Garmin Vivoactive 4 vs Venu: Which Is Better?

March 13, 2020, 6:28 a.m.

Video made by Gauging Gadgets

It might be hard to see the difference between the Garmin venu and vivoactive. Both are priced at $350 and look very similar. Let's dive deeper into a comparison between the two:

Garmin vivoactive vs. venu: Differences

These two are basically the same watches. The biggest difference between them is the size and the displays.


There are two different sizes of the vivoactive 4: 45 mm and a 40 mm modifications. 

The Garmin venu case is 43 mm which is a bit smaller. 

Weight: Because of being smaller, the venu is 4 grams lighter than the vivoactive 4. 

Bezel material & Color modifications

The vivoactive and venu bezel is stainless steel.

The venu comes in four color options: gold, slate, silver, and rose gold. They all have a silicone band.

The vivoactive 4S has four color options: light gold, gold, silver, and slate. All of them have a silicone band as well.

The vivoactive 4 coming in two colors: slate and silver.

These all modifications have different shades of cases too.


The most significant difference between the watches would be the display. 

The Garmin venu is the first Garmin watch that has an AMOLED display. It's vivid and sharp. The Garmin vivoactive's display is sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP). Because of the AMOLED display, on the Garmin venu in an activity, you cannot have a white background show on the display. Which can make it a little bit easier to see it when you're running. Compared to every other Garmin watch, the colors on venu's display look awesome.

Screen resolution & size

With the venu, you get a beautiful and vibrant 1.2 inches display with 390x390 resolution.

The vivoactive 4 resolution is 260x260 and the size would be 1.2 inches. The 4S version's display is 1.1 in and has a 218x218 resolution.

Band's size

The venu has a 20 mm band. The largest version of the vivoactive has a 22-millimeter band.

Wi-Fi connectivity

The vivoactive 4S is not wi-fi enabled, while the vivoactive 4 and venu can be connected to the app.

What is similar between the Garmin vivoative and venu?

When it comes to design, they both have two same-looking buttons located on the same side. Both also have silicone bands. From the back, there is no visible difference. 

Battery life

The Garmin venu offers 5 days at best depending on using. The vivoactive tho can last up to 7 days. With GPS mode on, there will be 6 hours max.

Data both watches offer:

  • menstrual cycle tracking 
  • hydration tracking 
  • pulse ox
  • body battery 
  • Garmin assistant 
  • incident detection the ability to store music on the watch 
  • Bluetooth headphones
  • Wi-Fi (not in the 4S version)
  • others

Also, you can view all the notifications from your phone and even respond to them if you have an Android phone. They both have Garmin coach and they both track your stress level as well as your breaths per minute.

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