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Featured in the comparison chart are; the newly released Garmin Venu – a variant of the Vivoactive 4 with AMOLED display, the Fenix 6 Pro – one of the members in the Fenix 6 series and the quite older Forerunner 945. One thing these three watches have in common is the lots of activity tracking features that makes these three some of the best choices for comprehensive fitness tracking. We compare the Garmin Venu vs Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 6 Pro specs and features – which is the right choice for you? Let’s find out.

Garmin Venu vs Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 6 Pro Specs Compared

 Garmin VenuGarmin Forerunner 945Garmin Fenix 6 Pro
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EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Features:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Price:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Average:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Design:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Battery:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Price:
3.4 out of 5 stars (3.4 / 5)
Average:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Design:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Battery:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Features:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Price:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Average:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameGarmin VenuGarmin Forerunner 945Garmin Fenix 6 Pro
Device typeSport/Fitness smartwatchFitness/GPS smartwatchFitness/GPS smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Vivoactive 3 MusicGarmin Forerunner 935Garmin Fenix 5
Successor------
Released dateSeptember, 2019April, 2019August, 2019
Ideal forUnisexMen (will look good too on women.)Men (will look good too on women.)

DISPLAY

Display typeAMOLEDTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Display size1.2 inch 1.2 inch 1.3 inch
Screen resolution390 x 390 pixels240 x 240 pixels260 x 260 pixels
Density------
Input typeTouchscreen plus 2 physical button 5 buttons, not touchscreen 5 buttons, not touchscreen

BODY

ShapeCircularCircularCircular
Dimension43.2 x 43.2 x 12.4 mm47 x 47 x 13.7 mm47 x 47 x 14.7 mm
Weight46.3 grams 50 grams 83 grams
Casing materialFiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear coverFiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear coverFiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear cover
Strap/band materialSiliconeSiliconeSilicone
Titanium
Nylon
Leather
Bezel MaterialStainless steelFiber-reinforced polymerStainless steel or
DLC coated steel
Strap size20mm22mm22mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass 3Corning® Gorilla® Glass DXCorning Gorilla Glass 3
Sapphire Crystal
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATMYes, 10ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Gold/black
Rose gold/tan
Silver/dark gray
Black/black
BlackBlack

MEMORY

RAM------
Internal storage4GBUp to 1000 songs32GB
Memory card slot------

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+Bluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+Yes, and ANT+
Wi-FiYesYesYes
NFCYesYesYes
GPSGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/Galileo

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNoNo
SIM slotNoNoNo
BandNoNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
Weather forecastYesYesYes
Third-party appsYesYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep trackingYesYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYes
Distance coveredYesYesYes
Steps climbedYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Bluetooth musicYesYesYes
RadioNoNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNoNo
MicrophoneNoNoNo
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

Accelerometer YesYesYes
AltimeterYesYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
BarometerYesYesYes
Gyroscope YesYesYes
Ambient lightYesYesYes
Other sensorsCompass and Thermometer
Pulse Ox.
Compass and Thermometer
Pulse Ox.
Compass and Thermometer
Pulse Ox.

PLATFORM

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

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity ------
Battery lifeSmartwatch mode: Up to 5 days

GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
Smartwatch Mode: Up to 2 weeks
GPS mode with music: Up to 10 hours
GPS mode without music: Up to 36 hours
Smartwatch: Up to 14 days
GPS: Up to 36 hours
GPS and Music: Up to 10 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode: 72 hours
Expedition GPS Activity: 28 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 48 days
ChargingUSB charging cableUSB charging cableUSB charging cable
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

MISC

Payment systemGarmin payGarmin payGarmin pay
Compatibility Android 4.4+ and iOS 8.0+Check if your device is compatible Android 4.4 or later
IOS 10.0 or later
Bluetooth 4.0 or later
Check if your device is compatible
Companion appGarmin connect appGermin connect IQ storeGarmin connect IQ store
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mmYes, 22mmYes, 22mm
Voice commandNoNoNo

BOX CONTENTS

Garmin VenuGarmin Forerunner 945Garmin Fenix 6 Pro
StrapsStrapsStraps
USB charging cableUSB charging cableUSB charging cable
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide

PRICE COMPARED

PriceAbout $400About $600About $700

What’s the Difference?

Garmin Venu vs Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 6 Pro Features Compared

  1. Garmin Venu vs Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 6 Pro: Design

  2. The new sets of Garmin smartwatches come in more stylish and sturdy build – a step up from what we’ve seen thus far, and off course each of the three in this comparison has got a remarkable design.

    The main differences come in the sizes, we’ve a smaller Venu and quite bigger 945 and 6 Pro. The 43mm Venu is quite compact than the 945 and 6 Pro at 47mm, it also slimmer at 12.4mm compared to 13.7mm 945 and 14.7mm 6 Pro which is somewhat thick. The Venu being smaller also weighs the least which no doubt makes it a more comfortable wear all day long.

    In addition, the Venu and 6 Pro with stainless steel bezel look more attractive than the 945 with fiber-reinforced polymer bezel. Moreover, the 6 Pro being a higher-end device is available in DLC coated steel with a lot more option for straps compared to the Venu and 945 with silicone straps.

    The Venu being the first of Garmin smartwatch powered by the AMOLED display has a more lively and interactive display that’s intriguing to watch indoors or under dimmed light compared to the MIP tranflective LCD display. Although, the 945 and 6 Pro are a lot easier to read outdoors than the Venu.

  3. Garmin Venu vs Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 6 Pro: Storage

  4. Although all three watches ship with onboard storage capacity that allow you take your favorite tracks with you, the Venu and 945 fall short behind the 6 Pro with a whooping 32GB storage capacity which allow you take a lot more music with you compared to 945 and Venu 4GB.

  5. Garmin Venu vs Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 6 Pro: Waterproof Rating

  6. While the Venu and 945 are both rated 5ATM (waterproof up to 50 meters), the 6 Pro is rated 10ATM (waterproof up to 100 meters) which makes it an ideal choice for deep water activities. A feature deep water explorers will find very helpful, especially with the now featured swimming heart rate tracking.

  7. Garmin Venu vs Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 6 Pro: Fitness Tracking

  8. Similar to other Garmin smartwatches, each of these three is fitness-focused and even more equipped with more fitness tracking features to comprehensively track your active life. However, the Venu lacks preloaded color maps which is present on both the 945 and 6 Pro. And this makes the later two better choices for outdoor activity tracking. Moreover, the 6 Pro features ski maps with over 2000 resorts to choose from which places it ahead of the 945.

    All three are well equipped to track your daily activities such as steps, calories, fitness level, distance, sleep monitoring, and all day stress tracking.

    Each of these three also feature indoor gym activities such as indoor rowing, strength training and cardio training, including in-depth training and planning analysis features that includes training load, training effect and activity history on the watch.

    All three watches feature running features such as running, treadmill running and trail running, plus heart rate sensor that tracks your heart rate variability and capable of showing your heart rate zones, max. heart rate and recovery time to help you manage the intensity of your training so that you can achieve more fitness goals without breaking down.

    All three watches feature outdoor recreational features that include hiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, XC skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing, and jumpmaster. And cycling features such as biking, indoor biking, mountain biking, triathlon, including in-depth golf and swimming features.

    Also available on these three is the body battery energy monitor feature that uses data from heart rate variability, stress, sleep and other data to gauge when you’re ready to be active or when you may need to rest so that you train and achieve more without breaking down.

    The incident detection feature introduced to the Forerunner series is also available on all three watches which can help you get help when there’s there’s a fall or no response. It sends your location to preset emergency contacts.

    Pulse Ox sensor introduced on the Fenix 5x plus is also available on all three watches. The pulse ox. sensor serves two functions; A. for altitude acclimation, where it can help you know when it’s not safe to continue climbing and B. sleep monitoring to help you see your quality of sleep. The Pulse ox. sensor achieves these functions by monitoring how well your body absorbs oxygen.

    However, the table below highlights the main differences in activity tracking features among the Venu vs 945 vs 6 Pro,

    Garmin Venu Garmin Forerunner 945 Garmin Fenix 6 Pro
    Lacks preloaded maps with trendline popularity routing. Preloaded topographical maps with trendline popularity routing available on the 6 pro and 945 enables full color TOPO maps with millions of routes allowing for more visual and analytic features to help you find the best route. Preloaded topographical maps with trendline popularity routing available on the 6 pro and 945 enables full color TOPO maps with millions of routes allowing for more visual and analytic features to help you find the best route.
    Lacks Pacepro. Lacks Pacepro (Will be added in future updates). Garmin added PacePro to the Fenix 6 sets which includes the 6 pro. The PacePro feature enables grade-guidance that can improve your running experience.
    Lacks Ski resort maps. Lacks Ski resort maps (may be added in future updates). Ski resort maps is available on the 6 pro with over 2000 ski resorts worldwide to choose from.
    Garmin added animated onscreen workout modes that can coach you through your favorite moves. This can save you a lot of money on subscription. Lacks animated onscreen workout modes. Lacks animated onscreen workout modes.
    Lacks group live tracking and live event sharing. Features group live tracking that enable you invite other members of the community to train with you as well as live event sharing. Features group live tracking that enable you invite other members of the community to train with you as well as live event sharing.
    Fewer training and analysis tools, lacks training effect, training load and multisport activity tracking. More training and analysis tools, features training load, training effect and multisport activity tracking (auto and manual). More training and analysis tools, features training load, training effect and multisport activity tracking (auto and manual).
    Lacks ClimbPro. Features ClimbPro ascent planner with downloaded courses to help you see real-time information on your current and upcoming climbs, including gradient, distance and elevation gain. Features ClimbPro ascent planner with downloaded courses to help you see real-time information on your current and upcoming climbs, including gradient, distance and elevation gain.
    Added swimming wrist based heart rate tracking which allow you track your heart rate while swimming which can help you get better insight into your swimming activities. Lacks wrist-based swimming heart rate tracking. Added swimming wrist based heart rate tracking which allow you track your heart rate while swimming which can help you get better insight into your swimming activities.

  9. Garmin Venu vs Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 6 Pro: Battery Life

Each of these has got an impressive long battery life that lets you go long on a single charge, something fitness enthusiasts will truly appreciate. However, the Venu with 5 days battery life (no thanks to the AMOLED display) falls far behind the 945 and 6 Pro with about two weeks long battery life.

In addition, the new battery saver modes introduced to the Fenix 6 series gives the Fenix 6 Pro a longer battery life (battery saver modes will come to 945 in future updates).

Garmin Venu Garmin Forerunner 945 Garmin Fenix 6 Pro
Smartwatch mode: Up to 5 days
GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
GPS mode without music: Up to 20 hours
Smartwatch Mode: Up to 2 weeks
GPS mode with music: Up to 10 hours
GPS mode without music: Up to 36 hours
Smartwatch: Up to 14 days
GPS: Up to 36 hours
GPS and Music: Up to 10 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode: 72 hours
Expedition GPS Activity: 28 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 48 days
Garmin Venu vs Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 6 Pro: Which is Better?

Obviously, each of these three is fantastic, outstanding in design, activity tracking, features and long battery life.
However, the Fenix 6 Pro being a more comprehensive and higher-end smartwatch is the best choice, but will cost you more ( about $100 more). It’s seconded by the Forerunner 945 which is also a comprehensive activity tracker with an impressive long battery life.

the Venu being a more compact device is far cheaper than the other two, yet top quality, and will make a great choice for activity tracking while also having a quite impressive battery life. It’s the best choice for women and those with smaller wrists.

If you’re hiking, outdoor running and other outdoor activities, the any of the 945 or 6 Pro will make a perfect choice.

Our Pick

Although a bit more expensive than the Forerunner 945, I go with the Fenix 6 Pro – it’s a more comprehensive smartwatch with more features and a more comprehensive activity tracker with more fitness tracking features and a premium design while also having a long battery life.

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