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Garmin Venu 2 Review: A perfect blend of sports and style

Garmin Venu 2 Review

Smartwatches and sports watches have become the go-to-accessory for everyone. Where smartwatches are sleek, chick and suitably fit to go with your everyday look, sports watches are sturdier, sportier and are worn on specific days only. 

The fact that sports watches are big and bulky cannot be denied. But it is also true that nothing can serve the purpose as perfectly as any sports watch does. The Garmin Venu 2 is an attempt to bridge the gap between the two watches. The brand has tried all it could to blend sports with style and has left no stone unturned to make it the perfect sports watch we all wanted for so long. 

Garmin Venu 2 Design

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The Garmin Venu 2 comes in two sizes, the standard Venu 2 and the Garmin Venu 2S. The standard Venu 2 comes in at 45mm for wrists measuring 5.3 to 7.8 inches in circumference and comes in blue granite/silver or all black. The Venu 2S, on the other hand, is 40mm and is suitable for wrists measuring 4.3 to 6.8 inches in circumference. It comes in graphite/slate, light sand/light gold, mist gray/silver, or white/rose gold color options.

Both the watches are quite identical and have the same price. However, the Garmin Venu 2S has a slightly smaller screen and a nominally shorter battery life than the standard one. The Venu 2S is suitable for smaller-wristed people. 

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The Garmin Venu 2 has an attractive metal bezel, two physical buttons on the right side and a screen superior to many of its rivals. There are two buttons on the right side of the watch. The top button serves the purpose of the start/stop button. Long pressing the top button will take you to shortcuts for setting and apps. The bottom button is the back button and long pressing it will lead you to your settings. 

The best thing about the Garmin Venu 2 series is its adaptability to consumer preference. You can choose your band and bezel combination and customize it according to your own wish. There are a number of classy band options that make it wearable for formal occasions. 

Garmin Venu 2 Display

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The 45mm Garmin Venu 2 has a visible area display of 33mm in diameter. There are some markings on the bezel area under the glass which is not the active area. The deep black of the AMOLED display and the area surrounding it merge so perfectly that you hardly notice it. 

You can personalize the display by making use of the watch faces available through Connect IQ. You can also have the watch face to show you stats like steps or floors climbed. You can adjust the brightness level of the screen to suit your preferences. 

The smooth touchscreen display and the combination of buttons help you to navigate around and make use of the sports watch in a better way.

Germin Venu 2 Fitness Features

Sleep tracking

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The Garmin Venu 2 gives accurate sleep tracking statistics. The improvement in sleep tracking is because it uses Firstbeat algorithms. Moreover, the Venu 2 also judges the sleep quality issues and gives a sleep score. It is very efficient in perceiving poor sleep depth and high stress. 

You can review your sleep cycle and see the weekly, monthly or yearly sleep pattern in the Garmin app. The sleep tracking feature of the Garmin Venu 2 is highly appreciable. It easily picks up on poor rest and alerts you.

Body battery

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This feature measures the energy levels and gives a score out of 100. Proper sleep will increase the energy level, whereas exercising and being alive will decrease it. It basically tells you to take a break and helps you to determine if you are ready for a workout session or need rest.

The Body Battery feature was also present in the previous versions but it has been slightly modified and improved on the Venu 2. It is very difficult to get a score of 100 in the Venu 2’s Body battery report card because to be honest nobody ever has that much energy.

Stress tracking

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The stress tracking feature provides useful insights on your daily stress levels. Our wrist perceives or identifies moments of stress and displays a live score of your stress level. You can also view the stress graph of 24 hours. 

The stress score cannot be avoided and it is always important to keep an eye on it and work towards managing your stress. This feature is also linked directly to the Garmin breathwork feature in a way that it lets you know when to perform deep breathing to manage the stress.

Respiration tracking

SpO2 sensor is used to measure both blood oxygen saturation and breathing rate. You would be happy to know that the Venu 2 makes use of the SpO2 sensor. Venu 2 measures the breathing rate during the day as well as night, unlike Fitbit which only measures breathing rate during sleep.

Breathing data helps you to recognize pre-symptomatic illness if any. The only thing that can upset many is that the Garmin Connect doesn’t help you out with the interpretation, unlike Fitbit.

Fitness Age

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This is a very helpful and creative feature. The Fitness Age feature predicts your fitness age by  taking your personal stats and fitness data from workout. This feature is best when checked on a monthly basis.

Besides this, the Garmin Connect also gives suggestions on the improvements that can be undertaken to reduce the age by losing weight and increasing training days. This feature will work as a motivation to many for reducing their fitness age and working hard towards achieving their fitness goals. 

Garmin Venu 2 Tracking

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The Venu 2 is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to sports tracking. It offers features like built-in GPS sports tracking modes which includes running, cycling, golf, yoga, HIIT, pilates, climbing, bouldering and many more.

Being a jack-of-all-trades makes it a master of none. This will not make it very useful for sports enthusiasts who are looking for in-depth details rather than some concised insights. This makes it unfit for people looking for accurate data.

Running

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The Venu 2 shows some important data like distance/pace/time and heart rate. Running VO2 max is also a part of the information provided by Venu 2. The problem is that it is not displayed on the watch and also in MY Data stats. It can only be accessed from the Garmin Connect.

HIIT modes

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The Venu 2 has focused majorly on HIIT and strength workouts. There are some high intensity interval training exercises on the watch itself and more can be downloaded from the Garmin Connect.

An important point to notice is the ability to set Every Minute On the Minute (EMOM) timer and As Many Round as Possible (AMRAP) sessions from the watch. This makes the HIIT more comprehensive and intuitive. 

Another good aspect of the HIIT is that it records or keeps a track and counts your sets of squats, push ups, etc. A little disappointment that it causes is that you will have to use it to move to the next set which can be a little annoying. 

Garmin Connect

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Garmin Connect is the storehouse of all the stats and data which provides insights on your health and fitness journey. You will find a My Day Page on the home screen which will depict the current stats in an understandable format. 

The app also allows you to compete with your friends. The calendar provided in the app can be used to find particular workout sessions done in the past. The final menu will give you stats on Health and Performance which can be compared over months and years. Some important metrics can not be accessed through the Venu 2 and therefore you would need to go to the Garmin Connect to have a look. It also lets you download guided workouts from the Training tab.

Garmin Venu 2 Battery Life

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The brand has quoted Venu 2’s battery life of 12 days before it gets drained completely. However, most users could achieve only 8 days with 2 hours of GPS run tracking and a round of golf. Pulse ox was turned off and the screen was not always on. This can work on a negative side. But the good news is that the sports watch offers a rapid charge facility. 

Conclusion

The Garmin Venu 2 is a big improvement on its previous versions. It is a good all-round health and sports watch which perfectly suits the requirements for someone looking for an everyday watch. Although a little expensive, it is totally worth the money. The lack of wow-factor and some missing features that can be easily found in more advanced watches can put athletes off.  But for those who are looking for a mix of everything, Venu 2 caters the demands best. 

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