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Garmin Venu Blue Silicone Strap Smartwatch - £255 delivered @ H Samuel
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Garmin Venu Blue Silicone Strap Smartwatch - £255 delivered @ H Samuel

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Posted 19th Nov 2019

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It's essentially a Vivoactive 4 with an AMOLED screen. Decent battery life of around 5 days in smart watch mode.

May not be everyone's cup of tea but a decent watch nonetheless and £ 45 cheaper than elsewhere.
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Good deal!

The blue one seems to be the cheapest one out there. I'm after the black and gold one atm
Souch1319/11/2019 08:27

Good deal!The blue one seems to be the cheapest one out there. I'm after …Good deal!The blue one seems to be the cheapest one out there. I'm after the black and gold one atm


True..but you could always pick up a black/gold stainless steel strap on Fleabay for a few quid.
Souch1319/11/2019 08:27

Good deal!The blue one seems to be the cheapest one out there. I'm after …Good deal!The blue one seems to be the cheapest one out there. I'm after the black and gold one atm


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Your wish is granted and at 200 quid too!
Msx9819/11/2019 13:46

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I've seen that one. It's a refurb though unfortunately. Not to keen on the idea
Really? Surely worth a try, if not up to the description just return it for free?
Msx9819/11/2019 14:36

Really? Surely worth a try, if not up to the description just return it …Really? Surely worth a try, if not up to the description just return it for free?


Just checked as I would have taken a punt myself for £200 but it's Grade B so probably not great condition
I was initially considering the Fenix 6 Pro but this seems to pack all the fitness tech with a better screen and form factor at half the price (with no maps admittedly). However I'm struggling to decide whether it's worth waiting until next week for Black Friday? Any Garmin fans know if they discounted new models during the sale last year (bearing in mind this was only released a few months ago)?

Since Amazon is still selling this for around £330, a 25% drop would only bring it down to this price. Choices....choices..
fifthcolumn19/11/2019 18:49

I was initially considering the Fenix 6 Pro but this seems to pack all the …I was initially considering the Fenix 6 Pro but this seems to pack all the fitness tech with a better screen and form factor at half the price (with no maps admittedly). However I'm struggling to decide whether it's worth waiting until next week for Black Friday? Any Garmin fans know if they discounted new models during the sale last year (bearing in mind this was only released a few months ago)?Since Amazon is still selling this for around £330, a 25% drop would only bring it down to this price. Choices....choices..


Samsung galaxy watch active 2? Cheaper still and I reckon will be sub 200 for BF, does the whole amoled thing better in my opinion. Could then get a polar ignite or vivoactive 3 for the fitness features and pay around the same price as the Venu is now at 300. Venu screen is 1.2" whereas active 2 is 1.4.
Msx9819/11/2019 20:24

Samsung galaxy watch active 2? Cheaper still and I reckon will be sub 200 …Samsung galaxy watch active 2? Cheaper still and I reckon will be sub 200 for BF, does the whole amoled thing better in my opinion. Could then get a polar ignite or vivoactive 3 for the fitness features and pay around the same price as the Venu is now at 300. Venu screen is 1.2" whereas active 2 is 1.4.


Bought the Samsung Gear Sport on a whim from a deal posted here a few weeks ago-battery was pants plus the calorie count was way out (by hundreds literally). From checking Samsung forums, this is a well known problem that Samsung has failed to fix for several years now. I even contacted Samsung CS and the person I spoke to admitted to having the issue with her own watch and was unaware of any imminent fixes. Since all it would take is a simple app update (the Amazfit app had the same issue a few years ago which was fixed through an update) the fact that Samsung has chosen not to do this reveals utter contempt for its customers (or neglect of its wearable products).

Also the HR sensor on the Samsung was a bit hit and miss and the watch does not support HRM chest straps (this is likely the case with all Samsung watches)

As I train at least 6 times a week, the fitness aspect is very important for me and Samsung doesn't really deliver in that regard unfortunately. This looks like an ideal replacement for my Amazfit Pace which is getting a bit long in the tooth and suffers from a lack of functionality
Edited by: "fifthcolumn" 19th Nov 2019
fifthcolumn19/11/2019 20:58

Bought the Samsung Gear Sport on a whim from a deal posted here a few …Bought the Samsung Gear Sport on a whim from a deal posted here a few weeks ago-battery was pants plus the calorie count was way out (by hundreds literally). From checking Samsung forums, this is a well known problem that Samsung has failed to fix for several years now. I even contacted Samsung CS and the person I spoke to admitted to having the issue with her own watch and was unaware of any imminent fixes. Since all it would take is a simple app update (the Amazfit app had the same issue a few years ago which was fixed through an update) the fact that Samsung has chosen not to do this reveals utter contempt for its customers (or neglect of its wearable products). Also the HR sensor on the Samsung was a bit hit and miss and the watch does not support HRM chest straps (this is likely the case with all Samsung watches)As I train at least 6 times a week, the fitness aspect is very important for me and Samsung doesn't really deliver in that regard unfortunately. This looks like an ideal replacement for my Amazfit Pace which is getting a bit long in the tooth and suffers from a lack of functionality


Fair enough, defo get a garmin if you exercise that much! I wish I did and if so would treat myself to tjr the 6 Pro.
Msx9819/11/2019 21:04

Fair enough, defo get a garmin if you exercise that much! I wish I did and …Fair enough, defo get a garmin if you exercise that much! I wish I did and if so would treat myself to tjr the 6 Pro.


Lol...take it one step at a time, set yourself realistic goals and you'd eventually get there-I only used to work out occasionally until a few years ago but getting the Amazfit in May 2018 was a real turning point. The ability to track HR accurately, calorie burn, cadence etc can really drive your motivation. Due to the physiological effects of exercise, once you get to a certain level of fitness you have to work out almost daily in order to feel 'normal' so it quickly becomes an indispensable habit. Get a fitness oriented watch and hopefully the same will happen to you lol.

As for 6 Pro, it does look like a smashing piece of kit but it contains so many features geared to the outdoors like ski maps, hiking trails etc which I'll never use plus it lacks a touch screen (for practical reasons) and the exorbitant cost are deal breakers for me. I like the long battery life on it but I think I can live with the 5 days on the Venu.

Edit: After spending the whole day agonising over it, I've finally gone for this- based on what I'm reading, Garmin operates a very strict minimum pricing policy with retailers for their new products so this is unlikely to be substantially cheaper during BF sales. 2.2% cashback on TCB saves another fiver for those interested. Due for delivery on the 23rd so will post a quick review a few days later hopefully!
Edited by: "fifthcolumn" 19th Nov 2019
It's a good price for this watch at ATM. But the watch itself is way overpriced for what it offers.
basergorkobal20/11/2019 06:41

It's a good price for this watch at ATM. But the watch itself is way …It's a good price for this watch at ATM. But the watch itself is way overpriced for what it offers.


Considering most of these devices are made somewhere in the Far East, I suppose one could argue they all should cost a lot less. I know the Samsung wearables are cheaper at the moment, but they are not very good as fitness trackers. This one has all the latest sensors from the Fenix series, always on AMOLED screen+music for less than half the price.

PS: TCB tracked at £11.50 so brings this down to £244 if it pays out
Edited by: "fifthcolumn" 20th Nov 2019
fifthcolumn19/11/2019 20:58

Bought the Samsung Gear Sport on a whim from a deal posted here a few …Bought the Samsung Gear Sport on a whim from a deal posted here a few weeks ago-battery was pants plus the calorie count was way out (by hundreds literally). From checking Samsung forums, this is a well known problem that Samsung has failed to fix for several years now. I even contacted Samsung CS and the person I spoke to admitted to having the issue with her own watch and was unaware of any imminent fixes. Since all it would take is a simple app update (the Amazfit app had the same issue a few years ago which was fixed through an update) the fact that Samsung has chosen not to do this reveals utter contempt for its customers (or neglect of its wearable products). Also the HR sensor on the Samsung was a bit hit and miss and the watch does not support HRM chest straps (this is likely the case with all Samsung watches)As I train at least 6 times a week, the fitness aspect is very important for me and Samsung doesn't really deliver in that regard unfortunately. This looks like an ideal replacement for my Amazfit Pace which is getting a bit long in the tooth and suffers from a lack of functionality


I have to say the garmin is the best for fitness running etc. If polar could get a better app etc they may make a bit of a dent but the garmin kit is brilliant
neil.solender20/11/2019 15:53

I have to say the garmin is the best for fitness running etc. If polar …I have to say the garmin is the best for fitness running etc. If polar could get a better app etc they may make a bit of a dent but the garmin kit is brilliant


I was also considering the Polar Vantage M which has good reviews but lack of ANT+ support is a huge negative for me. Once you factor in the cost of a Polar Chest strap, it was working out much more expensive than this one. Besides the Garmin app is better as you point out and is likely to receive more updates and support as the more popular platform.
basergorkobal20/11/2019 06:41

It's a good price for this watch at ATM. But the watch itself is way …It's a good price for this watch at ATM. But the watch itself is way overpriced for what it offers.


I agree, the Venu is overpriced. I had one and the galaxy watch active 2 is much better and the gps fine. I'm not training for anything so it suits me fine. If I want a garmin there are so many watches at all price points that it's quite easy to find the right one at a good price.
I wonder why they haven't discounted all the models?
Peter_Fields22/11/2019 06:29

I wonder why they haven't discounted all the models?


Vivoactive 4 was also discounted- was around £220+ £11 TCB= £209-210
fifthcolumn23/11/2019 08:17

Vivoactive 4 was also discounted- was around £220+ £11 TCB= £209-210


Sorry I should have clarified. I meant to say I wonder why they havent discounted all the Venu models, for example the slate grey.
39081605-2GuYY.jpgOk, so I've had the Venu on my wrist for 24 hours and here are my initial impressions.

The watch feels very light on the wrist, making it easy to wear round the clock. Build quality is decent without feeling premium-you certainly won't mistake it for a Samsung watch. I agree with several reviews that Garmin has missed a trick (or two) with the screen. Sure, it's very pretty, vibrant etc but could have been put to much better use. I haven't tried any of the animated workouts but the menu and display options are not adapted to maximise the potential of the screen. As for menu options, I haven't delved into it too much but there are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities and I was able to connect my generic HRM chest strap without any issues.

Battery life, on the other hand, does not appear to have suffered too much from the addition of a more power hungry display. I took it off charge at 8:30 am yesterday, fiddled around with the watch a bit through the day, installed an update, received around a dozen notifications, HRM on constant and worked out for an hour this morning with the HRM chest strap connected to the watch (which presumably consumes some power). Battery currently stands at 89% so it should easily last 5 days or more on a single charge for me.

The Garmin app is excellent as expected.

I can only compare it to the Samsung Gear Sport and Amazfit Pace both which I own and this watch is miles ahead in terms of fitness tracking. Whilst Samsung's display is marginally better, it is clunkier, feels much heavier on the wrist, battery life is dire and Samsung Health is rubbish at several levels- crucially for me Gear Sport does not support external HRMs and its native HRM is very temperamental. Amazfit was definitely better as a fitness watch in comparison to the Samsung but no match for the Garmin.

Having been on the verge of getting a Fenix 6 Pro, I'm quite happy with the Venu- whilst not the most intuitive, I like the touchscreen option plus it offers everything from the fitness perspective that I need without the unnecessary extras such as ski maps and bike routes that I'll never use. I think £20 premium I paid for an OLED display over a transflexive one is reasonable (Vivoactive 4) but I personally won't pay any more.
Edited by: "fifthcolumn" 23rd Nov 2019
Peter_Fields23/11/2019 08:35

Sorry I should have clarified. I meant to say I wonder why they havent …Sorry I should have clarified. I meant to say I wonder why they havent discounted all the Venu models, for example the slate grey.


The one I received is slate grey
I have never owned a smart watch but deliberating between the Vivoactive 4 and the Venu. Is the Venu worth the extra money? Any help greatly appreciated.
lee.francis23/11/2019 09:13

I have never owned a smart watch but deliberating between the Vivoactive 4 …I have never owned a smart watch but deliberating between the Vivoactive 4 and the Venu. Is the Venu worth the extra money? Any help greatly appreciated.


It depends on what you want out of the watch- if you're after more conventional ' Smartwatch' functions, I'd recommend something from the Samsung stable, possibly the Galaxy Watch which is on offer now. But if your focus is on fitness, avoid the Samsung like the plague and opt for the Garmin.

As for Vivoactive 4 v Venu both watches are the same with the exception of the display. Due to its OLED display watch faces looks more stylish on the Venu so it's more suited to wearing to work, out etc. So a 20-30 £ premium over Vivoactive 4 is justifiable in my opinion.
fifthcolumn23/11/2019 09:21

It depends on what you want out of the watch- if you're after more …It depends on what you want out of the watch- if you're after more conventional ' Smartwatch' functions, I'd recommend something from the Samsung stable, possibly the Galaxy Watch which is on offer now. But if your focus is on fitness, avoid the Samsung like the plague and opt for the Garmin. As for Vivoactive 4 v Venu both watches are the same with the exception of the display. Due to its OLED display watch faces looks more stylish on the Venu so it's more suited to wearing to work, out etc. So a 20-30 £ premium over Vivoactive 4 is justifiable in my opinion.


As an owner of both, this sentiment is spot on. The VA4 underwhelmed me because of its lack of amoled screen, but it also has a bigger screen. For fitness you can't go wrong with either, for day to day the Venu is the way to go. I'm sticking with the galaxy watch active 2 myself because I like the Smartwatch features and bigger screen on a smaller watch. Yet to use it for a run but I also know that if I listen to music on it and GPS it won't last more than two hours whereas the garmin will last 4 at least and by all accounts be more accurate. If you're not sure I think the Venu is the one to go with as it will only get better in terms of the support and updates from garmin with watch faces and data fields. When I owned the Venu there weren't many but that list is growing daily and it won't be long before all the apps on connect iq which are available for the VA4 are available for the Venu. Also the garmin does Spotify better than anything I've used so far. The point about the Venu vs the 6 is interesting. I agree that the Venu takes the best bits from the fenix but is 300 quid cheaper, which I put towards a bike computer with maps and much bigger screen than the watch. If I had a tri coming up I'd buy something from Cex and then sell on ebay and I'd lose maybe no more 20 quid in the process if at all.
Thank you guys, I will go for the Venu, I think it's reasonable to pay a little extra for the better screen. It will primarily be a running watch and it sounds like it definitely ticks all the boxes, I like the fact that we can download our spotify playlists onto it!!
fifthcolumn23/11/2019 09:05

The one I received is slate grey


The one in your photo is definitely not the slate grey model.
ibz10023/11/2019 19:28

The one in your photo is definitely not the slate grey model.


Looks grey enough to me but have to confess I'm no expert in these matters - I think it may be called graphite or something
lee.francis23/11/2019 11:12

Thank you guys, I will go for the Venu, I think it's reasonable to pay a …Thank you guys, I will go for the Venu, I think it's reasonable to pay a little extra for the better screen. It will primarily be a running watch and it sounds like it definitely ticks all the boxes, I like the fact that we can download our spotify playlists onto it!!


3 1/2 days, plenty of notifications and couple of 60 min workouts later the battery is on 53% so very pleased overall. For maps, I've purchased Locus Map Pro for a tenner- displays maps and turn by turn navigation (including driving directions) on the watch via the phone app.Works off line too!
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