The wearable market appears to be on a decline, as per the latest numbers from the market research firm Canalys. One of the main reasons is the relatively poor battery life of smartwatches which usually require charging multiple times every week. On the other hand, fitness trackers offer better battery life compared to most Android Wear devices and the Apple Watch, while boasting fewer features.
Garmin has now announced the new vívofit 4 activity tracker, which it claims can be used for a year without requiring a charge, even though it features an always-on display.
Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales Dan Bartel said,
“An activity tracker is only as effective as how often you wear it, and this is where the vívofit 4 really shines – you can set it and forget it. It’s the ideal device for customers who want something reliable that they don’t need to hassle with or take off to recharge."
The vívofit 4 users with all the basic tracking activities, like calories, steps taken, distance traveled and more. Apart from that, users can pair it with their smartphones to get information about other health-related metrics, such as tracking sleep, intensity minutes, and more. The activity tracker also comes with Move IQ, which can track the movements of users, and capture activities such as walking, running, biking, and even swimming.
It also sports the ability to set alarms, and can be used as a stopwatch too. The tracker boasts"Find My Phone" capabilities, as well as a weather widget which provides a quick look at the weather conditions. The Garmin Connect app gives users the ability to customize their wearable with different watch faces, themes, and personalized motivational texts on the display.
The vívofit 4 can be purchased through Amazon for just $79.99 and is available in multiple color options, including White, Limegreen Speckled, and Black. The first two color options come in small and medium sizes, and only the Black variant is also available in large as well. Interchangeable bands can be purchased for $19.99.