One of the newest smartwatches from Garmin, the Venu 2 Plus, has a lot of similarities with the Galaxy Watch 4. It’s the first Garmin smartwatch to be equipped with a loudspeaker and microphone. These features enable Bluetooth calls. Moreover, it also features three voice assistants, Bixby, Google Assistant and Siri. The Venu 2 Plus is the latest member in the Venu 2 series which succeeded the Venu that debuted alongside the Vivoactive 4 in 2019. This guide takes a look at the differences between the Garmin Venu 2 Plus vs Galaxy Watch 4. These two represent some of the very best smartwatches on the market. So, we’re looking at which is a better smartwatch to help you decide.
Although the Galaxy Watch 4 comes in two sizes, 44mm and 40mm, and each of these sizes is available in Bluetooth and LTE models, this comparison is between the 44mm Galaxy Watch 4 (Bluetooth model) and Venu 2 Plus which is only available in 43mm case size.
Garmin Venu 2 Plus vs Galaxy Watch 4: Specifications Compared
Garmin Venu 2 Plus Full Specifications, Features, Pros, Cons and Price
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm) Full Specifications, Features, Price, Pros and Cons
|ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE|
|Device name||Garmin Venu 2 Plus||Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm)|
|Device type||Fitness/Classic smartwatch||Fitness/Sport smartwatch|
|Release date||January, 2022||August, 2021|
|Predecessor||Garmin Venu||Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2|
|Successor||—||Samsung Galaxy Watch 5|
|Versions||—||Bluetooth/WiFi only, LTE|
|Dimension||43.6 x 43.6 x 12.6 mm||44.4 x 43.3 x 9.8 mm|
|Weight||51g||30g (excluding straps)|
|Case material||Fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel back||Armor Aluminum|
|Strap material||Silicone||Fluoroelastomer, Hybrid leather|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel||Armor Aluminum|
|Strap size||20 mm||20 mm|
|Interchangeable strap||20mm, Yes||20mm, Yes|
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3||Corning Gorilla glass DX+|
|Water resistance||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, 5ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Color||Black case with silicone band, Gray case with silicone band, Ivory case with silicone band||Black, Green, Silver|
|Display size||1.3 inches||1.4 inches|
|Display type||AMOLED||Super AMOLED, Full color|
|Display resolution||416 x 416 px||450 x 450|
|Pixel density||452.5 PPI||454.5 PPI|
|Custom watch face||Yes||Yes|
|Input type||3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen||2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen|
|Bluetooth||ANT+, Bluetooth||Bluetooth v5.0|
|GPS||Galileo, GLONASS, GPS||A-GPS/GLONASS/Beidou/Galileo|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY|
|Third-party apps alert||Yes||Yes|
|Reply to Notifications||-||-|
|Pulse oximeter (SpO2)||Yes||Yes|
|Other sensors||—||BIA sensor|
|ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Underwater heart rate tracking||Yes||—|
|Battery type||non-removable Lithium-polymer||Non-removable Li-ion battery|
|Battery life||GPS mode with music: Up to 8 hours, GPS mode without music: Up to 24 hours, Smartwatch mode: up to 9 days||~2 days|
|Charging type||Charging dock||Charging dock, WPC based wireless charging|
|Charging time||30min-1hr||1-2 hours|
|CPU||—||1.18GHz Dual-core (Cortex-A55)|
|Operating system||Proprietary OS||Wear OS 3.5|
|Companion app||Garmin Connect||Samsung Galaxy Wearable app|
|Compatibility||Android 6.0+, iOS 13.0+||Android 6.0+, RAM 1.5GB+|
|Payment system||Garmin Pay||Google Pay, Samsung Pay|
|Voice command||Yes, Alexa, Yes, Bixby, Yes, Google Assistant||Google Assistant, Yes, Bixby|
|Find my phone||Yes||Yes|
|Box content||Charger, Garmin Venu 2 Plus, Manual, Straps||Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Straps|
Garmin Venu 2 Plus vs Galaxy Watch 4 Features Compared
The materials that make up a smartwatch and its appearance are two major factors that affect consumers’ choices. It’s no surprise, the Venu 2 Plus has a more stylish and durable design than the Venu 2. In the same vein, the Galaxy Watch 4 also has a more stylish design than the Galaxy Watch Active 2. The Venu 2 Plus is a more compact smartwatch, but the Galaxy Watch 4 is a slimmer smartwatch. It is only 10.9mm thick while the Venu 2 Plus comes in at 12.6mm thick.
The Galaxy Watch 4 also weighs less than the Venu 2 Plus. It weighs just 30grams compared to 51 grams of its competitor. Thanks to its aluminum case, the Venu 2 Plus has a fiber-polymer case with a stainless steel rear cover.
The Venu 2 Plus has three physical buttons alongside a touch-sensitive display which makes navigation a lot easy. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Watch 4 features two physical buttons, a touchscreen display, and a digital rotating bezel. It is safe to say both smartwatches are very easy to access.
Both smartwatches are also rated 5ATM which means that these two are waterproof up to 50 meters, and as a result, save to wear to the pool, shower or under the rain.
Both smartwatches have durable glasses protecting the display. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects the display of Venu 2 Plus while Corning Gorilla Glass DX protects the display of Galaxy Watch 4.
In other words, I’ll say both the Venu 2 Plus and the Galaxy Watch 4 are well designed, durable, compact, and lightweight with slight differences.
Display – Galaxy Watch 4 has a more colorful display
AMOLED powers the display of both smartwatches. Although, while the Galaxy Watch 4 has a 1.4 inches display size, the Venu 2 Plus has a 1.3 inches display. Moreover, the Galaxy Watch 4 has a higher screen-to-body ratio that lets you see more at a glance. And with 450×450 resolution, the Galaxy Watch 4 has a more colorful display than Venu 2 Plus. Nonetheless, the Venu 2 Plus with a 416×416 resolution is also very colorful.
The watch face on both smartwatches is interchangeable. You get the option to swap watch face with any of your choices. For the Galaxy Watch 4, you get lots of options in the Google Playstore while there are lots of watch faces to choose from in the Garmin Connect app for the Venu 2 Plus.
Health Tracking – Both smartwatches are very fitness-focused
Both the Galaxy Watch 4 and Venu 2 Plus are fitness-focused. Each of these two is equipped with lots of health tracking features that can help you stay fit. Each will track your heart rate, calories, sleep, blood oxygen, menstrual cycle for women, water intake tracking and sedentary reminder.
Both smartwatches also feature incidental fall detection that lets the watch make a call to preset emergency contacts when your phone is nearby.
The Galaxy Watch features blood pressure and ECG measurements which are not available in the Venu 2 Plus. Meanwhile, the Venu 2 Plus Features an animated onscreen workout that can guide you through preset workout modes. It also features an onscreen muscle map that shows which muscle is worked. These features are not available in the Galaxy Watch 4.
Both smartwatches also have inbuilt GPS that enables tracking for outdoor activities. Clearly, both smartwatches are very fitness-fucus and loaded with lots of health tracking features.
Music Storage and Bluetooth Calls
The Galaxy Watch 4 with a 16GB storage capacity offers more space to store your personal music on the watch than Venu 2 Plus with 4GB which can only store up to 650 tracks.
The Venu 2 Plus features three voice assistants, Google Assistant, Siri and Bixby, while Galaxy Watch 4 features Bixby and Google Assistant which was recently added. In other words, you get more voice assistant options on the Venu 2 Plus than on Galaxy Watch 4. From my experience, Bixby is far beyond Google Assistant. The voice assistant activated on Venu 2 Plus depends on the smartwatch you’re using.
As a result of a microphone and loudspeaker in the Venu 2 Plus and Galaxy Watch 4, each of these two can make and receive calls directly from the smartwatch when your phone is nearby. Both smartwatches will sync your contact list to the watch to make it easy to find a contact you wish to call. There is also a dialer on these two that lets you dial the number you wish to call directly from the watch.
Each of these two also shares a lot of similarities in the way your reply to notifications. These two will alert you when you receive notifications on your phone. With three voice assistants on the Venu 2 Plus, you’ll get more than enough options to manage notifications. With the Galaxy Watch 4, you can reply to messages with your voice, texts or emojis. It is almost the same with the Venu 2 Plus.
Battery Life – Venu 2 Plus has a far longer battery life
One of the downsides to the Galaxy Watch 4 is its poor battery life. It has just about 2 days of battery life while the Venu 2 Plus can last up to 9 days. Although, when battery saver mode is activated on the Galaxy Watch 4, you can get up to 3 days of battery life, while the Venu 2 Plus will give you up to 10 days of battery life.
Garmin Venu 2 Plus vs Galaxy Watch 4: Which is a Better Smartwatch?
Going by the design, display, health tracking, battery life, music storage and more, both the Venu 2 Plus and Galaxy Watch 4 are very well designed smartwatches offering loads of features. These two are comprehensive smartwatches that let you do more than an average smartwatch.
However, despite a poor battery life, the Galaxy Watch 4 is a better smartwatch. It has a far bigger storage capacity, slimmer design, more colorful display, features ECG and Blood pressure measurement, and is far cheaper. It also gives you access to more apps, thanks to the WearOS platform. Note that the Galaxy Watch 4 isn’t compatible with iPhones.
On the other hand, the Venu 2 Plus is also a fine smartwatch. It’s the rave of the moment. It has a very stylish design, lots of health tracking features, more voice assistant options as well a long battery life. It’s the perfect alternative to Apple Watch 7 for those using an iPhone