Garmin Lily

I bought the Garmin Lily! Sort of an impulse buy… I was just looking at my Fitbit Versa 3 on my wrist over the past week and suddenly felt very very sick of the design. I’ve had it for the past 2 years… and the Versa 2 before it… which looks almost identical. I suddenly missed the more dressy looking watches I used to wear (before switching to smart watches) so I decided to look for a smart watch that looks more dressy. Haha.

It’s a slight downgrade feature-wise compared to the Fitbit Versa 3. There’s no payment ability and no microphone to use with Google Assistant. The preset responses to text are also fixed so no customised replies possible.

I didn’t realise until I got the Garmin Lily that while I can view notifications on the watch, I am unable to “open” the app on my phone from the watch. This is something that the Versa 3 could do and I do miss this function. The other strange thing is that alarms need to be created via the Garmin Connect app on the phone instead of directly on the watch (which was the case with the Versa 3).

These issues aside, I am largely satisfied with the Lily. Firstly, it is extremely light! And the small watch face is perfect for my wrist (I have unusally small wrists for an adult). The bluetooth connection with the phone works a lot better too. One annoying issue with the Fitbit was that if you move away from the phone and the bluetooth connection is lost, after it reconnects, the watch regularly spams you with old notifications that have been seen already. And these old notifications can even go back several days! Highly annoying!

The second bug with the Versa is that the Spotify control is spotty (pun intended). I tried using the Versa to control music (just basic start/stop) while teaching dance. However, quite often, when the Versa’s screen goes to standby mode, the connection with the Spotify app is lost and it refuses to reconnect.

The Lily automatically shows music controls when Spotify is playing on my phone and so far, no issues with it at all. 🙂 Quite happy with my purchase, really. I wished the other Garmin models were not so expensive (the Venu 2 Plus would be comparable feature-wise with the Versa 3 but it is like double the price!) That said, not exactly something I need to be concerned with since the other Garmin models are too large for me anyway. Hahahaha.

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January 2023