Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Venu Compared

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The Garmin Venu was released alongside the Vivoactive 4 series and it’s the first Garmin smartwatch to have an AMOLED display while also being a comprehensive activity tracker with a distinct design and up to 5 days of battery life. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 now succeeded by the Galaxy Watch 4 is also a comprehensive fitness tracker loaded with lots of features while also having an impressive design and up to 2 days of battery life. In this post, we’re looking at the differences between the Samsung Galaxy Watch active 2 vs Garmin Venu to determine which is a better smartwatch.

Please note that, unlike the Venu, the Active 2 is available in two sizes; 40mm and 44mm, and each of these sizes is available in the Bluetooth and LTE models. The LTE and Bluetooth models are the same except that the LTE model has an eSIM that enables it to make and receive calls. Thus, it’s a standalone smartwatch. Featured in this comparison is the 44mm unit of the Bluetooth model.

Samsung Galaxy Watch active 2 vs Garmin Venu Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) Full Specs and features

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) Bluetooth Full Specifications and Features

Garmin Venu Specs, features and prices

Garmin Venu Specifications, Features and Price

Price $239.97 $227.00
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) Garmin Venu
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex, Women
Release date September, 2019 September, 2019
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Garmin Vivoactive 3
Successor Galaxy Watch 4
Versions Bluetooth only, LTE
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 44 x 44 x 10.9 mm 43.2 x 43.2 x 12.4 mm
Weight 30 grams (aluminum), 42 grams (stainless steel) 46.3 grams
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Aluminum, Stainless steel Fiber-reinforced polymer
Strap material Fluoroelastomer (Aluminum), Leather (stainless steel) Silicone
Bezel material Aluminum, Bezeless Stainless steel
Strap size 20 mm 20 mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Aqua-black, Black, Cloud-silver, Gold, Pink-gold, Silver Black, Gold, Rose-gold
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.4 inches 1.2 inches
Display type Super AMOLED, Full color AMOLED
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixel 390 x 390 px
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 ANT+, Bluetooth v4.0
Bluetooth calling Yes No
GPS Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU Galileo, GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 0.75GB
ROM 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None
SIM type None None
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes No
Microphone Yes No
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass Yes
ECG Yes No
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) No Yes
Thermometer No Yes
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen No Yes
Blood Pressure Yes No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking Yes No
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking No Yes
On-screen workout No Yes
Sport modes 39 20
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity 340mAh
Battery life Regular: 2 days, Standby :5 days+ GPS with music: up to 6hrs, Smartwatch mode: up to 5 days
Charging type WPC based wireless charging Charging dock
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar charging No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Exynos 9110
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU
Operating system Tizen 5.5 Proprietary OS
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Samsung Gear app Garmin Connect
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+
Payment system Samsung Pay Garmin Pay
Interchangeable strap Yes 20mm, Yes
Voice command Yes, Bixby No
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm), Straps Charger, Garmin Venu, Manual, Straps
Price $239.97 $227.00

Which is Better?

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Venu

  • DESIGN AND DISPLAY
  • Both watches look stunning in their respective appearance, the Active 2 looks quite geeky while the Venu has a classic watch appearance as a result of its stainless steel bezel. Meanwhile, the Active 2 is slimmer than Venu, it also weighs a little less which no doubt makes it more comfortable to wear smartwatch. Though, the Venu is still very compact and lightweight.

    In terms of navigation, you get two physical buttons on both smartwatches as well as a touch-sensitive screen. However, the Active 2 has a digital rotating bezel that gives you more ways to navigate. Nonetheless, both watches offer effortless navigation.

  • MEDIA
  • Moreover, while both watches feature onboard music storage, the Active 2 is equipped with both a microphone and loudspeaker which the Venu lacks. These two pieces of hardware enable voice assistant powered by Samsung’s Bixby, as well as allowing you to play media files without connecting a Bluetooth headset. You can also make and receive calls directly from Active 2 when your phone is nearby. If you own the LTE model, you don’t need your phone to make and receive calls.

  • FITNESS TRACKING
  • If you’re a fitness enthusiast that’s serious about taking your fitness goals to the next level, then there’s no doubt that any of these two watches will make a fantastic choice for comprehensive activity tracking. In fact, these two are some of the very best fitness smartwatches.

    The Active 2 features 39 preloaded sport modes and is able to auto-detect 7 of those including swimming which was recently added. It also features ECG and blood pressure measurements which the Venu lacks.

    On the other hand, the Venu although has fewer preloaded sports modes, is also a comprehensive fitness tracker. It’s equipped with a Spo2 sensor that enables it to measure your blood oxygen level 24/7. It also has a thermometer sensor that enables body temperature measurement as well as features onscreen-animated workouts that can guide you through some of your favorite workout activities and can save you some money on fitness workout subscription.

    Generally, these two are able to track your heart rate continuously, track your sleep in four stages, calories, steps, and can help you manage stress. Both watches also have an inbuilt GPS that enables outdoor activity tracking for your routes and locations.

  • BATTERY LIFE

The Venu tested to last up to 5 days on regular usage has a slightly longer battery life than the 44mm unit of the Active 2 with about 2 days battery life, the 40mm unit has just about 24hrs+ of battery life. In other words, the Venu lets you go longer from a single charge.

VERDICT: No doubt, both watches are great choices. But while the Active 2 is a more comprehensive smartwatch with a microphone, speaker and a more compact and lighweight design, the Garmin Venu is also an outstanding smartwatch with awesome features and longer battery life.