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Garmin Forerunner 255 vs Vivoactive 4

Garmin Forerunner 255 vs Vivoactive 4 Full Specifications Comparison

 
 
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Garmin Forerunner 255 Music (46mm) Specifications

Garmin Forerunner 255 Music (46mm) Specifications, Features and Price

Garmin Vivoactive 4 Specifications, Features and Price

Price $387.30 $199.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Garmin Forerunner 255 Music (46mm) Garmin Vivoactive 4
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Men Unisex
Predecessor Garmin Forerunner 245 Garmin Vivoactive 3
Successor
Models Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, Garmin Forerunner 255 Standard Captain Marvel, First Avengers, Vivoactive 4, Vivoactive 4S
Date released June, 2022 September, 2019
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.3 inches 1.3 inches
Display type LCD, Memory-in-pixel (MIP), transflective LCD, Memory-in-pixel (MIP), transflective
Resolution 260 x 260 px 260 x 260 px
Pixel density 282.84 PPI
Customizable watchface Yes Yes
Input type (not touchscreen), 5 Physical buttons 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
Always-On Yes Yes
BODY BODY BODY
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Fiber-reinforced polymer Fiber-reinforced polymer
Strap material Silicone Silicone
Bezel material Fiber-reinforced polymer Stainless steel
Strap size 22 mm 22 mm
Color Black, Whitestone Black, Silver
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Dimension 45.6 x 45.6 x 12.9mm 45.1 x 45.1 x 12.8 mm
Weight 49g 50.5 grams
Waterproof rating Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Durability test
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth calling No No
Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth v4.0
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
NFC Yes Yes
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM
ROM 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Network technology None None
SIM type None None
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Reply messages (Android only), Yes -
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone No No
Loudspeaker No No
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Camera No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
GPS Galileo, GLONASS, GPS Galileo, GLONASS, GPS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Pulse Ox. Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass Yes Yes
ECG No No
Thermometer Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
HEALTH & FITNESS TRACKING HEALTH & FITNESS TRACKING HEALTH & FITNESS TRACKING
Steps Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Blood oxygen Yes Yes
Blood Pressure No No
Stress Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No
Fall detection Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Onscreen workout Yes Yes
Preloaded sport modes Yes 20
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity
Battery life GPS mode: Up to 26 hours, Smartwatch mode: up to 12 days GPS with music: up to 6hrs, Smartwatch mode: up to 8 days
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock
Charging duration 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Operating system Proprietary OS Proprietary OS
Chipset
CPU
GPU
MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS
Companion app Garmin Connect Garmin Connect
Compatibility Android 4.3+, iOS 7.0+ Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+
Payment system Garmin Pay Garmin Pay
Customizable strap 22 mm, Yes 22 mm, Yes
Voice Assistant No No
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, Manual, Straps Charger, Garmin Vivoactive 4, Manual, Straps
Price $387.30 $199.99

Garmin Forerunner 255 vs Vivoactive 4 Activity Tracking Features

 Garmin Forerunner 255 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 4

SMART FEATURES

Connect IQ (Downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps)YesYes
On-device Connect IQ storeYesNo
Text response/reject phone calls with text (Android only)YesYes
CalendarYesYes
WeatherYesYes
Real-time settings sync with Garmin Connect™ mobileYesNo
Battery saver - customizable low power watchYesNo
Controls smartphone musicYesYes
Plays and Control Watch MusicYes
Find my phoneYesYes
Find my watchYesYes
Virb remoteYesYes

HEALTH MONITORING FEATURES

Wrist-based Heart Rate trackingYesYes
Daily resting heart rateYesYes
Abnormal heart rate alertYes (high and low)Yes (high and low)
Respiration Rate (24/7)YesYes
Fitness AgeYes
Blood oxygen (SpO2) monitoringYes (spot-check, and optional all-day acclimation and in sleep)Yes (spot-check, and optionally all-day and in sleep)
Battery energy monitorYesYes
Stress trackingYesYes
Relaxation remindersYesYes
Relaxation breathing timerYesYes
Sleep monitoringYesYes
Advanced sleep tracking/Sleep ScoreYesYes
Menstrual cycle trackingYes (in Garmin Connect™ and optional Connect IQ™ widget)Yes (in Garmin Connect)
Hydration trackingYes (in Garmin Connect and optional Connect IQ widget)Yes (in Garmin Connect)
Health SnapshotYes

SAFETY AND TRACKING FEATURES

LivetrackYesYes
Group LivetrackNoNo
Live event sharingYes (Android only)No
Incident detection during select activitiesYesYes
AssistanceYesYes
Spectator Messaging (New)No
Assistance Plus (New)No

TACTICAL FEATURES

Stealth modeNoNo
Night vision modeNoNo
Dual Grid CoordinatesNoNo
Kill switchNoNo

ACTIVITY TRACKING FEATURES

Steps CounterYesYes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)YesYes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)YesYes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep)YesYes
Calories burnedYesYes
Floors climbedYesYes
Distance travelledYesYes
Intensity minutesYesYes
TrueupYesYes
Move IQ

YesYes

GYM & FITNESS EQUIPMENT

Available gym activity profilesStrength, HIIT, cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, floor climbing, indoor rowing, pilates and yogastrength, cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, floor climbing, indoor rowing, pilates and yoga
Cardio workoutsYesYes
Strength workoutsYesYes
HIIT workoutsYes
Yoga workoutsYesYes
Pilates workoutsYesYes
On-screen workout animationsYesYes
Automatic rep countingYesYes
On-screen workout muscle mapsYes

TRAINING, PLANNING & ANALYSIS FEATURES

GPS speed and distanceYesYes
Customizable data pagesYesYes
Customizable activity profilesYesYes
Auto PauseYesYes
Interval trainingYesNo
Improved interval (Includes open repeats, intervals data page, rest screen and auto detection) (New)Yes
Advanced workoutsYesYes
Downloadable training plansYesYes
Power modes - customizable in-activity battery settingsNoYes
Auto lapYesYes
Manual lapYesYes
Rest timer (New)Yes
Configurable lap alertsYesNo
Heat and altitude acclimationNoNo
VO2 Max. (Run)YesYes
VO2 Max. (Trail run)YesNo
Real-Time staminaNo
Training status (lets you see if you're training effectively by tracking your training history and fitness level trend.)YesNo
Training load (your total training load for the last 7 days calculated from estimated epoc)YesNo
Training load focusYesNo
Training effect (aerobic)YesNo
Training effect (anaerobic)YesNo
Primary Benefit (training effect labels)YesNo
Improved Recovery Time (New)Yes
Daily Suggested Workouts (New)Yes (7 days)
Custom alertsYesNo
Audio promptsYesNo
Finish timeYesNo
Virtual partnerYesNo
Race an activityYesNo
Auto multisport activitiesYesNo
Manual multisport activitiesYesNo
Course guidanceYesNo
Garmin Live SegmentsNoNo
Strava Live SegmentsNoNo
Round-Trip course creator (running/cycling)NoNo
Trendline Popularity RoutingNoNo
Touch and/or button lockYesYes
Hot keysNoYes
Auto scrollYesYes
Activity history on watchYesYes
Physio TrueupYesYes

HEART RATE TRACKING FEATURES

HR zonesYesYes
HR alertsYesYes
HR caloriesYesYes
% HR max.YesYes
% HRRYesNo
Recovery timeYesNo
Auto max HRYesNo
Morning report (New)Yes
Race glance/widget (New)Yes
HRV status (New)Yes
Training readiness (New)No
HRV stress test (measures your heart rate variability while standing still, for 3 minutes, to provide you with an estimated stress level; the scale of this is 1 to 100; low scores indicate lower stress levels)NoNo
HR broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+ to paired devices)YesYes
Respiration rate (during exercise)YesYoga and breathwork only

RUNNING FEATURES

Available run profilesRunning, outdoor track running, treadmill running, indoor track running, trail running, virtual running and ultra runningRunning, indoor track running, treadmill running
GPS-based distance, time and paceYesYes
Running dynamicsYes (with compatible accessory)No
Vertical oscillation and ratio (the degree of 'bounce' in your running motion and the cost-benefit ratio with stride length)Yes (with compatible accessory)No
Ground contact time and balance (shows how much time, in the running motion, your foot is on the ground rather than in flight and lets you check your running symmetry)Yes (with compatible accessory)No
Stride length (real time)Yes (with compatible accessory)No
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute)YesYes
Running power (New)Yes (with compatible accessory)
Performance condition (after running 20 minutes, compares your real-time condition to your average fitness level)YesNo
Lactate threshold (through analysis of your pace and heart rate, estimates the point where your muscles start to rapidly fatigue)Yes (with compatible accessory)No
PacePro pacing strategiesYesNo
Run workoutsYesYes
Race predictorYesNo
Course and weather-specific race predictor (New)Yes
Foot Pod CapableYesYes
Run/Walk/Stand detectionYes

GOLF FEATURES

Preloaded with 42,000 courses worldwideNoNo
Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green)NoYes
Yardage to layups/doglegsNoYes
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course)NoAutomatic
Digital ScorecardNoYes
Custom targetsNoNo
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit)NoYes
Garmin AutoshotNoYes
Full vector mapNoNo
Auto Courseview updatesNoNo
Green view with manual pin positionNoYes
Hazards and course targetsNoYes
PinpointerNoYes
Playslike distanceNoNo
Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point) (New)No
Handicap scoringNoNo
Truswing compatibleNoNo
Round timer/odometerNoYes
Automatic club tracking compatible (requires accessory)NoYes
Tournament LegalNo

OUTDOOR RECREATION

Available outdoor recreation profilesHiking, skiing, snowboarding, XC classic skiing, stand Up paddleboarding and rowingSkiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing
Point-to-Point navigationYesYes
Bread crumb trail in real timeYesNo
Back to startYesYes
TracbacKYesNo
Ultratrac ModeYesNo
Around me modeNoNo
Up aheadYes
Elevation profileYesNo
Distance to destinationYesNo
Barometric trend indicator with storm alertYesNo
ClimbPro ascent plannerNoNo
Trail run auto climbNoNo
Vertical speedYesNo
Total ascent/descentYesYes
Future elevation plotYesNo
Preloaded Topographical mapsNoNo
Preloaded road and trail maps (New)No
Preloaded Ski resort mapsNoNo
Downloadable cartography supportNoNo
Compatible with BasecampNoNo
GPS coordinatesYesNo
Sight 'N GONoNo
Area calculationNoYes (via Connect IQ)
Hunt/fish calendarNoYes (via Connect IQ)
Projected waypointYesNo
Sun and moon informationYesYes (via Connect IQ)
Xero locationsNoNo
Expedition GPS activityNoNo
TidesNoNo

CYCLING FEATURES

Available cycling profilesBiking, indoor biking, mountain biking, eBiking and eMountain bikingBiking, indoor biking
Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories)YesYes
CoursesYesNo
MTB Grit & FlowNoNo
Cycle map (routable cycling-specific street map)NoNo
Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor)YesNo
Race an activityYesNo
FTP (Functional Threshold Power)YesNo
Compatible with Vector (Power Meter)YesNo
Power Meter compatibleYesNo
Advanced cycling dynamicsNo
Compatible with Varia Vision (head-mounted display)YesNo
Compatible with Varia Radar (Rear-Facing Radar)YesYes
Compatible with Varia LightsYesYes
Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor)Yes (ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart sensors)Yes (ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart sensors)

SWIMMING FEATURES

Available swim profilesPool swimming and open water swimmingPool swimming
Open-water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)YesNo
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)YesYes
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (pool swim only)YesYes
Drill logging (pool swim only)YesNo
Basic rest timer (up from 0) (pool swim only)YesYes
"Repeat on" rest timer (pool swim only) (New)Yes
Auto rest (pool swim only) (New)Yes
Time and distance alertsYesYes
Pacing alerts (pool swim only) (New)Yes
Countdown start (pool swim only)YesNo
Pool swim workoutsYesNo
Critical swim speed (New)Yes
Underwater wrist-based heart rateYesYes
Heart rate from external HRM (real-time during rests, interval and session stats during rests, and automatic heart rate download post-swim)YesNo

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