Garmin has traditionally opted to prioritise function over fashion with its smartwatches and that’s evident by the brand’s top-range wearables which usually sport an LED-backlit “transflective” display. Requiring less battery power, these low-power screens ensure the wrist-worn gadgets they’re built into can last weeks between charges – an example of how Garmin favours practicality and durability when it comes to tier devices.
The Venu breaks that mould, however, and is the firm’s first smartwatch to sport a highly-detailed AMOLED touch screen display similar to those you’d find in smartphones.
Adding a touch of Apple Watch luxe to Garmin’s more serious smartwatch lineup, the Venu is, therefore, sexier and way sleeker than the firm’s usual releases. The other good news is that it still delivers the impressive sports tracking capabilities Garmin is renowned for (just don’t expect anywhere near the same battery life, obvz).