Garmin Venu Sq Music or Vivoactive 4 – Which Should You Buy?

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Last Updated on December 29, 2020 by Jude Simeone

Making a choice between two almost similar smartwatches from the same brand can be a dicey decision to make, the Venu Sq which is a lower-end version of Venu is cheaper but lacks on-screen animated workout, can’t count floors, and lacks gyroscope – features you’ll get with Vivoactive 4 which also has a more sophisticated design. If you recall, Vivoactive 4 was released last year alongside Venu, the only difference between the two is that AMOLED powers Venu, while its MIP LCD for Vivoactive 4. However, in this comparison post, we take a look at the differences between Garmin Venu Sq vs Vivoactive 4. Both smartwatches share a lot of similarities in common, except for a few differences which we’ll discuss in this post.

Please note: that Venu Sq is available in two models; Venu Sq Music and Venu Sq. Likewise, Vivoactive 4 is available in two sizes; 45mm and 40mm, but this comparison is between Venu Sq Music and Vivoactive 4 45mm.

Garmin Venu Sq Music vs Vivoactive 4 Full Specifications Compared

 Garmin Venu SqGarmin Vivoactive 4
Gamin Venu sq specsgarmin vivoactive 4 specs

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Battery:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Features:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Price:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Average:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Price:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Average:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameGarmin Venu SqGarmin Vivoactive 4
Device typeSport/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Vivoactive 3 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Successor----
Released dateSeptember, 2020September, 2019
Ideal forUnisexUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeLCDTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Display size1.3 inches1.3 inch
Display resolution240 x 240 pixels260 x 260 pixels
Pixel density----
Input typeTouchscreen plus 2 physical buttonTouchscreen plus 2 physical button
Always-onYesYes

BODY

ShapeCircularCircular
Dimension40.6 x 37.0 x 11.5 mm45.1 x 45.1 x 12.8 mm
Weight37.6 grams50.5 grams
Casing materialFiber-reinforced polymerFiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear cover
Strap/band materialSiliconeSilicone
Bezel MaterialFiber-reinforced polymerStainless steel
Strap size20mm22mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass 3Corning Gorilla glass 3
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Venu Sq Music
Black
Light-gold/navy
Rose-gold/tan
Slate/moss

Venu Sq Standard
Black
Light-gold/white
Orchid purple
Black/black

MEMORY

RAM----
Internal storage4GB4GB
Memory card slotNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+Bluetooth smart, ANT+
Bluetooth callingNoNo
Wi-FiYesYes
NFCYesYes
GPSGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/Galileo

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNo
SIMNoNo
BandNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
WeatherYesYes
Third-party appsYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYes
StepsYesYes
Floors climbedNoYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
CaloriesYesYes
DistanceYesYes
StressYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYes
Blood oxygenYesYes
Blood pressureNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingYesYes
Swim trackingYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingYesYes
Preloaded mapsNoNo
On-screen workout modesNoYes
Triathlon modeYesYes
ECG TrackingNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYes
Safety trackingYesYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Music streamingYesYes
Bluetooth musicYesYes
RadioNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNo
MicrophoneNoNo
CameraNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
CompassYesYes
Gyroscope NoYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Pulse OximeterYesYes
ECGNoNo
ThermometerYesYes
Other sensors----

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Proprietary OSProprietary OS
Chipset----
CPU----
GPU----

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity ----
Battery lifeSmartwatch mode: Up to 6 days

GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
Smartwatch mode: Up to 8 days
GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
Charging typeUSB charging cableUSB charging cable
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYesYes
Solar powerNoNo
Rapid chargingNoNo

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
StopwatchYesYes
AlarmYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control camera__Yes
Music controlYesYes
Find phoneYesYes
Text responseYesYes

MISC

Payment systemGarmin payGarmin pay
Compatibility Android and iOS
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Android and iOS
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Companion appGarmin connect IQ storeGarmin connect IQ store
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mmYes, 22mm
Voice commandNoNo

BOX CONTENTS

Garmin Venu SqGarmin Vivoactive 4
StrapsStraps
USB charging cableUSB charging cable
Quick start guideQuick start guide
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At a Glance – The Difference Between Venu Sq and Vivoactive 4

Basically, the difference between these two is that Venu Sq is cheaper, has a square shape, anodized aluminum bezel, lacks gyroscope, lacks on-screen workout mode and can’t count floors climbed. Meanwhile, Vivoactive 4 is circular in shape, has a stainless steel bezel, can count floors climbed, has gyroscope, has on-screen animated workout modes and a slightly longer battery life.

Beyond these differences, both smartwatches feature the same fitness tracking features like incidental fall detections, Spo2 measurement, stress, sleep, and heart rate tracking and as well as smart notifications, music storage, Garmin Pay, and more.

Design: Garmin Vivoactive 4 has a more sophisticated and attractive design

Starting with the appearance which is the most notable difference between these two, while Venu Sq has a square shape, Vivoactive 4 has a circular shape. Furthermore, Venu Sq weighs just 37.6 grams – thanks to its slimmer design, while Vivoactive 4 weighs 50.5 grams. Although, each of these two is very lightweight when compared to Versa 3 or Active 2.

Gamin Venu Sq – Source: DC Rainmaker

Another difference you’ll notice between these two is the different bezel materials, while Venu Sq has an anodized aluminum bezel, Vivoactive 4 has a stainless steel bezel which is more durable and attractive. Although, both smartwatches have the same case material made of fiber-reinforced polymer. The strap materials come in silicone material which is interchangeable with compatible straps; 20mm for both Venu Sq and Vivoactive 4 (40mm), and 22mm for the 45mm size.

So, as far as design is concerned, Vivoactive 4 has a more presentable design, it’s more durable and attractive even though Venu Sq is also a decent looking smartwatch.

Fitness Tracking: Garmin Vivoactive 4 is a more comprehensive fitness tracker than Venu Sq

Like mentioned earlier, both smartwatches are basically fitness trackers before any other thing else. As a result, each of these two tracks all the basics such as sleep, heart rate, steps, calories, and have inbuilt GPS that allows you to track your outdoor activities like routes and locations. Each of these also features a pulse OX sensor that gauges your blood oxygen saturation during the day and even as you sleep.

Garmin Vivoactive 4 – Source: Zdnet.com

Other activity tracking features include menstrual cycle tracking, incidental fall detection, stress measurement, hydration tracking, and more. You also get access to 20 preloaded sport modes on both smartwatches which gives you the choice of choosing your preferred sports activities.

However, Vivoactive 4 is equipped with more activity tracking features which makes it a more comprehensive fitness smartwatch than Venu Sq. This includes the ability to count floors climbed and on-screen animated workout modes that can coach you through some of your favorite activities, and can save you money on fitness program subscriptions. Vivoactive 4 has both gyroscope and accelerometer, while Venu Sq has only an accelerometer, the implication is that Vivoactive 4 will give a more accurate measurement for angular activities as it can sense both linear and rotational movements.

Battery Life: Garmin Vivoactive 4 has a slightly longer battery life than Venu Sq

The battery life also differs as Vivoactive 4 has a slightly longer battery life than Venu Sq, although both smartwatches will allow you to go long from a single charge. However, while you can get about a week or more battery life with Vivoactive 4, it’s about 5 days or more with Venu Sq.

Price: Garmin Venu Sq is cheaper

As a result of the lack of the features mentioned earlier, Venu Sq is cheaper than Vivoactive 4. So, like most products, it’s a lower-price for a cut in features. In other words, if you go with Vivoactive 4, you get more features and a more durable design, while Venu Sq lacks these extra features, but is cheaper. You can view the prices at the end of this post.

Garmin Venu Sq vs Vivoactive 4 Features Compared


Which Should You Buy?

It all depends on your budget, Vivoactive 4 is clearly a better smartwatch than Venu Sq. It gives you a better experience with its extra features like on-screen workout mode and the ability to count floors climbed. Meanwhile, Venu Sq is a cheaper alternative. It’s a lightweight and decent looking smartwatch, it’s also a comprehensive fitness tracker, has a long battery life, allows you to store music, and more.

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