Garmin Venu Sq review: A solid fitness tracker without the frills


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The $200 (£179, AU$300) Garmin Venu Sq has almost every fitness- and health-tracking feature you could want in a smartwatch for less than competitors like the Apple Watch ($399 at Apple) and Fitbit Versa 3. It has a bright LCD touchscreen, built-in GPS, SpO2 (blood oxygen) tracking and up to six days of battery life, which makes it a compelling buy, especially if you want a watch that’s compatible with both Android and iOS. 

It’s not the most premium-looking smartwatch out there and it misses out on features like a voice assistant and altimeter, but it makes up for it in health and fitness features that elevate it from the rest. 


  • Excellent fitness tracking
  • Continuous blood oxygen monitoring
  • Up to six-day battery life
  • Strong sleep tracking

Don’t Like

  • GPS signal is slow to lock
  • Vibration motor is weak
  • Music version costs $50 more


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