Garmin has announced a fitness tracking “fashion watch” intended for women called Garmin Lily. It starts at $199.
The concept of tech for women often makes you get ready to put head in hand. An image of “the normal one but pink” comes to mind. But Garmin Lily has a lot more going on.
There is no pink version, but the primary appeal here is Lily’s design. It has a 34mm watch face, one much smaller than the 38-40mm of the smaller variants of other smartwatches.
Garmin Lily’s watch face also meets the strap at a single point, further reducing any bulkiness.
There are two versions of Garmin Lily. “Sport” is the cheaper of the two. It has a silicone strap and an aluminium watch bezel, and costs $199.99.
The Classic versions have a tougher stainless steel bezel and leather straps, for a less sporty appearance. Classic Lily watches cost $249.99.
Core features are the same. Garmin Lily watches have a low-power monochrome TFT LCD screen that lets the battery last up to five days despite the small size of the thing.
There’s an optical heart rate sensor underneath with Pulse OX blood oxygen monitoring. Menstrual cycle tracking and guided relaxation exercises add to the fitness tracking basics. These are features seen in most other Garmin watches.
However, the Garmin Lily does not have full GPS, found in other Garmin watches around the price. It uses Connected GPS instead. This connects to your phone to harvest location data while you, for example, run.
Of course, Garmin Lily is not made for those who will cross-reference the features and cost of various fitness trackers. It’s here to offer something different, as a capable watch that is smaller than an Apple Watch, a Fitbit Versa or Garmin Forerunner. But also prettier than a tracker band such as the Garmin Vivosport or Fitbit Inspire 2.
The Sport and Classic versions of the Garmin Lily are available now.
Classic models are available in bronze, black/“cream cold” and white/“light gold”. Sport bands come in white/“cream gold”, sand/rose gold and purple.