September 22, 2020

Coffee Break: Vivosmart 4

Coffee Break: Vivosmart 4

I recently bought Garmin’s Vivosmart 4 fitness tracker — almost on impulse — and I’m really happy with my decision. I wanted an option that was somewhere between a pedometer and a device that cost hundreds of dollars and does way more than I need. The main reasons I got it are to motivate myself to both exercise more and form better sleep habits, and to keep track of fitness stats like my resting heart rate. 

I really like that it’s relatively small and is comfortable enough to wear 24/7 (which I do, except for showering; the manual says to avoid getting soap on it, but swimming is fine). It has a nice range of colors available, and I chose the light blue. The battery lasts for days, and it charges via USB. 

The Vivosmart is easy to use (once you learn what the icons mean — the screen is tiny, so not a lot fits on there), and the Garmin Connect app is great, too. It gets data from the Vivosmart via Bluetooth, and you can customize the display of your daily stats/values; for example, I removed Weight because I track that elsewhere. (You can also customize the screen of the device itself — it always includes the time of day.)

Until quarantine, I wore this Citizen watch every day — and since my Vivosmart arrived, it’s been on my wrist every day instead. I’ve been very happy with it so far and highly recommend it — but if you’re looking for a much more thorough review (including a video), try this one.

The Vivosmart 4 is priced from $99–$102 at Amazon and is $99 at Target. Vivosmart 4

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