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- The Garmin Venu Smartwatch is a sleek, slim, GPS-enabled watch device that closes the gap between style and fitness performance.
- Important functions such as integrated GPS, 20 sport modes, on-device coaching, Spotify connectivity and even mood tracking offer you numerous possibilities for actually using your watch.
- A long battery life (plus 5 days per charge) and a clear, bright AMOLED display make the Venu an everyday item.
I've tested a lot of smartwatches in recent years. Some love action sports and fitness, while others do their best to serve as a wrist computer and replace the smartphone in your pocket. However, most aim to land somewhere between the two and serve as an all-rounder that suits every occasion. Most fail.
The Garmin Venu accomplishes this goal better than almost any watch I've tried outside of the Apple ecosystem, which says something. The Venu has all the fitness bells and whistles you could want, with outstanding GPS (usually what you'd expect from Garmin) and solid smartwatch functionality.
But the large draw that makes Venu worthy of MH-certified status is not just a feature. it is the sum of all its parts. The smartwatch is one of the most portable and usable devices I've tested – which says something because I've been on it for almost three months due to the quarantine of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Venu & # 39; s Remarkable Range
I started testing the Venu (a.k.a., earlier) at the end of February (19459024). I loved how it felt on my wrist from the very first wear – the device isn't thin, but it's lighter than other GPS watches I've tried that weigh down my hand and feel chunky when I start to move me. A two-button layout is easy to navigate and the buttons don't stick out. The pebble silicone tape is ready for the gym, but looks and feels great, not like cheaper, plastic options that I wore before. The AMOLED display is clear and instantly readable, while the standard dial, which is relatively simple, has a brilliant splash of color that catches the eye. The last time I went to a public event before Lockdown, a friend's wedding where I served as a best man, I didn't think twice about combining the Venu with my tuxedo and bow tie. Likewise, the watch never burrowed into my wrist or felt like an imposition, as I spent almost all of my quarantine time indoors on the couch.
Using the Venu is also easy. One tap on the top button and you can choose from one of over 20 exercise modes. A long press on the same button takes you to a larger menu where you can control almost every function available. When you view fitness data, swiping on the screen instantly gives you all of your daily health stats at a glance, as well as more detailed charts, weather data, and notifications as you walk through the screens. You can use the left swipes to set up shortcuts – in my case, the option for contactless payment, one of my favorite smartwatch functions.
The Venu Fitness Bonafides
WHILE THE VENU ticks most of the boxes that you are likely to need for an all-round device, the focus is still mainly on fitness and exercise. As an activity tracker, the watch performs excellently – it's easy to collect statistics on runs and bike rides at a glance to track laps and intervals during runs, and the GPS functionality is top notch. There are also pre-made training plans that you can access on your watch using the Garmin Connect app. However, these will most likely be interesting for beginners. More useful are the guided programs that can guide you through training for a 5 km, 10 km or half marathon race.
strength training tracking, the other feature I've used a lot isn't perfect for the way it's supposed to work – but I found that I did really enjoyed using the watch in my own way. The Venu is designed to track your movements. If you check the recorded data in the app after the synchronization, you will find that the session is divided into different exercises recorded by the sensors of the device. The app captures basic movements like curls and squats relatively well, but misses more complicated exercises most of the time.
This is fine with me, because I already know what exercises I am doing during my breakup. Instead, I use a simple push of a button to track my sets and rest – which is shockingly not common with smartwatches I've tested in the past. This feature allows you to determine how much time you have actually worked during your session by showing the active minutes on the clock face when you save the data. This can be a wake-up call to leave your butt if you are not yet aware of your break time.
The smartwatch as a stress beater
For most of my use, I relied on Venu to keep in touch with the outside world and still give myself room to breathe. Since the start of the blackout period, every platform has flooded me with terrible news about the situation on my phone. There are times when I have to drop it – but I still want to be able to check notifications if I receive urgent messages that affect me more personally. Small sums of money on my wrist that I can choose to check or not at the moment are much easier to handle for me than an information flow that floods my phone screen.
This type of notification management isn't just for the Venu – almost every smart device receives phone notifications in some form or another – but Garmin's stress tracking is an even more useful feature at the moment. Together with a "body battery" that purports to monitor your energy level, the Venu tracks your stress level using the heart rate monitor to measure heart rate variability. Most of the time I don't even deal with the metric. But on the first day of the first full week of quarantine, the first time I felt like the world was falling apart, the Venu hummed on my wrist and reminded me of breathing.
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The watch itself does nothing to relieve my stress – however, there is a mindful breathing function if that is your speed – but these haptic memories are a helpful jerk to free me from the spiral of fate that my mind overwhelmed. Sometimes the best use for a smartwatch is to pull yourself away from a narrow focus to open up to what is actually going on outside of the screen on your wrist.