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 $249.99 $239.99 $219.00
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
Models Captain Marvel, First Avengers, Vivoactive 4, Vivoactive 4S
Date released September, 2020 September, 2019 September, 2019
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
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
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 card slot No No No
Network technology None None None
SIM type None None None
SMS alert Yes Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes Yes
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone No No No
Loudspeaker No No No
Bluetooth music Yes Yes Yes
Camera No No No
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
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 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
Operating system Proprietary OS Proprietary OS Proprietary OS
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 $249.99 $239.99 $219.00

Garmin Venu Sq

Garmin Venu Sq vs Venu vs Vivoactive Activity Tracking Features

Activity Tracking FeaturesGarmin Venu SqGarmin VenuGarmin Vivoactive 4
Smart Features
Connect IQ (Downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps)YesYesYes
Text response/reject phone calls with text (Android only)YesYesYes
Battery saver - customizable low power watchNoNoNo
Controls smartphone musicYesYesYes
Find my phoneYesYesYes
Find my watchYesYesYes
Virb remoteYesYesYes
Safety and Tracking Features
Group LivetrackNoNoNo
Live event sharingNoNoNo
Incident detection during select activitiesYesYesYes
Tactical Features
Stealth modeNoNoNo
Night vision modeNoNoNo
Dual Grid CoordinatesNoNoNo
Kill switchNoNoNo
Activity Tracking Features
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 climbedNoYesYes
Distance travelledYesYesYes
Intensity minutesYesYesYes
Move IQ™

Fitness ageyes (in app)yes (in app)yes (in app)
Body battery™ energy monitorYesYesYes
All-day stress trackingYesYesYes
Gym & Fitness Equipment
Available gym activity profilesstrength, cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, floor climbing, indoor rowing, pilates and yogastrength, cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, floor climbing, indoor rowing, pilates and yogastrength, cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, floor climbing, indoor rowing, pilates and yoga
Cardio workoutsYesYesYes
Strength workoutsYesYesYes
Yoga workoutsYesYesYes
Pilates workoutsYesYesYes
On-screen workout animationsNoYesYes
Automatic rep countingYesYesYes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
GPS speed and distanceYesYesYes
Customizable data pagesYesYesYes
Customizable activity profilesYesYesYes
Auto Pause®YesYesYes
Interval trainingNoNoNo
Advanced workoutsYesYesYes
Downloadable training plansYesYesYes
Power modes - customizable in-activity battery settingsYesYesYes
Auto lapYesYesYes
Manual lapYesYesYes
Configurable lap alertsNoNoNo
Heat and altitude acclimationNoNoNo
VO2 Max.YesYesYes
Training status (lets you see if you’re training effectively by tracking your training history and fitness level trend.)NoNoNo
Training load (your total training load for the last 7 days calculated from estimated epoc)NoNoNo
Training load focusNoNoNo
Training effect (aerobic)NoNoNo
Training effect (anaerobic)NoNoNo
Primary Benefit (training effect labels)NoNoNo
Custom alertsNoNoNo
Audio promptsNoNoNo
Finish timeNoNoNo
Virtual partnerNoNoNo
Race an activityNoNoNo
Auto multisport activitiesNoNoNo
Manual multisport activitiesNoNoNo
Course guidanceNoNoNo
Garmin Live SegmentsNoNoNo
Strava Live SegmentsNoNoNo
Round-Trip course creator (running/cycling)NoNoNo
Trendline™ Popularity RoutingNoNoNo
Touch and/or button lockYesYesYes
Hot keysYesYesYes
Auto scrollYesYesYes
Activity history on watchYesYesYes
Physio TrueupYesYesYes
Heart Rate Features
HR zonesYesYesYes
HR alertsYesYesYes
HR caloriesYesYesYes
% HR max.YesYesYes
Recovery timeNoNoNo
Auto max HRNoNoNo
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)NoNoNo
HR broadcast (broadcasts hr data over ant+™ to paired devices)YesYesYes
Respiration rate (during exercise)Yoga and breathwork onlyYoga and breathwork onlyYoga and breathwork only
Respiration rate (all-day and in sleep)YesYesYes
Running Features
Available run profilesRunning, indoor track running, treadmill runningRunning, indoor track running, treadmill runningRunning, indoor track running, treadmill running
GPS-based distance, time and paceYesYesYes
Running dynamicsNoNoNo
Vertical oscillation and ratio (the degree of 'bounce' in your running motion and the cost-benefit ratio with stride length)NoNoNo
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)NoNoNo
Stride length (real time)NoNoNo
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute)YesYesYes
Performance condition (after running 6–20 minutes, compares your real-time condition to your average fitness level)NoNoNo
Lactate threshold (through analysis of your pace and heart rate, estimates the point where your muscles start to rapidly fatigue)NoNoNo
PacePro™ pacing strategiesNoNoNo
Run workoutsYesYesYes
Race predictorNoNoNo
Foot Pod CapableYesYesYes
Golf Features
Preloaded with 41,000 courses worldwideNoNoNo
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 Autoshot™YesYesYes
Full vector mapNoNoNo
Auto Courseview updatesNoNoNo
Green view with manual pin positionYesYesYes
Hazards and course targetsYesYesYes
Playslike distanceNoNoNo
Handicap scoringNoNoNo
Truswing™ compatibleNoNoNo
Round timer/odometerYesYesYes
Automatic club tracking compatible (requires accessory)YesYesYes
Outdoor Recreation
Available outdoor recreation profilesSkiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowingSkiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowingSkiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing
Point-to-Point navigationYesYesYes
Bread crumb trail in real timeNoNoNo
Back to startYesYesYes
Ultratrac ModeNoNoNo
Around me modeNoNoNo
Elevation profileNoNoNo
Distance to destinationNoNoNo
Barometric trend indicator with storm alertNoNoNo
ClimbPro™ ascent plannerNoNoNo
Trail run auto climbNoNoNo
Vertical speedNoNoNo
Total ascent/descentNoYesYes
Future elevation plotNoNoNo
Preloaded Topographical mapsNoNoNo
Preloaded Ski resort mapsNoNoNo
Downloadable cartography supportNoNoNo
Compatible with Basecamp™NoNoNo
GPS coordinatesNoNoNo
Sight 'N GONoNoNo
Area calculationNoNoNo
Hunt/fish calendarNoNoNo
Projected waypointNoNoNo
Sun and moon informationNoNoNo
Xero™ locationsNoNoNo
Expedition GPS activityNoNoNo
Cycling Features
Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories)YesYesYes
Cycle map (routable cycling-specific street map)NoNoNo
Available cycling profilesBiking, indoor bikingBiking, indoor bikingBiking, indoor biking
Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor)NoNoNo
Race an activityNoNoNo
FTP (Functional Threshold Power)NoNoNo
Compatible with Vector™ (Power Meter)NoNoNo
Power Meter compatibleNoNoNo
Compatible with Varia Vision™ (head-mounted display)NoNoNo
Compatible with Varia™ Radar (Rear-Facing Radar)YesYesYes
Compatible with Varia™ LightsYesYesYes
Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor)Yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)Yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)Yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)
Swimming Features
Available swim profilesPool swimmingPool swimmingPool swimming
Open-water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)NoNoNo
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)NoNoNo
Basic rest timer (up from 0) (pool swim only)YesYesYes
Countdown start (pool swim only)NoNoNo
Pool swim workoutsNoNoNo
Time and distance alertsYesYesYes
Underwater wrist-based heart rateYesYesYes
Heart rate from external HRM (real-time during rests, interval and session stats during rests, and automatic heart rate download post-swim)NoNoNo

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.


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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