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Garmin ‘Venu SQ’ A Watch Face & All-In-One Data Field For Walking/Hiking That Worked Well For I.

by Anura Guruge


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The Garmin ‘Venu SQ‘ has a relatively small — but very bright & attractive — screen (albeit, alas, not AMOLED).

I found that these two screens worked really well for I.

The all-in-one data field gave me as much data as I got from my Fenix 6 where I use 6-fields. The Venu SQ doesn’t support that many data fields BUT this data field allows you to bypass that.

Check them out on Garmin ‘Connect IQ’.


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Garmin ‘Venu SQ (Music)’: GPS Distance, HR, Pace etc. Very Accurate. Very Slight Overcounting Of Steps.

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I have done two walks with the Venu SQ with it side-by-side (on my left wrist) next to my Fenix 6 Solar PRO.

One walk last night was just under a mile; this morning’s walk was 5.45 miles.

GPS distance was within 0.03-mile. 5.45 on the Fenix vs 5.48 on the Venu SQ. That is not bad. On the short night walk the Venu was out by just 10-steps! Over the 5.45-miles it overcounted by 320 steps. That, from my experience, is not bad at all, at all.

GPS distance on the Fenix 6 is fairly reliable. I have checked it against multiple other Fenixs, a MARQ, Fitbits, Polars, AMAZFITs not to mention phones & cars. Difficult to ever get two devices to be exactly spot on re. GPS, but my Fenix 6 is within the acceptable band. I test all other watches against it – at least to start with. I am happy with the Venu SQ. I have seen some HOWLERS this year – though not from Garmin. SMILE. So, that is all good & encouraging. 3% overcount is tolerable. I am sure I could optimize it if I messed around with stride length. Started using the Venu SQ as my primary (& thus only) watch as of this afternoon. I have tried some new watch faces & a very FINE all-in-one Data Field for walking. With that one Data Field I get all the data, on one screen, as I was with a customized screen on my Fenix 6. More on that on a later review. For now – thumbs up.


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by Anura Guruge

The New Polar ‘Ignite’ & My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ Side-By-Side On My Wrist.

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I was sent an ‘Ignite’ — Polar’s latest smartwatch — for evaluation. I just this very minute started wearing it after putting away my Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ (carefully wrapped in soft cloth). I have been wearing the MARQ non-stop (bar when charging it) for 43-days since getting it on May 20, 2019.

The back of the ‘Ignite’ if nothing else is ‘busy’. The four shiny contacts are used for charging. But, I am not sure whether they also play a role in heart rate (HR) monitoring per Polar’s supposedly innovative ‘Precision Prime sensor fusion technology‘. I am curious whether Polar does a better job at HR monitoring than Garmin. I will endeavor to find out.


November last year I did try out a Polar Vantage V for a couple of weeks. That supposedly had the same HR technology and I can’t recall seeing any HR data that was that far different to what I was used to with my Garmins.

The Ignite looks like a diluted Vantage V. We will see. Stay tuned.

Always fun to try out news watches. Yes, I am lucky being able to do so.


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‘Fitbit Inspire HR’ Heart Rate Readings Par With My $750 ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’.

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Last night I started wearing my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus alongside the Inspire HR to see how the readings matched up.

I checked the heart rate (HR) on a pretty regular basis.

The Inspire HR heart rate was always with +/- 5 beats per minute (bpm) of the Fenix 5+.

That +/- 5 b

pm variation is GOOD. Very good.

Neither the Fenix nor the Inspire HR measure HR ‘non-stop’ so to speak. They read it a few times each minute. Maybe once a minute. That is to save battery life. So, there is no guarantee that they are both reading my wrist at the same time. What I did observe is that the Inspire HR always catches up to the Fenix within 30-seconds or so.

I have had (and worn) a Fenix 5(+) for nearly a year. I have checked its HR against multiple other devices: blood pressure cuffs, oximeters etc. I even got a nurse to check it last August. She was impressed. Said the Fenix 5 readings were within the range they consider ‘more than acceptable’.

I was impressed. $750 watch vs a band that costs $99.95. Just wanted to share that with you.


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Without Heart Rate It Is Meaningless To Compare ‘Casio Protech’ To ‘Garmin Fenix 5’.

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I happened to see the ‘Gear Petrol’ article in my Google News feed and was intrigued to see what this competitor to the Garmin Fenix 5 (Plus) was. A Casio? Wow.

I used to, in the 1980s, be a big fan of Casio though I honestly can’t remember whether I ever owned. I am sure I must have.

While I knew Casio continued to make ruggedized, outdoor watches I did not think they were in the same league as a Garmin Fenix.

So, I looked and did some quick research. Though Casio does make some ‘inexpensive’ watches with Heart Rate (HR), HR is NOT available on the Pro Tech line.

Without HR it is NOT a FITNESS tracker. Just a smartwatch with GPS.

But, Casio has the resources, smarts and drive to get that right. So, as of now I am going to keep an eye on Casio. I suspect that by this time next year Casio may have a watch that is as good as today’s Garmin Fenix 5 (but probably not as good as the ‘Plus’ in that it is unlikely to have music).

So, stay tuned.


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by Anura Guruge