Last week, I was lucky enough to win a Garmin Venu. I felt happy about it though I was also feeling apprehensive. You see, I've never been friends with a smartwatch and the few that I tried in the past never lasted more than a day with me.
I would either not understand how to make it work, it just wouldn't work, or it bothered me to no end with the incessant notification and having to charge it almost every night.
I am older now and have more patience so I said to myself that I will give the Garmin Venu a try and not hand it over to my sibling. I've been using it for several days now and here's a quick lifestyle review of the Garmin Venu.
First of all, this is the easiest smartwatch that I have ever handled. It was so easy to follow the instructions and connect. I didn't have to go through so many steps to get things done and when I need to add a certain function, the Connect App makes it really easy to do so.
It was easy for me to choose which functions I wanted to be given a daily report on. It was easy for me to get rid of the ones that I did not want. Most of all, it was easy for me to change the face of my watch which was really nice because I'm kooky that way.
I didn't like though that I can't seem to uninstall Spotify from it.
Next, I like that it keeps track of my steps, how many flights of stairs, the number of glasses of water I've taken, and most importantly, hours of sleep I had. It makes me more conscious of how I'm taking care of myself or not taking care of myself.
As you can see, it show my heart rate from lowest to highest, depending on your level of stress.
It also monitors your stress level which is very important because it makes you aware when you need to settle down and take a deep breath.
The sleep tracker is another good thing as well. Now, you can't lie and say you had a long sleep when you only slept for 4-5 hours.
It also gives you a really good recap of how yesterday was so you can make a decision to either slow down or amp up in the present.
Battery life is also great because it takes about 4- 5 days before we even hit 20% and I get notifications from my work email, my work chat, Slack, Facebook Messenger, calls, Gmail, and text messages. I've limited it to these because I feel that these are the ones that I really need to be notified of.
It's water-resistant. I was really scared to shower while wearing it. Images of being electrocuted kept popping in my head (I know, I'm stilla bit of a drama queen) but I did it anyway and I'm still alive. It didn't die and is still working. I think the only downside for me is that when I dry off, a bit of water gets stuck between my skin and the watch so I still take it off to wipe off that small spot because it bothers me.
I do like that I am able to see the time while I'm bathing especially when I'm in a hurry and I get to monitor everything even when my phone is in another room.
Since I started using Garmin Venu, I have:
1. become more conscious of the steps I take
2. become more conscious of my sleep
3. become more conscious of my stress level
4. not missed a call because my watch vibrates when I have a call so even if I don't have my phone with me, I still know that there's an incoming call.
5. not missed a text message or a Facebook Messenger
6. fallen in love with smartwatches
So there's. This is my really simple review of the Garmin Venu. It's simple because I am not a tech blogger but even if I am not a tech blogger, I know a good product worthy of investment when I see one and the Garmin Venu is one such product. Believe me you.
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