Analysis and handling of the vivosmart 4 from Garmin.

As a preamble to this test

The technology industry of connected watches is a sector in continuous evolution. There is always a new version of a watch a few weeks or months apart, and faced with the number of possible choices, it is complicated to find your way around.

So what we have to remember is this one big strength :
– Its health-oriented functionalities
Several weak points on this watch :
– Not enough sport-oriented features
– The impossibility of putting new applications

Our analysis has identified all cases of use of this connected watch.

A watch connected for health

For several years now, Garmin has been producing connected watches that allow the analysis of fitness and health.They complement or replace the fitness monitoring devices you may be familiar with.
From this point of view, the vivosmart 4 is a good choice.It was clearly not designed to be the ideal tool for monitoring your health.

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.Menus and features are less easy to find.Count a few days before you know how to use it perfectly.
This vivosmart 4 gives you a deep insight into your sleep habits.With its advanced technology, it is able to analyze it, with elements such as tracking noise and movement while you sleep.Through all the tests we were able to do, it appears that this model presents the best score in terms of health monitoring.
This connected watch is not equipped with an accelerometer.A device that is very useful when you want to track your movements, such as detecting a fall.
It can monitor your heart rate, movements and then transmit this data to the associated application.
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?Knowing that high-performance models are usually expensive to buy.For the vivosmart 4, this is what you can expect.
This model belongs is well placed if compared with current smartwatches.She’ll be able to accompany you on a daily basis.
As for the autonomy, Garmin considers that it will last 7 hours.
Among the list of interesting features is first of all GPS.This means it can track data such as distance travelled and your route even without a smartphone connected.The counterpart to the activation of this mode will be that the battery life will be less.
Next to that, it is advertised to be water-resistant.The manufacturer indicates that it has the right watertightness rating, and that you can even immerse it at a depth of several metres.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.
We will regret the absence of a touch screen on this model.The NFC option is not integrated in this watch connected, which means no contactless payment.
Finally, we would have appreciated the Garminrtunity to listen to music on this model.The manufacturer did not consider it necessary to insert it.

A connected watch for sports

A smartwatch allows you in some cases to record your sporting progress easily.It is a product with many advantages.We explain what vivosmart 4 can do for you.
This new model is not for those who play sports on a regular basis.It does not allow you to follow your evolution in the sport you practice.
The watch includes GPS support so you can track your runs.GPS support is relatively simple and will allow you to track your position even without a paired phone.
Due to the absence of a SIM, you will not be able to track tracking data directly from the wristwatch.In return for this inconvenience, you will have an extended battery life.
Another advantage of Garmin watches is the presence of heart rate monitoring.

On the other hand, if you are used to playing sports with music, this watch will be of no use to you.

The Garmin watch: a good choice to be connected?

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.
Due to its configuration, this smartwatch limits the addition of new applications.
Due to its proprietary operating system, you will not be able to add other applications to this connected watch.Also, apart from the original applications, there is no possibility of having any others.
And if you need an application in addition to those installed by default, you will have to turn to another model.However, it remains an interesting product as long as it is easy to use.

The vivosmart 4 – in a nutshell

The overall score of this watch is among the lowest.It’s fast, inexpensive, and easy to replace if you see your need changes.
Here’s the highlight of this connected watch:
– Its health-oriented functionalities
Here are a few weak points to watch out for:
– Not enough sport-oriented features
– The impossibility of putting new applications