Kaelyn Chua - May 2021
Garmin Venu vs. Garmin Venu Sq: What's The Difference
The Garmin Venu and the Garmin Venu Sq may differ by only one word, but when it comes to their respective prices, the difference is much more stark. Understandably, many prospective buyers wonder what unique features sets the Garmin Venu apart from the Garmin Venu Sq.
We've broken down the similarities and differences between these two models down below to give you a better idea of which Venu is best suited for you.
Garmin Venu (Left) and Garmin Venu Sq (Right)
The Garmin Venu features a circular 1.2 inch AMOLED display which allows for more rich and vibrant colours as well as power saving gains for darker watch faces. Meanwhile, the Garmin Venu Sq features a lower resolution square 1.3 inch LCD display with less vibrant colours and no power saving gains.
The Garmin Venu Sq also lacks the ambient light sensor present in the Garmin Venu. The ambient light sensor auto adjusts the screen brightness based on the lighting conditions for optimal visibility and power efficiency.
When it comes to style, the Garmin Venu feels more premium with its' stainless steel case compared to the aluminium casing of the Garmin Venu Sq. However, its worth noting that the Venu Sq does have a lighter weight of 37.6g compared to the Venu which weighs in at 46.3g.
Both the Garmin Venu and the Garmin Venu Sq have a 5ATM water resistance rating. This allows both watches to withstand water pressure equivalent to a depth of 50 meters making it suitable for showering, swimming, snorkelling and the occasional wet weather.
Both the Garmin Venu and the Garmin Venu Sq cover all the smartwatch basics. This includes Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity for smart phone pairing as well as heart rate and footstep trackers. Although both the Venu and Venu Sq are display phone notifications for both iOS and Android devices, it's worth noting that only android users can respond to messages through the watch. Contactless payment is also available through Garmin Pay on both the Venu and Venu Sq.
One major difference is that the Garmin Venu offers Wi-Fi connectivity while the Garmin Venu Sq does not. The Venu also has a large internal storage that allows you to store up to 500 songs for offline playback while the standard Venu Sq model completely lacks this feature, only giving you the ability to control music playback on your phone. If you would like the same offline music playback feature on the Garmin Venu, the special music edition is going to cost you extra.
In terms of fitness tracking features, the Garmin Venu and the Garmin Venu Sq are decently similar. Both models have an optical heart rate monitor and a pulse oximeter which measures your blood oxygen saturation. The Venu and the Venu Sq have on-board GPS systems and pedometers but only the Venu can measure the number of floors climbed due to its' barometric altimeter which detects changes in elevation and gyroscope which measures orientation and direction.
Garmin Venu Sq (Left) and Garmin Venu (Right)
For golfers, although both the Garmin Venu and the Garmin Venu Sq offer a selection of golfing tools for avid-golfers, only the Venu is compatible with the Approach system which allows for smart club tracking. For swimmers, both the Venu and the Venu Sq offer stroke detection, a rest timer, time and distance alerts, and underwater heart rate measurement.
So, Which One Is For You?
Well, it depends. The biggest difference between the Garmin Venu and the Garmin Venu Sq is ultimately its' price. Although the Garmin Venu is almost twice the price of the Venu Sq, it does indeed come jam packed with an array of extra features along with its' overall more premium build.
However, if you're on a tight budget the Garmin Venu Sq covers all the bases of what you need in a smart watch, and it does it well. With that said, if you do have the extra cash for the deluxe Garmin Venu experience, we'd encourage you to go for it — it's definitely an investment worth making.
To purchase the Garmin Venu Sq you can visit the link here.
To see the full collection for Garmin Singapore, you can visit the link here or experience it first-hand at our physical store, Synced by District.