Mention the brand GarminWe can immediately think of the extremely aggressive line of sports gauges that are worn by athletes every time they practice or compete. However, with Venu SQ, this company wants to reach the audience who need fashion and above all, the price is easy to accept, twice or even tripled.
Small – light – unisex, but not attractive enough
Different from the Venu version released in 2019, which has a round watch face, this year the Venu SQ looks more square and creates a new feel for the wearer.
Garmin also doesn’t forget the 4-corner curved chamfer to create a softer and more feminine fit. In addition, the 33mm face size is also quite suitable for those with small wrists. The watch is also very light, as the body is made of poly resin, the anodized aluminum-reinforced bezel, and the strap are made of silicon.
Curves for a soft feel, feminine, or men with small wrists.
Combining these things makes the Venu SQ light 37.6 g, feeling like wearing a bracelet, not a watch anymore. So when you exercise or wear all day, you will not get tired hands.
But aside from its small and lightweight element, what’s the difference between the Venu SQ? Is the frame covered in bold colors to give it more accents? In my opinion that is not enough. Garmin tries to make its watch more fashionable, but when it comes to real life, it’s not as compelling as I’ve seen in the commercials.
The shell is too “plastic” that makes me (and maybe others look at it) feel a bit cheap, even though the price is not cheap: 4.99 million VND for the normal version and 6.1 million VND for Music. With this price, in terms of fashion, Venu SQ will encounter people in the way like Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, OPPO Watch 41mm, Apple Watch 4 old or Apple Watch SE with a little more pocket.
The visibility of the Venu SQ is also not appreciated by me, when the display area is too small, along with the resolution is not high, making everything lose its appeal when looking at and interacting.
At 1.3 inches on the dial, the Venu SQ lags in comparison to the 1.6 inch’s OPPO Watch 41mm. Even compared to the 240×240 pixel resolution, the Watch Active 2 still loses 360×360 pixels, although the Samsung watch only has a 1.2 inch screen size (40mm version).
Watch Active 2 has a circular shape that is more suitable for women, besides there is a rotating circle to touch to browse the pages very well.
When other competitors used AMOLED panels, Garmin only used LCD for the Venu SQPlus, the low resolution makes things look pale and this will be a disadvantage for this watch if you encounter customers who only care about looks. Anyway, today’s users’ first criterion before spending money to buy a product is “it must be beautiful first, other things count later”.
Watches are considered as an accessory to enhance our clothes every day, but if the screen is too dull, the look of the watch face is not attractive, then everything is completely wrong for an important person. fashion calculation.
There aren’t many watch face options on this smartwatch, all of which are dark to hide its overly thick bezel. Of course I can still download more watch faces by downloading Garmin ConnectIQ, but after 5 7 turns of choosing and changing, I have to return to “bare face”.
The way the Garmin Venu SQ’s interaction is also quite simple, when most of you can swipe, or use the two keys on the right to issue some specific commands. For example, the upper key is used for quick access to the sports measurement modes and the lower key to Back.
As for the touch response, the Venu SQ doesn’t feel very smooth, from executing commands to scrolling pages is also about 0.5 to 1 second slow. If Garmin manages to fix this lag, the experience will be a lot better.
Speaking of sports, Garmin has never let you down
Other than looks, the brightest point of this product lies in its sporty measurement capabilities. Inside the Garmin Venu SQ there are a variety of sports metering modes you can choose from, from outdoor to indoor.
Aside from the variety of sports measurement modes, what I’m most interested in in a smartwatch is whether its GPS is really accurate or not. There are many smartwatch products that contribute to the market in our country, but not all of them give accurate measurements. For example, I have encountered a clock that goes up to 26km in a Half Marathon 21km, and this will cause the personal assessment to be skewed, thereby giving the training exercises. less effective.
Fortunately, the Venu SQ is not one of them and gives very accurate measurements. With a run at the standard 400m / round stadium, this watch gave correct results 3.0 km as soon as I touched my foot in the 7-and-a-half.
The information that Venu SQ provides after a run is very rewarding, you can see from distance, pace, heart rate (what other basic clocks can do) to cadence. foot), stride, and even see how much that segment ranks you in the “Garmin user group”.
Here you can see a 400m lap at Hoa Lu Stadium (where I ran my test with Garmin Venu SQ) having the fastest runner name at 1: 03 / lap and I’m only 71th here with speed Estimated average is 6: 07 / km. These numbers are quite important for serious practiceers, because they look at for more motivation and try harder next time.
In addition, while running, the Venu SQ is also quite useful when it informs you that the heart rate is getting too high or when it has “recovered” to a stable heart rate, it also tells us to speed up a bit.
After the first run, Garmin will begin to “learn” the user and offer the right exercises to maintain or further improve the quality of running through Garmin Coach. This is also one of the good points of the product, helping users to save time searching online.
In addition to the sport measurement modes, this smartwatch also measures the wearer’s breathing rate and sleep rating, thereby helping us to improve our quality of life and live in moderation every day.
In terms of battery life, according to the advert of the manufacturer this watch can last 6 days. However, if you are someone who regularly uses GPS in practice, it will disappear faster than expected: only about 4-5 days. Anyway, this is a commendable number when other products like the Apple Watch, OPPO Watch or Galaxy Watch Active 2 are difficult to last this far.
As I stated in the post, this Garmin Venu SQ is really not for those who care about fashion. Its rather plastic appearance makes you sometimes think that you are wearing a toy watch rather than something that costs nearly 5 million VND. But in return, if you care about the “wood” inside instead of “paint”, this smartwatch is worth paying attention to.
– Small, compact, and light
– Many sports measurement modes
– GPS measurement accuracy
– Many useful information after training sessions
– Famous brand for health and exercise equipment
– Soft price (compared to other product lines of this company)
– Long-lasting battery
– Low fashion
– The interface is not eye-catching
– The display is not impressive
– Difficult to compete in appearance compared to other products in the same price range.