Comparison: Garmin vivosmart vs vivosmart 5
The size and resolution of the display have also changed. With the Garmin vivosmart 5 you get a larger display compared to the Garmin vivosmart 4:
The resolution has also been improved in the successor with it. With the Garmin vivosmart 5 you get now 88 x 154 px. The predecessor has 48 x 128px.
Design and sizeOverall, the Garmin vivosmart 5 has become larger than its predecessor:
- Garmin vivosmart 4: 15 x 10.5 x 197 mm
- Garmin vivosmart 5: 19.5 x 10.7 x 217 mm
The weight has thus grown accordingly to 14.5 g. The Garmin vivosmart 4 weighs 16.5 g. In the large version, both are still slightly heavier.
Does the Garmin vivosmart 5 have GPS?Neither the Garmin vivosmart 4, nor the Garmin vivosmart 5, have built-in GPS. Both use only connected GPS via the smartphone. This simply uses the GPS from the smartphone. Really contemporary this is not in my opinion.
If you are interested in GPS and want to stay in the same segment, you should rather reach for the Fibit Charge 5 or Fitbit Charge 4. Both offer more and also have built-in GPS (Comparison Fitbit Charge 4 and 5).
If you're looking for GPS on a Garmin fitness tracker, you'll have to reach for the Garmin vivoactive 4*. Alternatively to the Garmin Venu*, which trumps with a better display (Comparison Garmin vivoactive 4 vs Venu).
Floors and altimeterCompared to the Garmin vivosmart 4, the Garmin vivosmart 5 has also lost one feature. There is no longer an altimeter, which means that the Garmin vivosmart 5 can no longer count floors.
A function, however, which is buggy either way with many fitness trackers. Especially in warm weather, counting floors often does not work properly.
Sleep trackingSleep tracking has been optimized for the Garmin vivosmart 5 darfür. In addition, you also get more data on your sleep analysis with the Garmin vivosmart 5.
HiiTIn addition to the sports variants, which already the Garmin vivosmart 4 unstützt, the Garmin vivosmart still offers HiiT training. A point, which was criticized in the predecessor years ago.
Pulse OxAlthough both fitness trackers have a blood oxygen measurement, only the vivosmart 5 also measures throughout the day. The Garmin vivosmart 4 can only use Pulse Ox during training mode and optionally during sleep.
SOS: Garmin vivosmart 5A special feature, which I already announced at the beginning in the comparison: The security function at the Garmin vivosmart 5*.
With this, the fitness tracker detects when something unusual happens during an activity. For example, if you fall off your bike. In that case, the fitness tracker can send a message to a specific contact. The function is also known from the larger models, such as the Garmin Fenix 7. As a small SOS tracker so not a bad choice
Which Garmin vivosmart is better?In summary, the upgrades to the Garmin vivosmart 5 are relatively minor. The advancement after 4 years is somewhat disappointing. I recommend you rather reach for the Fitbit Charge 5* for a small fitness tracker. Here you get more for your money, as you can also see in the Comparison between the Fitbit Charge 5 and Garmin vivosmart 5.
Garmin is good, but more in the area of large fitness trackers. These include, for example, the Garmin vivoactive or the Garmin Fenix models (Garmin Fenix 6 vs Garmin Fenix 7).
If you want to decide between the Garmin vivosmart 4 and vivosmart 5: Then take the Garmin vivosmart 5*. Here you get better sleep tracking and an SOS function, which can be quite handy. In addition, the Garmin vivosmart 4 is already extremely outdated, which would also make a change worthwhile.