What is that in the sky? A new Garmin Forerunner? Or a new Garmin Fenix? No, it’s the Garmin Lily, a small and fashionable smartwatch for women. That’s right: Garmin is clearly trying to withdraw a large part of the casual smartwatch market. It tested the water in 2019 with the original Garmin Venu, followed by the smaller and more affordable in 2020 Garmin Venu Sq. Now is the time to bring out the big guns.
Well, little guns, as one of the main aspects of the new Garmin Lily is its size and, in particular, that it is small: the watch case is only 34mm wide which could make the Lily more attractive to small-wrapped women. The lily also uses Garmin’s new pregnancy tracking featureOf course, and it makes perfect sense that this was put in place a few months before the new watch was due to arrive, to address issues with it before the big reveal.
Garmin Lily could also be seen as a more feminine rival to the Fitbit Inspire HR. It’s more expensive than Fitbit’s device, but it also looks better and has an expanded suite of features.
Garmin Lily: Price and availability
Garmin Lily: main features
The Garmin Lily is available in two versions: Classic and Sport.
The Classic variety features a leather strap, stainless steel bezel and hardware and is available in three colors. According to Garmin, the lens patterns for Classic were “inspired by high-end fashion, but made subtly for everyday use”.
The sport version comes with a silicone strap, an aluminum bezel and hardware and, like the classic version, is available in three colors. The sport styles are characterized by “organic lens patterns that refer to nature, health and wellbeing,” as Garmin puts it.
Health and fitness functions include respiratory tracking, pulse ox monitoring of blood oxygen saturation, and 24/7 monitoring of stress, hydration, advanced sleep, and heart rate.
Garmin’s Body Battery ‘Energy Monitoring’ technology is also there: it shows the body’s ‘current energy level’ based on how well you slept and how much you’ve moved during the day. In theory, this information can be helpful when planning workouts, rest periods, etc.
Women’s health characteristics include menstrual cycle and pregnancy tracking, which Garmin explains, “help women at every stage of their reproductive cycle to track symptoms along with their other health and wellness data on the Garmin Connect app.”
The Lily has a number of sports modes including yoga, pilates, cardio, treadmill, etc. What it doesn’t have is built-in GPS: it connects to the GPS of a compatible smartphone to track walks, runs and rides outdoors. And of course the Lily offers common wearable fitness functions like step counting, calorie consumption, intensity minutes, etc.
The battery life is up to five days and there is obviously no GPS battery life as there is no GPS chip on board. The watch also supports smart notifications, a support function that sends a real-time location to emergency contacts in the event of an emergency, and even LiveTrack which allows friends and family to follow your activities in real time.