Wearable Tech Garmin Venu Short Review

by Evan M. Evan Murray A Graduate & Blogger
Along with the pulse oximeter, Garmin now also offers the ability to track breathing while you sleep and select workouts such as yoga as another metric to gauge your fitness level.

Running, golfing, cycling, and swimming (pool only) are Venu's primary sport modes, but Garmin has made it possible to add additional profiles. If you're a jogger, you'll also get the support of a trainer, Garmin's adaptive running training program that can be synced to your watch to track your workouts from your wrist.

Along with the existing reps count, the new display also offers animated workout tracking right on the screen. Primarily for activities like Pilates and Yoga, the animated mode allows you to follow preset workouts or create your own that you can simply track on the Venu display. These animated workouts are fun and easy to do and offer enough instructions to make sure you are doing the exercises correctly.

In addition to taking a more serious approach to tracking your athletic activity, Venu also shows itself as a quality fitness tracker. You get on-screen reminders from Garmin to make adaptive maps of your movements with the ability to set goals for the number of steps, and you can also track periods of inactivity on the dedicated Move Bar.

There are no complaints about step tracking compared to the Fitbit fitness tracker. Sleep tracking may have some issues in terms of accuracy, although with the addition of breath tracking and a pulse oximeter, this data is now more enhanced and more accurate than before. However, you must be willing to sacrifice battery life to get this additional information.

As with all standard Garmin watches, an onboard heart rate monitor is used to measure your level of effort during workouts, as well as to provide additional health information, and simply allows you to take heart rate readings on site.

When it comes to workouts, Garmin monitors have improved dramatically in recent years in terms of accurately tracking high-intensity workouts. For even paced runs, this heart rate data matched well with the Polar chest strap for the maximum and average readings for these sessions - usually no more than 1-2 bpm between two sources, which is pretty decent.

When you do activities such as interval training or jogging, real-time heart rate data may look slightly different in terms of response to changes and rapid fluctuations in heart rate. Overall, this is a solid exercise sensor, but if you don't trust it, there is ANT + connectivity, allowing you to attach a chest strap for more reliable and accurate readings.

• View notifications for iPhone and Android
• Music storage for up to 5,000 songs
• Garmin Pay technology

While Garmin is pretty adept at taking care of most of your health and fitness tracking needs, this fitness tracker still catches up with most competing brands' smartwatches.

Venu is compatible with both iPhone and Android phones, giving you pretty much the same experience across the two platforms. The main difference is the inability to reject calls or answer text messages.

You get the ability to view notifications, control music playback on your phone, and stream music to your watch, including the much-anticipated support for Spotify's offline playlists. It will take a few minutes to get all the settings, but once this service is up and running and you've downloaded your playlists, you can use this feature without your phone.

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