Fitness Tracker: Fit­bit Charge 4 vs Garmin Vivosport

Fit­bit Charge 4 vs Garmin Vivosport

Fitbit calls the Charge 4 a “slim health and fitness tracker” the Charge 4 is pretty wide and massive. The Fitbit Charge 4 is now part of Google. Presented at the end of March 2020, with all the important must-haves – heart rate monitor, GPS, music control, and even NFC. But for me, the fitness bracelet had its pitfalls in everyday life.

The Garmin Vivosport is similar to the Vivosmart 3. Garmin relies on silicone, the 9.7 × 19.3 mm color touch display is firmly integrated into the bracelet. In addition to the gray-black device that we tested, the Vivosport also comes in Limelight (a yellow-green shade) and Fuchsia Focus (bright red). But be careful: not all models are available in all sizes, the S / M variant is almost too narrow for wide wrists.

Pros and Cons

Fit­bit Charge 4Garmin Vivosport
GPS sensorGPS and heart rate sensor
Mobile paymentLong battery life
High precisionEasy to read display
GPS runtime is below the
manufacturer’s specification
Bracelet cannot be changed
No universal music control Small touchscreen display

General

Fit­bit Charge 4Garmin Vivosport
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BrandFit­bitGarmin
ModelCharge 4Vivosport
Release dateSep 2020Sep 2017
ShapeRectangular, FlatRectangular, Flat
SensorsOptical heart rate tracker,
3-axis accelerometer, altimeter,
Pulse Ox, vibration motor
Optical heart rate tracker, 
3 axis-accelerometer,
barometric altimeter
DisplayOLED, GrayscaleTransflective memory-in-pixel
CompatibilityAndroid, iOSAndroid, iOS
ColorsBlack, RoseWood, Storm BlueSlate, Fuchsia Focus, Limelight

Technical Specifications

Fit­bit Charge 4Garmin Vivosport
Display Resolution100 x 150 pixels72 x 144 pixels
Dimension35.8mm x 22.7mm19.3 mm x 9.7 mm
TouchscreenYesYes
Water Resistant50m water resistant50m water resistant
Water Resistance Depth5ATM5ATM

Activity Monitoring

Fit­bit Charge 4Garmin Vivosport
PedometerYesYes
Calories CountYesYes
Heart Rate MonitorYesYes
CompassYesNo
CalendarYesYes
Alarm ClockYesYes
ChronographYesYes
Date & Time DisplayYesYes
LanguageEnglishEnglish
Sleep TrackingYesYes

Fit­bit Charge 4

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Fit­bit Charge 4

Garmin Vivosport

Garmin Vivosport

Connectivity Features

Fit­bit Charge 4Garmin Vivosport
BluetoothYesYes
GPSYesYes
NFSYesNo
Mobile PaymentFitbit PayGarmin Pay
Battery Li-Ion 455 mAh, non-removableLi-Ion 455 mAh, non-removable
Battery backup7 days
5 hours in GPS mode
7 days
8 hours in GPS mode
Charging portProprietary charging cableProprietary charging cable

Conclusion!

The Fitbit Charge 4 fitness tracker consistently maintained an excellent level in the test. Compared to the previous model, the equipment has been expanded and now has, for example, a GPS sensor and the Fitbit Pay contactless payment system. The accuracy has also been improved a bit. The already excellent usability of the Fitbit Charge 3 has not really changed. Neither in terms of optics, although the aluminum housing has given way to the plastic housing. The pricing is okay.

The Garmin Vivosport was impressed with precise tracking and excellent equipment. The Vivosport is Garmin’s smallest fitness tracker with a built-in GPS. This allows outdoor activities to be recorded in detail – optionally also automatically via the so-called Move-IQ function. The tracker is operated via touch gestures on display, which is easy to read at all times. The silicone bracelet is soft and adapts well to the wrist but is scratch-sensitive and unfortunately cannot be changed. Due to the long-running time of 8 days and the extensive equipment, the Garmin Vivosport is recommended for recreational athletes.