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Garmin Venu, GPS Smartwatch with Bright Touchscreen Display, features Music, Body Energy Monitoring, Animated workouts, Pulse Ox Sensor and More, Black
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- Beautiful, bright AMOLED display and up to five-day battery life in smartwatch mode; up to six hours in GPS and music mode
- The broadest range of all-day health monitoring features keeps track of your energy levels, respiration, menstrual cycle, stress, sleep, estimated heart rate and more
- Easily download songs to your watch, including playlists from Spotify, Amazon music or Deezer (may require a premium subscription With a third-party music provider), and connect with headphones (sold separately) for phone-free listening
- Record all the ways to move with more than 20 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps, including yoga, running, pool swimming and more
- Get easy-to-follow, animated cardio, strength, yoga and Pilates workouts right on your watch screen. Smartphone compatibility-iPhone, Android
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GPS Smartwatch with a Bright, Beautiful Display Built for the Active Lifestyle
- AMOLED display and up to 5-day battery life in smartwatch mode; up to 6 hours in GPS mode with music
- Keep an eye on your health 24/7 with the broadest available range of all-day health monitoring features
- Easily download music to your watch for phone-free listening
- Record all the ways to move with more than 20 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps
- Get easy-to-follow, animated workouts right on your watch screen
Body Battery Energy Monitoring
See your body’s energy levels throughout the day, so you can find the best times for activity and rest.
Receive emails, texts and alerts right on your watch when paired with a compatible smartphone. You can even respond to texts if you have an Android phone.
Easily download songs to your watch, including playlists from your Spotify, Deezer or Amazon Music accounts (subscription may be required). Connect with wireless headphones (sold separately) for phone-free listening.
Safety and Tracking Features
While your watch and phone are paired, your location can be sent to your contacts either manually or — during outdoor activities — automatically with built-in incident detection (when paired to a compatible smartphone), if needed.
Breeze through checkout lines with Garmin Pay contactless payment solution through participating providers (not all countries and payment networks are eligible).
Connect IQ Store
Add personality to your watch by downloading apps, widgets, watch faces and more. It’s easy and — even better — it’s free.
Get a personal running coach on your wrist, for free, to help you train for your next 5K, 10K or half-marathon.
Beautiful. Detailed. Alive. The venu GPS smartwatch features a bright, beautiful display and a battery life of up to five days, so you can spend more time doing the activities you love. Get on-screen, Animated cardio, strength, yoga and Pilates workouts right on your wrist. With the broadest available range of all-day health monitoring features — including respiration tracking, body battery energy monitor, stress and more — venu can show you the full picture of your health in vivid detail. Keep your phone and wallet at home, because this Watch lets you download music for phone-free listening and pay from the wrist Using Garmin Pay contactless payment solution (available for supported cards from participating banks).
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- The battery life is at least as good as advertised. With the always on display mode disabled and pulse ox tracking enabled only while sleeping, I'm getting 5+ days on a charge. The raise-to-wake functionality is responsive enough to not be bothersome, but you can also have the display always on during activities only, which provides a good compromise between maximum battery life and maximum ease of use.
- GPS accuracy is generally great. It seems to be a noticeable improvement compared to the Fitbit Ionic, which was pretty good but had a tendency to cut corners.
- The workout display shows 4 different data fields on each screen, and you can customize the layout, order and number of screens. I haven't made too many changes yet, but I like having the option, and I definitely like having multiple screens with several fields per screen compared to the Ionic's rather limited selection.
- Heart rate accuracy seems great. I haven't done any actual comparison against other devices, but DC Rainmaker's tests showed good results and intuitively it feels accurate to me.
- I love the fitness-oriented features like auto step goal (which adjusts the goal based on your previous performance) and Garmin Coach (though I haven't yet used the latter extensively).
- It's one of the few Garmin devices that has a touch screen, which I still prefer from a usability perspective. Touchscreens on fitness devices can be finnicky and cause problems during activities, especially when it's raining or you're swimming, but the Venu software seems well designed to avoid those problems. In particular, there's no way to pause or stop an activity using the touch screen, which is a semi-common problem on Fitbit and Apple Watch.
- The watch has built-in support for lots of different activities, all of which have first-class support on the Garmin Connect website and also sync properly with Strava. This is a big one for me, because two of my biggest annoyances with the Fitbit Ionic were that it lacked support for skiing and snowboarding, and that the Fitbit website will not export activities without GPS data (i.e. heart rate-only activities), meaning such activities could not be synced to Strava.
- Phone notifications and connected data, e.g. in the weather widget, seem to work reliably. I shouldn't even have to mention this, except that on my Fitbit Ionic the weather app never worked, so it's nice to have a weather widget that actually works now.
- Third party apps, widgets and data fields on the Connect IQ store can add additional functionality. I especially like the idea of being able to add custom data fields to built-in activities, although I haven't used it yet.
- The price! $400 is pretty steep, especially when you can get an Apple Watch series 3 for less than $200. The Fitbit Ionic is also down to $230 now, and although I have a lot of gripes about it, it's still a pretty good watch if you don't mind some of the activity-specific shortcomings I mentioned above. [Edit: except now that Google has purchased Fitbit, I would not buy into their ecosystem.]
- No eBike activity, so you can't distinguish between normal bike rides and eBike rides in Connect. You can't even set this later on the Connect website, even though it supports many different types of cycling.
- No open water swimming support, even though Garmin supports this on other devices with the same GPS chipset, accelerometer, etc. In other words, I don't think there's any reason this watch couldn't support open water swimming, but Garmin is withholding the feature as a price differentiator. It's annoying that Garmin does this, and it feels anachronistic given that Apple always releases new WatchOS updates to older devices.
- Similarly, other Garmin devices have a lot of nice software features like training effect, altitude and heat acclimation, etc. which could have been included on this device but weren't. I'll cut Garmin a little more slack for this since they're licensing these features from FirstBeat, so they probably pay more per feature, but at least giving us the option to pay for that extra functionality without dropping another $200+ on a Fenix device would have been nice.
- Also no widget glance view which is supported on the Fenix 6 series. Scrolling (swiping) through several widgets can be tedious when you're looking for a specific one.
- Sleep tracking accuracy is fairly poor. Determining sleep quality is probably more of an art than a science anyway, but Fitbit seems to be noticeably better at it. Likewise, Pulse Ox doesn't match the readings I get from a finger-clip device, and "Body Battery" seems more or less useless.
- There is no way to filter notifications to only certain apps. Fitbit is clever about this in that it defaults to only calls and texts and maybe a handful of others, and you have to manually enable other apps, which prevents you from getting dozens of notifications on your wrist. With Garmin, it's either all on or all off. Also, notifications for most apps just show a generic icon based on the app's category, rather than the actual app icon, which Fitbit shows.
- The "Gorilla Glass" screen doesn't seem very resilient. Mine already has a small scratch on it even though I've been taking extra care not to damage my new toy. ☹ Buy a screen protector.
- The Connect IQ Store app has been broken for me ever since I got the watch. The main Connect app works, but not the Store. Luckily you can work around this by installing apps from the Connect IQ website. Also, notwithstanding what I said about not really caring about smartwatch apps, the Connect IQ app ecosystem is nothing to write home about, and a lot of the apps have very poor UI design.
That might seem like quite a few "cons" for a 4-star review, but they're mostly nitpicks. Overall the Venu feels like an upgrade from my Fitbit Ionic, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a fitness-focused smartwatch at a reasonable price point. That said, "reasonable" is relative, and while the Venu is affordable compared to the Fenix or MARQ series, $400 is still quite a bit of money for a smart watch.
If you're looking for a more detailed analysis from a more serious athlete, check out DC Rainmaker's impressions (I won't link to it lest I get caught in the spam filter, but if you search for "Garmin Venu with AMOLED Display: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know", you'll find it) or wait for his full review.
I have previously owned fitbits and a samsung gear fit2.
I dont usually post reviews but I researched alot to decide on buying this watch so figured I read reviews so much and it helped me so why not do it to help someone eles possibly.
I have only had the watch on for the last few days but so far I'm loving it!
I've used it during multiple workouts including running outside with the GPS and it was accurate!
I love how it fits, it's very light to me. Feels good on my wrist.
It also looks beautiful!!
Which was a big thing for me in purchasing my next fitness watch.
My last one (the fitnit ionic) was definitely not very pretty, so I wanted one I would feel good about wearing 24/7.
It also has the garmin coach feature.
Which Is great because I am going to be doing my first 1/2 marathon and I know it is going to be great at helping me conquer it!
The battery life has been great! That was another big deciding factor for me.
I was looking for a watch that I knew I could put it on gps and go running/walking/hiking for a day and not worry about the battery draining too quickly to make it to the end of my workout.
I wont have to worry about that with this.
(But I also have not listened to music, so maybe with gps and music the battery would drain much faster, I have not tested that yet)
I'm hoping it still stays a 5 star for me.
I will come back in another couple weeks and update my review.
I looked at several pure trackers but decided to give this smart watch a try. My initial impression is it does a lot more but has a bit of a learning curve. But my main complaints about my prior Surge are not an issue, since uses standard bands and syncs automatically without being asked. As an avid walker, I was thrilled to see a much more extensive list of trackable activities.
The unit itself looks very clean and stylish, and it is lower profile on my wrist so it interferes less with my sleeves. The sleep tracking is more detailed and shows time in each perceived sleep level: deep, REM, and light. It also shows your breathing rates and movement. Adding more monitors reduces battery life from excellent to something less, but doing a regular charge while you shower keeps you topped up.
I try to walk a 10K on days I am not at the gym, and Venu has many activities to track including walking. You can use the Garmin website to join a casual group of similar interest, track your activity and post your results. The leaderboard can be a motivator for many.
I am very pleased with this Venu and will take some time learning how to use it and will update topics like battery life, Bluetooth and Spotify playlists.
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* Extremely broad range of functions that are customizable (in terms of what is displayed on the watch), including even the ability to customize the watch face - both analog and digital.
* Relatively low price
* Excellent website which links to the watch and allows a fuller mobile and PC view, including tracking over time
* The only Garmin watch with the newest amoled display (similar to the look of Apple watch display), with the ability to have the display always on, and blackout periods when you don't want it to activate unless you press a button (i.e., in bed when you are sleeping).
* GPS which does not depend on a phone - it links to satellites independently
* In contrast to Apple and most other brands, the ability to view blood oxygen saturation, thereby showing stats such as VO2 max and spot O2 readings
* Measures heart rate very accurately without any other devices required.
* Can be configured to monitor body energy level, suggest breaks, display respiration rate, steps, stairs, etc.
* I have an average-sized wrist, and at about 43 mm it is just the right size without feeling as though the watch was overpowering my arm.
* The watch is extremely light - most of the time I hardly notice that I'm wearing it. I've also ordered a 3rd party titanium band with quick-release pins (it takes a 20mm size), for those times when I want a dress look. The watch looks really classy, especially with the titanium band. The band that comes with the watch is extremely comfortable, light, and does not irritate my skin.
* The watch is designed to be used for swimming
* Depending on what you activate (i.e., I have VO2 readings on all the time), the watch battery can last 3-5 days without a charge.
* I use the watch to monitor my sleep patterns, and because I also have it set to monitor blood oxygen saturation, I can tell from the chart next day if I need to be worried about anything (i.e., dropping below 90%).
* There are hundreds of specific fitness routines and training routines you can download and load into the watch from Garmin.
* The watch can link to Spotify and Amazon music using Bluetooth.
I'm really happy with this purchase.
The display brightness wouldn't adjust, so visibility of what's on the screen was fair to poor - depending on the external surroundings & room lighting. Online groups discuss this problem, and apparently there is no solution from Garmin. Activity buttons appear on various screens, but don't react when pushed. Be prepared to back up and scroll repeatedly and push the screen repeatedly to accomplish simple tasks. I admit I am new to Garmin watches, but nothing was intuitive. - unlike my experience with Garmin GPS devices. I spent 30 minutes trying to get the step counter to work - Nope. Another 30 minutes on the ski app -pointless. Sending & receiving text messages remained a complete mystery. Much time was wasted by the watch searching for GPS satellites, despite being indoors.
i couldn't find a hammer to smash the one I purchased, so it got returned.
My first fitness tracker was a FitBit and I despised it, 2 years ago my boyfriend bought me a Garmin Vivomove HR and I fell even more inlove with the brand!
I upgraded to the Venu, and I am currently training for a half marathon followed by a full marathon and this watch is the perfect balance between sport and everyday life. It is aesthetically pleasing and it works like a dream. The battery lasts me roughly 7 days (I have Bluetooth enabled at all times and use it quite often throughout the day). The GPS and tracking is pristine and the app is still amazing in my opinion!
It is a pricey investment but when you look at what you get VS another smartwatch Garmin delivers as they are a sport company first not a social networking need first like fossil or apple products .
+Excellent battery life - I own two other smart watches and this one lasts longest
+Great, detailed metrics in mobile app.
+-I have the gold crown version, looks good from afar and It's gotten two questions in just over a week. But the closer you look and especially touching the materials the experience isn't as good as it should be for CA$400
+-Very light - but this is due to cheap plastic I don't really want touching my skin
-No induction charging...why? Now that I've gotten used to it with my Ticwatch Classic, I can't go back if there isn't at least a speed benefit - there isn't this watch charges slow for its tiny battery size.
-Bezel is HUGE, how is this a 2019 watch.? When I saw this in the pictures I assumed the area with the vertical stripes was screen. Not so - static bezel!
-Slow - probably done in the name of battery life, but I have yet to see a single smooth animation with this hardware.
-Worst watch software I've ever used - beyond annoying
--Shame because the accompanying mobile app is decent, if you ignore the fact that you actually need two apps should you desire more than the pre-defined watch faces.
--Dear Garmin - vibrate is intended to be used only when something requires my attention! Calls? Yes, Texts? Yes. I do not need my watch vibrating three times on my way to work to tell me it's started an activity. Do that silently. I can't find an option to turn this off without turning off auto-starting activities all together.
--All mobile OSes have one thing in common: a one-touch method to return to the "home" screen regardless of what is currently in context on screen. This watch does not. After a run you MUST click through its list of predefined menus (summary, save activity) as both buttons functions are "in app context." Pair this with the processing speed and it means you won't get back to seeing your actual watch face for about 15 seconds... doesn't bother you initially, will piss you off over time. This means that the two unlabelled A/B buttons don't do the same thing every-time, causing unintuitive movements through the UI.
--Many little annoyances that on their own don't matter much, but together make this kind of hard to like.
--Leaves a lot to be desired compared to Google/Andriod WearOS
I'm on the fence about returning this... gonna test its accuracy out as a fitness tracker for another week or so before probably returning it.
I currently own the Fenix 5X plus. Other than the maps and larger battery due to sheer size it’s the same watch, it the perfect one for an active female.
Looking at my weekly recap I can see just how much my job makes me move and go up/down stairs all the time. The reminders to move as well as relax are great, and there are exercises pre-loaded to help relax. It also looks great, is light, and is sleek/not thick.
Aside from this, the watch gives you 4-5 days of battery life depending on how many functions you're using, has great sunlight visibility and detects your activities.