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You don't need to be a fitness fanatic to find value in a smartwatch with health metrics. Take Garmin's sleek Venu Sq fitness-focused smartwatch: It can play music, pay your bill at a store or restaurant, alert you with notifications from your phone — and also track your workouts and give you feedback about your heart rate and pulse ox. In other words, it's about fitness, sure, but also a whole lot more. It makes your life better, from morning till night (and even through the night).
Originally $200, Garmin’s Venu Sq is now just $130. This is the lowest price we've seen for this popular smartwatch. Now's the time to grab one — so you can take advantage of the sale and be ready to hit the ground running (or walking fast) when your New Year's Resolutions come calling.
You'll get free shipping on this item, but if you happen to have Amazon Prime you'll get so much more. Like the ability to stream music from Amazon on your new smartwatch, plus discounts at Whole Foods and all sorts of other perks. If you’re not yet a Prime member you can start a free free 30-day trial here.
The Venu Sq comes in orchid (above), slate, silver, and white. It features a 1.3 inch water-resistant touchscreen with a crisp color display. It has a sleep monitor and heart rate monitor and helps you keep track of health metrics from heart rate to hydration to sleep quality. With more than 20 preloaded sports apps — running, cycling, swimming and golf, to name a few — it enables you to easily create your own workouts via the Garmin Connect app.
When paired with a smartphone, the Venu Sq can also provide you with call, text or social media notifications right on your wrist. It even has safety and tracking features that can send your location to designated contacts (good for emergencies).
With a strong focus on fitness, this watch sparks enthusiasm in reviewers looking for help on the exercise front. One five-star reviewer said they were “astonished at the breadth and depth of the information this watch provides…In addition to a wide selection of activities to monitor, the information on the general state of health and quality of sleep is impressive and useful.”
A second reviewer echoed this sentiment and says, "...I find the heart rate tracker to be super accurate.” A shopper who purchased the device for medical reasons says they particularly appreciate that “the watch does continuous heart rate monitoring… I can also alert my emergency contacts and send them my location if I need to.”
Others appreciate the communication notifications. This reviewer said the Venu Sq “probably has more features than I will ever use but I love the things I can do on it… Email notifications; I can tell when my phone is ringing somewhere else in the house… and I can see my text messages coming through.” Another reviewer pointed out that the watch “Allows me to see phone notifications (that I want to see, and I can shut off those I don’t), and quickly dismiss incoming robocalls.”
Fans of the sleek smartwatch also like the ease of use; this reviewer says “It was easy to set up and sync with my Android phone and my healthcare platform. And the face is large and easy to read.” And this happy shopper, a personal trainer and triathlete, bottom lines it: “I’ve been a Garmin fan for years - their devices last a long time and they’re the best at fitness tracking. Beautiful screen, easy to navigate and set up.”
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