GARMIN LILY Review – An Elegant Fitness Smartwatch
So this is really going to look great on a smaller wrist, which is why i say in general, it’s, probably going to be more of a woman’s watch. Of course, men could wear this if you wanted to, i don’t judge uh, but all things considered, this is a watch that has some great female female cycle tracking on there. Obviously, a lot of great health tracking we’ll talk about tons of great features and a very really the highlight is the small compact and very aesthetic design, okay, so let’s start off with that. The design of this watch, as you can see on the front like i said, it’s a 34 millimeter watch so way way smaller than most others, which have like 42, 45, 46 millimeter bodies way way larger watches out there, and so this one it’s kind of nice To see it in such a small light design, honestly i mean if it didn’t look so incredibly small on my wrist. I would even consider wearing this just because of how light it is. You can see that it has a patterned glass on the front there’s several different designs and i’ll show you guys on the screen here, but this one has a really nice gold bezel around there. It is gorilla glass in the front, so it is pretty durable as well, and there are two different variations of this they’re really the same watch but there’s a sport one and there’s like a luxury one.
The only difference besides fifty dollars is that the more luxury one is going to come with a leather band, a genuine leather band versus the silicone strap you’re. Getting with the sport version and replacing the strap is possible, but it’s really there’s, no quick release, so it’s not super convenient. So i would definitely urge you to consider before buying one, if you’re going to be wearing this more when you’re working out or if you don’t, really plan on working out with it. Now with that being said, this is kind of an aluminum and polymer design. So, overall, pretty durable water resistant up to 50 meters and on the front you can see that we have really no buttons anywhere on this watch. No speakers, no microphones, it’s a really simple design. That kind of reminds me of the garmin viva move style. If you guys remember that was one of my favorite hybrid watches for a while, and so this actually only has a monochrome display. So it only shows you like white, and so this one only showing white right here behind that glass. It is actually really easy to see. You think that the pattern would maybe be distracting, but honestly it’s, not so i’m, going to get into an interface tour in a second. But let’s talk about some of the features that this actually has. So it doesn’t have gps on here and there’s, no music storage. But other than that, if we flip it over to the back, you’ll see that we do have a heart rate sensor there we do have spo2 tracking, so you can really utilize the accelerometer and those sensors to track a lot of your health.
Even if your phone is not connected, if your phone is connected, you can use connected gps and that’s going to be tracking your runs. That way, but, like i said, it’ll just use the accelerometer and estimate how far you went based on your custom stride length. If your phone’s not connected now, like i said the display here, is pretty easy to see: it’s very bright, it’s easy to read, good detail on all the numbers and the letters and everything, so i think the display honestly they did a good job. It is a touch screen, so any kind of interactions would do it’s, generally just swiping left right or up and down on the bottom. You have a circle that it’s not a button but it’s like a capacitive touch sensor, it’s, really just like the rest of the touch screen and so that’s going to be your home button, your back button and so talking about some of the other features you’ll see On this watch we have high heart rate alerts, low heart rate alerts, real time, continuous heart rate monitoring, 24 7 sleep tracking idle alerts do not disturb mode when you’re sleeping that’s scheduled in. If you want it to be, you have auto fitness detection, custom stride calibration and a ton of other stuff like that in the app that really allows you to track and really customize this to exactly your needs. This also has 13 different workouts that you can track and you can put seven from the app over onto the watch and, of course, the seven workouts you choose, you can change them anytime.
You want very easily within the app and so you’re, not really limited to seven just seven, when your phone’s disconnected basically there’s also some other things. So you have quick replies, but that only works on android. So if you have an iphone, obviously you’re a little bit left out there. Unfortunately, this watch does not have nfc for garmin pay. I would like to see it on here, but it is what it is. It does have some other cool features. This has an sos emergency contact feature where you can send an sos to somebody from the watch and essentially it’s, going to just send a text to whoever your contact is. Let them know you’re in trouble so that you can get help as quickly as possible. There is no always on display, but of course you have that patterned glass in the front, so it really is pretty much an accessory just by itself and so that’s. Pretty much everything to look at on the outside of this watch. Let’S actually get into an interface tour and you guys will start to see some of the features that this watch actually has. So let’s take a look at the interface right now, starting off on the watch face. You actually can customize the watch face just by tapping on it, and you can see your heart rates, your body battery, your calories, all kinds of different stuff like that or we can actually just change the watch face as i’ll show you how to do that.
In a second looking at another thing, actually is the brightness of the display. It is really easy to see unless you like, really tilt it into some weird glare like right there, but in most situations i have no problem seeing that we can then swipe left or right across the screen to go through a series of widgets. So this the first one is going to be my day with my steps and things of that nature. Similarly, the heart rate stats right here, so your stress level, your body battery. You can tap on any one of them so, for example, stress level we’ll go in and read the stress right now or i can tap on it again and go into a breathing exercise if we tap on the bottom button. I said this was your back button or your home button. In this case it is our back button and we can continue swiping through and so right now, i’ll show you guys in the app in a second how to actually customize these, but right now i have pretty much every widget i could find on here just to Show you guys all of them, but you saw the calendar, the weather, my step count body battery, all kinds of different stuff on here: the heart rate notifications, your breath count right now or your breath rate and all kinds of stuff like that, the last one is Going to be the music controls, although this doesn’t actually have music on here, you can control the music on your phone using this device, and that brings us back to the watch face here, and so those are all the widgets.
I usually wouldn’t recommend keeping nearly that many because it does take a while to cycle through them, but keeping five or six is really convenient if we swipe down from the top. We have some really cool quick settings here, so we have music controls. We have notifications. We can find my phone, so my phone will beep, we can set an alarm, go to do not disturb or night mode and of course we can go to an sos which is going to send a text to whoever my sos contact is now from the watch. Face we can tap on the little home button on the bottom and it brings us into a series of apps. We can go and check out activities and, like i said, the seven that we have on here are going to show up. So we can go for a run. Cardio is just a generic one. Strength interval, training, all kinds of stuff like that, or we can hit the back button and look at some of the other apps watch faces. You can tap on this and change them and, of course, a lot of them, because this is a monochrome display, there’s not going to be a whole lot of variation, but there’s a different amount of information. They can show in a different style, different fonts. So i think garmin did a pretty good job of showing a couple different ways they could actually appear. We can tap on the little button again to go back to the apps and check out clocks, which is going to be essentially just timers, alarms and a stopwatch.
We could also go to settings and then that brings us back to activities but going into settings here. We have even more stuff, so we can set hydration alerts. We can go and check out our vo2 max. We can look at our heart rate settings. We can find our phone or make sure the phone is paired correctly. We can go to system settings, we can see about and that’s pretty much it if we go to system settings there’s not a whole lot here, other than brightness the vibration and, of course, how long it takes for the screen to time out and of course there We have a notification when you tap on it, you can delete it or you can tap on the right side and actually have a quick reply. As you see right here, i’m not going to send a quick reply at the minute, but going back to those settings, you can go down and you see a lot of other stuff there as well. Okay, so i want to give you a quick tour of the app this is the garmin connect app where you’re going to be controlling settings for your watch and getting any kind of health analytics here? So you can see the heart rate is going to give you real time, information, the real time heart rate. You can tap on that and see a seven day four week, one year. Whatever timeline, you want to see for your heart rate, to see if you’re, generally trending, lower or higher than normal and probably easier than that is just to look at the body battery below that which honestly does a pretty good job it’s a garmin specific index.
That is going to reflect how energized you probably feel right now it could do things such as reflect uh when you might be getting sick when you didn’t sleep well, when you’re exercising less than usual, like a lot of stuff goes into this, and it does a Really good job, honestly of reflecting how i feel at different times of the day and in different situations. You have your step count here, your calories, your breath, your respiration, of course, which again could also be used to indicate your health, your current standing, and if we go up on the top to the the watch, and so here we can change some pretty fundamental things. The first thing is the appearance, and so the first thing glances is essentially what widgets are going to be shown. As you saw in the interface tour, we have all the widgets there right now, except for female cycle tracking is not shown here, because it knows that i’m a male and it automatically doesn’t. Allow me to activate that in the app, but if i said i was a female in the garmin app, then it would show up and allow me to do that. We also have display options for how long it’s going to be displayed, and if we want the wrist gesture on or off going down, we have alerts, and this could be things such as a high heart rate alert. If you see that right here, abnormal heart rate or a low heart rate alert for that matter, and you can set the threshold for that, you have move alerts.
If you’re sitting around for too long alarms, you can have smart notifications, all kinds of different things for alerts just to kind of use the information without you having to look at it and just kind of remind you of different things, different situations, activity options. As i said, we have seven you can choose out of the i believe, 13 total and then, of course, we can go down to general, and this is going to be some pretty basic stuff like how you want things to be displayed, but that’s everything really that You’D be customizing within the app okay, so overall the garmin lilly. I think a lot of you could agree is a really nice looking device and being that it’s made by garmin. It delivers a lot of that health tracking functionality that i really wanted to see on here. So i was very excited by all of that. Of course, the compact design and the really lightweight design as well make this fantastic for any kind of workout you’re really going to forget it’s, even on your wrist other than the fact that it just looks really nice and you’re probably going to get compliments with it. On your wrist, some things were not so great with this, though there’s a couple things that had me kind of i wish they were improved. One of them is just getting this to turn on, so you can double tap it and it does usually turn on, but sometimes it’s a little bit tricky.
So i had problems with that when i was using this – and i had some other females wear this as well, and they gave me the same feedback that double tapping. That is sometimes inconsistent. Of course, the other way to wake this up is to tilt to wake. So it’s on your wrist, you flick your wrist up and again, not the most consistent here, but once you get used to how to do this, you kind of have to flick your wrist up in a very specific and quick way. Then i had no problems with it at all and so that’s a little bit of a learning curve there it’s something that i wish again having a physical button is usually beneficial for that type of purpose, but it’s, something that i’m sure garmin will kind of resolve Over time, with more updates on top of that, it doesn’t really pair with other devices, so heart rate straps. If you want to do that or maybe like a treadmill, a lot of other peripheral devices don’t play nicely with this. So that’s a little bit of a drawback again, something that i think very few people would probably be doing, but i don’t know i’m sure there’s some people that would want to have a heart rate strap with this. The accuracy on the heart rate strap, like i said, or the accuracy on the heart rate sensor on here rather, like i said, was pretty accurate, garmin’s really good at that stuff.
That’S kind of their bread and butter with wearables is tracking fitness, and i was really happy to see that this is no exception. So overall, the garmin lily i feel like. I really don’t, need to make a conclusion here. I feel like it’s, very likely you’re in one of two categories right now: either you watch this whole video and you absolutely loved the way it looked. You really liked the features that it had and, as i said, all the features are really well executed on here and it’s going to be a great buy. I don’t think you’ll regret buying it or the second category is you watch this whole video and you thought: what do you mean it? Doesn’T have onboard music storage, it doesn’t have gps and in that situation, you’re, probably looking for something a little bit more functional and if that’s the case, then maybe something like the garmin venue. Sq would be the perfect watch for you, or maybe the apple watch sc and both of those are gon na be selling at a similar ish price to this one. So you guys can leave a comment below and let me know what you think of the garmin lily.