Garmin Vivoactive 4 vs Apple Watch Series 5 – What’s the Difference?

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Featured in this comparison chart are two outstanding smartwatches; the Garmin Vivoactive 4 vs Apple Watch Series 5. Each of these two comes in a stylish and elegant design, well equipped to track your active life, and loaded with lots of interesting features such as onboard music storage, non-contactless payment, and notifications management. Although, the Watch 5 is a more comprehensive smartwatch with more features but has a far shorter battery life compared to the Vivoactive 4. Compare the differences between these two to find out which is a better choice for you.

The Vivoactive 4 is a more comprehensive fitness tracker. (Source: Garmin)

The Vivoactive 4 comes in two sizes; Vivoactive 4S and 4, while the Watch 5 also comes in two sizes; 40mm and 44m. Both sizes of the Watch 5 are available in cellular and GPS models. The Cellular unit comes with an eSIM that enables cellular connectivity and thus makes it a standalone smartwatch that can make and receive calls without a phone. The GPS unit can also make and receive calls but requires your phone nearby to do this.

Garmin Vivoactive 4 vs Apple Watch Series 5: Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Garmin Vivoactive 4 Specs and prices

Garmin Vivoactive 4 Specifications, Features and Price

Apple watch series 5 (44mm) specs

Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS) Specifications, Features and Price

Price $259.00 -
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Garmin Vivoactive 4 (Discontinued), (GPS), Apple Watch Series 5
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date September, 2019 September, 2019
Predecessor Garmin Vivoactive 3 Apple Watch Series 4
Successor Apple Watch Series 6
Versions Captain Marvel, First Avengers, Vivoactive 4, Vivoactive 4S Apple Watch Hermès, Apple Watch Nike+
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 45.1 x 45.1 x 12.8 mm 44 x 38 x 10.7 mm
Weight 50.5 grams 36.1g (GPS)
Shape Circular Rectangular
Case material Fiber-reinforced polymer Aluminum
Strap material Silicone Elastomer
Bezel material Stainless steel Bezeless, Sapphire glass
Strap size 22 mm 24mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Sapphire glass
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes
Color Black, Silver Gold, Gray, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.3 inches 1.78 inch
Display type LCD, Memory-in-pixel (MIP), transflective 1000nit, OLED
Display resolution 260 x 260 px 448 x 368 pixels
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling No Yes
GPS Galileo, GLONASS, GPS 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 0.768GB
ROM 4GB 32GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None
SIM type 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 Yes
Microphone No Yes
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 Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) Yes No
Thermometer Yes App, No
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes No
Blood Pressure No No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes (Third-party app), 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 No
On-screen workout Yes No
Sport modes 20 Yes
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity
Battery life GPS with music: up to 6hrs, Smartwatch mode: up to 8 days Regular: up to 18hrs
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar charging No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Apple S5 chip (64bits)
CPU Dual core
GPU
Operating system Proprietary OS WatchOS 6
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Garmin Connect Apple Watch App
Compatibility Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+ iOS 12.0+
Payment system Garmin Pay Apple Pay
Interchangeable strap 22 mm, Yes 24mm, Yes
Voice command No Yes, Siri
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Garmin Vivoactive 4, Manual, Straps Apple Watch Series 5, Charger, Manual, Straps
Price $259.00

The Differences

Both watches are sturdily built with durable and lightweight materials. The Vivoactive 4 has a case made of fiber-reinforced polymer, while the Watch 5 has an aluminum case. These are durable and lightweight materials that make each of these two very comfortable to wear. Although, the Watch 5 is more compact and slimmer than Vivoactive 4.

The Watch 5 also has a more colorful display than Vivoactive 4. It has an OLED display compared to the transflective display of Vivoactive 4. The display size of the Watch 5 is also slightly bigger than that of the Vivoactive 4.

In terms of activity tracking, both watches are well equipped to track your daily activities like your steps, calories, sleep, stress and heart rate. Both watches also feature an inbuilt GPS as well as feature incidental fall detection.

However, while the Watch 5 can measure ECG, it isn’t possible with Vivoactive 4. Meanwhile, Vivoactive 4 features 24/7 blood oxygen measurement which isn’t possible with Watch 5.

The Watch 5 comes with a massive 32GB storage which is far higher than the 4GB of Vivoactive 4. This will allow you to store more of your favorite tracks onboard the watch. The Watch 5 also has a microphone and speaker than enables Bluetooth calls for the GPS model and independent calling for the Cellular model. The Vivoactive 4 lacks both a mic and speaker.

The Vivoactive 4 wins greatly against the Watch 5 as far as battery life is concerned. You can get up to 8 days of battery life with Vivoactive 4 compared to about 18hrs with Watch 5.

Which is Better?

Garmin Vivoactive 4 vs Apple Watch Series 5
The Watch 5 is a more comprehensive smartwatch than Vivoactive 4. (Source: Apple)

Each of these two is sturdy, stylish, lightweight, well equipped, and loaded with lots of activity-tracking features that can help you improve your fitness goals.

However, the Apple Watch 5 with a bigger display than the Vivoactive 4 allows you to see more at a glance, it’s also slimmer which makes it sleeker and more stylish. Moreover, the Watch 5 has a more colorful display, has higher onboard music storage, and is equipped with a microphone and loudspeaker which enables Bluetooth calling and voice assistant.

On the other hand, the Vivoactive 4 has a longer battery life which makes it a better smartwatch for tracking extreme workout activities. It’s also cheaper and compatible with both android and iOS devices unlike Watch 5 which is only compatible with iOS devices.

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