Garmin Venu Review and Comparison

Garmin announced a completely new watch series the Garmin Venu, and it has made quite the impact with its users. This is Garmin’s first GPS smartwatch with an AMOLED screen and comes with a plethora of health and fitness tracking features. The AMOLED screen is makes it easier to check your watch while working out/on the move with higher visual clarity and contrast. The Venu is available now for $649 RRP and comes in a variety of colours including black, black/gold, granite blue and light sand/rose gold.

Garmin Venu Key Features

  • AMOLED Display: This display type has a higher contrast ratio and allows wider viewing angles alongside a vast range of colours.


  • All Day Health Tracking - Wrist-based HRM sends data to your Garmin Connect health profile 24/7 to give you essential updates to your health and fitness stats.
  • Wrist-Based Heart Rate Monitor - Track your heart rate through Garmin's powerful optical HRM. This HRM will track how hard you're working during the day and your workouts.
  • Garmin Pay - Pay on the go, no need to bring your wallet on the run with Garmin's contactless payment system. Works with participating providers*
  • GPS + GLONASS + GALILEO - With 3 Satellite networks the Garmin Venu will acquire positional data exceptionally fast. Perfect for accurately tracking your route, distance and location.
  • Music - The Garmin Venu can store up to 500 songs on the watch itself from any of your favourite playlists. (Spotify, Deezer and Amazon Music Supported)

vivomove 3 Black and Gold

  • Safety Features - Share your live location to selected contacts and even send a message manually or automatically with built-in incident detection. This requires pairing with a smartphone.
  • Animated Workout - Garmin's animated workout make it easy to follow animated strength, cardio, yoga workouts.
  • Sensors - Barometric Altimeter, Compass, Gyroscope, Accelerometer



  • Pulse Ox Sensor - Measures and Tracks your blood Oxygen saturation level. This can also help judge how well your sleeping by measuring how much oxygen your body is absorbing during a sleep cycle.
  • Pre-loaded Sports Apps - This multi-sport GPS watch can track all your work out across a massive range of outdoor and indoor sports. Including walking, running, cycling, swimming, elliptical training, indoor rowing, golf and more

How Does it compare to the vivoactive 4 and vivomove 3

Hardware Design Comparison

Garmin venu Vivoactive 4 Vivomove 3
Battery Life 5 Days 8 Days 5 Days
Waterproof Rating 50m/5atm 50m/5atm 50m/5atm
Lens Type Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3


Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 Chemically Strengthened Glass
Sweat Resistant  ✔  ✔  ✔
Touch Screen  ✔  ✔  ✔
Replaceable Watchband  ✔  ✔  ✔
Resolution 390 x 390px 260 x 260px 64 x 132px
Screen Size 30.4mm (diameter) 33mm (diameter) 9mmx18mm
Thickness 12.4mm 12.8mm 1.1mm
Watch face Diameter 43.2mm 45.1mm 39mm
Always on display  ✔  ✔
Weight 46.3g 50.5g 38.6g

The Garmin Venu shines with its display resolution and AMOLED screen that set it apart from every other currently available Garmin smartwatch. In terms of other hardware factors, it sits on par with the vivoactive 4 and above the vivomove 3. The battery level is one area that isn't quite as powerful as the vivoactive 4 but, a day battery life is well above average.

Garmin Venu Screen Comparison to vivoactive 4
Garmin's Marketing images don't really show how much the extra colours improve the Venu's screen making it easier to read.

Sensors Comparison

Garmin venu Vivoactive 4 Vivomove 3
GPS  ✔  ✔
Heart Rate Monitor  ✔  ✔  ✔
Pulse Ox (Blood Oxygenation Measure)  ✔  ✔  ✔
Barometer  ✔  ✔  ✔
Accelerometer  ✔  ✔  ✔
Compass  ✔  ✔
Gyroscope  ✔  ✔
Cadence Sensor  ✔  ✔

The sensors packed with the Garmin Venu help to set it apart from many other smartwatch offers on the market. It comes with the standard sensors like the Barometric Altimeter, Compass, etc. In addition to these sensors though it comes with a couple of unique offerings like the Cadence sensor to help improve your cycling and the Pulse Ox sensor to measure your blood oxygen saturation. The Pulse Ox sensor is typically used for tracking your acclimation to a higher elevation. Still, it can also be used to check how well your sleeping by measuring how much oxygen is in your system.

Activity and Health Tracking Comparison

Garmin venu Vivoactive 4 Vivomove 3
Activity Report
Sleep Tracking/Reports
Tracks Distance
Tracks Steps
Measures Pace
Calories Burned ✔ (Garmin Mobile)
Automatically Detects Activity
Tracks Elevation
Route Tracker
Weight Tracking ✔ (Garmin Mobile) ✔ (Garmin Mobile)
Multi-Sport Mode
Goal Tracking
Golf Activity
Water intake
Tracks BMI
Stroke Regonition/Counter

The Garmin Venu is a multisport GPS so, it's no surprise how many features it has preloaded for tracking your health and fitness stats. Read the table above to find out all the features that come preloaded and how it compares against the vivomove and vivoactive 4.

vivomove 3 and vivoactive 4

Misc. Features Comparison

Garmin venu Vivoactive 4 Vivomove 3
Syncs Wirelessly/Automatically
Compatible with Android
WiFi Connection
Supports NFC
Notification Display
Vibrating Alerts/Alarm
Call Control
Locates Your Phone
Integrates with Social Media
Exercise Diary
Music Playback
Onboard Music Storage
Tracks BMI
Live Tracking
Compatible with external HRM

Again the Venu and the vivoactive sit on par when comparing these features. The vivomove 3 doesn't quite have all the same features but, it was always designed to be a hybrid 'analogue' style watch and not a full GPS smartwatch.


Deciding between these three models should be fairly straightfoward after this guide. The vivomove 3 is a stylistic choice as it doesn't come with all the bells and whistles of the other watches but retains a classical style and feel. It's a little trickier between the vivoactive 4 and the venu as they're almost the exact same watch in terms of software. It really comes down to style, battery life and whether the brighter more vibrant AMOLED screen is enough to make up the price difference and shorter battery life.

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