Garmin vivoactive 4 vs Venu - Where are the differences?

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Garmin vivoactive 4 vs Venu - Where are the differences? Together with Garmin vivoactive 4 and 4s, Garmin Venu was launched in 2019. In addition to the price, the differences between the two GPS heart rate monitors are small, but not unimportant.

Comparison table

Model Garmin vivoactive 4s* Garmin vivoactive 4* Garmin Venu*
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Display available Display available Yes Display available Yes Display available Yes
Touchdisplay Touchdisplay Yes Touchdisplay Yes Touchdisplay Yes
Color display Color display Yes Color display Yes Color display Yes
Display Display Display Display
Display Display Display Display
Display size Display size 1,10 " Display size 1,30 " Display size 1,20 "
Diagonal display Diagonal display 27,90 mm Diagonal display 33,00 mm Diagonal display 30,40 mm
Resolution Resolution 218 x 218 px Resolution 260 x 260 px Resolution 390 x 390 px
Display, length Display, length 40,00 mm Display, length 45,10 mm Display, length 43,20 mm
Display, width Display, width 40,00 mm Display, width 45,10 mm Display, width 43,20 mm
Depth / thickness Depth / thickness 12,70 mm Depth / thickness 12,80 mm Depth / thickness 12,40 mm
Weight Weight 40 g Weight 51 g Weight 46 g
Waterproof / Swimproof Waterproof / Swimproof Yes Waterproof / Swimproof Yes Waterproof / Swimproof Yes
Waterproof / Swimproof Waterproof / Swimproof 5 ATM Waterproof / Swimproof 5 ATM Waterproof / Swimproof 5 ATM
Battery (up to) Battery (up to) 7 days Battery (up to) 8 days Battery (up to) 5 days
Battery life with GPS Battery life with GPS 5,0 hours Battery life with GPS 6,0 hours Battery life with GPS 6,0 hours
Musiksteuerung Musiksteuerung Yes Musiksteuerung Yes Musiksteuerung Yes
Internal music storage Internal music storage 1 Internal music storage 1 Internal music storage 1
HR function 24/7 HR function 24/7 Yes HR function 24/7 Yes HR function 24/7 Yes
Build in GPS Build in GPS Yes Build in GPS Yes Build in GPS Yes
GLONASS GLONASS Yes GLONASS Yes GLONASS Yes
Galileo Satellit Galileo Satellit Yes Galileo Satellit Yes Galileo Satellit Yes
ANT+ ANT+ Yes ANT+ Yes ANT+ Yes
Pulse oximeter Pulse oximeter Yes Pulse oximeter Yes Pulse oximeter Yes
Build in NFC Build in NFC Yes Build in NFC Yes Build in NFC Yes
Mobile Payment (NFC) Mobile Payment (NFC) Yes Mobile Payment (NFC) Yes Mobile Payment (NFC) Yes
Mobile payment Mobile payment Garmin Pay Mobile payment Garmin Pay Mobile payment Garmin Pay
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Differences between Garmin viovactive 4 and Venu

The Garmin vivoactive 4 is available in two versions, which differ only in size. These are the vivoactive 4 and vivoactive 4s.

Display

Let's start with the biggest and most important difference between the Garmin vivoactive 4 series and the Garmin Venu. This is the display. The Venu has an AMOLED display. Both Garmin vivactive 4 models have a MIP display. All variants have a touch display made of Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3.

In the resolution we also have differences here:

 
Thus the Garmin Venu offers a clearly better picture. This is exactly the sense behind the model. The Garmin Venu should finally appeal to the public who value a good look. So far in my opinion a small Markel at many watches of Garmin. Especially if we look a little deeper in the price segment. Only the Fenix series has always had a better look, which is also evident in the price.

 

Size and weight

Both in size and weight, the Venu also stands out from the vivoactive 4 series. Overall, the Venu lies between the vivoacative 4s and vivoactive 4.
 
Size comparison - Garmin vivoactive 4 Serie and Venu
  Garmin
vivoactive 4s
Garmin
vivoactive 4
Garmin
Venu
Physical size 40 x 40 mm 45,1 x 45,1 mm 43,2 x 43,2 mm
Thickness 12,7 mm 12,8 mm 12,4 mm
Diameter 27,9 mm
1,1 Zoll
33,0 mm
1,3 Zoll
30,4 mm
1,2 Zoll
Weight 40,0 g 50,5 g 46,3 g

Battery life

Probably also the much higher resolution display is responsible for the lower battery life of the Garmin Venu. In comparison to the three models, this one comes off worst.
 
Battery life in comparison
  Smartwatch With GPS and Musik
Garmin vivoactive 4s 7 days 5 hours
Garmin vivoactive 4 8 days 6 hours
Garmin Venu 5 days 6 hours

Similarities - Garmin vivoactive 4 Series and Venu

Apart from the dimensions and the battery life, the watches have no differences. A short list of the important key data may be relevant here:
 
  • Waterproof with 5 ATM, suitable for swimming
  • Pulse measurement under water
  • Built-in GPS, GLONASS and Galileo
  • Altimeter, Compass, Gyroscope
  • thermometers
  • Pulse oximeter acclimatization
  • Yoga and Pilates support (improvement to vivoactive 3)
  • Music memory (up to 500 tracks)
  • Bluetooth, ANT+, Wi-Fi
  • Garmin Pay

Which watch is right for you?

The only difference is the size and especially the display. If you want a high resolution watch with a better picture, the Garmin Venu is your choice. However, this will cost you some battery life and a higher price.

If you are only interested in the function, then depending on the size, the Garmin vivoactive 4 or Garmin vivoactive 4s is your choice.

Overall, the Garmin vivoactive 3 music can also be very interesting for you. It is cheaper than the vivoactive 4 series. The predecessor doesn't offer much less. You can find more about this in the comparison between the Garmin vivoactive 3 and 4.
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