can only conclude that this watch corresponds to an entry-level product.Its low price may make you want to buy it.
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