Garmin Venu smartwatch review

Shahriar Siam

The Garmin Venu is somewhat extraordinary to past Garmin watches you may have seen or utilized.

This is the primary gadget from the organization to accompany an AMOLED show, making for a full touchscreen experience that is increasingly much the same as smartwatches like the Apple Watch 4 than other Garmin gadgets.

It's as yet not a completely fledged smartwatch experience like you'd get with watchOS or Wear OS, however it doesn't make the Venu a less suitable gadget for different employments.

Garmin hasn't divulged a real discharge date for this watch, however we realize it'll be with us before the finish of 2019. It additionally won't be discharged before the beginning of October 2019, so there's a window of a couple of months where it could land.

The cost is set for the most essential model at $399.99/£299.99 (around AU$540).


Product Dimensions 1.7 x 1.7 x 0.49 inches
Item Weight 1.6 ounces
Item model number 010-02173-11
Batteries 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
Connectivity technologies GPS
Additional Features Bluetooth
Display technology AMOLED
Manufacturer Garmin


While the Venu is another range for Garmin, its structure is obviously roused by watches that as of now exist in its assortment of watches. Most eminently, the Vivoactive arrangement.

You're getting a completely round 43mm case, which implies it sits in the middle of the Vivoactive 4 and the 4S as far as size. That is banded together with one of Garmin's 20mm, energetic

silicone speedy discharge watch groups. On the off chance that you need something less lively looking, there are discretionary groups accessible in softened cowhide, calfskin and milanese at different value focuses.

That Venu's packaging is made of indistinguishable polymer materials from the Vivoactive, while a treated steel bezel separates an in any case really moderate and 'safe' look.

The Venu is Garmin's endeavor to offer a more way of life alternative - and that is reflected in a portion of the shading blends you can purchase. There's four models altogether, including two that highlight more attractive gold bezels. These are surely a portion of Garmin's most pleasant looking watches, however it's a look that still solidly feels established in its energetic roots.

They're not awful looking watches, however it would have been ideal to have seen Garmin channel more from its Vivomove and Marq assortments to include more wow factor to the Venu.

The Venu gauges in at 12.4mm thick, which implies it's not exactly as thin as an Apple Watch or a Samsung Galaxy Watch Active. It doesn't feel like a stout watch, however, and feels pleasantly weighted to wear day and at near


This is the first run through Garmin has ever incorporated a full shading AMOLED touchscreen show on one of its watches. As of recently the entirety of its watches have utilized a type of transflective showcase innovation with the point of offering something that is visible in all lighting conditions can even now enable the watch to convey long battery life.

For the Venu, Garmin has utilized a 1.2-inch show. To place that into point of view with individual round smartwatches, the biggest Galaxy Watch Active 2 highlights a 1.4-inch one, while Fossil's Gen 5 smartwatch incorporates a 1.28-inch one. So while Garmin doesn't offer a class-driving smartwatch show, it has all the attributes you'd anticipate from a decent quality screen. It's splendid, offers acceptable hues and the sort of solid, profound blacks you'd partner with an extraordinary AMOLED show.

In the event that you care about having a consistently in plain view, you do have that alternative here as well, however much like the Apple Watch's consistently on mode, this affects the battery life.

Tracking galore

Away from that shading new showcase, this is a Garmin watch that commonly comes overflowing with the sort of highlights that make it also prepared to follow steps and rest for what it's worth at following pool swims and treadmill runs.

There's no lack of sensors on board here: GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO satellite frameworks are bolstered to give you a lot of inclusion when you're outside. Getting a sign is quite speedy and planning precision and constant measurements is on point - similarly as you'd anticipate from a Garmin watch.

A barometric altimeter implies you can follow rise during exercise, while the new heartbeat oximeter sensor estimates immersion of oxygen in the circulatory system. This last perusing is valuable for evaluating your capacity to deal with high force action and can likewise assist with recognizing rest issue. Exchanging this heartbeat oximeter sensor on hammers the battery life however.

Alongside the beat oximeter, Garmin is presently additionally offering the capacity to follow breath during rest and select exercises like yoga as another measurement to help survey your wellness levels.

Running, golf, cycling and (pool just) make up the Venus center games modes, yet in obvious Garmin style there is space to include extra profiles as well. For sprinters, you'll likewise get support for Coach, Garmin's versatile running preparing program that you can match up to the watch to follow from the wrist.

Alongside existing rep tallying, the new showcase additionally welcomes energized on-screen exercises. These are fundamentally intended for exercises like Pilates and yoga - letting you follow preset exercises or make custom ones that you can essentially follow on the Venu's presentation. Those enlivened exercises are quite simple to follow and offer enough in the method of directions to guarantee you are doing those activities appropriately.

Away from progressively genuine games following, the Venu additionally bend over as a quite better than average wellness tracker as well. You're getting Garmin staples like versatile advance objectives, its body battery screen to survey vitality holds, and the Move Bar to demonstrate times of dormancy.

Step includes were really well in-accordance with a Fitbit tracker we set it in opposition to. Rest following can be a little hit-and-miss on the exactness front, however with the expansion of breath following and the beat oximeter, that information is presently more extravagant and more wise than previously. You do need to be happy to forfeit battery life to get those extra bits of knowledge however.

As is standard on the entirety of Garmin's watches, there is a pulse screen close by, which is utilized for estimating exertion levels during exercises and for opening extra wellbeing bits of knowledge and essentially letting you take on-the-spot readings.

For exercises, Garmin's HR screens have made huge upgrades as of late as far as precisely following high force preparing. For equally tempoed runs, that pulse information was well in accordance with a Polar pulse screen chest lash for greatest and normal readings for those meetings - for the most part close to 1-2bpm out between the two sources, which is not too bad.

At the point when you get into exercises like stretch indoor paddling or running, the continuous pulse information can appear to be somewhat unique as far as responding to the progressions and speedy changes in pulse. Overall, it's a dependable sensor for work out, yet in the event that you don't confide in it, there's ANT+ network letting you pair up a chest tie to get something increasingly solid.

Smartwatch features

While Garmin is truly adroit at dealing with the majority of your wellbeing and wellness following needs, it's surely playing make up for lost time with the smartwatch front.

The Venu is perfect with iPhone and Android telephones, bringing you to a great extent a similar encounter over the two stages. The significant distinction is the failure to dismiss calls or react to messages, which stays an Android-just element.

You're getting the capacity to see notices, control music playing on your telephone, and move music to the watch, including that much attractive help for disconnected Spotify playlists. It takes a couple of moments to get that all arrangement, yet once it's ready for action and you've downloaded your playlists, you're all set running without your telephone.

To the extent conveying messages from your WhatsApp discussions and schedule arrangements, the Venu goes about it all in an exceptionally useful and valuable manner. It carries out the responsibility - despite the fact that it's not as smooth as an Apple Watch.

Garmin Pay and the capacity to get a container of water from a store when you're out on a run has consistently been an element that is felt like a decent counterpart for lively smartwatches. It worked fine on Venu on those events we put it to utilize - and fortunately bolstered banks are developing.

On the off chance that you care about applications, there is support for Garmin Connect's IQ Store. Here you can download applications, watch faces, information fields and gadgets. It requires downloading an extra telephone application to do it and downloading can be somewhat moderate, in any event, for little applications. You'll have to chase out the best stuff, yet on the off chance that you like the possibility of wellness information rich watch faces, you're very much cooked for here.

The look and feel of Garmin's UI has gotten generally uniform over its watches. You can swipe up or down from the watch face to get preview perspectives on your information. Holding down the physical catches opens up speedy settings and different settings to fiddle with. It may take a couple of endeavors to recall where everything lives, except there's surely bounty here to keep your experience quite straightforward.

Battery life

With the expansion of that AMOLED show, the central concern is the thing that sort of harm that does to battery life. In light of Garmin's cases, you can get five days in what it calls 'smartwatch' mode. The Vivoactive 4 in examination presents to eight days in that equivalent mode.

At the point when you factor in utilizing power-sapping highlights like GPS and music gushing, you can anticipate that the battery should last as long as six hours. The Apple Watch Series 5 proposals around four hours when you put GPS to utilize. So that is equivalently fair.

In light of our involvement in all the key highlights being used you can get that five days. In case you're intending to follow exercises with GPS for around an hour daily, it will even now give you around a working week of battery life.

Music spilling and turning on the beat oximeter appear to be two of the most depleting highlights, however on the off chance that you can live without those on every minute of every day, there isn't any stressing drop-off that you may anticipate from moving to an all the more requesting screen innovation.

In case you're wanting to utilize it in consistently in plain view mode, life span constantly observes a drop off, however it's as yet an entirely decent appearing of three days or thereabouts - which is altogether beyond what you can anticipate from an Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 out of a comparable mode.


Pros Cons
Strong display Limited functionality
Top-end fitness features Just silicone straps
Solid battery life Garmin Connect still a bit overwhelming
Plenty of sports tracking features Shorter battery life in always-on mode


The Garmin Venu doesn't include any fresh out of the plastic new highlights we've yet to see on a smartwatch, yet its mix of an AMOLED show with top-end highlights may make it ideal for a few.