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Garmin Venu: a personal assistant in a smartwatch

The Garmin Venu first caught our attention with its compact design and long list of features.

Garmin Venu Smartwatch review on desk

The Venu – which we got to test for a month – is Garmin’s first attempt at a lifestyle-focused smartwatch. Here’s how it fared.

Garmin has built up a reputation among triathletes and marathon runners for its functional and durable smartwatches. They boast endless features that help you achieve peak performance and track your progress. In October, Garmin moved towards making their world-famous features more accessible to everyday folk when they announced their Venu line.

Garmin Venu Review time display

The new Garmin Venu fits an extensive line of features in a slimmer, more fashionable body. The unit I received came in black and gold – simple, chic and easy to match. To really compete with the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear, the Venu is equipped with a very bright 1.2-inch AMOLED display and boasts up to 5 days of battery life.

But much like other smartwatches, you have to use it to truly understand how it can contribute to your daily life. So we took the Venu for a month-long test run, and here is what you can expect from the smartwatch.

Understand yourself – inside and out 

Beyond simple heart rate monitoring, the Garmin Venu actually tracks your stress levels, body battery (the amount of energy you have for the day), breathing and even sleep quality. Throughout the day, the watch tracks and compiles data to create a report that you can view in real-time.

Using this newfound information, you can take proactive steps to improve your daily physical and emotional well being – like heading to bed an hour earlier or practicing meditation to destress.

Provides everything at a glance

Not only does the watch keep track of most of your vitals, it also presents the live data in a simple and easy-to-read format. With a simple swipe up, you can see your pulse, body battery and more on a single display.

Venu, your personal assistant

Syncing your Venu to your smartphone will not only allow you to store your daily stats on your iPhone or Android device. The Venu will also receive message or reminder notifications from your phone that you can actually respond to or dismiss. If you have trouble meeting your daily hydration targets, the Venu can be set up to prompt you to grab a glass of water. The Venu easily becomes the personal assistant you never knew you needed.

And your personal trainer

Garmin Venu Review personal training
It’s almost like the watch is your personal trainer, even showing you how to do a push-up.

Going back to its fitness-focused roots, the Garmin Venu comes with a handy new feature that stores and displays entire workouts for you to follow. Mix up your exercise routine with different workouts available on the Garmin Connect app.

The workouts range from yoga to HIIT routines, which can be edited to suit your fitness level. And if you are trying out something new, there is even a demonstration of the activity on the display. All you have to do is follow the steps and sweat it out!

Fit for any occasion

Garmin Venu Review watch faces
You can download countless watch faces to suit any mood.

The Venu is the most fashion-forward smartwatch Garmin has made, and it shows. Aside from coming in four colours, you can also customise your digital watch face with a vast variety of designs. From the simple and chic design to the classic round face, the Venu will take you from the gym to the office, to brunch, or even to the club seamlessly.

Garmin venu Review different colors
The Garmin Venu comes in various gorgeous colors and you can get really fancy with a rose gold model.

These are just a few of the most notable features on the Garmin Venu that benefited our routine the most. With its long list of features, you may find other aspects of the Venu incredibly useful – the only way to find out is to give the watch a try.

The Venu might be the best companion to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions while staying on top of your daily grind. You can grab the Garmin Venu for S$589 at Lazada.sg.

Which of the Venu’s features do you find most useful? Share your dream feature in the comment section.

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