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Garmin Venu Sq – Music Edition Review

Posted on: 28 Nov, 2020

The new Garmin Venu Sq is no doubt a premium price tag wearable again. This previous version Garmin Venu is launched in year 2019, it is first Garmin smartwatch with OLED-touting watch that meant to appeal to a wider audience. However, at price of RM1799, it hardly getting interested by price-conscious buyers.

To win over wearables market shares, the Garmin Venu Sq takes everything good about the Garmin Venu, and revamp it with circular OLED for a rectangular LCD, removing a few sensors, and cut the price a quarter. Here some details of Garmin Venu Sq features highlight:

Display

The Garmin Venu Sq has a 1.3-inch rectangular LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Garmin Venu has the same Gorilla Glass covering but comes with a sleeker 1.2-inch circular AMOLED display. Despite the technically bigger display on the Venu Sq, it feels notably smaller than the Venu’s display. Menus feel cramped, and I frequently mistap items. The differences of the display screen are significant. Blacks aren’t as deep as they are on the Venu’s AMOLED panel. Viewing angles are good, but the screen looks washed out.

Build quality

It feels like Garmin cut some corners in build quality compared to the Venu. The Sq’s plastic case feels light and almost toy-like. It reminds me of an Amazfit wearable. The strap is fine — not as rubbery as the Venu’s, and the buckle is plastic. The Venu is made of similar materials but feels much more premium.

Music support

The RM999 Garmin Venu Sq does not come with music support. You’ll need to pay an extra $50 for the Venu Sq Music Edition, which comes with enough storage for about 500 songs. It supports Spotify, Amazon Prime Music, Deezer, and local music files. By contrast, all other Garmin Venu models come with music support.

Battery life

The Garmin Venu Sq is advertised to last six days on a single charge in smartwatch mode and 14 hours with the GPS running. That’s a decent increase over the Garmin Venu’s five days in smartwatch mode.

Missing sensors

The Garmin Venu Sq does not have an altimeter for measuring elevation or a gyroscope for angular velocity.

Wi-Fi

The Garmin Venu Sq Music Edition has Wi-Fi support for syncing music files, but the standard Venu Sq does not. You’ll need to rely on a Bluetooth connection for data uploads.

 
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