Garmin Venu vs Venu 2S vs Venu 2 – What’s the Difference?

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With the release of Venu 2 and Venu 2S, there are now more Garmin smartwatches with AMOLED-powered displays. The Venu 2/2s both succeed the Venu which was released last year. The Venu 2S is a smaller size of Venu 2. These two come with additional features which you’ll not find in Venu and they also have slightly longer battery life. As a result, while Venu 2/2S is priced at $399.99, Venu is a little cheaper at $350. So, are the extra features worth the extra $50 and if you already own the Venu, should you upgrade to Venu 2? This review compares Garmin Venu vs Venu 2S vs Venu 2 to find out the differences and will guide you to make an informed decision.

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

 
 
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Garmin Venu Specs, features and prices

Garmin Venu Specifications, Features and Price

Garmin Venu 2S smartwatch

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

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

Price $233.99 $399.99 $399.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Garmin Venu Garmin Venu 2S Garmin Venu 2
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Unisex, Women Women Unisex
Release date September, 2019 June, 2021 June, 2021
Predecessor Garmin Vivoactive 3 Garmin Venu Garmin Venu
Successor
Versions Garmin Venu 2 & Venu 2S Garmin Venu 2 & Venu 2S
BODY BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 43.2 x 43.2 x 12.4 mm 40.4 x 40.4 x 12.1 mm 45.4 x 45.4 x 12.2 mm
Weight 46.3 grams 38.2 grams 49 grams
Shape Circular Circular Circular
Case material Fiber-reinforced polymer Fiber-reinforced polymer Fiber-reinforced polymer
Strap material Silicone Silicone Silicone
Bezel material Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap size 20 mm 20 mm 22 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 Black, Gold, Rose-gold Graphite, Light sand/light gold, Rose-gold/white, Silver/mist gray Granite blue
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.2 inches 1.1 inches 1.3 inches
Display type AMOLED AMOLED AMOLED
Display resolution 390 x 390 px 360 x 360 pixel 416 x 416 px
Pixel density 462 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 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth v4.0 ANT+, Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth
Bluetooth calling No No No
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 4GB 8GB 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 No
Microphone No No No
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 20 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 with music: up to 6hrs, Smartwatch mode: up to 5 days 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
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock Charging dock
Charging time 1-2 hours 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 5.0+, iOS 11.0+ Android 6.0+, iOS 13.0+ Android 6.0+, iOS 13.0+
Payment system Garmin Pay Garmin Pay Garmin Pay
Interchangeable strap 20mm, Yes 20mm, Yes 22 mm, Yes
Voice command No No No
Find my phone Yes Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Garmin Venu, Manual, Straps Charger, Garmin Venu 2S, Manual, Straps Charger, Garmin Venu 2, Manual, Straps
Price $233.99 $399.99 $399.99

The main difference between Venu 2 and Venu 2S is that the latter is more compact but has a shorter battery life than Venu 2. The price of both smartwatches is the same.

Garmin Venu vs Venu 2S vs Venu 2 Features Compared

  • Design – Nothing Much has changed
  • Just like the Venu, Venu 2/2S spot the same appearance that comprises of a fiber-polymer case and silicone straps that are interchangeable with 20mm-wide compatible straps. Also, the bezel of Venu 2/2S are made of stainless steel just like Venu, this leaves each of these three with a classic watch appearance. Each of these three is also very lightweight going by the respective weights. Although, Venu 2S weighs the least at 38.2g, while Venu 2 weighs 49g and Venu weighs 46.2g.

    Going by the dimensions, Venu 2S is the most compact. It’s apparent, Garmin aims to give their customers more options especially for those with thin wrists. In other words, Venu 2S is the most suitable choice for anyone with a thin wrists, while individuals with moderate to fat wrists will have to consider Venu 2.

    All three smartwatches are rated 5ATM which is waterproof and can be worn under the rain, to the pool, or even to the shower.

  • Display – Venu 2 has the biggest display size
  • The display of all three smartwatches is powered by AMOLED which is very colorful and easy to read both indoors and outdoors. Although, can be difficult to read under direct sunlight. Venu 2 has the largest display at 1.3 inches which will allow you to see more at a glance compared to Venu 2S with 1.1 inches display and Venu with 1.2 inches display.

    Accessing Venu 2/2S is still via touchscreen support and two physical buttons just like on Venu.

  • Activity Tracking Features – Venu 2/2S have more health tracking features
  • Beyond the slight differences in design, the Venu 2/2S has more activity tracking features than Venu. Garmin has equipped the new smartwatch with features you will not find on Venu.

    Garmin Venu 2S smartwatch
    The Venu 2 has more health tracking features

    Although, all three smartwatches are equally equipped with same number of sensors which includes heart rate sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, thermometer, compass, altimeter, and inbuilt GPS. These sensors enable all the basic activity tracking features like sleep tracking, heart rate, hydration tracking, respiration rate, steps, floors climbed, and distance covered. You will get all-day stress monitoring as well as Spo2 that allows you to measure your blood oxygen.

    Other activity tracking features include fitness age that tells if your body is older or younger than your age and a body battery energy monitor that tells how fit you’re for the next workout. You will also get menstrual tracking for Women and more.

    There is an inbuilt GPS in all three smartwatches which enables outdoor activity tracking for routes, location, and other related metrics. And there are loads of preset sport modes to choose from.

    The onscreen animated workout that was introduced to Venu and Vivoactive 4 is also available on Venu 2/2S. This feature will allow you to follow a virtual workout coach and it can save you money on subscriptions. You will also get incidental fall detection that allows you to call preset emergency contacts when any of these three detects a fall (phone must be nearby).

    Beyond the common activity tracking features are a handful of newly added health features that are available on Venu 2/2S but not on Venu.

    1. There is now an onscreen muscle heat map that allows you to see which muscle is being worked out.
    2. You will get a sleep score and insights that can give you a better understanding of your sleep.
    3. There is also a Health snapshot that allows you to see very important tracked metrics at a glance. It will show your heart rate, heart rate variability, pulse ox., respiration rate and stress level at a glance. Then you can generate a report via the Garmin Connect app.
    4. Venu 2/2S have more outdoor recreational profiles. Indoor climbing, bouldering, and hiking have been added.
  • Battery Life – Venu 2 has a longer battery life
Venu 2S and Venu have longer battery life than Venu
One downside to the very colorful AMOLED display is that it impacts on the battery life. However, Garmin has worked on the battery life of Venu 2. It has a longer battery life than Venu. On smartwatch mode, you can get up to 5 days with Venu, and with Venu 2S, it’s up to 10 days while Venu 2 has the longest battery life of up to 11 days.

Garmin Venu vs Venu 2 vs Venu 2S – Which Should You Buy?

The Venu 2/2S both have more features and longer battery life than Venu. However, you will have to pay an extra $50 to get any of these. On the other hand, Venu is cheaper yet spots the same design and is equipped with loads of features except for the few additional features you get with Venu 2.

In other words, if you think these additional features and longer battery life merits the extra $50, it’s worthwhile getting the Venu 2. And for those with thin wrists, the Venu 2S is a suitable choice.

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