Garmin Venu review: An actual smartwatch for those major concerning sporting activity

It’s been a long period of time coming, however, the Garmin Venu sporting activities smartwatch is lastly below to tackle the AppleWatch.

Garmin Venu is the firm’s initial smartwatch with a complete AMOLED touchscreen display screen – diverting far from the standard LCD displays that have actually decorated its previous watches.

But the Venu is still a Garmin watch and also it’s an excellent choice for those major concerning sporting activity. At 389.50 $ it’s more affordable than the Apple Watch Series 5 however greater than its various other primary opponent the Fitbit Versa 2.

If you were anticipating to see the firm go all-in with Wear OS and also delve into bed with Google, you would certainly be misinterpreted. It’s converted the experience of a Fenix and also Forerunner enjoys right into a glossier, touchscreen smartwatch bundle– however left the technicians virtually similar.


Garmin Venu design

While this is quite Garmin’s response to the Apple Watch it’s not a big layout separation from the Forerunners and also Vivoactives of its array.

It’s no-where near as costs as the Apple Watch in regards to the product and also looks. It is basically an improved, a lot more exceptional variation of the Vivoactive 4, which it introduced all at once.

We’ll concern the display screen momentarily, however, the bezel is much thinner and also supplies a somewhat a lot more exceptional feeling than the Vivoactive array. It has actually a unisex sized 43 mm instance, which is constructed from fiber polymer (plastic), so it’s light-weight and also can be found in black, blue, grey with climbed gold and also black and also gold.

It’s simply 46.5 g and also it’s very easy to neglect you’re using it. You can likewise hot-swap 20 mm bands many thanks to the industry-standard fast launch catch, so there’s a lot of options on the marketplace.

Seemingly, every Garmin launch varies in regards to switches and also UI, which causes an irregular experience. Much of that hinges on whether a touchscreen is provided, and also the Venu enhances this with 2 switches on the right-hand side.

We’ll transfer to the display screen itself is a 2nd, however browsing via the touchscreen user interface isn’t as straightforward as we would certainly such as. It’s fiddly on the tv and also incorrect presses were widespread.

You swipe down for day-to-day statistics, faucet to broaden food selections and also make use of the physical back switch to return. Likewise, within. an exercise you can swipe backward and forwards to see even more information. It’s a tiny knowing contour for those acquainted with Garmin however those with fat fingers might obtain distressed– and also it can be similarly befuddling throughout an extreme exercise.

It’s vital to prepare functions to make certain the most-used aspects come in handy put, or else you’re in for a great deal of swiping.

You can likewise include a faster way to one display that can be accessed by swiping left to. You can modify the touchscreen level of sensitivity, however ‘low’ can really feel slow (specifically with perspiring paws) and also ‘high’ can really feel delicate.


This is the most effective display screen Garmin has actually provided on a health and fitness watch today.

The 1.2-inch (304 mm) touchscreen supplies a 390 x 390-pixel resolution, however, the celebrity of the program is the AMOLED modern technology offering genuinely deep blacks and also lively colors, similar to those we’ve seen on one of the most current Apple Watch launches. It’s an excellent display screen, very easy to check out and also incredibly clear.

It’s a significant adjustment for Garmin and also a various situation to the transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) present on the remainder of its current tools, which needed backlighting to see in dark problems.

Text is far more specified therefore a lot easier to check out, whether that’s a notice or examining speed throughout an exercise.

Considering the Venu and also Vivoactive are mostly the exact same or else, the money will certainly be a piece of cake for numerous offered the visual and also sensible advantages.

There was a constantly approach behind Garmin’s display screen options. The lower modern technology improved and also made it possible for an always-on setting battery life. However, Garmin has actually located a means to provide both on the Venu as well– with 5 days of battery life. More on that particular later on.

Just like the Apple Watch Series 5, the always-on setting returns to a minimal watch face when not being used, developed to seriously restrict the location of the display brightened.

When you raise your wrist the complete watch deal with begins. The wrist increases aren’t fairly as slick as the Apple Watch, however no use grievances below.

There are undoubtedly battery life compromises below, however, like Apple, Garmin has actually managed it wisely.

Sports and also task monitoring.

This is a Garmin smartwatch nevertheless, so it’s everything about sporting activities monitoring. Hit the leading physical switch and also you obtain a listing of sporting activities to scroll through– and also this listing can be tailor-made.

There are greater than 20 pre-set tasks from running, treadmill, exterior and also interior walking/running, biking, swimming, cardio, stamina, golf, skiing/snowboarding and also stand-up paddle-boarding.

You can likewise produce your very own personalized exercises, exterior and also interior.

As a contrast, it’s the exact same degree of tracking you’ll discover on the remainder of Garmin’s basic multipart array such as the Vivoactive 4.

Where the location has an upper hand over the similarity Apple is the metrics. The location use the exact same formulas as the similarity the Fenix During a HIIT session we saw similar calorie shed and also responses in between the Venu and also the Fenix SIX– so it’s adept in the monitoring risks.

We located the default displays a little restricted in regards to the information revealed, however in the watch setups you can personalize each task and also include several web pages of information if you require. It’s well worth personalizing your experience there, so you can see points like lap times which is rather important for HIIT sessions.

There are automated representative monitoring for stamina training (a little bit trial and error in general, however, it can be modified after the reality). And there’s a myriad of statistics to study within the Connect application originated from GPS, heart price and also activity sensing units.

Beyond exercises, the watch likewise continually tracks actions, calories melted, body battery (just how prepared you are for workout), anxiety degree, rest, respiration, pulse ox (beware continual pulse ox monitoring has a negative impact on battery life) and also VO2Max.

Just swipe below the house display to obtain an absorb of your day-to-day task and also each food selection can be broadened by touching for a deep dive. You can swipe down in the majority of these to contrast information in lengthy and also brief term period. It’s exceptional, however, takes a little obtaining made use of to– we would certainly forgive individuals for missing out on some rather trendy statistics.

There’s nowhere near the degree of information from VO2 Max understandings (healing and also session efficiency) as the similarity the Fenix 6 and also Forerunner 945 and also ratings are displayed in passing without way too much understanding. If you’re a genuine information head you could miss out on those displays.

It ought to be kept in mind that while the Garmin Venu masters regard to sporting activities monitoring, it’s still behind as a wellness watch You can establish criteria for raised heart price informs, however, there’s no ECG, no rest apnea or heart arrhythmia discovery, autumn discovery or various other inbound functions that makes the Series 5 specifically such a special tool.

While step-tracking isn’t fairly the pen it went to the dawn of the wearable age, the Venu does this as well. Measured versus the 10,126 actions videotaped by a Fitbit Alta Human Resources, Venu videotaped 9,235 actions in general.

In our Fitbit Alta Human Resources review we would certainly note it had done tend to overcount a little, providing to the reputation of Garmin’s action checking below.

Animated exercises

New with Venu and also Vivoactive 4 are computer-animated exercises. An expansion of the existing assisted detailed exercises, they reveal a human number on the display screen executing the activity concerned, whether it’s a yoga exercise posture or a stamina workout.

The computer animations appear developed to aid novices in finding out the essentials of different tasks. It functions rather well, supplying haptic responses, a message summary of the following action and also time/reps needed. Real-time heart-rate likewise shows up on display. Swiping reveals Human Resources areas, respiratory system price and also even more.

Personally, we’re uncertain we would certainly wish to be taking ideas on correct training type from a 1-inch computer animation on my wrist, in spite of the computer animations being fairly well specified.

As yogis, we took pleasure in just how that task reduces display time. Not needing to consider the display screen whenever I move to a brand-new posture.

Heart rate precision and GPS monitoring

Garmin Venu Heart rate accuracy and GPS tracking

GPS efficiency was strong throughout cycles and also runs – as you would certainly anticipate from Garmin No grievances there.

In regards to tracking heart price, we determined the Venu’s wrist-based sensing unit versus the Polar H10, extensively considered the most effective customer upper body band.

During an elliptical machine exercise, typical Human Resources was similar throughout both tools and also well within the appropriate mistake array. The Polar band maxed at 182 bpm, contrasted to the 185 bpm on the Venu, so once more, it’s difficult within that array to establish which was a lot more precise. We likewise located great similar information in between the Venu and also an upper body band on lengthy constant runs.

However, When observing both tools in genuine time, we located the Garmin Venu was playing catch-up rather, specifically when heart price was lowering.

This is supported by placing the Venu via a tough HIIT exercise, including brief ruptures on a running track. The problem below is the excess motion, the swiftly dropping and also increasing heart price areas.

You can see in the screenshot listed below that much of the much shorter periods of around one min aren’t tracked correctly.

This appeared both in the post-workout information and also the real-time readouts for the watch This isn’t separated to the Venu– it’s evident on virtually any type of optical sensing unit.

Of training course, the Garmin Venu has ANT+ assistance aboard, enabling you to include your very own upper body band, ought to you prefer that type of precision.

Which brings us to swimming. If you wish to educate for a triathlon with this tool, you might wish to make use of a water-resistant heart price sensing unit like the Polar H10.

By Garmin’s very own admission, the wrist-based tracker is not as precise undersea, as it is when tracking non-aquatic tasks. The OLED display screen, nevertheless, is completely qualified undersea (with safety glasses) and also you can transform the accent color of the information to aid with that said as well.

Sleep monitoring

As this is developed to be a 24/ 7 watch, the Garmin Venu supplies rest monitoring, while likewise checking rest phases, respiration price, pulse ox and also motion.

We checked the Venu’s rest monitoring capacities versus the Whoop Strap 2 and also the Fitbit Alta Human Resources. We located the Garmin watch to be rather of an outlier. While Whoop (7: 01) and also Alta (6: 53) were just 8 mins apart in regards to real bedtime, Garmin reported 7: 25 of complete bedtime.

It granted us 1: 39 mins of deep rest, contrasted to the 51 mins reported by Fitbit and also 1 hr 13 mins tracked byWhoop Rapid eye motion [REM] rest was signed up at 1: 32 (Whoop) and also 1: 28 (Fitbit), while Venu approximated simply 56 mins.

Without a laboratory, it’s difficult to truly state what’s precise and also not in regards to the information generated by rest trackers. But in regards to the experience, Garmin still delays Fitbit from our viewpoint.

Reviewing rest in Garmin Connect indicates plenty of charts – numerous with an unlabelled axis for points like respiration, motion and so forth. The trouble is that while respiration information is past confusing, we located that motion information appeared off throughout agitated evenings.

It’s still among the far better rest monitoring experiences available – however, Garmin has actually just taken care of to include even more information to the mix, not resolve the consistent inquiries we’ve been requesting years.

Fitbit’s brand-new Sleep Score a minimum of go for a workable, easy-to-understand result– which indicates a great deal for rest monitoring.

Hydration and body battery

A brand-new attribute included considering that the Vivoactive 3 is the hydration logging device, that makes it very easy to include just how much water you’re taking in with a solitary faucet.

Better still, each task you log includes an estimate of the liquids shed via sweat.

A reasonably straining 75- minute warm yoga exercise caused an approximated sweat loss of 453 ml, which stunned me adequate to enhance my water intake throughout the day. If you do an excellent work of logging,

Garmin Connect likewise favorably gives a liquid internet.

The body battery attribute initially presented in late 2018 supplies understanding right into just how prepared your body is for task, based upon anxiety, remainder, rest and also physical effort.

The 0-100 meter utilizes your heart price irregularity provides you an understanding right into whether you ought to go full-blown for a PB or possibly take a light jog today.

If the body battery is a type of reduced after that resting will certainly obtain you back on the right track. The body batteries obtained versus drained pipes information likewise supplies fantastic understanding right into your day.

Respiration price and also breathwork

Garmin has actually included a brand-new breathwork application, comparable to alternatives provided by Fitbit and also Apple Breathwork is thought about a real task and also is placed thus within the UI.

A variety of alternatives of differing sizes, from ‘Relax and Focus’ to ‘Tranquility’ are provided. The haptic responses vary depending upon breathing in, out, or holding, which indicates the tasks can be done without checking out the watch.

All of these connections right into the brand-new 24/ 7 respiration price attribute which reveals your breaths per min throughout day-to-day tasks, rest and also specific exercises. When doing the conscious breathwork workouts, It’s informing to see your typical respiration price is 14 breaths per min reduce down to 4.

The HRV-based all-day anxiety monitoring attribute aboard Garmin enjoys considering that 2017 is likewise handy below. If you discover your anxiety degrees are increasing past typical, we located a five-minute breathwork workout right prior to boarding a trip brought us from a tool anxiety score of 61, pull back to 31.

Battery and charging

You would certainly believe the existence of the OLED display would significantly decrease the battery life available, taking into consideration the Apple Watch is restricted to 24 hrs – and also around 4 hrs of GPS if you do not shut off all the whistles and also bells.

However, Venu is still a strong entertainer. The near-identical Vivoactive 4 collection guarantees 8 days in smartwatch setting and also around 6 hrs from continuous GPS and also song setting.

With the AMOLED display screen on the Venu, you’ll navigate 5 days of battery life in the smartwatch setting, also if you include a number of hr lengthy non-GPS exercises as well.

If you’re making use of GPS and also songs you ought to navigate 6 hrs – which stood in our screening.

With 2 hrs of Bluetooth songs playback, no GPS use, complete smart device link and also the always-on display screen setting made it possible for and also even more faffing than would certainly happen throughout typical use, battery life dropped simply except 4 days.

That’s without the continual pulse and also the always-on display screen ox monitoring, which caused a much faster leave. Recharging from 0-100% by means of the keys took just 80 mins.

The Venu will not obtain you via an ultra-marathon and also we would not also fit worried entering into any type of 26.2- miler with GPS and also Bluetooth songs made it possible for.

However, it’s much much better general than the Apple Watch and also just a little listed below what the more-affordable Fitbit Versa array can provide in regards to the promoted vital force. Considering the display screen improvements, this is a strong job from Garmin.

Smartwatch includes

It’s an attractive basic price below for those that have actually made use of Garmin smartwatches previously. Notifications from every one of your favorite applications are pressed via and also live within their very own area in the UI.

Android individuals can respond to SMS message, however, iPhone individuals can not. The existence of that complete colour AMOLED display does not suggest you’re obtaining media supplied. You’ll still require to dip right into your phone to see any type of video clips and also pictures.

In regards to songs, Venu currently sustains Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music and also iHeart Radio applications as criterion. Once you’ve synced your Spotify account by means of the application, as an example, it’s easy to sync playlists for offline playback by means of a set of cordless earphones. Great if you wish to leave your phone in your home, and also a huge progression from the Vivoactive 3 array.

Garmin Pay gets on board as well, allowing you to leave your phone and also pocketbook, matching alternatives from Apple, Samsung, Google, and also Fitbit.