Garmin ‘Venu SQ (Music)’: GPS Distance, HR, Pace etc. Very Accurate. Very Slight Overcounting Of Steps.
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One walk last night was just under a mile; this morning’s walk was 5.45 miles.
GPS distance was within 0.03-mile. 5.45 on the Fenix vs 5.48 on the Venu SQ. That is not bad. On the short night walk the Venu was out by just 10-steps! Over the 5.45-miles it overcounted by 320 steps. That, from my experience, is not bad at all, at all.
GPS distance on the Fenix 6 is fairly reliable. I have checked it against multiple other Fenixs, a MARQ, Fitbits, Polars, AMAZFITs not to mention phones & cars. Difficult to ever get two devices to be exactly spot on re. GPS, but my Fenix 6 is within the acceptable band. I test all other watches against it – at least to start with. I am happy with the Venu SQ. I have seen some HOWLERS this year – though not from Garmin. SMILE. So, that is all good & encouraging. 3% overcount is tolerable. I am sure I could optimize it if I messed around with stride length. Started using the Venu SQ as my primary (& thus only) watch as of this afternoon. I have tried some new watch faces & a very FINE all-in-one Data Field for walking. With that one Data Field I get all the data, on one screen, as I was with a customized screen on my Fenix 6. More on that on a later review. For now – thumbs up.
Definitely a good looking, very attractive, CUTE watch. Much smaller & lighter, of course, than my Fenix 6. That has to be a given. Very different watches for two very different audiences. One, the Fenix is a rugged, AWD SUV, the Venu SQ a refined, luxury car.
I haven’t put the Venu through its paces yet. That will start tomorrow. I will first check distance & steps against the Fenix 6. I will keep you posted, of course.
YouTube videos from Garmin.
Well given all the leaks there are NO surprises. Looks a nice watch. I am hoping that my friends at ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) will send me one shortly for evaluation. I will let you know. Check out the videos. They are GOOD.
Would appear they jumped the gun. That they are only offering grey is another clue that they somehow did NOT wait for Garmin’s announcement. Maybe they were confused given that it was supposed to be announced last week.
Garmin’s announcement of the ‘Venu SQ‘ is said to be towards the end of this month, i.e., September 2020.
The ‘Venu SQ’ was SUPPOSED to be announced September 16, 2020, alongside the ‘Forerunner 745’. Well that did NOT happen. Instead Garmin just announced the latest ‘Forerunner’.
The ‘Venu SQ’ is supposedly delayed until month end (if not longer). Not good. Usually Garmin would have gone ahead & announced & then stated a 6-9 week shipment delay.
Maybe they realized that they have to go back to an AMOLED screen! WOW.
What set out the Venu from all other Garmins was the bright, beautiful AMOLED display. And yes, AMOLED is a battery hog & that did not sit well with Garmin. Garmin likes to provide longer battery life at the expense of more striking screens. That is a problem.
But, abandoning AMOLED, in late 2020, on this type of watch is a mistake. With its shape it is going after the Fitbit Versa 2 & Apple. The Versa 2 has a great AMOLED display.
To compound matters there is also the new Samsung Watch 3 — with another v. attractive AMOLED display further augmented with a rotating bezel.
The Venu SQ will face stiff competition from these two. I will keep you posted.
Amazon has just started listing it — offering more or less immediate shipping.
That is good. I refuse to buy items such as this from ‘Best Buy‘.
Search ‘watch 3‘.
The ‘Samsung Watch 3‘ has potential. NO, I haven’t got one yet. SMILE. But, I probably will in a few weeks after I double-, triple-check the reviews.
I will, of course, keep you posted. IF you are interested PLEASE joint the group. It is FREE (for now). SMILE.
This has got totally out of hand.
I think we are heading towards a BIG MELTDOWN ahead of the November 3, 2020, U.S. Presidential Election.
I think these ‘hacker groups’ are a FRONT for STATE-SPONSORED attacks!
This is not good. This is NOT going to end well for US!
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My two Garmin Fenix 6s, both Titanium, one (on right) Solar.
So, I went looking for a replacement cable — knowing that the cheaper ones, though they WORK, do NOT charge as fast as the fat/thick cable from Garmin.
I came across these. They had decent reviews. You couldn’t beat the price! I have seen single non-Garmin cables that were these prices — & that was for one Garmin-like, simple cable.
So, I ordered one of each. That was still CHEAPER than one Garmin cable. So, yes, 4 for less than one from Garmin.
I have had them for a couple of weeks. I have used both types. They are BOTH GOOD. Charging is fast. No issues. Garmin Express sees no difference.
I started off with the puck. I liked it. Watch lay flat on the table.
Then I tried the stand. Seems to take up less room on my already cluttered work table. So, I am using the stand right now.
I have encountered no issues. They work. They sure do. Charging is NOT slow.
I much prefer this to the Garmin cable. That it did not support the watch always bothered I.
Just letting you know. SMILE.