There is a huge difference between smartwatches created by user tech firms and those created by fitness firms, and that is friction, which you have to cope with on a daily basis to make employment of your watch. It is the one thing that follows with Garmin’s Venu, a device that is just a bit too irritating for to recommend.
The watch is a 43mm-broad crossover watch, developed to reside in the grey regions between fitness devices, where Garmin is dominator, and smartwatches, where it is not. It is a Vivoactive 4 with a higher-resolution display and a good-looking body, which is the major highlight. Where the Vivoactive 4 comes with a low-power 260 x 260 display, the Venu has an AMOLED 390 x 390 touchscreen.
It is a gorgeous display, and the live faces are particularly pretty. Every pane you swipe through has been offered a polish. But the device does not make the most of it, since the Venu is operating on stock OS by Garmin that is developed for watches with less-resolution screens. Garmin has not wanted to take benefit of the better screen to make the data denser, or more helpful.
On a related note, Garmin earlier turned up at IFA with a whole series of new devices, comprising the flagship Venu and the Avengers-based special editions of the same device. But the firm has also taken the time to renovate its series of low-priced Vivoactive GPS devices.
The new Vivoactive 4S and 4 devices provide the same functions you might hope from the line, with the inclusion of respiration tracking. The watch can now monitor users’ breathing when they are doing yoga—earlier restricted to when you used a chest strap. That tracking will keep tabs while you sleep, monitoring how much oxygen you are receiving at night and tracking your breaths per minute.