Garmin Venu 2 vs Venu 2 Plus – A Detailed Comparison

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The Venu 2 Plus is perhaps one of the most discussed smartwatches in recent days. This is obviously because it is the first smartwatch from Garmin to be equipped with a microphone and loudspeaker. These features enable Bluetooth calls allowing you to make and receive calls directly from the watch just like you would with a Galaxy Watch 4. Moreover, the Venu 2 Plus also features three voice assistants; Google Assistant, Siri and Bixby. Beyond these additions and slight alterations in design, it has a lot of similarities to the Venu 2. In this guide, you will learn the differences between the Venu 2S, Venu 2, and Venu 2 Plus to help you decide which model is right for you.

Recall that the Venu debuted 2 years ago with an AMOLED display which was the main difference between it and the Vivoactive 4. It was followed up with the Venu 2S and Venu 2 which both have more Health tracking features than their predecessor.

Garmin Venu 2S vs Venu 2 vs Venu 2 Plus: Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Garmin Venu 2S smartwatch

Garmin Venu 2S Specifications, Features, Pros, Cons and Price

Garmin Venu 2 Specifications, Features, Pros, Cons and Price

Garmin Venu 2 Plus Full Specifications

Garmin Venu 2 Plus Full Specifications, Features, Pros, Cons and Price

Price $399.99 $399.99 $394.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Garmin Venu 2S Garmin Venu 2 Garmin Venu 2 Plus
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Women Unisex Unisex
Release date June, 2021 June, 2021 January, 2022
Predecessor Garmin Venu Garmin Venu Garmin Venu
Successor
Versions Garmin Venu 2 & Venu 2S Garmin Venu 2 & Venu 2S
BODY BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 40.4 x 40.4 x 12.1 mm 45.4 x 45.4 x 12.2 mm 43.6 x 43.6 x 12.6 mm
Weight 38.2 grams 49 grams 51g
Shape Circular Circular Circular
Case material Fiber-reinforced polymer Fiber-reinforced polymer Fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel back
Strap material Silicone Silicone Silicone
Bezel material Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap size 20 mm 22 mm 20 mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Graphite, Light sand/light gold, Rose-gold/white, Silver/mist gray Granite blue Black case with silicone band, Gray case with silicone band, Ivory case with silicone band
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.1 inches 1.3 inches 1.3 inches
Display type AMOLED AMOLED AMOLED
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixel 416 x 416 px 416 x 416 px
Pixel density 462 ppi 452.5 PPI 452.5 PPI
Always on Yes Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth
Bluetooth calling No No Yes
GPS Galileo, GLONASS, GPS Galileo, GLONASS, GPS Galileo, GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM
ROM 8GB 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None None
SIM type None None None
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes Yes
Loudspeaker No No Yes
Microphone No No Yes
Camera No No No
Radio No No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes Yes
Compass Yes Yes Yes
ECG No No No
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) Yes Yes Yes
Thermometer Yes Yes Yes
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes Yes Yes
Blood Pressure No No No
Calories Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No No
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection Yes Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking Yes Yes Yes
On-screen workout Yes Yes Yes
Sport modes Yes Yes Yes
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer non-removable Lithium-polymer non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity
Battery life GPS mode with music: Up to 7 hours, GPS mode without music: Up to 19 hours, Smartwatch mode: Up to 10 days GPS mode with music: Up to 8 hours, GPS mode without music: Up to 22 hours, Smartwatch mode: Up to 11 days GPS mode with music: Up to 8 hours, GPS mode without music: Up to 24 hours, Smartwatch mode: up to 9 days
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock Charging dock
Charging time 30min-1hr 30min-1hr 30min-1hr
Solar power No No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset
CPU
GPU
Operating system Proprietary OS Proprietary OS Proprietary OS
MISC MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Garmin Connect Garmin Connect Garmin Connect
Compatibility Android 6.0+, iOS 13.0+ Android 6.0+, iOS 13.0+ Android 6.0+, iOS 13.0+
Payment system Garmin Pay Garmin Pay Garmin Pay
Interchangeable strap 20mm, Yes 22 mm, Yes 20mm, Yes
Voice command No No Yes, Alexa, Yes, Bixby, Yes, Google Assistant
Find my phone Yes Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Garmin Venu 2S, Manual, Straps Charger, Garmin Venu 2, Manual, Straps Charger, Garmin Venu 2 Plus, Manual, Straps
Price $399.99 $399.99 $394.99

Garmin Venu vs Venu 2S vs Venu 2 Features Compared

Design – Venu 2 Plus is a more stylish and durable

Based on mere appearance, you’ll hardly spot the difference between the Venu 2 Plus and Venu 2. However, taking a closer look, you will notice that the Venu 2 Plus has a slimmer bezel and three physical buttons compared to the two buttons on Venu 2. It also has a more durable stainless steel rear cover unlike fiber-polymer used all through on Venu 2 and Venu 2s. In other words, while both watches are durably built, the Venu 2 Plus is a more attractive smartwatch. It’s also a more durable device and as well slightly more compact than Venu 2. It comes in at 43 inches compared to 45 inches of Venu 2. The Venu 2S remains the most compact of the three as it comes in a 40mm case size.

Garmin Venu 2 Plus Full Specifications
Venu 2 Plus light-gold color with ivory band. Source: Garmin

All three models are rated 5ATM which represents 50 meters waterproof. You can wear any of these models to the shower, swimming pool or under the rain. The colors also differ, the Venu 2 Plus is available in black, light-gold, and gray colors, the Venu 2 is available in granite blue and black, while the Venu 2s is available in graphite, mist gray, while and light sand colors.

Display – No difference, same AMOLED

All three models have AMOLED powered display which is very colorful and bright. However, while the Venu 2 Plus is slightly more compact than Venu 2, both have the same display sizes of 1.3 inches. The Venu 2S has the smallest display size of 1.1 inches. The displays are touch-sensitive which alongside the physical buttons makes navigation very easy.

With three physical buttons on the Venu 2 Plus, it’s easier to navigate. While the too button is the power button, the lower button lets you go back to the previous menu. Meanwhile, the new middle button functions as a shortcut button when long-pressed or short-pressed. You can assign a shortcut for voice assistant or any other feature of your choice.

Health Tracking Feature – No difference

There is no difference in the available fitness tracking features. All three models offer the same fitness and health tracking features. Each of these three comes with a heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, thermometer, barometric altimeter and a Spo2 sensor.

Available health tracking features include 24/7 heart rate tracking, complete sleep monitoring and score, spot blood oxygen measurement, stress measurement and menstrual cycle tracking for women. You get access to loads of preset sports modes as well as 27 preloaded sports apps.

Other health tracking features include respiration tracking, mindful breathing, and hydration tracking. Onscreen animated workout modes that offer preset workout modes that you can follow and the onscreen muscle map that shows what muscle is worked are also available in all three models.

Also available in all three models is the health snapshot feature that lets you record key stats, including heart rate, heart rate variability, Pulse Ox, respiration, and stress. Then generate a report with those stats in the Garmin Connect app.

Incidental fall detection is also available in all three models. This feature lets you call a preset emergency contact when the watch detects a fall. Although, while Venu 2 and 2S will start a call on your phone, the Venu 2 Plus allows you to make this call directly from your watch. Moreover, you can also talk from the watch. Note that your phone must be nearby in all cases for calls to happen as all three models lack LTE capability.

All three models have inbuilt GPS that enables tracking for outdoor activity tracking and there are a handful of outdoor profiles available to choose from. So, as far as health tracking is concerned, all three models have the same features, and they are well loaded with lots of fitness tracking features.

Media Storage, Bluetooth Calls and Voice Assistants

Bluetooth calls on Venu 2 Plus. Source; Garmin
Garmin didn’t indicate the actual storage capacity of any of these models, but only indicated that each of these three has the capacity to store up to 650 tracks. You can download music from your Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon Music playlists. Note that some of these services will require a premium account to be able to add music to watch just like in the case of Galaxy Watch 4.

The Venu 2 Plus has a microphone and loudspeaker which enables the ability to make and receive calls from the watch when your phone is nearby. According to Ray maker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaRII0DgO6A&t=1216s, the call quality is at best awesome for a tiny device like this. It is worthwhile to know that the Venu 2 Plus features a keypad that lets you dial the number you wish to call. It also syncs your phone contact list just like the Galaxy Watch 4 which lets you find a contact to call directly from the watch. You can assign the phone app to the middle button to make it easy to make calls. The Venu 2 and 2S can’t make calls. Note that some phone models are not fully compatible with the Bluetooth call functionality of the Venu 2 Plus.

The Venu 2 Plus also features three voice assistants, Google Assistant, Bixby and Siri which are not available on Venu 2 and 2S. You can activate voice assistant by long-pressing the middle button. The voice assistant that is activated depends on your phone. Siri is activated if you use an iPhone, Bixby if you use a Samsung phone, and Google Assistant if you use a non-Samsung phone.

Managing Notifications

All three models have the ability to alert you when you receive a notification on your phone. You can reply to messages with preset texts (only android). Moreover, as a result of the presence of a microphone and loudspeaker on the Venu 2 Plus, you can use the voice assistant features to reply to messages. Garmin Pay which lets you make non-contactless payments is also available in all three models.

Battery Life – Venu 2 has the longest battery life

The battery life of the different models also differs. Although, each of these three has a good battery life that lets you go long from a single charge.

Venu 2 has the longest battery life
The Venu 2 has the longest battery life of up to 11 days and up to 12 days with battery saver mode enabled. Its followed by the Venu 2S which has a battery life of up to 10 days, while Venu 2S has the shortest of up to 9 days in mixed usage and up to 10 days with battery saver mode enabled. This is far longer than the Galaxy Watch 4 which barely lasts up to 2 days and the Fitbit Sense which has up to 6 days battery life.

Which Model is Right For You?

The price difference between the Venu 2 Plus and Venu 2/2S is only $50. For this additional price markup, you will be able to make and receive calls when your phone is nearby. You also get voice assistants that let you use your voice to do simple tasks. Moreover, you can choose to play music from the loudspeaker and it also has a more durable design with a stainless steel rear cover and a good battery life. If these additions are worth the extra cost for you, it’s worth choosing the Venu 2 Plus.

On the flip side, the Venu 2S offers a smaller display, but is very compact and lightweight with decently long battery life. While the Venu 2 offers the longest battery life alongside an awesome design.