Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Venu Compared

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The comparison charts compares the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Garmin Venu specs and features, so you the differences. Both watches are among the latest releases from the bigest names in the industry, while the Active 2 which is now a standalone smartwatch with the reintroduction of the rotating bezel, the Venu is the first on Garmin’s rich lineup to have AMOLED display while also being a comprehensive activity tracker.

Samsung Galaxy Watch active 2 vs Garmin Venu Specifications Compared

 
 
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Samsung smartwatches

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

Garmin Venu Specs, features and prices

Garmin Venu Specifications, Features and Price

Price $237.96 $349.99 $289.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name (LTE), Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) Garmin Venu
Device type Standalone/Fitness smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex, Women
Release date September, 2019 September, 2019
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Garmin Vivoactive 3
Successor
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 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 1.3 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 1.5GB
ROM 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE None
SIM type Nano-SIM 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 No Yes
Thermometer No Yes
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes Yes
Blood Pressure Yes No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking Yes No
Fitness Level Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No Yes
Menstrual cycle No Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Swim-heart 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 usage: 3 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 power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Exynos 9110
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU
Operating system Tizen OS 4.0 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 $237.96 $349.99 $289.99

Samsung Galaxy Watch active 2 vs Garmin Venu: Which is Better?

DESIGN: Both watches look stunning in their respective appearance, the Active 2 looks classy just like the Venu. Although, the Active 2 being slimmer than the Venu is a sleeker and more stylish smartwatch. Moreover, the rotating bezel (now digital rotating bezel) reintroduced into the Active 2 leaves it with a more sophisticated design and certainly an easier to navigate device.

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY: Furthermore, the stainless steel edition of the Active 2 comes with a nano-SIM which supports cellular connectivity up to 4G LTE which makes it a standalone smartwatch that allows you to make and receive calls directly from this watch, unlike the Venu which lacks these features.

MEDIA: Moreover, while both watches feature onboard music storage, the Active 2 is equipped with both microphone and loudspeaker which the Venu lacks. These two hardware enable voice assistant features powered by Samsung’s Bixby, as well as allowing you play media files anywhere.

FITNESS TRACKING: If you’re a fitness enthusiasts 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 you can buy on the market currently.

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 tracking (not yet cleared by the FDA) which the Venu lacks, while being able to track your heart rate continuously, complete sleep tracking, calories with inbuilt GPS that enable outdoor activity tracking, and stress management feature that can help return you back to calm after a stressful day.

However, the Venu which although has fewer preloaded sport modes, has more fitness tracking features in the offering which no doubt makes it a more comprehensive activity tracker. It features menstrual cycle logging for women, hydration tracking that logs your daily fluid intake to help you stay hydrated and respiration tracking that helps you see how well you’re breathing – all lacking on the Active 2.

Also featured on the Venu includes pulse ox sensor that monitors your blood oxygen level to give more accurate sleep data and can help you know when it’s not safe to continue climbing. As well as body energy monitor and incidental fall detection that ensure you stay safe. It also features onscreen animated workout that coach you through your favorite moves helping you save on subscription and heart rate tracking while swimming. And there’s inbuilt GPS that enables outdoor activity tracking for routes and locations.

No doubt, the Venu is a more comprehensive activity tracker.

BATTERY LIFE: The Venu tested to last 5 days on regular usage has a slight longer battery life than the Active 2 with about 2-5 days long battery life. This makes the Venu a better choice for tracking long duration of activities.

VERDICT: No doubt, both watches are great choices. But while the Active 2 is a more comprehensive smartwatch with standalone capability and a more stylish design, the Venu is a more comprehensive activity tracker with a longer battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Watch active 2 vs Garmin Venu: Editor’s Pick

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