Garmin Garmin Venu

Test 10/2019

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Test seal: Garmin Garmin Venu, Rating 9.4

last modified: 01.11.2019, 9:33

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All rating criteria details:

Fitness functions 30%
Handling 20%
Design 15%
Related App 15%
Accuracy of measurement 10%
Synchronization 10%
Tested by: Jana

Jana

Product tester

Resumee

The Garmin Venue Smart Watch convinces with great functionality and display. Whether a beginner or an established athlete, this fitness watch offers itself as a helpful supporter in almost all situations.

Pro

  • Modern design
  • New display technology
  • Many functions
  • GPS
  • Clear app
  • Large display

Cons

  • When using certain functions, battery life is extremely shortened.
  • The display function of some animated videos is partly stalled
  • Needs time to familiarize yourself with all of the new features

360° View

A fitness watch that can convince with many innovative functions.

In September 2019, Garmin presented its latest model at the International Radio Fair in Berlin: The new fitness watch Garmin Venu. The watch comes in a small, handy package containing the most important product information (in English). The first impression of this fitness watch is very good. It looks very stable and of high quality. Compared to other fitness watches, this Garmin Venue has a very wide display (1.2-inch screen, 43 mm diameter, 12 mm height, 2.4 mm wide edge). The glass is made of gorilla glass 3. The watch is available in 3 different colours. In our test, we chose the model in black. The corresponding 20 mm Qickrelease bracelet (interchangeable) has a total length of 24 cm. Furthermore, the watch is waterproof and has various sensors, such as motion sensors, optical sensors for heart rate measurement, GPS sensor for positioning, a barometer for altitude measurement, pulse oximeter and thermometer.

Included in delivery:

  • Fitness watch
  • USB charging cable
  • Instruction manual

Application and test result

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The Garmin Venu Fitness Watch

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The Garmin Venu in our test

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The Garmin Venu Fitness Watch

The new Garmin model has many similarities with similar fitness watches like the Vivoactive 4, but what distinguishes the Garmin Venue is the new display technology. Many traditional sports watches use "Memory in Pixel", but the Garmin Venue has an AMOLED screen. A novelty among fitness watches, with which all information is displayed with significantly more pixels (390x390) and everything is still legible even in dark light.

The Garmin Venu is also operated via the touchscreen. With the help of two buttons, both located on the right side of the watch case, you can adjust the clock. In order to operate the clock, you should first download the free Garmin Conect app from the AppStore or GooglePlayStore.

The Fitbit app first needs access to some personal data in order to be used correctly. Before purchasing, everyone should be aware that the transfer of data is unavoidable. Otherwise, they cannot be processed and therefore no conclusions can be drawn about your health.

This is followed by very good instructions to help you set up your watch. Once the app has been set up and synchronised with the watch, you can create it and use its functions.

The measured data is very accurate and easy to evaluate.

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The Garmin Venu Fitness Watch App

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Training evaluation

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The Garmin Venu Fitness Watch App

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The Garmin Venue Fitness Watch App

This watch offers numerous functions. Once you have downloaded the app and want to operate the clock, click on the upper right button for a few seconds. Then the fitness watch switches on. If you click on the upper right button again, you will immediately be taken to the selection of sports profiles (20). The following sports profiles are included: Treadmill, indoor swimming pool, cycling, indoor cycling, walking, indoor walking, climbing stairs, swimming pool. Playing golf, skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, SUP, strength training, cardio, yoga, Pilates, breath work, crosstraining, stepper, rowing, indoor rowing, martial arts. This list can be extended individually.

A special feature are the more than 40 animated videos that can be seen on the display of the watch (for strength training, yoga, cardio, Pilates). During the workouts, the display shows small animations of how to perform each exercise. At the same time, a counter or countdown informs about the progress of the exercise. However, during the sports exercises, especially Pilates and Yoga, it was noticed that not all exercises have animated videos. For the exercises, where animated videos are available, it is a supportive tool for the user. During the exercises, it also happened once or twice that the touch screen stopped briefly, which should not happen with a new model like the Garmin Venue.

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The Garmin Venu fitness watch: Pilates exercises with animated videos

In addition, the watch surprises with other additional functions such as the determination of breathing rate, as well as logging of the female cycle, an emergency function, measurement of blood oxygen supply and the Garmin Sport Coaches in the app. The "Garmin Pay" service even allows contactless payment at the checkout.

Listening to music with the Garmin Venue is also possible with Bluetooth headphones. This fitness watch can be used to listen to music while running, for example. The watch can also be connected to music services such as Deezer or Spotify. This watch can also be connected to wireless headphones so that you can listen to music during a workout without a smartphone.

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The Garmin Venu Smart Watch: Download Spotify

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The Garmin Venu Smart Watch: Listening to music

We have evaluated 90 customer ratings on the Internet. In summary, it can be said that about 79 percent of buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are approximately 10 percent of the users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 4.3 of 5 stars.

Summary: 79% positive and 10% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Good quality
  • Pin sharp resolution
  • Diverse sports programs
  • Easy to handle
  • Animated workouts

The following points were noted negatively:

  • When using GPS/music etc. the battery life is extremely reduced
  • No maps available

How is the battery of the Garmin Venue charged?

The watch is charged using the USB charging cable supplied with the watch.

Does the watch have an "Always on Display"?

Yes, you can edit this in the "Settings" section.

How long does the battery last?

In our test, the battery lasted about 5 days when used regularly (with music and GPS function).

Manufacturer Garmin
EAN 0753759227852
Width
Height 120 mm
Depth
Weight
Scope of delivery Fitness watch, charging cable, operating instructions
Quality impression Excellent
Additional warranty 24 months
Quality of instructions Excellent
Manual language GER, EN, FR, IT, ES
Packaging Good
Call and SMS notifications
Motion Recollections
Display AMOLED-technology
Music apps
Contactless payment
Compatibility
Integrated GPS
Communication No
Calorie Counter
Continuous heart rate measurement
Pedometer
Sleep phases
Silent alarm/alarm clock
Daily goals
Waterproof
Battery life Up to 5 days
Fitness functions
Handling
Design
Related App
Accuracy of measurement
Synchronization

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