Garmin Venu, Analysis, Opinion and Offer
Hello people! Garmin definitely puts his head in the accessories market with this sports watch that takes care of aesthetics and visual premium over all things but with all the functionalities: Garmin Venu. Now, with this piece and its new AMOLED display we can start comparing it with those other watches and wristbands as bright as the Fitbit Versa 2, iWatch, Samsung, etc.
Garmin Venu has been part of a cluster attack that completes the series of the new Forerunner (Forerunner 45, Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 945) the Vivoactive 4 and 4S, Fenix 6 and the Vívomove 3 series of walking around the house.
But what is this new watch? Where did it come from? Where does it go? Well, to save you headaches and be as concise as possible, I will tell you that it is a Vivoactive 4 with AMOLED screen; no more no less. Therefore we could say that Vivoactive 3 or more specifically Vivoactive 3 Music, have had two aspects in their evolution; Vivoactive 4 and Venu. We talk about very versatile daily watches although more fitness-oriented and, specifically in the case of the Venu pulling more towards the complement of fashion and display quality, sacrificing autonomy for aesthetics.
Garmin Venu, features
I tell you the details of this interesting piece, which will surely have a very good reception in the market. I already tell you that except for some detail the characteristics are a carbon copy of those of the Vivoactive 4.
General characteristics of Garmin Venu
- Dimensions: 43.2 x 43.2 x 12.4 mm (V4 - 45.1 x 45.1 x 12.8)
- Lens: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Display: 30.4 mm and 390 x 390 pixel AMOLED touch (V4 - 33.0 mm and 260 x 260)
- Weight: 46.3 grams (V4 - 50.5 grams)
- Bezel: stainless steel
- Housing: polymer + fiber, polymer coated
- Silicone straps with quick disassembly
- Autonomy: 5 days in smart watch mode, 12 hours with GPS and 6 hours with GPS and music. (V4 - 6 hours with GPS and music; 18h with GPS only; 8 days in clock mode)
- Water resistant 5 ATM, suitable for swimming
- Memory: 7 activities and 14 days of activity tracking
- GPS, GLONASS and Galileo
- Garmin Elevate 3 FC monitor
- Barometric altimeter
- Acclimatization by pulse oximetry
Garmin Venu, functionalities
One of its strengths is the number of specific functionalities for various sports, in addition to contactless payment and music playback. I highlight these:
- Smartwatch features: Connect IQ, smart notifications, Bluetooth, ANT +, Wi-Fi, reproduction (up to 500 songs) and music control, Garmin Pay
- Functions of tracking and security. The new Garmin exclusive tool for security; detects incidents during specific activities, assists and offers Live Track. This deserves to talk in depth so I will comment later.
- Daily monitoring functions 24/7. Count steps, calories, floors, distance, etc., showing activity line and an automatic target. Notable are the True Up, Move IQ, the Body Battery energy monitor or the stress monitor.
- Specific functions for sport. Here is why the versatility of this watch:
- Fitness and gym In addition to the profiles of strength, cardio, elliptical, yoga, etc., it has guided training sessions for cardio, strength, yoga and pilates, with count of repetitions and animations on screen so that we can follow the exercises.
- Career. Covers outdoors, on track and on tape. It also proposes training sessions and is compatible with speed and cadence sensors.
- Golf. Infinity of specific golf metrics, with Garmin Autoshot, PinPointer, obstacles and field goals, etc.
- Fresh air. In addition to activity profiles such as skiing, snowboarding, paddle surfing, rowing, etc., it has the tool back to top and readings of ascent and total descent.
- Cycling. Cycling and track cycling activity, compatible with Varia lights and radar.
- Swimming. Profile for swimming in the pool. All types of metrics with stroke detection, alerts, rest time and HR sensor in the underwater wrist, very important this improvement in the sensor.
Garmin Venu, design and evolution regarding Vivoactive 3
If we understand this Venu as an evolution of Vivoactive 3 we can analyze its changes with respect to it. A fundamental one has been the addition of a button, now counting 2 on the side and with an oval shape. They are discreet and increase the navigability that perhaps was missed a little in its predecessor. The superior to start, stop, confirm and enter; the lower back, laps, or escape.
It weighs 46 grams against the 43 of the V3 and is almost the same size although somewhat thicker: V3 - 43.4 mm and thickness of 11.7 mm compared to the new 43.2 x 43.2 x 12.4 mm. And the screen is undoubtedly the fundamental change, with a much more subtle difference in the case of Vivoactive 4.
These are the colors that have come out to date:
Garmin Venu price and offers
Sale with two prices, € 379.99 Y € 349.99 depending on the design. YThere are offers that you can find updated on the following links:
Here are the alternatives of their previous models:
Garmin Venu, news and comparatives, why choose it?
And now the doubts come between the Vivoactive 4 and 4S, the Venu or maybe the previous version with or without music ... what a mess! Nothing better than an express comparison to see what can fit us better. Here are the news regarding Vivoactive 3 and comparison between the different options:
- It has more than 20 applications for specific activities compared to 15 in the previous version.
- Body Battery Energy Monitor, a tool that combines HR, stress level and activity data to estimate the user's energy reserves throughout the day.
- Monitoring of breathing and hydration.
- Music storage (up to 500 songs)
- Tracking routines with animations of the exercises on screen. In addition (and this is the really interesting thing) they can be organized and customized from Garmin Connect.
- Incident detection, monitoring and security.
- Venu - 5 day clock mode; GPS mode with music 6 hours
- V4 - 8 day clock mode; GPS mode with music 6 hours
- V4S - 7 day clock mode; GPS mode with music 5 hours
- V3 - 7 day clock mode; GPS mode 13 hours
- V3 Music - 7 day clock mode; GPS mode and music 5 hours
- Differences at construction level:
- Venu - 43.2 x 43.2 x 12.4 mm
- V4 - 45.1 × 45.1 × 12.8 mm
- V4S - 40 x 40 x 12.7 mm
- V3 - 43.4 × 43.4 × 11.7 mm
- Venu - 46.3 g
- V4 - 50.5 g
- V4S - 40 g
- V3 - 43 g
- Screen. Without doubt the biggest difference and the one that has generated per se This new watch from Vivoactive 4. The AMOLED display is infinitely superior in quality to the V4 (260 × 260 pixels) or V3 (240 × 240 pixels) screen but it cuts autonomy.
- WiFi connection
- Pulse oximeter to see blood oxygen saturation.
Analysis and behavior of Venu
Soon we will do a complete test with comparisons of GPS behavior and wrist heart rate sensor. Stay tuned because it is falling.
Garmin Venu, conclusions
A very complete watch that has improved some aspects of its previous version, such as navigability during exercise. It also offers the option of a first-class display with features that were only in purely sports watches to date.
It is a piece with visual appeal, very wearable and with the possibility to fit in little or no sports environments. However, it offers specific follow-up for countless activities, with a pure smartwatch profile, and is mainly focused on regulars at the gym and Fitness lovers It is a watch that reconciles a purely sporty lifestyle with a fashion complement or traditional cut watch, within the visual modernity it presents.
It also puts music on the table, a more than decent autonomy with that type of screen (many in the competition last between 1 and 3 days), more sensors, guided exercise routines, incident detection, a navigation tool such as the return to the beginning ... without a doubt they are good justifications to pay a little more. This is justified in the better quality of materials, but it may not be enough to convince staff from the beginning. A very good option considering the offers we are already seeing.
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