Garmin has produced a wide range of smartwatches, running watches and activity trackers, all designed for specific people, but two models are particularly similar, and if you're looking for a new activity watch, it can be difficult to know which one to choose: the Garmin Vivomove 3 or the Garmin Vivoactive 4.

These two are stylish watches that look smart enough for everyday wear and look very similar at first glance, but there are some very important differences between the two.

Here you will find everything you need to know about Vivomove 3 and Vivoactive 4, so that you can choose the one that is right for you.

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The Garmin Vivomove 3 is the more elegant of the two with a classic design that includes an analog dial and a digital display. It has many useful tools for day-to-day health and wellness (such as step tracking, stress monitoring, mindfulness exercises), as well as several exercise tracking profiles, but it lacks built-in GPS. and it has fewer sports-specific features than the Vivoactive.

If you are an avid athlete who prefers practicality to looks, you will prefer the Garmin Vivoactive 4. It has GPS (plus GLONASS and Galileo) for accurate navigation, as well as a variety of features. Additional sport-specific workouts to help you measure and improve your performance. You can also store up to 500 songs so you can leave your phone at home while you exercise.

Display and design


  • Vivomove 3 has a hybrid display with physical hands
  • Vivoactive 4 has a fully digital display

Perhaps the most obvious difference between these two watches is that the Vivomove 3 has a hybrid design, which means it has two analog hands to show the time and a hidden digital display for important information like notifications. apps, text messages, and fitness stats. The hands automatically move to display the digital display and then return to their correct position. You can opt for a black and white screen, or a color version if you pay a little more.

Furthermore, the Vivoactive 4 screen is completely digital. You can choose an analog-style dial design if you prefer a classic look (as shown in the header image of this article), but those are pixels on a screen; There are no moving parts.

The Vivoactive 4's screen measures 33mm in diameter and has a resolution of 260 x 260 pixels. The 8,90 x 18,30 mm digital display on the Vivomove 3 has a resolution of 64 x 132 pixels.

The Vivomove 3's lens is made of generic, chemically reinforced glass, while the Vivoactive 4 features Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The Garmin Vivomove 3

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The Garmin Vivomove 3 is a hybrid watch, with an analog dial and a digital display


  • Almost identical dimensions
  • Standard stainless steel bezel and silicone strap
  • Vivoactive 4 is a bit heavier

The Vivomove 3's case measures 44 x 44 x 11,3mm, while the Vivoactive 4 measures 45,1 x 45,1 x 12,8mm, which means it has a smaller face but is slightly thicker. . The difference is minimal and you are unlikely to notice it every day.

Both the Vivoactive 3 and Vivomove 4 have a stainless steel bezel with a plastic back cover and a silicone strap, a combination that strikes a happy balance between stylish looks and light weight. The Vivoactive 4 weighs 50,5g, while the Vivomove 3 is slightly lighter, tipping the scales at 46,1g.

The band of the Vivoactive 4 has a standard width of 20mm, while that of the Vivomove 3 is slightly wider at 22m. They both have a quick release mechanism so you can easily change the strap if you want to change the standard silicone.

If both watches seem too big, take a look at their smaller counterparts, the Vivoactive 4S (40 x 40 x 12,7mm) and the Vivomove 3S (39 x 39 x 10,9mm).

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Smart watch functions

  • Vivoactive 4 supports contactless payments
  • Vivoactive 4 has internal memory for 500 songs

The Vivoactive 4 and Vivomove 3 have similar sets of smartwatch functions. Both watches offer smart notifications, the ability to control music from your phone, calendar, weather app, find my phone, find my watch, and answer / reject a call with text (for Android only).

However, the Vivoactive 4 has additional features, including Garmin Pay for contactless payments. Its usefulness will depend on how well your bank takes care of itself, but if you are in the United States, yours probably is.

You can also store up to 500 songs on the Vivoactive 4, so you can enjoy music while exercising without using your phone. There is no music storage on the Vivomove 3.

The Garmin Vivoactive 4

The Garmin Vivoactive 4 has built-in GPS and a host of sports-specific training tools

Fitness tracking features

  • Vivoactive 4 has many more activity profiles
  • Vivoactive 4 has a GPS on board
  • Vivomove 3 is more designed for general wellness

Both watches feature a step counter, all-day stress tracking, heart rate monitoring, and sleep tracking. However, the Vivoactive 4 is definitely designed for sports fans. For starters, it has GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo location tracking on board, making it a better watch for avid runners and cyclists than the Vivomove 3, which only offers connected GPS overlay on your phone.

The Vivoactive 4 can transmit heart rate data to paired devices and is compatible with the tracking devices installed in your running shoes (such as the Garmin Running Dynamics device).

It also has many more activity profiles than the Vivomove 3, including a number of golf-specific options (digital scorecard, course obstacles and targets, Garmin Autoshot, etc.). For cyclists, there is compatibility with Varia radar and taillights, and support for speed and cadence sensors.

The Vivomove 3, on the other hand, is designed for more relaxed exercise and general well-being. Unlike the Vivoactive 4, it has a pulse oximeter to measure blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) at night and during spot checks during the day. It also provides relaxation reminders, with breathing exercises to test if you start to feel pressure.


  • Vivoactive 4 is more expensive
  • Offers planned for Black Friday

The Vivomove 3 (44mm, black and white screen) currently starts at €199.99 / €219.99 / AU$399 on the Garmin website, while the Vivoactive 4 (45mm) starts at €349.99 / €259.99 / AU€579 .

Both watches can be available cheaply in the Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday sales. We will bring you the best deals on smart watches and activity trackers as soon as they are available.


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