Garmin Venu Review // 7 New Things To Know!


[Into Music] Hey folks, it’s Ray at DCRAINMAKER.com, today I’ve got your seven things to know about the Garmin Venu watch, the one right here.
But before we get into those “seven things to know” we got a couple freebies things
that aren’t counting against those seven things. And the first one is that it’s
basically the exact same as the Garmin Vivoactive 4, which is
right there. And if your familiar with the Vivoactive lineup it’s designed for kind
of like the “fitness outdoor enthusiast”, so it’s not really designed for someone
who’s gonna run like twenty hours and whatnot. But really it’s designed for people
who go out and ride, and run, and enjoy life; hang out on these sorts of trails out
here, but might not be super serious about it. And so within that vein there,
everything you know and love about the Vivoactive series in the past is on
Venu, and everything you know about Venu is on the Vivoactive 4. In fact
here’s a really super secret one that should be one of my (7) items but is not Vivoactive 4 and Venu are identical. Literally identical in every single way,
shape, or form, except for the fact that one has a pretty display and one has a “meh” so-so display. Everything else is exactly the same. But we’ll get into all of that in
just a moment. The second freebie I’m gonna toss out there is the pricing. I’ll put it on the
screen right now. It’s a little bit confusing depending on whether you’re in
the US or Europe. In the US is pretty straightforward and in Europe it’s kind
of a cluster. So with all that said, let’s get right into number one on the list
which is a new AMOLED display. So what does AMOLED mean? It means the display is
really nice, it’s really vibrant, it’s colorful, it’s got deeper blacks, it’s
what you would expect on a high-end SmartWatch. You know, it’s kinda what you
see on things like the Apple watch and plenty of others out there. The downside
of that, and the reason why Garmin and others (mainly Garmin actually), have avoided that
kind of display is the battery life is pretty terrible. In the grand scheme of
things, if you’re lucky is an Apple watch user you might get two days of battery
life, but realistically, it’s probably just one day. But things are a little
different here with the display Garmin has used, we’re kind of seeing this trend as
well with Fitbit in the recent Versa 2… I guess a week or two ago.
Number 1) is: that the display battery life, so for example the battery life of
the unit itself is still five days, but it doesn’t have the display on
always-on mode, but we’ll get to that in just a second. So if we look at the things
that Garmin is using the display for, it’s more about kind of brightening up little
pockets of the watch than anything else. For example the watch face is the most
obvious and brilliant one, it’s the one you saw in the intro there, and all that kind of
stuff. And that’s something that does look a heck a lot better, and looks like
it is on par with an Apple Watch and whatnot. But you’re not going to see the display
really matter too much in a lot of other areas.
So for example a normal workout mode you don’t notice it. Things are just looking
blacker and whatnot, but otherwise it’s basically the same. Where as you go into
something like music, and you notice that the album covers are a little bit more vibrant,
a little more colorful. If you got to pay for something you notice that your
credit card looks a little nicer. But again by, and large things are the same.
The other area you’ll see it in as well as animations that we’ll talk about in
just a moment. Now when I first heard about Venu and the display, I was really
concerned that Garmin was going to go too far from the roots. In other words, that
the battery that would be horrible and they would sacrifice all of this just for a
pretty watch. But I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised and using this last
couple weeks, and that the battery life I am getting is acceptable to me. It’s
not too bad, and they’re using it in reasonable ways. That said my only
criticism would be, they’re not actually using it enough. So for example at the end of
an activity you got this like summary screen, that has just pure text. It’s like
the lamest summery screen Garmin’s ever had on their watches. That’s a great area to
show the map, to show it a breadcrumb trail, to show something that makes you
think that the display is a lot nicer, and realize it displays a lot nicer. Still
you get that it’s basically a complete battery trade-off there, the more they do
that the less your battery life will last. Number 2 in the list of things to
know about the new Venu watch is that it actually does have an always-on display
mode. So despite the fact that other companies like Apple and Samsung, their
display turns off the second you’re not looking at it. So, if I’m looking at it like this
you’ll see a display, like this turns off to save battery. Garmin has an always on
display mode. Now, it’s not the default, so the default again is that five days of
battery life where it turns it off every single time you put your wrist down or
whatever. But, they have an always on display mode you can enable in the
settings. And that goes into a low-power basically battery watch face that you
have that’s always on- as the name implies there. And that’s the way I’ve
been using it the last couple weeks, and for me I’m getting roughly between two and
three days of battery life, depending on whether GPS activities and whatnot you
do there. That’s sort of the main driver. But I’m actually pretty satisfied with
that for the most part, it’s working for me. I don’t have to like constantly
charge every single night, so it’s not too shabby there. The other thing to keep in mind, in that low-power battery display mode, is that it actually turns off the display at
night as well. So when you hit your basically defined sleep do not disturb
time, the display turns off. You can still turn it on though of course, if you need to
see the time in the middle of the night- like by pressing a button or whatnot. But it
saves the extra battery by turning that off while you’re sleeping. Okay, now
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video quite a bit, and the channel. So with that, on to number 3,
which is new animations. So these new animations are used in four key sport
modes: strength, Pilates, cardio, and yoga. Within those modes you’ll get to
see little figurines, as you see on the screen right now, that goes ahead and it
shows you the exact move you’re supposed to do. This is something that
certainly isn’t new to smartwatches, other companies like Fitbit have been
doing it for years, as have been many other sport companies, Polar or more
recently as well, with some of their watches. And so Garmin is essentially adapting to that and they’ve put in-box within the Venu, and the
Vivoactive 4, some 40-plus workouts to take advantage of these animations. And
so as you go into a workout you’ll go ahead and see the steps you’re supposed to do. Before the work that you hit each step you can look at a little animation see
what it’s going to do, and as you execute the workout itself, it’ll go ahead and
actually show you the exact animation. And then for timed workouts, things like
yoga or whatever where you have a timed pose, you can go ahead and you’ll see a
countdown clock on the outside of that workout.
Now what gets even more interesting is that actually you can build your own
custom workouts on the Garmin Connect, or on Garmin Connect-Mobile. So you can use this vast library of different animations, and go ahead and build this
whole custom workout, save it to your watch, send it to your watch, and then execute
that whenever you want. Next in the list is number 4, which is
a new “breathwork”. Now breathing exercises and whatnot, are pretty common on most smartwatches, but this is an entirely different level of stuff. This is not
just simply sitting on your couch taking deep breaths in, exhaling, and doing it a
bunch of times. This is like structured workouts for breathing. So if you go into
the breathwork area, which is actually a sport profile. So it’s not like just a
normal thing that’s shoved away in the widgets anywhere. This is a legit sport
profile, you go into that you’ll see a couple of options, there you can choose
one of those particular breathing exercise routines, and you can see even
the steps there. And the steps are crazy long, they are crazy complex, they’ve got many, many steps. Some of them are like repeat 37 times, and then they’ll walk you through
those particular breathwork exercises, one after another to get to the end of
that to workout. What’s also interesting about this of course, is that it’s
actually monitoring your breathing rate, or your respiration rate, which gets into
the next one on the list (Number 5). Which is the new respiration rate tracking. So this
tracking respiration rate is in kind of two core areas: 1) is in “24 by 7 mode” which
means that as you’re sitting at your desk, or sleeping, or whatever the case may be,
and then 2) is in some of the sport profiles like yoga, Pilates, breathwork
where it’s going to show you that respiration rate right
on the screen as a data field; just like you would get pace while running
outdoors, or distance, or whatnot. So you can see that directly right there.
You can also see for example stress, as well, in that breathwork mode and some
of the other modes too. so I know the Next we’ve got number 6 on the list
which is hydration tracking and sweat loss estimation. So now, this is not like
hydration tracking like we saw on some failed Kickstarter projects where it
actually tries to figure out exactly what you’re drinking, and your hydration
levels, and whatnot, this is a very manual thing. You’ve got a widget that you go
ahead and it’s on your watch, and every time you take a sip of some liquid, or not a
sip, but like to take the entire container of liquid, you can go ahead and
you can tap and add that into your watch. And the goal behind this is that in a
lot of weight loss programs the more you drink water wise (not beer, and soda, and
stuff like) that you’re gonna lose weight. And so it’s, it’s all tied. There’s a lot
of science behind it, you don’t need to watch this video see that, but the core gist of it is: the more water you drink that helps with weight loss. And so this
is kind of driven towards that a bit, to where you can set up three container
sizes, so you can define like what your particular water bottle size is, or whatever
it is that you’re drinking out of, and you can just simply tap those at the bottom
at any point in time to add that amount of liquid into your daily tracker. Or you
can do it on a smaller level, like on just a per cup basis. You can make it
based on either metric or imperial measurements, so ounces or milliliters,
it’s all pretty customizable, and then that syncs with Garmin Connect mobile
where you can also do things there as well, and just have it all magically
merge together. Now while I bundled sweat loss into this particular item here, it
frankly has nothing to do with it. The way it works on the Vivoactive 4, and
the Venu watch is that when you’ve completed a workout, so after the workout
is done, you’ve uploaded to Garmin Connect Mobile, which happens automatically,
at the very bottom of the right-hand side you will see where it shows the
estimated sweat loss and milliliters for that workout. And it’s using things like
temperature, and humidity, and your body weight, and all this black magic
essentially, to figure out your estimated sweat loss.
Now I haven’t like dug into that super deep to see if that’s even in the realm
of a viable, like I haven’t done the whole step on a scale before hand and
see what it’s afterwards. This something I might do for my full in-depth review, if I
can get the weather warm enough. Right now at the end of summer, I’m not getting
some super hot days to really pump up that sweat loss, and see if I can measure
that more easily. Now last but not least on the list here is number 7, which is
sort of like this catch-all bucket of things that are new on the Venu, as well
as on the Vivoactive 4. And I’m just going to kind of run through these
really quickly here, and just again, it’s a catch all bucket. Number one is that’s got the new Sony GPS chipset. So the same GPS chipset that’s been on all of Garmin’s devices over the past- this year, 2019. And it’s,
you know, it’s working alright for me. Not great. Check out my full post down in the thingy down there to basically see some accuracy examples. It’s definitely not
what it used to be in the past, but it’s improving and so that’s a good
start. Number two they’ve added pulse ox or pulse oximetry, so it’s
measuring your blood oxygen levels. Now the main difference between this and
something like the Phoenix series is the fact that in this, it’s not added the
altitude acclamation bits on there. So you’re measuring just mainly at night
and whatnot, throughout the day, but that is there now. And then number three is
that music is across the board on both the Venu and the Vivoactive 4, so in
the past you had a separate Vivoactive 3 Music Edition, versus now, it’s just, it’s a baseline. It’s there for everything. That includes Spotify, Amazon
music, Deezer, iHeartRadio, that airplane spinning up over there, it’s
all right there. Okay, there you go, “Seven Things to Know about the new Venu watch”. Again check my full post down in the link there for plenty more details, and at
some point down the road here, my full in-depth review. Again, I have been using this watch for a few weeks now, but the software’s not quite final yet. Which by
the way, this video is not sponsored in any way, shape, or form, it’s just me
talking about things. And as you have seen by this point, I’m gonna tell you the
good, the bad, and ugly about the watch itself. Again if you found this
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goodness on the way, have a good one.

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