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Garmin Venu SQ vs Venu vs Vivoactive 4 [Our Review and Comparison]

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Garmin makes some of the best smartwatches on the market, the company has been at the forefront of making some of the best fitness-focused GPS smartwatches on the market. The Venu and Vivoactive 4 were released in 2019, these series were followed by the release of Venu Sq which is a cheaper and lower-end version of Venu. The main difference between Venu Sq and Venu is that the latter has a more durable design, features a floor counting, onscreen animated workout modes, and has a more colorful AMOLED display. The difference between Venu and Vivoactive 4 is that the latter has a transflective MIP and longer battery life. Beyond these differences, all three smartwatches are well equipped to track your daily activities like steps, calories, heart rate, sleep, and more. Each of these three also helps you manage notifications received on your phone with a quick reply option, features music storage, and has a long battery that lets you go multiple days from a single charge. This comparison review compares the differences that separate Garmin Venu Sq vs Venu vs Vivoactive 4 to find out which is the best.

Garmin Venu SQ vs Venu vs Vivoactive 4 Full Specifications

 
 
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Garmin Venu Sq music full specifications and features

Garmin Venu Sq Specifications, Features and Price

Garmin Venu Specifications, Features and Price

Garmin Vivoactive 4 Specifications, Features and Price

Price $149.99 $144.95 $199.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Garmin Venu Sq Garmin Venu Garmin Vivoactive 4
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex, Women Unisex, Women Unisex
Predecessor Garmin Vivoactive 3 Garmin Vivoactive 3 Garmin Vivoactive 3
Successor
Models Captain Marvel, First Avengers, Vivoactive 4, Vivoactive 4S
Date released September, 2020 September, 2019 September, 2019
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.3 inches 1.2 inches 1.3 inches
Display type LCD AMOLED LCD, Memory-in-pixel (MIP), transflective
Resolution 240 x 240 px 390 x 390 px 260 x 260 px
Pixel density
Customizable watchface Yes Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
Always-On Yes Yes Yes
BODY BODY BODY BODY
Shape Circular Circular Circular
Case material Fiber-reinforced polymer Fiber-reinforced polymer Fiber-reinforced polymer
Strap material Silicone Silicone Silicone
Bezel material Aluminum Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap size 20 mm 20 mm 22 mm
Color Black, Navy blue, Rose-gold, White Black, Gold, Rose-gold Black, Silver
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Dimension 40.6 x 37.0 x 11.5 mm 43.2 x 43.2 x 12.4 mm 45.1 x 45.1 x 12.8 mm
Weight 37.6g 46.3 grams 50.5 grams
Waterproof rating Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Durability test
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth calling No No No
Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth v4.0 ANT+, Bluetooth v4.0 ANT+, Bluetooth v4.0
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
NFC Yes Yes Yes
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM
ROM 4GB 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Network technology None None None
SIM type None None None
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes Yes
Reply messages - - -
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone No No No
Loudspeaker No No No
Bluetooth music Yes Yes Yes
Camera No No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
GPS Galileo, GLONASS, GPS Galileo, GLONASS, GPS Galileo, GLONASS, GPS
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope No Yes Yes
Pulse Ox. Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter No Yes Yes
Barometer No Yes Yes
Compass Yes Yes Yes
ECG No No No
Thermometer Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes Yes
HEALTH & FITNESS TRACKING HEALTH & FITNESS TRACKING HEALTH & FITNESS TRACKING HEALTH & FITNESS TRACKING
Steps Yes Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes Yes
Floors climbed No Yes Yes
Blood oxygen Yes Yes Yes
Blood Pressure No No No
Stress Yes Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No No
Fall detection Yes Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes Yes
Onscreen workout No Yes Yes
Preloaded sport modes 20 20 20
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer non-removable Lithium-polymer non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity
Battery life GPS with music: up to 6hrs, Regular: 6 days GPS with music: up to 6hrs, Smartwatch mode: up to 5 days GPS with music: up to 6hrs, Smartwatch mode: up to 8 days
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock Charging dock
Charging duration 1-2 hours 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Operating system Proprietary OS Proprietary OS Proprietary OS
Chipset
CPU
GPU
MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS
Companion app Garmin Connect Garmin Connect Garmin Connect
Compatibility Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+ Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+ Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+
Payment system Garmin Pay Garmin Pay Garmin Pay
Customizable strap 20mm, Yes 20mm, Yes 22 mm, Yes
Voice Assistant No No No
Find my phone Yes Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Garmin Venu Sq, Manual, Straps Charger, Garmin Venu, Manual, Straps Charger, Garmin Vivoactive 4, Manual, Straps
Price $149.99 $144.95 $199.99

Garmin Venu Sq

Garmin Venu Sq vs Venu vs Vivoactive Activity Tracking Features

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SMART FEATURES

Connect IQ (Downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps)YesYesYes
On-device Connect IQ storeNoNoNo
Text response/reject phone calls with text (Android only)YesYesYes
CalendarYesYesYes
WeatherYesYesYes
Real-time settings sync with Garmin Connect™ mobileNoNoNo
Battery saver - customizable low power watchNoNoNo
Controls smartphone musicYesYesYes
Plays and Control Watch MusicYes
Find my phoneYesYesYes
Find my watchYesYesYes
Virb remoteYesYesYes

HEALTH MONITORING FEATURES

Wrist-based Heart Rate trackingYesYesYes
Daily resting heart rateYesYesYes
Abnormal heart rate alertYesYes (high)Yes (high)
Respiration Rate (24/7)YesYesYes
Fitness AgeYes
Blood oxygen (SpO2) monitoringYes (spot-check, and optionally all-day and in sleep)NoNo
Battery energy monitorYesNoNo
Stress trackingYesYesYes
Relaxation remindersYesYesYes
Relaxation breathing timerYesYesYes
Sleep monitoringYesYesYes
Advanced sleep tracking/Sleep ScoreYes____
Menstrual cycle trackingYes (in Garmin Connect and optional Connect IQ widget)Yes (in Garmin Connect)Yes (in Garmin Connect)
Hydration trackingYes (in Garmin Connect and optional Connect IQ widget)Yes (in Garmin Connect)Yes (in Garmin Connect)
Health SnapshotNo

SAFETY AND TRACKING FEATURES

LivetrackYesYesYes
Group LivetrackYesNoNo
Live event sharingYes (Android Only)NoNo
Incident detection during select activitiesYesNoNo
AssistanceYesNoNo
Spectator Messaging (New)No
Assistance Plus (New)No

TACTICAL FEATURES

Stealth modeNoNoNo
Night vision modeNoNoNo
Dual Grid CoordinatesYesNoNo
Kill switchNoNoNo

ACTIVITY TRACKING FEATURES

Steps CounterYesYesYes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)YesYesYes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)YesYesYes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep)YesYesYes
Calories burnedYesYesYes
Floors climbedYesYesYes
Distance travelledYesYesYes
Intensity minutesYesYesYes
TrueupYesYesYes
Move IQ

YesYesYes

GYM & FITNESS EQUIPMENT

Available gym activity profilesstrength, cardio, elliptical training, stair stepping, floor climbing, indoor rowing, pilates and yogaStrength, cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, floor climbing, indoor rowing and yogaStrength, cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, floor climbing, indoor rowing and yoga
Cardio workoutsYesYesYes
Strength workoutsYesYesYes
HIIT workoutsNo
Yoga workoutsYesNoNo
Pilates workoutsYesNoNo
On-screen workout animationsYesNoNo
Automatic rep countingYesYesYes
On-screen workout muscle mapsNo

TRAINING, PLANNING & ANALYSIS FEATURES

GPS speed and distanceYesYesYes
Customizable data pagesYesYesYes
Customizable activity profilesYesYesYes
Auto PauseYesYesYes
Interval trainingYesNoNo
Improved interval (Includes open repeats, intervals data page, rest screen and auto detection) (New)No
Advanced workoutsYesYesYes
Downloadable training plansYesYesYes
Power modes - customizable in-activity battery settingsNoNoNo
Auto lapYesYesYes
Manual lapYesYesYes
Rest timer (New)No
Configurable lap alertsYesNoNo
Heat and altitude acclimationYesNoNo
VO2 Max. (Run)YesYesYes
VO2 Max. (Trail run)NoNoNo
Real-Time staminaNo
Training status (lets you see if you're training effectively by tracking your training history and fitness level trend.)YesNoNo
Training load (your total training load for the last 7 days calculated from estimated epoc)YesNoNo
Training load focusYesNoNo
Training effect (aerobic)YesNoNo
Training effect (anaerobic)YesNoNo
Primary Benefit (training effect labels)YesNoNo
Improved Recovery Time (New)Yes
Daily Suggested Workouts (New)Yes
Custom alertsYesNoNo
Audio promptsYesNoNo
Finish timeYesNoNo
Virtual partnerYesNoNo
Race an activityYesNoNo
Auto multisport activitiesYesNoNo
Manual multisport activitiesYesNoNo
Course guidanceYesNoNo
Garmin Live SegmentsYesNoNo
Strava Live SegmentsYesNoNo
Round-Trip course creator (running/cycling)YesNoNo
Trendline Popularity Routingyes (available as a wearable map theme)NoNo
Touch and/or button lockYesYesYes
Hot keysYesNoNo
Auto scrollYesYesYes
Activity history on watchYesYesYes
Physio TrueupYesYesYes

HEART RATE TRACKING FEATURES

HR zonesYesYesYes
HR alertsYesYesYes
HR caloriesYesYesYes
% HR max.YesYesYes
% HRRYesNoNo
Recovery timeYesNoNo
Auto max HRYesNoNo
Morning report (New)No
Race glance/widget (New)No
HRV status (New)No
Training readiness (New)No
HRV stress test (measures your heart rate variability while standing still, for 3 minutes, to provide you with an estimated stress level; the scale of this is 1 to 100; low scores indicate lower stress levels)yes (with compatible accessory)NoNo
HR broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+ to paired devices)YesYesYes
Respiration rate (during exercise)yes (with compatible accessory)NoNo

RUNNING FEATURES

Available run profilesRunning, treadmill running, indoor track running, trail running, virtual running and outdoor track runningRunning, indoor track running, treadmill runningRunning, indoor track running, treadmill running
GPS-based distance, time and paceYesYesYes
Running dynamicsYes (with compatible accessory)NoNo
Vertical oscillation and ratio (the degree of 'bounce' in your running motion and the cost-benefit ratio with stride length)Yes (with compatible accessory)NoNo
Ground contact time and balance (shows how much time, in the running motion, your foot is on the ground rather than in flight and lets you check your running symmetry)Yes (with compatible accessory)NoNo
Stride length (real time)Yes (with compatible accessory)NoNo
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute)YesYesYes
Running power (New)No
Performance condition (after running 20 minutes, compares your real-time condition to your average fitness level)YesNoNo
Lactate threshold (through analysis of your pace and heart rate, estimates the point where your muscles start to rapidly fatigue)Yes (with compatible accessory)NoNo
PacePro pacing strategiesYesNoNo
Run workoutsYesYesYes
Race predictorYesNoNo
Course and weather-specific race predictor (New)No
Foot Pod CapableYesYesYes
Run/Walk/Stand detection__

GOLF FEATURES

Preloaded with 42,000 courses worldwideYesNoNo
Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green)YesYesYes
Yardage to layups/doglegsYesYesYes
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Digital ScorecardYesYesYes
Custom targetsNoNoNo
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit)YesYesYes
Garmin AutoshotYesYesYes
Full vector mapNoNoNo
Auto Courseview updatesYesNoNo
Green view with manual pin positionYesYesYes
Hazards and course targetsYesYesYes
PinpointerNoYesYes
Playslike distanceNoNoNo
Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point) (New)No
Handicap scoringNoNoNo
Truswing compatibleYesNoNo
Round timer/odometerYesYesYes
Automatic club tracking compatible (requires accessory)NoNoNo
Tournament LegalNo

OUTDOOR RECREATION

Available outdoor recreation profilesHiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing and kayakingSkiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowingSkiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing
Point-to-Point navigationYesNoNo
Bread crumb trail in real timeYesNoNo
Back to startYesYesYes
TracbacKYesNoNo
Ultratrac ModeYesNoNo
Around me modeYesNoNo
Up aheadNo
Elevation profileYesNoNo
Distance to destinationYesNoNo
Barometric trend indicator with storm alertYesNoNo
ClimbPro ascent plannerYesNoNo
Trail run auto climbYesNoNo
Vertical speedYesNoNo
Total ascent/descentYesYesYes
Future elevation plotYesNoNo
Preloaded Topographical mapsYesNoNo
Preloaded road and trail maps (New)Yes
Preloaded Ski resort mapsNoNoNo
Downloadable cartography supportYesNoNo
Compatible with Basecamp__NoNo
GPS coordinatesYesNoNo
Sight 'N GONoNoNo
Area calculationYes (via Connect IQ)NoNo
Hunt/fish calendarYes (via Connect IQ)NoNo
Projected waypointYesNoNo
Sun and moon informationYes (via Connect IQ)NoNo
Xero locationsYesNoNo
Expedition GPS activityNoNoNo
TidesNoNoNo

CYCLING FEATURES

Available cycling profilesBiking, indoor biking and mountain trail bikingBiking, indoor bikingBiking, indoor biking
Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories)YesYesYes
CoursesYesNoNo
MTB Grit & FlowYesNoNo
Cycle map (routable cycling-specific street map)YesNoNo
Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor)YesNoNo
Race an activityYesNoNo
FTP (Functional Threshold Power)yes (with compatible accessory)NoNo
Compatible with Vector (Power Meter)YesNoNo
Power Meter compatibleYesNoNo
Advanced cycling dynamicsYes
Compatible with Varia Vision (head-mounted display)YesNoNo
Compatible with Varia Radar (Rear-Facing Radar)YesYesYes
Compatible with Varia LightsYesYesYes
Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor)YesYesYes

SWIMMING FEATURES

Available swim profilesPool swimming, open water swimming, swimming/runningPool swimmingPool swimming
Open-water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)YesNoNo
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)YesYesYes
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (pool swim only)YesYesYes
Drill logging (pool swim only)YesNoNo
Basic rest timer (up from 0) (pool swim only)YesYesYes
"Repeat on" rest timer (pool swim only) (New)Yes
Auto rest (pool swim only) (New)Yes
Time and distance alertsYesYesYes
Pacing alerts (pool swim only) (New)Yes
Countdown start (pool swim only)YesNoNo
Pool swim workoutsYesNoNo
Critical swim speed (New)Yes
Underwater wrist-based heart rateYesNoNo
Heart rate from external HRM (real-time during rests, interval and session stats during rests, and automatic heart rate download post-swim)Yes (with HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim)NoNo

Garmin Vivoactive 4

The Main Differences

  1. All three smartwatches are fantastic choices, each of these three has a fine design that is both durable and elegant. Although, the Vivoactive 4 and Venu which both have a circular face that leaves these two with a classic watch appearance are more durable than Venu Sq. These two have a stainless steel bezel compared to the anodized aluminum bezel of Venu Sq.
  2. Furthermore, both Venu and Vivoactve 4 can count floors climbed which aren’t available on Venu Sq, and it lacks the preset animated workout modes present on both Venu and Vivoactive 4. This is an interesting feature that can save you money on subscriptions for workout programs.
  3. The battery life of all three smartwatches also varies, but you can get multiple days of battery life from each of these two. However, Vivoactive 4 has the longest battery life that can keep you going for about a week compared to about 5 days with Venu and Venu Sq.

Verdict

The bottom line, all three smartwatches are fantastic choices. Although, Venu and Vivoactive 4 have more to offer, and these two also look more attractive with a more sophisticated design than Venu Sq. Meanwhile, the Venu Sq is a cheaper option if you’re low on budget.

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