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Garmin’s first real smartwatches, the Venu and Venu SQ, were a hit with traditional smartwatch lovers. Mainly because, it’s the perfect combination of premium multi-sport tracking and big, beautiful smartwatch-style displays.

     With the release of the Venu 2 and 2S, it’s time to take the Garmin Venu vs Venu 2, to help you find the perfect GPS smartwatch for your needs…

Garmin Venu vs Venu 2: Key Specs

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Garmin Venu

Venu

Garmin Venu SQ Music

Venu SQ Music

Garmin Venu 2

Venu 2

Garmin Venu 2S

Venu 2S

BATTERY LIFE (DAYS)​

5

6

11

10

GPS MODE (HOURS) (W/MUSIC)​

20 (6)

14 (6)

22 (8)

19 (7)

DISPLAY​

1.2" AMOLED​

1.3" LCD​

1.3" AMOLED

1.1" AMOLED

CASE SIZE​

43 mm

40 mm x 37 mm

45.4 mm

40.4 mm

CASE THICKNESS​

12.4 mm

11.5 mm

12.2 mm

12.1 mm

WEIGHT​

46.3 g

37.6 g

49 g

38.2 g

BAND SIZE​

20 mm

20 mm

22 mm

18 mm

TOUCHSCREEN​

Yes

WATER RESISTANCE​

5 ATM

MUSIC STORAGE​

500 songs

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™ V3.0

Garmin Elevate™ V4.0

OTHER SENSORS​

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

Garmin Venu and Venu SQ

Garmin-Venu-And-Venu-SQ-Smartwatches
Garmin Venu and Venu SQ Smartwatches

Pros

  • Garmin Elevate V3.0 heart rate sensor for impressive accuracy
  • Good battery life
  • Powerful fitness and sports tracking platform (Garmin Connect)
  • 20mm pin setup for endless watchband options (industry-standard)
  • Circle or square style options
  • Venu SQ model is the best bang-for-your-buck versus any other Garmin wearable
  • Plenty of music storage for phone-free workouts (500 songs)
  • Beautiful AMOLED (Venu) and LCD (Venu SQ) displays
  • Slim and compact style of Venu SQ is great for smaller wrists
  • Lightweight and comfortable chassis

Cons

  • Small screen on Venu SQ
  • AMOLED (Venu) and LCD (Venu SQ) displays are best for indoor sports, workouts, and other activities
  • No replying or “Quick Reply” texting on iPhone
  • No ECG heart rate (PPG heart rate sensor is still very good)
  • No LTE version
  • No full-screen Always-on watch faces like typical Garmin transflective displays

Garmin Venu 2 and Venu 2S

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

Pros

  • Best-in-class Garmin Elevate V4.0 heart rate sensor for ultimate accuracy
  • Excellent battery life
  • Endless 20mm and 18mm 3rd-party replacement band options
  • Powerful fitness and sports tracking platform (Garmin Connect)
  • Even more music storage for phone-free workouts (650 songs)
  • Stunning AMOLED display
  • Accurate and responsive touchscreen

Cons

  • No advanced workout analytics like Fenix and Forerunner models
  • No full-screen Always-on watch faces like typical Garmin transflective displays
  • AMOLED display isn’t as visible in direct sunlight as transflective displays
  • No ECG heart rate (PPG heart rate sensor is still best-in-class)
  • No LTE version
  • Smaller Venu 2s version is still pretty bulky on smaller wrists
Garmin Venu 2 - Total Body Muscle
Total Body Muscle

Classic Look

     Garmin ditched the square model in the new Garmin Venu 2. You still have a choice between a larger 45 mm model and a “smaller” 40 mm model, but both are round.

     They both have stunning AMOLED displays like the original round Venu model, so this is still the GPS watch to get if you like the smartwatch look.

Garmin Venu vs Venu 2 - Body Battery
Body Battery and Stress Tracking

Elevated HR Monitor

     Garmin not including an ECG heart rate sensor on any of their wearables just became a moot point. Plus, even though you’re able to take ECG readings on some other flagship fitness wearables, they all still depend on PPG sensors for the vast majority of HR data.

     That’s where Garmin’s best-in-class optical heart rate analysis comes in. Upgrading both the sensor hardware and the software, the new Garmin Elevate V4.0 is more accurate and way more efficient.

Big Battery Boost

     Hands down, the biggest improvement from the Venu to the Venu 2 is the better battery life. I thought the 5-6 days on the first Venu was pretty good, but improving it to 10-11 days on the Venu 2 is jaw-dropping.

     This improvement just goes to show just how efficient the new Elevate V4.0 heart rate analysis really is.

Garmin Venu 2s - Advanced Biometrics
Advanced Biometrics

Luxury Fitness Tracking

     Just like any other Garmin GPS watch, it comes with all the essentials to support athletes of almost any level. Even though it doesn’t have the more advanced workout metrics like the Fenix and Forerunner series, it does the trick.

     Since it’s the first to have the Elevate V4.0, every biometric category gets an upgrade. Besides better HR tracking, sleep tracking also takes a huge leap.

     To round out the fitness and lifestyle-tracking experience, they added more workout modes and more in-depth menstrual tracking. Plus, they added visual muscle maps, so you can see exactly which area of the body you’re working with every exercise.

Conclusion

Garmin Venu vs Venu 2

     The Venu still represents one of the best entry-level GPS smartwatches, but the Garmin Venu 2 takes the fitness smartwatch category to a new level.

     With the upgraded Garmin Elevate V4.0 heart rate analysis, this is your best choice if health and wellness tracking is a priority.  Every metric across the board, from advanced sleep tracking to body battery, received a boost from the upgrade.  

     On top of that, MyFitnessPal is fully integrated with the Garmin app, so all of your nutrition tracking can be tied in, too.  All the way down to the guided workouts, there’s no better platform to help you grow and support any fitness level. 

     Out of all the improvements we expected to see, doubling the battery life was the best surprise. Plus, dropping the LCD display (Venu SQ) and going with both AMOLED was a nice upgrade. This makes the Venu 2 and 2S even more perfect for smatchwatch-lovers, looking for the best multi-sport tracking wearable.

Garmin Venu 2 and Venu 2s
Garmin Venu 2 and Venu 2s

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