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Garmin Lily Review – How does it stack up?

Joel Clement

Garmin has just announced a completely new series the Garmin Lily. This watch immediately answers a severe gap in Garmin’s line-up which has been in demand for years. The Garmin Lily is designed first and foremost for women who would like a smaller watch face and thinner strap. This design is akin to something closer to a jewellery watch than your typical smartwatch designs.

The Garmin Lily Classic and Sport are available to order here. All compatible accessories and bands are listed on the product pages for these watches.

 

Garmin Lily Models
Garmin Lily Models

Quick Summary – is this a good watch?

The Lily fills a gap in the market but not without some sacrifices. The Garmin Lily comes in a small housing and narrow band, but due to these hardware constraints, it loses out on many advanced smartwatch training and health features. That said, the Lily wasn’t designed to be a powerhouse smartwatch it was designed to be stylish with useful, albeit basic daily health features. In that regard, the Lily more than fulfils its purpose.

Lily vs vivoactive 4 vs fenix 6
Lily vs vivoactive 4 vs fenix 6

This is a quick summary of the key highlights for the Garmin Lily Smartwatch.

Pros

Cons

5 Day Battery Life No GPS without connecting to your phone
34mm Watch face and 14mm Band No advanced Golfing, Cycling, Swimming features.
Gym Profiles for Training
Wrist Based Heart Monitoring  and Pulse Ox (Advanced Sleep Tracking)
Health Tracking for Stress, Sleep and energy levels

Realistically if you’re considering the Lily ask yourself if you would make use of athlete level health and fitness tracking and how seriously you take your fitness metrics? If you’re looking for a capable everyday fitness tracker, then the Lily will be for you. This stylish watch is a very affordable designer watch.

What's the difference between the Garmin Lily and Garmin Lily Sport?

There's no difference apart from different bezel colours and bands.

Garmin Lily Sport
Garmin Lily Sport
Garmin Lily Classic
Garmin Lily Classic

 

How does it compare to the other Garmin women’s watches?

Essentially the Garmin Lily is on par with a Vivomove 3S, and unlike some of Garmin’s other smartwatches, the Lily is fully touchscreen with a small ‘virtual’ button at the base of the unit. You’re not going to get the advanced athletic features seen on the forerunner, fenix 6s or vivoactive 4s series watches. Still, you do get a smartwatch more than capable of health and fitness tracking that is one of the smallest options currently available. It’s also an exquisite design, just look at that screen animation. Each Lily model colour has a different designed lens style that helps create the animation effect.

Lily Screen Display
Lily Screen Display

Below is an in-depth breakdown of what I would classify as Garmin’s current most popular female watches within the same bracket that focus more on everyday health tracking and aren’t specialised like the forerunner or fenix 6 watches.

Garmin Lily vs Garmin Vivomove 3s vs Garmin Vivoactive 4s (Differences Only)

General Garmin Lily Garmin Vivomove 3S Garmin Vivoactive 4S
Lens Material Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 chemically strengthened glass Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Bezel Material anodized aluminium stainless steel stainless steel
Case material fibre-reinforced polymer fibre-reinforced polymer fibre-reinforced polymer with polymer rear cover
Quick Release bands Lily Bands (14mm) yes (18 mm, Industry standard) yes (18 mm, Industry standard)
Physical size 34.50 x 34.50 x 10.15 mm 39 x 39 x 10.9 mm 40.0 x 40.0 x 12.7 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 110-175 mm. Fits wrists with a circumference of 110-175 mm Fits wrists with a circumference of 110-175 mm
Colour display no (16 level grayscale)  No Yes
Display size 1.00” x 0.84” (25.4 mm x 21.3 mm) 0.35" x 0.72" (8.9 mm x 18.3 mm) 1.1" (27.9 mm) diameter
Display resolution 240 x 201 pixels 64 x 132 pixels 218 x 218 pixels
Display type TFT LCD OLED sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Weight 24.0 g The case only: 24.5 g 40.0 g
With silicone strap: 38.6 g
Battery life Up to 5 days (excluding Pulse Ox sleep tracking). Learn More. Smartwatch mode: up to 5 days Smartwatch mode: Up to 7 days
Watch mode: up to 1 additional week. GPS mode with music: Up to 5 hours
GPS mode without music: Up to 15 hours
Memory/History 7 timed activities; 14 days of activity tracking data 7 timed activities; 14 days of activity tracking data 7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data
Clock Features
GPS Time Sync No No Yes
Analog hands No Yes  No
Sunrise/sunset times No No Yes
Health Monitoring
Pulse Ox Blood Oxygen Saturation yes (spot-check and optionally in sleep) yes (spot-check and optionally in sleep) yes (spot-check, and optionally all-day and in sleep)
Sensors
GPS No No Yes
GLONASS No No Yes
Galileo No No Yes
Barometric altimeter No Yes Yes
Compass No No Yes
Gyroscope No No Yes
Thermometer No No yes (with a separately sold accessory)
Ambient light sensor No No
Daily Smart Features
Connectivity Bluetooth® Bluetooth® Smart and ANT+® Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps) No No Yes
Connected GPS Yes Yes N/A
Plays and controls watch music No No Yes
Music storage No No up to 500 songs
Garmin Pay™ No No Yes
Safety and Tracking Features
LiveTrack Yes No Yes
Incident Detection during select activities Yes No Yes
Assistance No No Yes
Activity Tracking Features
Floors climbed No Yes Yes
Gym & Fitness Equipment
Available gym activity profiles Strength, Cardio, Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Yoga, Pilates and Breathwork Strength Training, Cardio Training, Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Yoga Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Yoga, Pilates and Breathwork
Cardio workouts No No Yes
Strength workouts No No Yes
Yoga workouts No No Yes
Pilates workouts No No Yes
On-screen workout animations No No Yes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
HR Broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+™ to paired devices) Yes
Respiration rate (during exercise) yoga and breathwork only yoga only yoga and breathwork only
GPS speed and distance yes (Connected GPS only) No Yes
Auto Pause® No No Yes
Advanced workouts No No Yes
Downloadable training plans No No Yes
Manual lap No No Yes
Custom alerts No Yes No
Touch and/or button lock No No Yes
Auto-scroll No No Yes
Activity history on the watch No No Yes
Physio TrueUp Yes No Yes
Running Features
Available run profiles Running, Treadmill Running Running, Indoor Track Running, Treadmill Running
GPS-based distance, time and pace yes (Connected GPS only) Yes (Connected GPS only) Yes
Run workouts No No Yes
Foot pod capable No No Yes
Golfing Features
Yardage to F/M/B (distance to the front, middle and back of green) No No Yes
Yardage to layups/doglegs No No Yes
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course) No No Automatic
Digital scorecard No No Yes
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit) No No Yes
Garmin AutoShot™ No No Yes
Green View with manual pin position No No Yes
Hazards and course targets No No Yes
PinPointer No No Yes
Round timer/odometer No No Yes
Automatic club tracking compatible (requires accessory) No No Yes
Outdoor Recreation
Available outdoor recreation profiles No No Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing
Back to start No No Yes
Total ascent/descent No No Yes
Cycling Features
Alerts (triggers an alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories) No No Yes
Available cycling profiles Biking Biking Biking, Indoor Biking
Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar) No No Yes
Compatible with Varia™ lights No No Yes
Speed and cadence sensor support No No Yes
Swimming Features
Available swim profiles Pool Swimming (Basic) Pool Swimming (Basic) Pool Swimming
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories) No No Yes
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (pool swim only) No No Yes
Basic rest timer (up from 0) (pool swim only) No No Yes
Time and distance alerts No No Yes
Underwater wrist-based heart rate No Yes Yes

Summary

As you can see, the differences stem almost entirely from ‘advanced’ training features or specific activities like Golfing/Swimming. If you’re not after Garmin’s more advanced health tracking and activity tracking features, then the Garmin Lily will be a perfect match.

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