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Garmin Vivoactive 4S Specifications, Features and Price

$199.99

Date Released

September, 2019

Display

1.1 inches | 218 x 218px | Touchscreen

Body

Fiber-reinforced polymer | 40g

Memory

4GB

Battery Life

7 days

Compatibility

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The Garmin Vivoactive 4S is a stylish and elegant fitness-focused smartwatch that’s equipped to track your active life, plus onboard music storage and a long battery life that keeps you going for about a week.

The Vivoactive 4/4S were released alongside the Venu, the difference between these three is the difference in display technology. While a more colorful AMOLED powers the display of the Venu, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) powers the display of the Vivoactive 4S and 4.

Transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) powers the always-on 1.1 inches touch-sensitive display of the Vivoactive 4S, while the body is also sturdily built with durable materials. The case material is made of fiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear cover, the bezel spots stainless steel which adds some attractive appearance to the watch, while the 18mm straps are made of silicone. It’s also very lightweight at 40g, and you can easily customize the watch face simply by downloading the one you like from Garmin Connect IQ store.

The Vivoactive 4S comes with a 4GB storage capacity that allows you to store up to 500 of your favorite files on the watch. You can also stream your favorite tracks from popular services like Spotify, Amazon Music, and Deezer.

With a handful of sensors onboard, the Vivoactive 4S will track your daily activities such as sleep, heart rate, calories, stress, blood oxygen, VO2 Max., menstrual cycle, outdoor activity tracking, and a host of other activities listed in the table below.

This watch will keep you connected to all that matters to you so you don’t get to miss important updates such as SMS, calls, emails, reminders and other notifications from both native and third-party apps. You can also reply to notifications by preset text response. You can also pay from this watch via Garmin Pay.

The Battery life is also great, from a single charge, you can expect about 7 days long battery life and over 12hours with continuous GPS tracking.

READ: Garmin Vivoactive 4S detailed review

Garmin Vivoactive 4S Activity Tracking Features

 Garmin Vivoactive 4S

SMART FEATURES

Connect IQ (Downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps)Yes
On-device Connect IQ storeNo
Text response/reject phone calls with text (Android only)Yes
CalendarYes
WeatherYes
Real-time settings sync with Garmin Connect™ mobileNo
Battery saver - customizable low power watchNo
Controls smartphone musicYes
Plays and Control Watch Music
Find my phoneYes
Find my watchYes
Virb remoteYes

HEALTH MONITORING FEATURES

Wrist-based Heart Rate trackingYes
Daily resting heart rateYes
Abnormal heart rate alertYes (high and low)
Respiration Rate (24/7)Yes
Fitness Age
Blood oxygen (SpO2) monitoringYes (spot-check, and optionally all-day and in sleep)
Battery energy monitorYes
Stress trackingYes
Relaxation remindersYes
Relaxation breathing timerYes
Sleep monitoringYes
Advanced sleep tracking/Sleep ScoreYes
Menstrual cycle trackingYes (in Garmin Connect)
Hydration trackingYes (in Garmin Connect)
Health Snapshot

SAFETY AND TRACKING FEATURES

LivetrackYes
Group LivetrackNo
Live event sharingNo
Incident detection during select activitiesYes
AssistanceYes
Spectator Messaging (New)
Assistance Plus (New)

TACTICAL FEATURES

Stealth modeNo
Night vision modeNo
Dual Grid CoordinatesNo
Kill switchNo

ACTIVITY TRACKING FEATURES

Steps CounterYes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)Yes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)Yes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep)Yes
Calories burnedYes
Floors climbedYes
Distance travelledYes
Intensity minutesYes
TrueupYes
Move IQ

Yes

GYM & FITNESS EQUIPMENT

Available gym activity profilesstrength, cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, floor climbing, indoor rowing, pilates and yoga
Cardio workoutsYes
Strength workoutsYes
HIIT workouts
Yoga workoutsYes
Pilates workoutsYes
On-screen workout animationsYes
Automatic rep countingYes
On-screen workout muscle maps

TRAINING, PLANNING & ANALYSIS FEATURES

GPS speed and distanceYes
Customizable data pagesYes
Customizable activity profilesYes
Auto PauseYes
Interval trainingNo
Improved interval (Includes open repeats, intervals data page, rest screen and auto detection) (New)
Advanced workoutsYes
Downloadable training plansYes
Power modes - customizable in-activity battery settingsYes
Auto lapYes
Manual lapYes
Rest timer (New)
Configurable lap alertsNo
Heat and altitude acclimationNo
VO2 Max. (Run)Yes
VO2 Max. (Trail run)No
Real-Time stamina
Training status (lets you see if you're training effectively by tracking your training history and fitness level trend.)No
Training load (your total training load for the last 7 days calculated from estimated epoc)No
Training load focusNo
Training effect (aerobic)No
Training effect (anaerobic)No
Primary Benefit (training effect labels)No
Improved Recovery Time (New)
Daily Suggested Workouts (New)
Custom alertsNo
Audio promptsNo
Finish timeNo
Virtual partnerNo
Race an activityNo
Auto multisport activitiesNo
Manual multisport activitiesNo
Course guidanceNo
Garmin Live SegmentsNo
Strava Live SegmentsNo
Round-Trip course creator (running/cycling)No
Trendline Popularity RoutingNo
Touch and/or button lockYes
Hot keysYes
Auto scrollYes
Activity history on watchYes
Physio TrueupYes

HEART RATE TRACKING FEATURES

HR zonesYes
HR alertsYes
HR caloriesYes
% HR max.Yes
% HRRNo
Recovery timeNo
Auto max HRNo
Morning report (New)
Race glance/widget (New)
HRV status (New)
Training readiness (New)
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)No
HR broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+ to paired devices)Yes
Respiration rate (during exercise)Yoga and breathwork only

RUNNING FEATURES

Available run profilesRunning, indoor track running, treadmill running
GPS-based distance, time and paceYes
Running dynamicsNo
Vertical oscillation and ratio (the degree of 'bounce' in your running motion and the cost-benefit ratio with stride length)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)No
Stride length (real time)No
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute)Yes
Running power (New)
Performance condition (after running 20 minutes, compares your real-time condition to your average fitness level)No
Lactate threshold (through analysis of your pace and heart rate, estimates the point where your muscles start to rapidly fatigue)No
PacePro pacing strategiesNo
Run workoutsYes
Race predictorNo
Course and weather-specific race predictor (New)
Foot Pod CapableYes
Run/Walk/Stand detection

GOLF FEATURES

Preloaded with 42,000 courses worldwideNo
Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green)Yes
Yardage to layups/doglegsYes
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course)Automatic
Digital ScorecardYes
Custom targetsNo
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit)Yes
Garmin AutoshotYes
Full vector mapNo
Auto Courseview updatesNo
Green view with manual pin positionYes
Hazards and course targetsYes
PinpointerYes
Playslike distanceNo
Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point) (New)
Handicap scoringNo
Truswing compatibleNo
Round timer/odometerYes
Automatic club tracking compatible (requires accessory)Yes
Tournament Legal

OUTDOOR RECREATION

Available outdoor recreation profilesSkiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing
Point-to-Point navigationYes
Bread crumb trail in real timeNo
Back to startYes
TracbacKNo
Ultratrac ModeNo
Around me modeNo
Up ahead
Elevation profileNo
Distance to destinationNo
Barometric trend indicator with storm alertNo
ClimbPro ascent plannerNo
Trail run auto climbNo
Vertical speedNo
Total ascent/descentYes
Future elevation plotNo
Preloaded Topographical mapsNo
Preloaded road and trail maps (New)
Preloaded Ski resort mapsNo
Downloadable cartography supportNo
Compatible with BasecampNo
GPS coordinatesNo
Sight 'N GONo
Area calculationYes (via Connect IQ)
Hunt/fish calendarYes (via Connect IQ)
Projected waypointNo
Sun and moon informationYes (via Connect IQ)
Xero locationsNo
Expedition GPS activityNo
TidesNo

CYCLING FEATURES

Available cycling profilesBiking, indoor biking
Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories)Yes
CoursesNo
MTB Grit & FlowNo
Cycle map (routable cycling-specific street map)No
Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor)No
Race an activityNo
FTP (Functional Threshold Power)No
Compatible with Vector (Power Meter)No
Power Meter compatibleNo
Advanced cycling dynamics
Compatible with Varia Vision (head-mounted display)No
Compatible with Varia Radar (Rear-Facing Radar)Yes
Compatible with Varia LightsYes
Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor)Yes (ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart sensors)

SWIMMING FEATURES

Available swim profilesPool swimming
Open-water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)No
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)Yes
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (pool swim only)Yes
Drill logging (pool swim only)No
Basic rest timer (up from 0) (pool swim only)Yes
"Repeat on" rest timer (pool swim only) (New)
Auto rest (pool swim only) (New)
Time and distance alertsYes
Pacing alerts (pool swim only) (New)
Countdown start (pool swim only)No
Pool swim workoutsNo
Critical swim speed (New)
Underwater wrist-based heart rateYes
Heart rate from external HRM (real-time during rests, interval and session stats during rests, and automatic heart rate download post-swim)No

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ABOUT DEVICE

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name

Garmin Vivoactive 4S

Device type

Fitness/Sport smartwatch

Gender

Unisex, Women

Date released

September, 2019

Predecessor

Garmin Vivoactive 3

Successor

Models

Captain Marvel, First Avengers, Vivoactive 4, Vivoactive 4S

BODY

BODY

Dimension

40.0 x 40.0 x 12.7 mm

Weight

40 grams

Shape

Circular

Case material

Fiber-reinforced polymer

Strap material

Silicone

Bezel material

Stainless steel

Strap size

18 mm

Screen protection

Waterproof rating

Yes, 5ATM

Durability test

Swim-proof

Yes, recommended

Color

Rose-gold, White

DISPLAY

DISPLAY

Display size

1.1 inches

Display type

LCD, Memory-in-pixel (MIP), transflective

Resolution

218 x 218 px

Pixel density

Always-On

Yes

Customizable watchface

Yes

Input type

2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen

CONNECTIVITY

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth

ANT+, Bluetooth v4.0

Bluetooth calling

No

GPS

Galileo, GLONASS, GPS

NFC

Yes

Wi-Fi

Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

MEMORY

MEMORY

RAM

ROM

4GB

Memory card slot

No

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network technology

None

SIM type

None

NOTIFICATIONS

NOTIFICATIONS

SMS alert

Yes

Calls alert

Yes

Email alert

Yes

Event reminder

Yes

MEDIA

MEDIA

Audio

mp3/mp4

Bluetooth music

Yes

Loudspeaker

No

Microphone

No

Camera

No

SENSORS

SENSORS

Accelerometer

Yes

Altimeter

Yes

Ambient light

Yes

Barometer

Yes

Compass

Yes

ECG

No

Gyroscope

Yes

HRM

Yes

Pulse Ox.

Yes

Thermometer

Yes

HEALTH & FITNESS TRACKING

HEALTH & FITNESS TRACKING

Blood oxygen

Yes

Blood Pressure

No

Calories

Yes

Distance

Yes

ECG tracking

No

Heart rate monitoring

Yes

Sleep tracking

Yes

Steps

Yes

Stress

Yes

Fall detection

Yes

Menstrual cycle

Yes

Floors climbed

Yes

VO2 Max

Yes

Onscreen workout

Yes

Preloaded sport modes

20

BATTERY

BATTERY

Battery type

non-removable Lithium-polymer

Battery capacity

Battery life

GPS mode with music: Up to 5hrs, Smartwatch mode: 7 days

Charging type

Charging dock

Charging duration

1-2 hours

Solar power

No

PLATFORM

PLATFORM

Chipset

CPU

GPU

Operating system

Proprietary OS

MISCELLANEOUS

MISCELLANEOUS

Companion app

Garmin Connect

Compatibility

Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+

Payment system

Garmin Pay

Customizable strap

18mm, Yes

Voice Assistant

No

Find my phone

Yes

Box content

Charger, Garmin Vivoactive 4S, Manual, Straps

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