GARMIN vívofit 4

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Gear -

Price: £70 What does it do?

Garmin’s vívofit and vívos­mart ranges have been hugely suc­cess­ful. They fur­nish you with all the ba­sics, and they’re af­ford­able, re­li­able, and much slicker than the many cut-price copy­cats. Here we have step counter, dis­tance tracker (but note it’s not GPS-based) and calo­rie-burn in­di­ca­tor in a swim-proof, show­er­proof pack­age, with a colour swipe-screen. But the big fea­ture with this one is that it uses a stan­dard watch bat­tery – with a claimed bat­tery life of one year – mean­ing it doesn’t need to be recharged and won’t sud­denly run out of juice on a big walk.

Ease of use

In­ter­face and nav­i­ga­tion be­tween the screens are nice and easy once you un­der­stand what the icons all mean. It syncs (eas­ily) to the Garmin Con­nect app which is beau­ti­fully clear, sum­maris­ing your daily, weekly and monthly ac­tiv­ity very con­cisely. It also of­fers mo­ti­va­tional nudg­ing and nur­tur­ing, but in a slightly clunkier, more for­mal way than Fit­bit.

What’s it like to wear?

Smoother, se­cure, light: al­most ex­actly like the Fit­bit Alta. Not sure about the paint-speckle de­sign, but it also comes in stan­dard colours too.

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