Garmin is best known their GPS tracking devices and a growing market for their Fenix and Forerunner wearables but their latest foray in smartwatches dubbed the Garmin Venu is their most refined offering to date.
The Garmin Venu is the brand’s first watch to host a round 1.2-inch full AMOLED touchscreen ensconced in a 43mm sized case. Getting about is via the touchscreen and two buttons at the 2 o’ clock and 4 o’ clock positions.
The underside hosts a heart rate monitor and an integrated GPS which allows you to use it independent of a smartphone instead of the usual proviso of piggybacking on the phone’s GPS for its position tracking. It also has storage for about 500 tunes though you can have your playlist streamed via Spotify Premium.
Running under the hood is Garmin’s own firmware akin to their Fenix and Forerunner watches and as you’d surmise, it’s a dab hand at fitness tracking.
The watch tracks 20 different exercises including the usual like running, swimming, golfing and biking. The Garmin Venu also offers guided workouts via onscreen prompts though you can download more online if what they have on offer isn’t to your taste.
The Garmin Venu also tracks sleep quality and some other new variables including sweat loss estimation and hydration tracking to give you a hint how much you ought to be drinking ahead to compensate for sweat loss. The watch offers about five days of battery life before needing a recharge.
In Malaysia, the Garmin Venu retails for RM1,799 and is available nationwide in your choice of Black with Slate or Light Sand with Rose Gold. For more details swing by www.garmin.com.my