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.
Yes, Apple ‘Watch Series 4’ pioneered ECG/EKG way back in 2018. This is, however, Fitbit’s first foray into this field. That it has got US FDA approval is BIG. Samsung is still struggling to get this approved on their new ‘Watch 3’. That must be galling for them.
The Fitbit ‘Sense’, at $329, is quite the watch. It has built-in GPS & all the latest health tracking features. Most impressive Fitbit ever — & it even has an AMOLED, always-on display with a 6-day battery life. This is quite the watch & it is $100 cheaper than the Samsung ‘Watch 3’. Hopefully I will get one, in October, from ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) to evaluate. I will keep you posted. OK?
New ‘Garmin Fenix 6 Solar’ Side-by-Side With ‘Fenix 6 Pro’, Both Titanium (One Black, Other Silver).
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The Black Titanium Solar
on its own.
Very similar. The BLACK is the SOLAR.
IF you look at image #1 (right at top) you will see a THIN ‘band’ between the glass face and the bezel. That is ONE of the solar collectors. That is SUPPOSED to be a 100% collector — i.e., collects all sunlight that falls on it.
FUNNY thing. In these picture the Silver Pro looks like it is BIGGER. It is not. It is fractionally smaller. In terms of watch diameters they are BOTH the same. The Solar is 0.4mm thicker. I noticed that right away. Display size is ALSO the SAME.
The titanium case WEIGHT is THE SAME, also.
I am ‘returning’ the Titanium band to my friends at ‘HeartRateMonitors USA‘. I hate metal bands on Garmin. Kind of feels stupid (& I wore a Rolex for 26-years).
So, that is the story so far. I will keep you posted.
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The ‘blue/white’ came in the STANDARD,
fairly small & compact
NOT as fancy, by far, as the HUGE
plastic box Garmin uses with the MARQ.
Amusing & cute. Yes, Garmin is, of course, trying to JUSTIFY the $1,099.99 price. Hhmmm. $229 of that is the strap. Heavy unfunctional strap! I am sending the strap back to ‘heartratemonitorsUSA‘. Yes, I evaluate watches for them. SMILE.
Nice enough watch. Far, far superior looking to the butt ugly ‘blue/white’ one. I cannot believe I initially picked it.
Thanks to ‘HRM USA‘ I have been able to enjoy every single Garmin Fenix model since the ‘5’. Yes: Fenix 5, Fenix 5 Plus, Fenix 6, Fenix 6 Pro & now the Solar. SMILE. I am lucky, & I know it. They even got me a Garmin MARQ Explorer — though, to the amazement of both sides, I asked them to exchange it for a Fenix 6 Pro!
I have asked for this new Titanium model. That was the one lasting impression from the MARQ. I am hooked on titanium. It looks different. Not sure about the blue, but it sure will be different too.
Of course I will keep you posted.
Father’s Day Specials.
Quite the deal.
Refurbished from HRM USA is pretty much like NEW.
They take great care with their refurbishing — & their Customer Service is the BEST in the Universe.
Check them out.
When you are ACTION MAN you need multiple Multisport Smartwatches to keep track of YOU, even if one them happens to be as powerful as the Garmin Fenix 6. SMILE.
So, here we GO.
Talk about covering all your bases.
So, here we go. I quite literally just strapped it on. I haven’t done any steps with it. Plus, today is my day off, i.e., no 4.5-mile walk in the morning.
I will start putting the Polar Grit X through its paces starting in the morning. Stay tuned.
I like it. SMILE.
I have raved about the Fitbit ‘Versa 2’ — more than once. Prior to the recent arrival of the Fitbit ‘Charge 4’, it was EASILY the BEST Fitbit ever. Now it has to share that title with the ‘Charge 4’ — but the ‘Charge 4’ is a BAND rather than a smartwatch per se.
So, I could say, Fitbit ‘Versa 2’ — Fitbit’s BEST smartwatch EVER.
$148.95 is quite the price. Good discount. Get one.