Garmin vivoactive 4 vs 4sThe Garmin vivoactive 4* is again available in two versions. These are the vivoactive 4 and vivoactive 4s. In contrast to the vivoactive 3 both versions have music on board. The models differ primarily in the size of the watch itself. This is also the reason for the low price difference. You can see the concrete sizes in the comparison to the third generation.
Differences between Garmin vivoactive 3 und 4Both versions of the 4th generation offer everything that the predecessor also offers in the music version. However, a few points are new.
Size, weight and display.In size and weight the predecessor is a mixture of the new two devices. Which size you prefer depends on your preferences. The larger vivoactive 4 is much heavier in weight.
|vivoactive 3 Music||vivoactive 4s||vivoactive 4|
|Display||3D Gorillaglas||Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3||Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3|
|Physical size||43,1x 43,1 mm||40 x 40 mm||45,1 x 45,1 mm|
|Thickness||11,7 mm||12,7mm||12,8 mm|
|Display / Diameter||30,4 mm |
|27,9 mm |
|33,0 mm |
|Resolution||240 x 240 Pixel||218 x 218 Pixel||260 x 260 Pixel|
|Weight||39 g||40 g||50,5 g|
Furthermore, the vivoactive 4 has a touch screen in both versions. That was already a big difference between the Garmin vivoactive 3 and the Forerunner 245.
WristbandAs with the predecessor, the bracelet can also be changed on both vivoactive 4 models. However, the sizes are new:
- vivoactive 3: 20 Millimeter
- vivoactive 4s: 18 Millimeter
- vivoactive 4: 22 Millimeter
Battery lifeThe battery life of the vivoactive 4 is slightly longer than that of the smaller vivoactive 4s. However, it is very small.
|Smartwatch||with GPS and music|
|vivoactive 3 Musik||7 days||5 hours|
|vivoactive 4s||7 days||5 hours|
|vivoactive 4||8 days||6 hours|
In my opinion, these differences are not significant and do not leave behind any real argument for the vivoactive 4.
WaterproofBoth watches are waterproof, as was the case with the 3rd generation. Also the classification is identical here with 5 ATM.
There is however a small and also quite important difference. The vivoactive 4 can also measure the pulse under water. Especially for swimmers this is elementary. However, the vivoactive 3 is also suitable for swimming in general.
New features of Garmin vivoactive 4 and 4sBeside the technology the Garmin vivoactive 4* and 4s* offer some new features, which were not available with the vivoactive 3 music* yet.
- Pulse oximeter acclimatization
- Body Battery™ Energy Monitor
- Yoga workouts
- Pilates workouts
- On-screen workout animations
- Breathing rate (during yoga training)
- respiration rate
- Heart rate measurement on the wrist under water
- Storage of clubs during golf