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Garmin Venu 2 vs Venu 2s

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Garmin Venu 2 Fitness Smartwatch

Venu 2

Garmin Venu 2s Fitness Smartwatch

Venu 2s

BATTERY LIFE (DAYS)​

11

10

GPS MODE (HOURS) (W/MUSIC)​

22 (8)

19 (7)

DISPLAY​

1.3" AMOLED​

1.1" AMOLED​

CASE SIZE​

45.4 mm​

40.4 mm​

CASE THICKNESS​

12.2 mm

12.1 mm

WEIGHT​

49 g

38.2g

BAND SIZE​

22 mm

18 mm

TOUCHSCREEN​

Yes

WATER RESISTANCE​

5 ATM

MUSIC STORAGE​

650 songs

SMART FEATURES​

Find my phone, weather, calendar, text messages, notifications, and more​

GARMIN PAY​

Yes

CONNECTIVITY​

Bluetooth, Wifi, and ANT+​

HR SENSOR

Garmin Elevate™ V4.0

OTHER SENSORS​

GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Pulse Ox, altimeter, compass, gyroscope, accelerometer, thermometer​

Garmin Venu 2 vs Venu 2s- Advanced Multi-Sport Tracking Metrics
Advanced Multi-Sport Tracking Metrics

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • No workout analytics like Fenix and Forerunner models
  • No FULL Always-on faces like typical Garmin transflective displays
  • No LTE version
  • Smaller Venu 2s version is still pretty bulky on smaller wrists
Garmin Venu 2s - Gold
Garmin Venu 2s - Gold

Biggest Upgrades

      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.

Garmin Venu 2s - Advanced Biometrics
Advanced Biometrics

Always-OFF Display

      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.

Garmin Venu 2 - Smart Notifications
Garmin Venu 2 - Smart Notifications

Anything Missing?

      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.

Garmin Venu 2 - Widget Glances
Widget Glances

Conclusion

Garmin Venu 2 vs Venu 2s

     The Garmin Venu 2 is a very impressive upgrade from the first Venu, and that’s saying a lot. With a PPG heart rate monitor that’s as good, or better than, the Apple Watch’s, it’s perfect for monitoring health metrics.

     The upgraded battery life is my personal favorite.  Paired with the 1.3″ display (or 1.1″ on the 2s), it’s a smartwatch-lovers dream. 

     If you can handle the 45.4 mm of the Venu 2 then it’s well worth it, if only for the extra battery life and larger screen. Even the 2s is pretty big for a “small version.”  On the other hand, having the 18mm pin setup makes it easy to find the right fit using your favorite band style. 

Garmin Venu 2 and Venu 2s Fitness Smartwatches
Garmin Venu 2 and Venu 2s

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…

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