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Regardless of if you’re considering the Venu 2, or the smaller 2s, we wanted you to know the main differences, so you can make the best decision for your needs. Luckily, whichever version you choose you won’t have to sacrifice any core features that make Garmin wearables so special.
Garmin Venu 2 vs Venu 2s
BATTERY LIFE (DAYS)
GPS MODE (HOURS) (W/MUSIC)
Find my phone, weather, calendar, text messages, notifications, and more
Bluetooth, Wifi, and ANT+
Garmin Elevate™ V4.0
GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Pulse Ox, altimeter, compass, gyroscope, accelerometer, thermometer
- Excellent battery life
- Endless 20mm and 18mm 3rd-party replacement band options
- Powerful fitness and sports tracking platform (Garmin Connect)
- Plenty of music storage for phone-free workouts
- Best-in-class Garmin Elevate V4.0 heart rate sensor for ultimate accuracy
- Stunning AMOLED display
- Accurate and responsive touchscreen
- Best-in-class Garmin Connect fitness app (iOS and Android)
- No workout analytics like Fenix and Forerunner models
- No FULL Always-on faces like typical Garmin transflective displays
- No LTE version
When it comes to the Venu 2 vs Venu 2s, they’re both the first Garmins to have their new Garmin Elevate V4.0 heart rate sensor. Besides the better tracking accuracy, the new sensor is much more efficient on battery life, too.
Under normal usage, you’ll get around 10 days of battery life. That’s about double the battery life of the first Venu and Venu SQ.
The biggest difference compared to most traditional Garmin wearables is the display. The transflective display style that Garmin typically uses is replaced by a high-resolution AMOLED display.
Even though it produces bright, vibrant colors, you don’t get the full-screen Always-on mode faces that are achievable with transflective displays. If that’s the style you like, the Vivoactive series is the perfect option.
They still didn’t include the advanced workout analytics that you get on the Forerunner and Fenix series. You’ll still get advanced running metrics, VO2, and other premium metrics, which is adequate for most people, though.
Just like with the VivoActive series, the Venu series is geared towards simplicity. In fact, the Venu 2 is your best option if you don’t like the look of the Fitbit Sense but still want a premium fitness smartwatch.
The Garmin Venu 2 is a very impressive upgrade from the first Venu, and that’s saying a lot. With an upgraded PPG heart rate monitor that’s as good, or better than, the Apple Watch Series 7 at monitoring health biometrics.
The upgraded 10-11 day battery life is our favorite feature and is a positive side-effect of the more efficient heart rate monitor. Paired with the 1.3″ display (or 1.1″ on the 2s), it’s a smartwatch-lovers dream.
To be honest, the Garmin Venu 2 can’t compare to more traditional smartwatches since it only has a limited app store and no LTE connectivity. On the other hand, Garmin wearables aren’t made for people who need that.
Even though they has some more advanced multi-sport smartwatches like the Fenix and Forerunner series, they can be overkill for the average user. If your priority is getting the best multi-sport, health, and wellness tracking, but you still want the look and feel of a smartwatch, the Garmin Venu 2 and 2s are by far your best options.
Top 3 Watchband Brands
The stock Garmin bands are pretty nice, but the industry-standard 18mm and 22mm pin setups give you the ultimate freedom.
For workouts, the Velcro sport loops are my personal favorite. For dressing up, the nylon seat-belt style straps from Archer are durable and stylish.
Our list of the Top 3 Watchband Brands is filled with premium replacement options that fit any budget…