Garmin Venu Sq Music vs Vivoactive 4 – What’s the Difference?

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The Venu Sq is a lower-end version of the Venu, it comes in a square shape rather than the traditional round watch design and it lacks an AMOLED display, stainless steel bezel, animated workout modes, and can’t count floors climbed. Yet, it’s a fantastic cheaper alternative that’s very well equipped to track your daily activities and also help you manage notifications received on your phone. Recall that in 2019, the Venu was released alongside Vivoactive 4 – the difference between the two is that the Venu has a more colorful AMOLED display, but has a shorter battery life than Vivoactive 4. In today’s comparison, we’re comparing the differences between the cheaper Garmin Venu Sq Music vs Vivoactive 4 to understand what separates these two.

Note that the Venu Sq is available in two models; Venu Sq standard and Venu Sq Music. Both have the same features but the Music edition will allow you to download your Amazon music, Spotify and Deezer playlists to the watch so that you can listen offline using a Bluetooth headphone.

The Vivoactive 4 is also available in two sizes; Vivoactive 4S and Vivoactive 4. The difference between these two is that the 4S unit is more compact but has shorter battery life. The price is the same for the two units.

Garmin Venu Sq Music vs Vivoactive 4: Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Garmin Venu Sq features and specs

Garmin Venu Sq Specifications, Features and Price

Garmin Vivoactive 4 Specs and prices

Garmin Vivoactive 4 Specifications, Features and Price

Price $239.99 $199.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Garmin Venu Sq Garmin Vivoactive 4
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date September, 2020 September, 2019
Predecessor Garmin Vivoactive 3
Successor
Versions Captain Marvel, First Avengers, Vivoactive 4, Vivoactive 4S
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 40.6 x 37.0 x 11.5 mm 45.1 x 45.1 x 12.8 mm
Weight 37.6g 50.5 grams
Shape Rectangular Circular
Case material Fiber-reinforced polymer Fiber-reinforced polymer
Strap material Silicone Silicone
Bezel material Aluminum Stainless steel
Strap size 20 mm 22 mm
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 Black, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.3 inches 1.3 inches
Display type LCD LCD, Memory-in-pixel (MIP), transflective
Display resolution 240 x 240 px 260 x 260 px
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth v4.0 ANT+, Bluetooth v4.0
Bluetooth calling No No
GPS Galileo, GLONASS, GPS Galileo, 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 No
Microphone No No
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter No Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer No Yes
Compass Yes Yes
ECG No No
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) Yes Yes
Thermometer Yes Yes
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes Yes
Blood Pressure No No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Floors climbed No Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking Yes Yes
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 GPS with music: up to 6hrs, Smartwatch mode: up to 8 days
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar charging No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset
CPU
GPU
Operating system Proprietary OS Proprietary OS
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Garmin Connect Garmin Connect
Compatibility Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+ Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+
Payment system Garmin Pay Garmin Pay
Interchangeable strap 20mm, Yes 22 mm, Yes
Voice command No No
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Garmin Venu Sq, Manual, Straps Charger, Garmin Vivoactive 4, Manual, Straps
Price$239.99$199.99

Difference Between Garmin Venu Sq Music and Vivoactive 4

The Venu Sq can do almost everything the Vivoactive 4 can do. They both have almost the same features except for slight differences which are listed below.

  • Vivoactive 4 has a better and more durable design

  • The Vivoactive 4 spots a round traditional watch design which is different from the square shape design of the Venu Sq. Moreover, while the Venu SQ has an aluminum bezel, the Vivoactive 4 has a stainless steel bezel which is more durable.

  • Vivoactive 4 has an altimeter than enables floor counting

  • There is an altimeter in the Vivoactive 4 that enables it to count floors climbed. This isn’t possible with the Venu Sq as it lacks an altimeter. As a result, it can’t count the floor you have climbed.

  • Vivoactive 4 features On-screen workout modes

  • Garmin Venu Sq Music vs Vivoactive 4
    Vivoactive 4 features on-screen animated workouts not [resent on Venu Sq (Source: Garmin)
    Furthermore, the Vivoactive 4 features an on-screen animated workout mode which is not available on Venu Sq. With an on-screen animated workout, you have the option to choose from select exercises and follow the animated on-screen illustrations. This could actually save you some money on a gym subscription.

  • Vivoactive 4 has a longer battery life

The Vivoactive 4 also has a longer battery life than the Venu Sq. It has up to 8 days of battery life which is longer than about 6 days with the Venu Sq. Meanwhile, with GPS enabled and music playing, you can get about 6hrs of battery life from both watches.

Which is Better?

The Vivoactive 4 is obviously a better smartwatch than Venu Sq, it has more fitness tracking features and longer battery life. However, Venu Sq is a cheaper alternative with decent battery life.