Garmin’s vívofit 3 is our choice as the best cheap fitness tracker for a few reasons. It’s customizable, you don’t have to charge it, and it comes with most of the activity tracking features found in higher-end devices. Now Garmin is introducing a better looking model for 2018, the vívofit 4.
The first think you’ll notice about the vívofit 4 is its updated design— it’s much sleeker than last year’s model, though it shares the same general construction. You can swap out different colored bands, which will cost you about $20 each.
The vívofit 4 also has an always-on color display, with the ability to customize watch faces and themes in the Garmin Connect app. The physical button below the display looks a bit nicer this time around, too.
But the main draw to the vívofit lineup is the fact that Garmin packs in tons of features without charging an arm and a leg. The vívofit 4 will track your steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and sleep. As far as sport profiles are concerned, it’ll track walking, running, elliptical, biking, and swimming. That’s right, the vívofit 4 has a waterproof rating of 5 ATM.
Like most other Garmin fitness trackers, the vívofit 4 will give you personalized step goals each day, and will automatically pause/resume your workout if it senses you’re taking a break. It also comes with a countdown timer, a stopwatch, support for multiple alarms, a weather widget, and a Find My Phone feature.
The best part? You don’t have to charge it. Ever. Garmin says the battery will last over one year on a single charge, due to the fact that it uses a coin cell battery.
You can buy the Garmin vívofit 4 on Amazon starting today for $79.99. It’s available in White, Lime Green Speckled, and Black. Interchangeable bands are available in a Speckled Merlot and Speckled Navy pack for $29.99, or you can buy separate Speckled Black, White, or Black bands for $19.99.
We will get some hands-on time with the device at CES 2018, so stay tuned for more coverage.