In September of 2019, Garmin introduced the Venu smartwatch—its 1st wearable to aspect a (lovely) AMOLED display screen. Today, just a brief 19 months later on, the company unveiled the Venu 2 and 2S. As a current Venu owner, it seems to be like basically everything I needed from the original.
You’d be forgiven for owning a challenging time generating feeling of Garmin’s at any time-growing line of exercise trackers, smartwatches, functioning watches, and multisport watches, as the company appears to be to announce a new observe or variation quite generally. A rolling stone gathers no moss, I guess.
The Venu 2 and 2S, having said that, make a ton of sense. This pair of watches, which are effectively equivalent apart from the dimensions (the 2S is smaller), provide some welcome characteristics to the Venu line and are developed to sit together with.
The two watches keep the AMOLED panel that made the authentic Venu a winner among the its wearers (which is not accurately a specified considering that the Sq product takes advantage of an Lcd alternatively) but deliver a number of improvements normally. To start out, there are now two display screen measurements: 1.3-inches for the larger 2, and 1.1-inches for the smaller sized 2S. The original Venu has a 1.2-inch show, so the pair splits the difference.
The major components enhancement in both equally models is Garmin’s new Elevate V4 coronary heart fee sensor, which ought to be far more accurate and all that superior stuff. GPS and GLONASS are still together for the ride in the Venu 2 and 2S and look to be working with the exact same Sony chip as the unique. For new music lovers, the onboard storage has also more than doubled—from 3GB to 7GB—so you can maintain your tunes offline and ready to go without the require to tether a phone.
Many thanks to better integration amongst the CPU and GPU, the Venu 2 is also far more effective so it delivers much better help for on-observe applications. Battery lifestyle is also improved right here, with the larger product presenting up to 11 days in smartwatch method and the smaller up to 10. Each types also assist quick charging, which is an additional 1 of all those tiny but welcome variations (it is not like smartwatches in basic cost slowly but surely in the 1st position.
On the computer software side, there are some killer attributes listed here that will nearly undoubtedly be the envy of first-era Venu entrepreneurs, together with Firstbeat Rest Tracking and Rest Rating. This is Garmin’s following-era sleep tracking that is currently located in numerous of its multisport and working watches, and I really hoped that it would arrive in an update to the initial Venu. Alas, all those goals are not crushed, as I do not count on Garmin to give the original observe any of the new attributes from the new one particular. Sigh.
Otherwise, the new model will get current Fitness Age metrics, an improved Health and fitness Snapshot, better on-unit workout routines (such as HIIT and extra strength coaching), and far more activity monitoring profiles. There is also support for Connect IQ 4. applications. According to, the Venu 2/2S are the very first Garmin equipment to offer this. Neat.
The greatest draw back of these new watches is the price—they’re $399, irrespective of which product you opt for. In the previous, some Garmin watches have been a very little far more reasonably priced for the smaller sized variants, but because the Venu 2 and 2S share similar specs otherwise, that is not the circumstance in this article.
Overall, there seems to be a ton to like with the new Venu line—enough to have this writer currently organizing the up grade. The Firstbeat sleep tracking enhancements and new HR sensor are both plenty of to market me on the more recent versions, so all the other things is just the icing on the cake.