Garmin Venu review

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Specs / Features


Warranty (Months) 12 months
Release date 5-September-2019
Size 4.32 x 4.32 x 1.24 cm (1.7 x 1.7 x 0.5 in)
Weight 46.3 grams
(1.63 ounces)

Critic Reviews


DC Rainmaker

Probably the best all-arounder watch that Garmin has ever made

from DC Rainmaker

While it’s not the most accurate GPS-wise, it seems to find the balance between having the features that hardcore sports folks want (like structured workouts, skiing/snowboard run tracking, and others), as well as more general lifestyle or health bits (such as offline Spotify and Amazon music,...More

While it’s not the most accurate GPS-wise, it seems to find the balance between having the features that hardcore sports folks want (like structured workouts, skiing/snowboard run tracking, and others), as well as more general lifestyle or health bits (such as offline Spotify and Amazon music, as well as detailed Yoga/Pilates support). It’s the most well rounded competitor to an Apple Watch Series 5, but with a clearly sport/fitness slant.

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Expert Reviews

The screen and sports-tracking features are impressive

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Garmin has done well to bring an always-on AMOLED screen to the Venu without crippling its battery life. On the contrary, delivering three or four days mixed use per charge in a smartwatch that offers such in-depth sports tracking puts the Venu in a category of its own.

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Garmin has done well to bring an always-on AMOLED screen to the Venu without crippling its battery life. On the contrary, delivering three or four days mixed use per charge in a smartwatch that offers such in-depth sports tracking puts the Venu in a category of its own.

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Coach Mag

A sporty smartwatch with an AMOLED screen

from Coach Mag

It is an excellent sports and everyday activity tracker, but that’s true of all Gamins. The Venu’s screen is good, but I’m not sure it’s worth the extra cost and sacrifice of battery life. However, it is the only Garmin with an AMOLED screen, and that might be enough for it to find an 

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It is an excellent sports and everyday activity tracker, but that’s true of all Gamins. The Venu’s screen is good, but I’m not sure it’s worth the extra cost and sacrifice of battery life. However, it is the only Garmin with an AMOLED screen, and that might be enough for it to find an 

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TrustedReviews

The company’s first smartwatch to feature an AMOLED screen

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The Venu’s steep asking price is hard to ignore; it's likely be a better purchase for some once the price drops. However, if you’re a fitness buff who needs a stellar workout companion that can also double as a stylish timepiece, then the Garmin Venu is for you.

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The Venu’s steep asking price is hard to ignore; it's likely be a better purchase for some once the price drops. However, if you’re a fitness buff who needs a stellar workout companion that can also double as a stylish timepiece, then the Garmin Venu is for you.

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Ars Technica

Fitness expertise with many pixels left to fill

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The most important thing about the Garmin Venu is that it exists—Garmin finally made a wearable with an AMOLED display that can stand up to other all-purpose smartwatches. But the Venu suffers from first-device syndrome in that it's not as fully realized of an AMOLED smartwatch as it could have...More

The most important thing about the Garmin Venu is that it exists—Garmin finally made a wearable with an AMOLED display that can stand up to other all-purpose smartwatches. But the Venu suffers from first-device syndrome in that it's not as fully realized of an AMOLED smartwatch as it could have been. Now, it may have the hardware components to stand up to Apple Watches and Galaxy Watches, but the software component isn't at the same level as those competitors.

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Android Authority

A damned good fitness watch

Android Authority

The Garmin Venu can't compete with more established smartwatches like the Apple Watch Series 5 or Fossil Gen 5, but it has a leg up in fitness tracking. In fact, it's one of the best (if not THE best) multisport watches you can buy right now. If you've been waiting for a Garmin device with an OLED display, you'll be very happy with the Venu.

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The Garmin Venu can't compete with more established smartwatches like the Apple Watch Series 5 or Fossil Gen 5, but it has a leg up in fitness tracking. In fact, it's one of the best (if not THE best) multisport watches you can buy right now. If you've been waiting for a Garmin device with an OLED display, you'll be very happy with the Venu.

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DC Rainmaker

Impressive smartwatch

from DC Rainmaker

When Garmin first talked to me about the AMOLED display on the Venu, I was concerned they’d be leaving behind all the features that made a Garmin watch…well…a Garmin watch. The longer battery life and the always-on display. But it turns out they’ve balanced that pretty well. From the firs...More

When Garmin first talked to me about the AMOLED display on the Venu, I was concerned they’d be leaving behind all the features that made a Garmin watch…well…a Garmin watch. The longer battery life and the always-on display. But it turns out they’ve balanced that pretty well. From the first day I’ve been using the Venu, I switched it into always-on display mode, and have been pretty good with it. Sure, it still turns off the display at night, but I can press a button to see the time pretty easily. All this while largely keeping battery life to the point where I only need to charge it 1-2 times a week depending on exact activity/usage.

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