Just when we thought we’d seen the last new fitness band in 2017, Garmin surprised us with the latest iteration in its Vivofit series.
You wont be surprised that Vivofit 4 comes with evolutionary rather than revolutionary updates. What Garmin hopes will distinguish it from the competition is its awesome battery life. The tracker – which sports an always-on sunlight-visible, transflective 8 color memory-in-pixel (MIP) display – will keep going for a full year, no charging required. When it comes to battery life, it doesn’t get much better than that.
“An activity tracker is only as effective as how often you wear it, and this is where the vívofit 4 really shines – you can set it and forget it,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales.
“It’s the ideal device for customers who want something reliable that they don’t need to hassle with or take off to recharge.”
Well that’s all well and good, but what else do you get?In all honesty, the rest is pretty basic. Don’t look for heart rate tracking, its not there. The Vivofit 4 is swim and shower safe and features a sleek, comfortable band. Retailing for $79 on Garmin’s website, the lightweight band keeps tabs on your steps, distance, calories and sleep.
It comes with a colored move bar that fills up if you’ve been sitting around for too long and the tracker assigns daily step goals. There is auto-recognition for activities such as walking, running, biking, swimming and using an elliptical, plus you can go 4 weeks between syncing thanks to its built-in internal memory.
You also get some non-fitness features. The tracker can be used as an every-day watch, there is a weather widget, Find My Phone, smartphone notifications and more.
A nice touch is what Garmin refers to as the Toe-to-Toe feature. If your child owns a Vivofit Jr 2, you can connect both trackers a kick off a step duel. Once the competition is over, you’ll both see the total number of steps for the challenge and find out who won.
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