Garmin has removed the pet hate of most activity tracker owners – constant recharging is a thing of the past with the new vivofit 4 and its 1+ year battery life.

The vivofit 4 is primarily an activity tracker although it can be paired with a smartphone, adding more functionality and options, such as sleep tracking, intensity minutes and more.

Garmin Move IQ feature automatically detects activity and classifies activity type.

Through the Garmin Connect app, users can customise it with various watch faces, colour themes and personalised text, such as an emergency contact or motivational phrase. It is one of the better health and fitness apps.

It is also pool safe rated for up to 5 ATM (approx. 50 metres underwater). It has an always-on colour display is bright and easy to see, even in the sunlight

Interchangeable accessory bands (sold separately) make it easy to switch up colours and styles to match any mood or outfit.

Use the Toe-to-Toe feature to challenge your kids to a step competition. The vivofit 4 activity tracker wirelessly connects to your child’s nearby vívofit jr. 2  or another vívofit 4 to kick off an instant timed step competition.

Specifications

Strap material silicone or TPU
Physical size Width: 19 mm
Thickness: 9.4 mm Circumference (small/medium): 122-188 mm
Circumference (large): 148-215 mm
Weight Small/medium: 25 g
Large: 25.5 g
Water rating Swim to 50 metres
Display type sunlight-visible, transflective 8 colour memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Display size 0.43″ x 0.43″ (11 x 11 mm)
Display resolution 88 x 88 pixels
Battery life Up to 1 year (2 x SR43 coin user-replaceable, not rechargeable)
Memory/History Four weeks of activity data
Automatic daylight-saving time Yes
Alarm clock Yes
Timer Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Weather Yes
Find My Phone Yes
Smartphone compatibility iPhone, Android
Compatible with Garmin Connect Mobile Yes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it) Yes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal) Yes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep) Yes
Calories burned Yes
Distance travelled Yes
Intensity minutes yes (moderate)
TrueUp Yes
Move IQ Yes
Kid activity Toe-to-Toe Challenges

The vivofit 4 is available in White (S/M), Lime Green Speckled (S/M) and Black (S/M and L) for A$159.

Interchangeable accessory bands are available in a Speckled Merlot and Speckled Navy combo pack (S/M) for A$39. Accessory bands in Speckled Black (S/M), White (S/M) and Black (S/M and L) are available for individual purchase for A$29.

GadgetGuy’s take

We will review this soon, but for the price, it offers a lot of features as well as great battery life.