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Best Garmin fitness trackers 2020 | Compare the watches in the VIVO series here

Best Garmin fitness trackers 2020 | Compare the watches in the VIVO series here

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 By Jesper Petersen

 

It can be a bit of a jungle in Garmin’s world of activity trackers. What can they do? What’s the difference between the many models? And which one should I choose? This article should give you a helping hand by comparing the best activity trackers from Garmin’s VIVO series.

   

Activity tracker, activity watch, activity wristband, fitness tracker, fitness wristband, step counter, calorie measurer… Yep, Garmin’s VIVO series has many guises, and they perform countless things! But the one thing they all have in common is the registration of your daily activities, and the push you need to be even more active in your everyday life.

  

The Garmin VIVO series: A fitness tracker and training watch for everyone

In Garmin’s VIVO series there’s a watch for everyone. Whether you want to track the simple things like steps, calories, and sleep, or you’re after a more advanced smartwatch with endless training features, you’ll find your next watch within the Garmin VIVO series.

There’s a watch for every possible taste, and for every member of the family - so dad, mum, son, and daughter can track their daily activity and compete to achieve the most steps or be the most active.

Read on and we’ll help you choose the watch that matches you best...

   

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Overview

This article contains the following sections. You can click on any of the headlines to go to the desired section.

- Comparing the Garmin Vivo series

- Garmin Vivofit 4

- Garmin Vivosmart 4

- Garmin Vivosport

- Garmin Vivomove 3 / 3S

- Garmin Vivomove Style

- Garmin Vivoactive 4 / 4S

- Garmin Venu

- Garmin Vivofit Junior 2

 

Comparison - Garmin Vivo series

Here you’ll find the full overview of what all the activity armbands and heart rate watches in Garmin’s VIVO series can do, as we compare the Garmin Vivofit 4, Garmin Vivosmart 4, Garmin Vivosport, Garmin Vivomove 3/3S, Garmin Vivomove Style, Garmin Vivoactive 4/4S, and Garmin Venu.

 

Garmin vivo differences comparison

 


 

Garmin Vivofit 4

The Garmin Vivofit is the most basic of Garmin’s many activity trackers. Despite its relative simplicity, it can still measure all the things you’d expect from an entry level activity tracker.

Recommended for: The Garmin Vivofit is for those who would like to measure and register daily activity such as steps, sleep, and calories, and prefer a wristband that is really easy to use.

Garmin vivofit 4

Garmin Vivofit 4 Advantages:

- Measures all the basics: Steps, sleep, calories, estimated distance.

- Garmin Move Bar - reminds you when it’s time to move.

- Bluetooth - Synchronises and analyses your data on a smartphone or computer.  

- Long battery life (up to 1 year).

- Easy to use (1 button).

- Cheap. 

 

Garmin Vivofit 4 Disadvantages:

- No GPS.

- No heart rate monitor.

- No smart notifications.

  

Read more about the Garmin Vivofit and purchase here:

Buy Garmin Vivofit here

 




 


 

Garmin Vivosmart 4

At first glance, the Garmin Vivosmart looks like a wristband from the Vivofit series. The Vivosmart can do the same as the Vivofit, and much much more. 

Recommended for: The Garmin Vivosmart is for those who would like to measure and register all daily activities but also keep track of heart rate and receive smart notifications such as calls and messages directly on the wristband.

Garmin Vivosmart 4

Garmin Vivosmart 4 Advantages:

- Built-in heart rate monitor and altimeter.

- Smart notifications: Receive calls, messages, reminders, etc. on the watch/wristband..

- Measures, for example, steps, stress, pulse, sleep, calories, and body battery. 

- Pulse Ox sensor: Measures saturation of oxygen in the bloodstream.

- Activity profiles for: Running, cycling, swimming, strength training, cardio, cross training, stair-climber, yoga. 

- GPS based speed and distance (requires connection to smartphone with GPS).

- Touchscreen.

 

Garmin Vivosmart 4 Disadvantages:

- No GPS.

- Not great for sports use.

   

Read more about the Garmin Vivosmart and purchase here:

Buy Garmin Vivosmart here

 




 


 

Garmin Vivosport

The Garmin Vivosport is an activity wristband that does everything the Vivosmart and Vivomove HR can. On top of this, the Vivosport has built-in GPS and more sports activity profiles. 

Recommended for: The Garmin Vivosport is for those who prefer a smaller activity wristband that registers all daily activities, but also is more precise when measuring running or cycling trips.

garmin vivosport

 

Garmin Vivosport Advantages

- Built-in GPS for precise measuring of speed and distance during activities.

- Built-in heart rate monitor and altimeter. 

- Smart notifications: Receive calls, messages, etc. on the watch/wristband.

- Touchscreen.

- More sports activity profiles. 

 

Garmin Vivosport Disadvantages:

- No advanced training features.

- Limited choice of supported sports activities.

    

Read more about the Garmin Vivosport and purchase here:

Buy Garmin Vivosport here

 




 


 

Garmin Vivomove 3 / 3S

The Garmin Vivomove 3 has the same features as the Garmin Vivosmart 4, plus a bit more. Here you’ll find an activity tracker with the looks of an elegant wrist watch. Built into the watch face is a “hidden” digital OLED touchscreen which lights up when you need it, on which you’ll find all data.  

The difference between the Garmin Vivomove 3 and the Garmin Vivomove 3S is the physical size. The Vivomove 3 is 44 mm in diameter, while the Vivomove 3S is 39 mm in diameter. Feature-wise, the watches are exactly the same. 

Recommended for: The Garmin Vivomove 3 is for those who want to measure and register all daily activities with the look of a classic wrist watch rather than a slim activity wristband. 

Garmin vivomove 3/3S

Garmin Vivomove 3 / 3S Advantages:

- Elegant wrist watch with activity tracking functions.

- Built-in heart rate monitor and altimeter.

- Smart notifications: Receive calls, messages, reminders, etc. on the watch/wristband.

- Measures, for example, steps, distance, stress, heart rate, sleep, calories, and Body Battery. 

- Menstrual cycle tracking.

- Registration of breathing frequency (Whole day + during yoga). 

- Pulse Ox sensor: Measures saturation of oxygen in the bloodstream.

- Activity profiles for: Running, cycling, swimming, strength training, cardio, cross training, stair-climber, yoga. 

- GPS based speed and distance (requires connection to smartphone with GPS).

- Hidden OLED touchscreen.

 

Garmin Vivomove 3 / 3S Disadvantages:

- No built-in GPS (But can pair with a smartphone with GPS enabled). 

- Not ideal for sports use. 

  

Read more about the Garmin Vivomove 3 and 3S and purchase here:

Buy Garmin Vivomove 3/3S here

 




 


 

Garmin Vivomove Style

The Garmin Vivomove Style can do everything the Garmin Vivomove 3 and Vivomove 3S can, but is further enhanced in a number of ways. Unlike the Vivomove 3 and 3S, the Garmin Vivomove Style only comes in one size - 42 mm diameter - which sits just between the Vivomove 3 and Vivomove 3S. The Garmin Vivomove Style comes in two models, where the only difference is the watch strap: The Garmin Vivomove Style (Silicone strap) and the Garmin Vivomove Style (Nylon strap).

Recommended for: The Garmin Vivomove Style is for those looking for a good looking, elegant, and durable watch that can measure and register all daily activities and can be used to make contactless payments.  

garmin vivomove style

Garmin Vivomove Style Advantages:

- Can do EVERYTHING the Garmin Vivomove 3 can (see above).

- Dual AMOLED screen – Two built-in touchscreens in colour and high resolution (240x240 px).

- Garmin Pay – Possibility to pay for goods using the watch at all contactless payment terminals. 

- Domed Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 - offering a more resistant and durable screen.

 

Garmin Vivomove Style Disadvantages:

- No built-in GPS (But can pair with a smartphone with GPS enabled).

- Not ideal for sports use.

  

Read more about the Garmin Vivomove Style and purchase here:

Buy Garmin Vivomove style here

 




 


 

Garmin Vivoactive 4 / 4S

The Garmin Vivoactive 4, along with the Garmin Venu, is the most complete watch in the VIVO series. It has all the features highlighted in the previous activity trackers, but it adds a long list of advanced features that are usually only found in Garmin’s sports watches. It comes in two sizes: Garmin Vivoactive 4 (45 mm) and Garmin Vivoactive 4S (40 mm).

Recommended for: The Garmin Vivoactive 4 is for those who want a bit of everything. You’ll get an all-round sports watch and activity tracker that can do pretty much everything. The perfect GPS smartwatch for both everyday use and a long list of sports activities.

garmin vivoactive 4/4S

Garmin Vivoactive 4 Advantages:

- Can do EVERYTHING the Garmin Vivomove Style can (see above).

- Play music directly from the watch - transfer music, podcasts, and playlists from providers like Spotify and Deezer. Play music WITHOUT needing a smartphone connected. 

- Built-in GPS – Enables accurate distance and speed measurements. 

- Sports apps for over 20 sports activities including running, cycling, swimming, golf, yoga, pilates, skiing, and stand up and paddle boarding etc. 

- Garmin Coach – Free access to individual custom training programs for running. 

- Animated training on the screen – cardio, strength, yoga, and pilates training.

- Safety and tracking features – Alert contacts in the event of an accident.

- Connect IQ compatibility – Personalise your device with apps, widgets, watch faces, etc. from Garmin’s app store.

 

Garmin Vivoactive 4 Disadvantages:

- Lacking the more advanced training features which the Garmin Forerunner 245, Garmin Forerunner 945, and  Garmin Fenix series can offer.

  

Read more about the Garmin Vivoactive 4/4S and purchase here:

Buy Garmin Vivoactive 4/4S here

 




 


 

Garmin Venu

The Garmin Venu is the best (and most expensive) watch in Garmin’s Vivo series. It’s a multi-featured GPS smartwatch which does everything the Vivoactive 4 can, but boasts a crystal clear AMOLED screen too. Unlike the Vivoactive 4 and Vivoactive 4S, the Garmin Venu is only available in one size - 43 mm in diameter - which sits just between the Vivoactive 4 and Vivoactive 4S.

Recommended for: The Garmin Venu is for those looking for an all-round sports watch and activity tracker which can do pretty much everything and is armed with the most beautiful screen we’ve ever experienced on a Garmin watch.

garmin venu

Garmin Venu Advantages:

- Can do EVERYTHING the Garmin Vivoactive 4 (see above).

- FANTASTIC AMOLED colour display with high resolution (390x390 px).

 

Garmin Venu Disadvantages:

- Lacking the more advanced training features, which the Garmin Forerunner 245, Garmin Forerunner 945, and  Garmin Fenix series can offer.

   

Read more about the Garmin Venu and purchase here:

Buy Garmin Venu here

 




 


 

Garmin Vivofit Junior 2

The Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 is a brilliant activity watch for kids, which includes a step counter, active minutes, and virtual rewards for completed chores or goals achieved. 

With the Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2, children can collect virtual coins and unlock new adventures on their parents smartphone. Rewards are earned if the child, for example, reaches 60 minutes of daily activity, complete chores around the home, brush their teeth, or do their homework. Tasks can be controlled, assigned, and adjusted through the app on the parents smartphone, where it’s also possible to add timers and alarms to the child’s watch. 

The Garmin Vivofit Junior 2 comes with either an adjustable or stretchy strap and is available in a wide variety of choices from the Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel universes.

Recommended for: Kids (and parents) looking to track daily activity in a fun and motivating way.

garmin vivofit jr 2

 

Garmin Vivofit Junior 2 Advantages:

- Registers steps, sleep, and daily activity. 

- Toe-to-ToeTM step challenges – compete with friends, family, and parents.

- Shows time and date.

- Alarm clock, timer, and stopwatch.

- Alarm, reminders.

- 1 year battery life (no charging needed).

- Robust and waterproof – great for the playground and swimming pool.

- Digital adventures with the Garmin Vivofit JR App.

    

Read more about the Garmin Vivofit Junior 2 and purchase here:

Buy Garmin vivofit junior 2 here

 




  

     

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