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What are the differences between Garmin Vivoactive 4 and Vivoactive 5? Which one should you purchase?


The now four-year-old Garmin Vivoactive 4 has finally received a successor. The new Vivoactive 5 actually borrows more from the Venu 3 family than it does its predecessor. Is the newest Vivoactive worth picking up? That’s what we aim to answer in this Garmin Vivoactive 4 vs Vivoactive 5 comparison.

and Features

Comparison of the specifications and features between the Garmin Vivoactive 4 and Vivoactive 5.

  Garmin Vivoactive 4 Garmin Vivoactive 4S Garmin Vivoactive 5
Display 1.3-inch MIP, 260 x 260 resolution

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

The display has a 1.1-inch MIP screen with a resolution of 218 x 218 pixels.

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

The display on this device is an AMOLED measuring 1.2 inches with the option for an always-on feature and a resolution of 390 x 390.

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Dimensions and weight 45.1 x 45.1 x 12.8 mm
22mm band
50.5g
40.0 x 40.0 x 12.7 mm
22mm band
40g
42.2 x 42.2 x 11.1mm
20mm band
36g
Build materials Stainless steel bezel bezel

Rear cover made of reinforced polymer fibers
Silicone band

Stainless steel bezel bezel

Rear cover made of fiber-reinforced polymer.
Silicone band

Anodized aluminum bezel
Fiber-reinforced polymer case
Silicone band
Battery

The smartwatch mode can last for a maximum of 8 days.
Up to 6 hours with GPS + music

Up to 7 days in smartwatch mode

You can use GPS and music for a maximum of 5 hours.

The smartwatch mode can last for up to 11 days (or 5 days if always-on display is enabled).

The Battery Saver Smartwatch mode can last for a maximum of 21 days.
Up to 7 hours in all-Systems GNSS mode + music

IP rating 5 ATM 5 ATM 5 ATM
Sensors

The Garmin Elevate is a sensor that monitors heart rate.
GPS
GLONASS
Galileo
Compass
Accelerometer
Theremometer

Monitor for measuring the saturation of oxygen in the blood using a pulse oximeter.

The Garmin Elevate sensor for heart rate measurement.
GPS
GLONASS
Galileo
Compass
Accelerometer
Theremometer
Pulse Ox blood oxygen saturation monitor

The Garmin Elevate sensor for measuring heart rate.
GPS
GLONASS
Galileo
Compass
Accelerometer
Thermometer
Ambient light sensor
Pulse ox blood oxygen saturation monitor

Connectivity Bluetooth
ANT+
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
ANT+
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
ANT+
Wi-Fi
Compatibility Android, iOS Android, iOS Android, iOS
Garmin Pay Yes Yes Yes
Smartwatch features Connect IQ-compatible
Smartphone notifications
Respond or decline a phone call with a text message (only available on Android)
Controls smartphone music

Manages and operates the music on a smartwatch.
Find my phone/find my watch
Incident Detection
LiveTrack

Connect IQ-compatible
Smartphone notifications

Decline incoming call with text (only available on Android devices)
Controls smartphone music

Controls and plays music on a smartwatch.
Find my phone/find my watch
Incident Detection
LiveTrack

Connect IQ-compatible
Smartphone notifications

Respond or decline a call with a text message (only available on Android)
Controls smartphone music

Manages and manipulates music on a smartwatch.
Find my phone/find my watch
Incident Detection
LiveTrack

Colors

Shadow Gray case with a Silver Stainless Steel bezel

The bezel colors include Light Gold with a Dust Rose case, Rose Gold with a White case, and Silver with a Powder Gray case.

The color options for the case of the Metallic Orchid are Slate, Cream Gold, and Ivory, while the Metallic Navy case is available in Navy.

and Features

Comparing the Design and Features of Garmin’s Vivoactive 4 and Vivoactive 5.

The appearance of the Vivoactive 5 resembles a blend of its previous model and the Venu 3 series. It adopts the dual-side button design of the Vivoactive 4, but its physical structure is more similar to the Venu. In terms of dimensions, the Vivoactive 5 falls in between the sizes of the Vivoactive 4 and 4S, with a band width of 20mm and a body size of 42.2 x 42.2 x 11.1mm. It’s worth noting that there is no separate size model for the Vivoactive 5S, as Garmin has chosen to go with a one-size-fits-all approach for this device.