The Vivosmart four in fundamental black.

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At first look, Garmin’s new $130 Vivosmart four appears like your fundamental slim exercise tracker. However there’s much more to it than that.

Not solely does the absolutely waterproof Vivosmart four have Garmin’s redesigned Elevate heart-rate sensor, new irregular heart-rate alerts, VO2 max, stress monitoring and actions for walks, runs, energy coaching, pool swims, yoga and extra, however it introduces a brand new wrist-based pulse ox sensor.

Garmin says that sensor gauges your blood oxygen saturation ranges at evening that will help you higher perceive your sleep high quality. The brand new superior sleep monitor estimates gentle, deep and REM phases of sleep, together with motion all through the evening. You possibly can then evaluate your sleep stats within the Garmin Join Cell app.

One other new characteristic: A Physique Battery vitality monitor that estimates your physique’s vitality reserves, letting you already know the optimum time for exercise and relaxation.

All the colour choices.

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“Utilizing a mixture of information gathered from stress, heart-rate variability, sleep and exercise, a better Physique Battery signifies the time is perfect to be lively whereas a decrease quantity suggests relaxation is so as,” Garmin says. “Physique Battery assists customers in making sense of patterns, demonstrating how behaviors and actions of the previous few days affect how one feels at a given second.”

I have been taking part in round with an early evaluate pattern for 36 hours and I like how slim it’s. I reviewed the sooner Vivosmart three ($78 at Amazon.com) and this mannequin is even slimmer than that. Its monochrome touchscreen is simpler to learn — it is a bit brighter and crisper — and I discovered it extra attentive to my swipes and presses.

Whereas slim exercise trackers that pack in a ton of options aren’t normally all that straightforward to navigate, I assumed the Vivosmart four was extra user-friendly than the Vivosmart three.

New sensors.

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Just like the Vivosmart three, this new mannequin delivers glorious battery life — as much as seven days between prices — and apart from the light-weight slim design, that robust battery life is among the causes to contemplate the sort of exercise tracker as your go-to wearable. It is also value noting that like smartwatches it receives notifications out of your cellphone (with vibration alerts), gives fundamental climate reviews and can be utilized as a distant to regulate music playback in your cellphone. Android customers may even reply to texts with preset messages.

I additionally like Garmin’s Vivosport, which you’ll be able to generally discover for lower than $150 and even lower than that when you choose up a refurbished mannequin. That mannequin has GPS, whereas this does not.

The Vivosmart three prices $20 lower than Fitbit’s upcoming Cost three and as quickly as we get a evaluate pattern of that exercise tracker, I am going to be capable of evaluate the 2 fashions and maybe let you know which one is healthier.

Garmin additionally introduced that the Vivomove HR ($200 at Amazon.com) and Vivoactive three ($247 at Amazon.com) will probably be accessible in new coloration choices.

Garmin Vivosmart four key options

Ultraslim designAvailable in a number of colours with steel trim accents in silver, gold and rose goldSafe for the pool and showerNew pulse ox sensor (flip it on at evening to judge sleep high quality)Physique Battery vitality monitoring featureUp to 7 days of battery life between chargesElevate wrist-based heart-rate sensorVO2 max Good notifications with vibration alertsReply to texts with preset messages (Android solely)Stress trackingPrice: $130 (no phrase on worldwide pricing but)

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