Monday, March 18, 2019

Garmin Vivosmart 4 with pulse ox, Body Battery energy

Garmin Vivosmart 4 released

Garmin has launched the Vivosmart 4, and based on its features, the wearable is meant to be a direct competitor to Fitbit’s Charge 3. The Vivosmart 4 comes with a blood oxygen monitor called “pulse ox,” and a new feature Garmin calls Body Battery energy which tells you the optimum time to workout.

I reviewed the Vivosmart 3 (which can be found here) and this model is even slimmer than that with its monochrome touchscreen. The Vivosmart 4 comes in 4 colours,

Black with Midnight, Gray with Rose Gold, Berry with Light Gold and Azure Blue with Silver with them all at the same price point of $129.99. The new wearable from Garmin features a silicone band with an aluminium case

Garmin Vivosmart 4 key features

  • Ultraslim design
  • Available in multiple colours with metal trim accents in silver, gold and rose gold
  • Safe for the pool and shower
  • New pulse ox sensor (turn it on at night to evaluate sleep quality)
  • Body Battery energy monitoring feature
  • Up to 7 days of battery life between charges
  • Elevate wrist-based heart-rate sensor
  • VO2 max
  • Smart notifications with vibration alerts
  • Reply to texts with preset messages (Android only)
  • Stress tracking
  • Price: $130 (no word on international pricing yet)

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Vivosmart 4 Body Battery energy monitor

Body Battery energy monitor that estimates your body’s energy reserves, letting you know the optimal time for activity and rest. Using a combination of data gathered from stress, heart-rate variability, sleep and activity, a higher Body Battery indicates the time is optimal to be active whereas a lower number suggests rest is in order,” Garmin says. “Body Battery assists users in making sense of patterns, demonstrating how behaviours and activities of the past few days influence how one feels at a given moment.”Vivosmart 4 colour

Vivosmart 4 Pulse OX

Pulse OX was first released with the Fenix 5x Plus Series to monitor blood oxygen saturation levels at higher altitudes, but Garmin has decided to monitor your blood oxygen saturation levels at night to help you better understand your sleep quality.

Just over a month ago Garmin introduced advanced sleep monitor estimates light, deep and REM stages of sleep, along with movement throughout the night which you can view in Garmin Connect, so its going to be really interesting to see how the PulseOX sensor helps with this type of analysis.

Vivosmart 4 fitness, battery and smart features

Vivosmart 4 is pool and shower proof and can last for up to seven days between charges, but being honest it will be around 5 days with a fair bit of use.

Garmin’s redesigned Elevate heart-rate sensor, new abnormal heart-rate alerts, which was also first introduced on the Fenix 5 Plus Series along with O2 max, stress tracking and activities for walks, runs, strength training, pool swims, yoga and more, but it introduces a new wrist-based pulse ox sensor.

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The Vivosmart 3 also comes with smart notifications and offers basic weather reports and can be used as a remote to control music playback on your phone. Android users can even reply to texts with preset messages. All of these features really add to the appeal of the fitness tracker.Vivosmart 4 released

Vivosmart 4 availability and pricing

The Garmin Vivosmart 4 starts shipping in 1-5 weeks and is priced at $129.99 in the US and £119.99 in the UK. Hopefully Garmin will start shipping the wearable sooner.


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Jon Ratcliffe
I am Jon R and the editor of Active JR that covers wearables, fitness tech and smart home. I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles and I like combining this with fitness.My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.You can contact Jon on Twitter @ActiveJR1

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