The previous model was a little underwhelming in this department, offering a single awkwardly placed button that was too easy to activate accidentally. It also had a weird touch panel on the side. The vivoactive 4 is a lot better there’s. No more touch sensitive, swiping pad on the left side of the watch, and the single central button has been replaced by two much slimmer ones: i’ve, given how slim these buttons are, and their placement is difficult to press them accidentally, even during exercise where the hands bend Back like kettlebells or push ups, it wasn’t an issue. It may seem like a minor thing, but in daily use it’s a vital and important change, because it also means there’s no need to activate the lock. As often the strap is comfortable for long periods has loads of holes, making it adjustable to large and small wrist sizes, and if you don’t like it, you can take it off easily and swap it for any other. 22 millimeter strap. The bezel is made from stainless steel. The watch is waterproof to five atmospheres, so it’s great for swimmers and the glass on the touchscreen gently curves to the edges, giving a premium look to a relatively attractive watch. Now this touchscreen doesn’t feel as responsive as some other smartwatches, predominantly because the actual display tech doesn’t have a high refresh rate like the oled panels on an apple watch. But with that said, it’s always on constantly showing time or data during an activity and means you can get up to eight days of use before recharging the batteries.
Now with our particular activity tracking three to four workouts per week. Most of those running outside with gps tracking we’ve got about five to six days from the full charge and charging is quick too, because it’s wired it’s not relying on a wireless charger. As for the actual tracking performance itself, here’s, where it shines, it can trick a whole bunch of metrics different activities. It’S a multi sport watch in the true sense of the word. You can track sleep as well. Daily steps, calories, burns and intensity minutes is normal, but there’s also a body battery metric, and this uses your activity and rest to determine how much you have left in the tank it’s a pretty cool feature, although we’re not sure exactly how accurate it is. You can also track your respiration rates and, if you want to drain the battery quicker your oxygen saturation during sleep, we love garmin’s, connect app too. It has a really user friendly home screen. Giving you an instant look at all the important metrics, like heart rate steps. Sleep and body battery, but if you’re the kind of person that needs a deeper dive, you can find that in the menus as well, actually using it during a running or cycling session, didn’t really feel all that different to using far more expensive phoenix series. It seems about as accurate, showing similar heart rate zones distances and pace, so you’re really not going to be missing much here.
Just like the phoenix, though we find that it struggles to give accurate readings during hits or high intensity interval. Workouts that’s not unusual, though rapid changes in heart rates, aren’t of wrist, worn, sensors, forte, garmin pay. The company’s contactless payment system still feels a little bumpy compared to the alternatives. Not all banks are supportive and you do have to input your pin code every time before. Using it, which isn’t that easy on a timely round display it’s a similar feeling with smart features like notifications, you don’t get that full interactive, feel like you get from wear os or apple watch. But if all you need is basic smarts like just being able to see what notifications come through when seeing your calendar, it works well with both android and iphone. You can download spotify and amazon music playlists among other services and with bluetooth audio support. You can use your favorite wireless earphones and lose your phone at home.