Garmin’s first wearable with an AMOLED display, Venu, is a progression of the company’s Vivoactive lineup. Venu and Vivoactive 4 shares every feature virtually except Venu being fitted with an AMOLED screen. The company aims to pull people away from some of the well-established product lines like Apple Watch, Fossil Gen smartwatches. This is a fitness watch with some of the best smartwatch features. This is a more advanced fitness product in comparison to Vivoactive 3 or 3 music and looks a bit nicer than there predecessors.
The Fitness watch is made primarily of plastic and silicone along with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 covering the 1.2 inch AMOLED display. Garmin offers a two-buttoned design with a touchscreen, stainless steel bezel around the display, and an etched pattern. The controls are quite easy to understand. However, the top button doesn’t do anything when you are in menus apart, pulling up the shortcut menu upon pressing it for a long. The watch is light with just 46.3 grams of weight, which makes it easy to wear all through day and night without it is getting in the way.
What is the Garmin Venu release date?
Garmin Venu was released in fall 2019 with Vivoactive 4, music, and pile of features related to workout coming as standard. If you want some vibrant and useful color with some of the top-end packed fitness features, then Venu is a good option for your wrist.
Prices for the Venu in the United States market would be US$399, and the company is offering it for € 349 / € 379 depending upon bezels/buttons in the European market. While Vivactive4/4s for $349 and €279 – €329.
Specification of Garmin Venu
With a light facelift, the operating system is still the same; there is no virtual assistant as their previous models. Garmin finally introduced onboard music storage on its device – about 3.5 GB or 500 songs. You can load your favorite music files locally or create an offline playlist on Spotify, Amazon Music, or iHeartRadio.
It also responds to messages via canned responses from their watches but only for Android users, although it supports notification manager for both Android and iOS. The gadget also provides an option to archive and delete emails from it.
The watch also offers incident detect feature which helps by sensing the trouble (like if you fall), it will automatically send your real-time location as a message to your emergency contacts. The Venu comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support but sadly without LTE support. The company should have added LTE compatibility since it’s positioned as a lineup model of Garmin’s Vivoactive three music (first LTE supported model).
24×7 tracking of steps, stairs, calories, and distance with workout tracking of range of sports including running, cycling, pool swimming, golf, and a whole lot of other features. Optical heart rate sensor, training calendar support, and Garmin Pay for contactless payments.
The key changes seen in the display are shifting to always-on AMOLED from the previous on-demand, which meant they turned ON when looking at them. This year Apple also joined this department but offering a higher refresh rate and a higher quality.
Garmin claims 2-3 days battery life on always-on mode and upwards up to 5-7 days without always-on display. There’s a new hydration tracker widget, which is custom containers, filled when you tap on cups automatically tracked by sensor. All of the cups tracked by it can be customized to metric.