Garmin Fenix 6 Pro vs Vivoactive 4 Compared

If you find this post helpful, please share it.

Released along the Garmin Fenix 6 Series is the Vivoactive 4 Series, while the latter is made up of 2 members, Vivoactive 4 and 4S, the former is made up of 11 members; Fenix 6S, 6 Pro, and 6X Pro Solar. Each of these features the latest Garmin technology which includes more activity tracking features and battery saver modes features. We’re comparing the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro vs Vivoactive 4 to find out the differences.

The Vivoactive 4 is a cheaper alternative to Fenix 6

There are 11 different models of the Fenix 6, and these include.

  1. Garmin Fenix 6s, 6s Pro, 6s Pro Sapphire and 6s Pro Solar.
  2. Garmin Fenix 6, 6 Pro, 6 Pro Sapphire and 6 Pro Solar.
  3. Garmin Fenix 6x Pro, 6x Pro Sapphire and 6x Pro Solar.

The difference between each of these is that the Pro units allow for onboard music storage, and feature trendline popularity routing, PacePro and ski resort maps. The standard editions lack these features.

Moreover, the Sapphire units which are priced higher have a more premium build that consists of sapphire crystal glass and Diamond-like Carbon(DLC)/titanium coated bezel.

Furthermore, the Solar units are the most expensive and they are equipped with a power glass and DLC bezel.

The 6s units have the smallest size compared to Fenix 6 which is bigger and Fenix 6X is the biggest. As a result, the 6s units have the shortest battery life, followed by the 6, while the 6X has the longest battery life.

Beyond these differences, all the units have the same design and activity tracking features.

Meanwhile, the Vivoactive 4 which is available in two sizes was released alongside the Venu. The Vivoactive 4 has the same design, feature, and appearance as the Venu. However, the Venu has a more colorful AMOLED display but has shorter battery life.

The bottom line is that the Vivoactive 4 has a lot of features present in the Fenix 6, but it lacks maps, has fewer activity-tracking features, has a shorter battery life and storage.

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro vs Vivoactive 4: Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Specs, prices and features

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Specifications, Features and Price

Garmin Vivoactive 4 Specs and prices

Garmin Vivoactive 4 Specifications, Features and Price

Price $450.00 $259.00
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Garmin Vivoactive 4
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Men Unisex
Release date September, 2019 September, 2019
Predecessor Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Garmin Vivoactive 3
Successor
Versions Captain Marvel, First Avengers, Vivoactive 4, Vivoactive 4S
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 47 x 47 x 14.7 mm 45.1 x 45.1 x 12.8 mm
Weight 83 grams 50.5 grams
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Fiber-reinforced polymer Fiber-reinforced polymer
Strap material Leather, Nylon, Silicone, Titanium Silicone
Bezel material DLC, Stainless steel, Titanium Stainless steel
Strap size 22 mm 22 mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass DX, Sapphire glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Water resistance 10 ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Black Black, Silver
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
Display resolution 260 x 260 px 260 x 260 px
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 5 Physical buttons 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth v4.0
Bluetooth calling No No
GPS Galileo, GLONASS, GPS Galileo, GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM
ROM 32GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None
SIM type None None
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Loudspeaker No No
Microphone No No
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass Yes Yes
ECG No No
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) Yes Yes
Thermometer Yes Yes
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes Yes
Blood Pressure No No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking Yes Yes
On-screen workout Yes Yes
Sport modes Yes 20
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity
Battery life Battery saver mode: 48 days, Expedition GPS mode: 28 days, Smartwatch mode: up to 14 days GPS with music: up to 6hrs, Smartwatch mode: up to 8 days
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar charging No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset
CPU
GPU
Operating system Proprietary OS Proprietary OS
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Garmin Connect Garmin Connect
Compatibility Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+ Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+
Payment system Garmin Pay Garmin Pay
Interchangeable strap 22 mm, Yes 22 mm, Yes
Voice command No No
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Garmin Fenix 6 Pro, Manual, Straps Charger, Garmin Vivoactive 4, Manual, Straps
Price $450.00 $259.00

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro vs Vivoactive 4: Battery Life

Vivoactive 4 Fenix 6 Pro
Smartwatch mode: Up to 8 days
GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
GPS mode without music: Up to 18 hours
Smartwatch: Up to 14 days
GPS: Up to 36 hours
GPS and Music: Up to 10 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode: 72 hours
Expedition GPS Activity: 28 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 48 days

What’s The Difference?

The Fenix 6 is a more comprehensive smartwatch than Vivoactive 4

Although the Vivoactive 4 is a more compact smartwatch and weighs a little less, the Fenix 6 Pro is a better smartwatch for the following reasons;

  1. The Fenix 6 Pro available in titanium and DLC materials is a more durable and sturdy device than the Vivoactive 4.
  2. The Fenix 6 Pro with 32GB has far more storage capacity than the Vivoacitve 4 with a mere 4GB onboard storage.
  3. The Fenix 6 Pro is a more comprehensive activity tracker has far more activity tracking features than the Vivoactive 4. It features preloaded TOPO maps, ski maps, PacePro, more running, swimming, cycling and outdoor recreational features which the Vivoactive 4 lacks.
  4. The Fenix 6 Pro has a longer battery life that lets you go longer from a single charge than the Vivoactive 4.

Bottom line, the Fenix 6 is a more comprehensive smartwatch than Vivoactive 4. However, the Vivoactive 4 is a cheaper alternative.