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Garmin’s finest watch is designed for small wrists

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Besides its size, there are other features that the company says make the Lily a “feminine” device, such as its T-bars. There is also a “subtly patterned lens” that sits just below the watch face to add texture. This design differs depending on which model of Lily you choose, and there are six different styles available in two categories: Classic or Sport. The unit I received had a wavy design, while our editor-in-chief Valentina Palladino got a version with a sort of checkered pattern. Because the Lily’s touchscreen isn’t always on and goes to sleep when it’s idle, you’re left with the lens pattern to look at.

The markings are subtle enough that they don’t interfere with the words and graphics on the Lily’s monochrome LCD touchscreen. Speaking of, besides tapping and dragging on the screen, you can also use the capacitive key at the bottom of the face to operate the watch. There are no physical buttons here.

Functionally, the Lily offers a mix of features found on other Garmin watches such as the Venu Sq and the Vivomove Style. These two have color displays (and the Vivomove uses an AMOLED), but otherwise offer the same water resistance rating of 5 ATM and monitoring for heart rate, stress, hydration, respiratory rate and blood oxygen. Of course, since their screens are different, battery life also varies. Garmin says the Lily will last for 14 days of activity tracking (7 timed sessions), which is the same as the Vivomove style, while the Venu Sq only lasts 200 hours of activity tracking.


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