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Garmin Venu Sq vs Fitbit Sense – Which is Right For You?

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Featured in today’s comparison is Garmin Venu Sq vs Fitbit Sense – which is a better smartwatch? Is what we’ll try to find out in this post. While Venu Sq is a lower-end version of Garmin Venu that was released last year, Fitbit Sense was released alongside Versa 3, and it houses more health tracking features such as an ECG app, stress and temperature sensors. For the record, each of these two is fitness-focused and well equipped to track your daily activities and as well also will help you manage notifications and more. It’s also important to note that each of these two has a long battery life that lets you go long from a single charge. So, let’s take a look at the table below as we compare the design, health tracking, battery life of these two smartwatches.

Garmin Venu Sq vs Fitbit Sense: Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Garmin Venu Sq features and specs

Garmin Venu Sq Specifications, Features and Price

Fitbit Sense Full Specifications

Fitbit Sense Full Specifications, Features and Price

Price $269.99 $329.95 $300.00
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Garmin Venu Sq Fitbit Sense
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date September, 2020 September, 2020
Predecessor Fitbit Versa 2
Successor
Versions
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 40.6 x 37.0 x 11.5 mm 40.4 x 40.4 x 12.4 mm
Weight 37.6g
Shape Rectangular Square
Case material Fiber-reinforced polymer Aluminum
Strap material Silicone Polyester, Silicone
Bezel material Aluminum Stainless steel
Strap size 20 mm 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big)
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Black, Navy, Rose-gold, White Carbon/graphite, White/soft-gold
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.3 inches 1.58 inches
Display type LCD AMOLED
Display resolution 240 x 240 px 300 x 300 pixels
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 1 Physical button, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling No Yes
GPS Galileo, GLONASS, GPS GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM
ROM 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None
SIM type None None
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Loudspeaker No Yes
Microphone No Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter No Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer No Yes
Compass Yes No
ECG No Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter Yes Yes
Thermometer Yes Yes
Other sensors Vibration motor
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes Yes
Blood Pressure No No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No Yes
Fitness Level Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection Yes No
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Swim-heart tracking Yes No
On-screen workout No Yes
Sport modes 20 20+
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity
Battery life GPS mode: 14 hours, Smartwatch mode: 6 days Regular: 6 Days+
Charging type Charging dock USB charging
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset
CPU
GPU
Operating system Proprietary OS Fitbit OS
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Garmin Connect Fitbit App
Compatibility Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+ Android, iOS
Payment system Garmin Pay Fitbit Pay
Interchangeable strap 20mm, Yes Yes
Voice command No Yes, Alexa, Yes, Google Assistant
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Garmin Venu Sq, Manual, Straps Charger, Fitbit Sense, Manual, Straps
Price $269.99 $329.95 $300.00

Features Comparison

  1. DESIGN
  2. One thing I like about the design of these two smartwatches is that each of these two is very lightweight. I have used Versa 3, and it’s very comfortable to wear. Each of these two also has a durable build, while Venu Sq has a fiber-polymer case with a silicone strap, Fitbit Sense has an aluminum case paired with a stainless steel bezel and silicone straps. So, in terms of design, Fitbit Sense has a better design that’s more durable and stylish than Venu Sq.

    Furthermore, while Fitbit Sense has an AMOLED display, Venu Sq has an LCD display. The AMOLED display is more colorful and interactive than the LCD of Venu Sq, although, it easier to read under direct sunlight. Both smartwatches offer touch-sensitive screen, however, while Fitbit Sense has a haptic button which I don’t fancy, Venu Sq has 2 physical buttons.

  3. MEDIA
  4. As per media features, both smartwatches come with 4GB storage capacity out of which about 2.5GB is available for media storage. Fitbit Sense offers music storage via Deezer playlists, Pandora stations, and the ability to control Spotify playlists, while Venu Sq offers music storage via Amazon Music, Deezer, and Spotify. However, while you can add your personal music to Venu Sq, you can’t add personal music to Fitbit Sense.

    Fitbit Sense has both a loudspeaker and microphone, it features Alexa and Google (available in the future) voice assistants that allow you to use your voice to do simple tasks. You don’t get a voice assistant with Venu Sq because it lacks a microphone.

    Even though Fitbit Sense has a loudspeaker and microphone, you can’t make and receive calls from this device for now. Perhaps, it may get this feature in the future. Although, both smartwatches will allow you to receive calls that you can accept and continue on your phone or reject.

  5. HEALTH AND FITNESS TRACKING
  6. Like I mentioned earlier, both Venu Sq and Fitbit Sense are fitness-focused and well equipped to track your daily activities and can help you reach more fitness goals. Each of these two will track all the basics like your steps, calories, distance, heart rate, and sleep. You’ll also find stress and menstrual cycle apps on each of these two. Both Venu Sq and Fitbit Sense feature 20 preset sport modes, and have inbuilt GPS that will allow you to track outdoor activities without carrying your phone along.

    One feature which Fitbit Sense lacks is incidental fall detection which is present on Venu Sq. It can help you get help when the watch detects a fall, it sends out a call to a preset emergency contact on your phone (your phone must be nearby for this to work).

    However, Fitbit Sense is a more comprehensive health tracker than Venu Sq. It features animated workout modes through Fitbit Coach, and it features an ECG app that allows you to take ECG tests from your wrist that can help detect irregular heart rhythm which a common symptom of Atrial fibrillation, and it can also count your floors.

  7. NOTIFCATIONS
  8. Each of these two will also help you to manage notifications easily by allowing you to select the apps you want to get notifications from on your watch. You can also reply to notifications with preset replies which are limited to Android phones for both smartwatches. However, Fitbit Sense offers more ways to reply to notifications. It allows you to reply with your voice which isn’t available on Venu Sq.

  9. BATTERY LIFE
  10. With Venu Sq or Fitbit Sense, you can get multiple days of battery life from a single charge. While Venu Sq can last up to 6 days, it’s about the same number of days for Fitbit Sense.

My Verdict

Going by the design, health tracking features, and battery life of these two smartwatches, I’ll say each of these two is a fine fitness smartwatch, but Fitbit Sense is a more comprehensive fitness smartwatch than Venu Sq.

On the other hand, Venu Sq is a lot cheaper than Fitbit Sense.

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