Yes, ALL thanks to my friends at ‘HRM USA‘. SMILE.
The Garmin Venu 2 was new as of yesterday.
Got the Garmin ENDURO 41-days ago.
Have had the Fenix 6 Pro (Titanium) since November 2019! The LONGEST I have ever had Garmin for. It is my backup watch.
This is my total Garmin collection at present. Since 2017 I have owned/tried 14 Garmin smartwatches.
Don’t have space more anymore right now.
Not sure what I will do when the Fenix 7 is introduced — as it surely will be.
So far, I am in awe of the Venu 2, but not sure whether I will keep it.
I Now Get To Check Out The Brand New ‘Garmin’, Bright AMOLED-Display ‘Venu 2’, Thanks To ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ (HRM USA).
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I am yet again thrilled & GRATEFUL to ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) for giving me the chance to try out the latest & greatest ‘Garmin‘, the new ‘Venu 2’ with an absolutely gorgeous, very bright (even at the lowest brightness level) AMOLED-display. I haven’t really had a chance to put it through its paces or check its accuracy, but it sure looks & feels spectacular. Nice, ultra-modern feel to it.
I think I am going to like it. Markedly different to the original ‘Venu’ & unlike the ‘Venu SQ’ this one does have a barometric altimeter so that it can count ‘floors climbed’.
I will start testing it in earnest as of tomorrow. I will, of course, keep you posted. That is what I do. SMILE.
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I Get To Check Out The New ‘Garmin’, Ultra-Long Battery Life, ‘Enduro’, Thanks To ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ (HRM USA).
Side-by-side with my ‘Garmin’ ‘Fenix 6 Pro Solar‘.
It is an impressive watch, out-of-the-box — as you would expect from a $899, Titanium-bezel smartwatch. It is also BIG as you will be able to tell from the pictures. It is the same size as a Garmin Fenix 6X or 5X. I have never owned (or even tried out) a Fenix ‘X’. As you can see I have dainty wrists. But, I kind of LIKE the Enduro. It sure has presence.
Right now (i.e., today) — & for the next couple of days — I will be putting the Enduro through its paces SIDE-by-SIDE with my trusted Fenix 6 Pro Solar. I like to check & calibrate steps, heart rate, floors climbed etc. (Actually that is part of my self-created ‘brief’. I like to report back to HRM USA on smartwatch accuracy. They find the data useful to have.)
So far, so good.
Setting it up was a BREEZE. Garmin is getting slicker & slicker. Very smooth. Paired with my Android Google Pixel 5 in ‘seconds’. Good. Impressive. I am pleased.
I will, of course, keep you posted. That is what I do. SMILE.
‘HRM USA‘, the only place from which I get all my smartwatches, is noted for its everyday competitive prices, remarkable product return policies & exemplary customer service. Yes, I am a huge fan. SMILE.
They are also known for their generous holiday sales. This year, cognizant of the toll that COVID has taken on so many, they are trying even HARDER.
Check it out. You will not be dissapointed.
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The SENSE recorded 11,001 steps, the Fenix 6 10,955 (once corrected for 330+ steps already recorded), i.e., 46-step difference over 11K.
The Fenix 6 tends to be fairly accurate. So, if the SENSE is that close — we are GOOD. I am impressed. You probably can’t get better than that.
HR was pretty much the same. Again, I was impressed. Ditto floors climbed & we are talking 600 feet of elevation change. Fitbit & Garmin registered the same. WOW. GPS was also very close. I have tested dozens of smartwatches over the last 3-years. This was as accurate as I have seen it. In terms of accuracy we are GOOD. Attractive too. Nice bright display. For the price, we have a winner.
Side-by-Side with Fitbit ‘Versa 2‘.
She has been wearing a Fitbit ‘Versa 2‘ for over a year & loves it. It was kind of hard to get her to part with it so as to try the Inspire.
At first sight, as you can see from the two pictures above, they look very similar. But, I think the Inspire is fractionally smaller & appears to have a fancier, slightly domed screen.
The Inspire, like the Versa 2, has an awesome, eye-pleasing display.
The ECG functionality is built-in, straight out of the box & easy enough to use. You can see the results above.
Very impressed so far. I will keep you posted. I will take it walking with me later this week to check out the step count & GPS.
The Garmin Forerunner 235 (GPS) is a nice, capable, competent watch. I have had it. It is kind of cute. Very light.
This is a GREAT deal. Honest. Check it out.
Yes, HRM USA is reacting & responding to Amazon’s “Prime Day” — which in reality, especially this year, is like a ‘Prime Month’. SMILE. As an Amazon shareholder (of longstanding) I am, however, not complaining. SMILE. HRM USA does sell on (& via) Amazon.
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The Garmin ‘Venu SQ‘ has a relatively small — but very bright & attractive — screen (albeit, alas, not AMOLED).
I found that these two screens worked really well for I.
The all-in-one data field gave me as much data as I got from my Fenix 6 where I use 6-fields. The Venu SQ doesn’t support that many data fields BUT this data field allows you to bypass that.
Check them out on Garmin ‘Connect IQ’.
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.