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Venu 2/2S vs Venu vs Venu Sq vs Vívoactive 4 | Garmin Fitness Watch Comparison

Is the New Venu 2/2S Sport Watch the Best Garmin Venu Yet?
We compare the Venu, Venu Sq, Vívoactive 4, and Venu 2/2S.

When it comes to the best Garmin fitness tracker, the Venu collection is a solid nomination for multiple reasons. Touchscreen tracking on the go, phone-free music storage, advanced health monitoring, loads of sports modes — and then there's the sheer gorgeousness of a vibrant AMOLED screen — all make this Garmin sports watch incomparable.

And now the latest addition to the Venu family has arrived — the Venu 2/2S. With each new generation of watch, Garmin strives to improve on user-requested accuracy, design, and features. How did they do with the Venu 2/2S?

We answer that question in the following Garmin fitness watch comparison: the Venu vs the Venu Sq vs the Venu 2/2S vs the Vívoactive 4/4S.  

We go over the feature upgrades below.

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Features in Common Across Garmin Venu, Venu Sq, and Venu 2/2S

Smartwatch
Features

All Garmin Venu Smartwatches keep you connected, offering smart notifications, music options, safety and tracking, and Garmin Pay™.

Fitness Tracking Features

The Venu, Venu Sq, and the Venu 2/2S sport watches include fitness tracking, preloaded workouts, built-in sports apps, Garmin Coach, and more!

Health Tracking Features

All models in the Venu series have similar health monitoring features like Body Battery™, Pulse Ox, women's health, wrist-based heart monitoring, sleep tracking, and more!

How the New Venu 2 Series Stands Out

Display Size Options

Choose a larger display if you want it with the Venu 2 multisport watch that has a vibrant 1.3" AMOLED touchscreen!

New Features, Updated Technology

Venu 2/2S is loaded with updates and new features like Garmin's latest heart rate sensor, several new sports modes and 2 new widgets: Fitness Age and Health Snapshot!

More Music Storage!

Garmin's next-generation in the Venu lineup gives you 150 more songs. Have a subscription to Spotify, Amazon, or Deezer? Download your playlists!

More Battery Life!

Get twice as much battery life (in smartwatch mode) with the Venu 2 and Venu 2S models.


Smartwatch Display Comparison | Venu 2/2S vs Venu vs Venu Sq vs Vívoactive 4

Garmin has just released two models of the Venu 2. The Venu 2 and the Venu 2S are the same GPS smartwatch with one major difference, which is the size of the display between the two sport watches — allowing you to choose from two sizes and multiple colors.

In this section, we go over the display differences between all the Venu generations and models, as well as the Vívoactive 4.

Venu Display: AMOLED display; 1.2" diameter

Venu Sq Display:  LED display; 1.3" diagonal

Venu 2 Display:  AMOLED display; 1.3" diameter

Venu 2S Display:  AMOLED display; 1.1" diameter

Vívoactive 4 Display:  sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP); 1.3" diameter

Vívoactive 4S Display: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP); 1.1" diameter

When the Garmin Venu fitness watch came out in 2019, it was the first of their watches to have an AMOLED display. Then they created the more affordable Venu Sq, which has an LED display.

All Venu watches have color displays, but the Venu, Venu 2, and Venu 2S have an AMOLED screen, whereas the Venu Sq uses LCD.

AMOLED displays allow for more control over each pixel, resulting in richer blacks and power economy in darker watch faces. Viewing angles are better too, which is just one of the reasons this next-generation Venu 2/2S is marketed for active lifestyles.  

With an LCD display, the only source of light is the backlight, resulting in flatter blacks and a more limited color range.

With higher resolution comes crisper, clearer displays. This along with the stunning AMOLED display allows for more information to be viewed at once without a big increase in power usage.

Here are the display resolutions for the Garmin Venu fitness watches, past and present, and the Vívoactive 4:

Venu: 390 x 390 pixels

Venu Sq : 240 x 240 pixels

Venu 2S:  360 x 360 pixels

Venu 2: 416 x 416 pixels

Vívoactive 4: 260 x 260 pixels

Vívoactive 4S:  218 x 218 pixels


Design Differences

Case Size

Like its predecessor, the Garmin Venu 2 series has a round case. The original Venu case was 43.2 x 43.2 x 12.4mm, while the updated Venu 2/2S series offers 2 options — a smaller (40.4 x 40.4 x 12.1 mm) and a larger (45.4 x 45.4 x 12.2 mm).

The Venu Sq has a square shape measuring 40.6 x 37.0 x 11.5 mm.

The Garmin Vívoactive 4/4S fitness watches also has a round case and nearly exact sizes compared to the Venu 2/2S — The smaller Vívoactive 4S (40.0 x 40.0 x 12.7 mm) and the larger Vívoactive 4(45.1 x 45.1 x 12.8 mm)

Materials

All the watch versions have cases that are made from reinforced polymer (plastic) and silicone bands. However, the Venu Sq's bezel is made from different material. The original Venu and its updated versions — the Venu 2/2S — and the Vívoactive 4 have stainless steel bezels, while the Venu Sq sports an anodized aluminum bezel. This has the advantage of making the Venu Sq lighter (37.6 g) and more affordable, but it doesn't have quite the premium look.

In this iteration of the Venu 2 series, the smaller Venu 2S offers a lighter version (38.2 g) comparable to the Venu Sq (37.6 g) , while the larger Venu 2 weighs in a 49 g. With the Venu 2 collection, you can get the same advanced features in the size that works best for you.


New and Improved Venu 2/2S Features

Previous Garmin Venu fitness tracking models — the Venu and the Venu Sq — have broadly similar smartwatch features. Both offer Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity, so you can link to your phone and additional sensors like chest-strap heart rate monitors and footpods. However, the Venu supports Wi-Fi, allowing you to connect to your home network to easily upload music and data.

The Venu 2 series has everything these previous versions do ... and more!

More Music Storage

The original Venu allows you to store up to 500 songs for offline listening. But if you want that same option with the Venu Sq, you have to buy the more expensive Venu Sq Music model.

With the Venu 2 collection, Garmin has boosted your beats load to 650 songs. Plus, music and offline playlists can be downloaded through your subscription-based music go-tos like Spotify, Deezer and Amazon Music.

Health and Fitness Tracking

All the Venu models come standard with advanced health and fitness tracking features, such as wrist-based heart rate monitoring, Pulse Ox, Body Battery™, stress tracking, sleep monitoring, women's health, hydration monitoring, pre-loaded workouts, Garmin Coach, built-in sports apps, and much more!

So what more could you ask for? How about, along with more music storage, several new sports modes, including HIIT, indoor climbing, hiking, and bouldering. They've also added two new widgets. Fitness Age, which was only available in the Garmin Connect app before, reinterprets your VO2 Max score in terms of age to make it more relatable. The Health Snapshot widget allows users to share vitals data with doctors and coaches.

Elevate Optical Heart Rate Sensor

The Venu 2/2S multisport watch has the latest heart rate sensor. Designed to give you the most accurate reading during exercise by filtering out signal noise, you can count on improved data from this upgrade. It is especially helpful for the sleep tracking function.

Sleep Score and Insights by Firstbeat AnalyticsTM 

When it’s time to recharge, the Venu 2/2S advanced sleep monitoring tracks light, deep and REM sleep stages as well as movement, pulse ox and respiration. With new sleep score powered by Firstbeat Analytics users receive a score based on the quality and quantity of the previous night’s sleep.

Twice the Battery Life

The Venu 2/2S was has enhanced battery life with rapid recharging and battery saver mode (Venu 2: Up to 11 days in smartwatch mode; Venu 2S: Up to 10 days in smartwatch mode).


The Venu and Vívoactive 4/4S — The Same Smartwatches?

Aside from a few minor distinctions, the original Venu and the Víviactive 4 are nearly the same watch. Display, size, and battery life, are the only areas where the these two multisport watches do their own thing. The Venu was the first smartwatch Garmin offered with an AMOLED display while the Vivoactive 4 has a basic sunlight-visible, transflective display. It's interesting that the Vivoactive 4 offers a 1.3" size screen 45mm along with a smaller 1.1" model, also known as the Vivoactive 4S, like the Venu 2/2S do now.

As far as battery life, the Vivoactive 4 GPS watch outpaced the Venu with up to 8 days in Smartwatch mode, up to 6 hours in GPS mode with music, and up to 18 hours GPS mode without music (with slightly lower numbers for the Vivoactive 4S).

However, when it comes to battery life, the Venu 2 series is king (even over the Apple Watch 6). The Venu 2 gets up to 11 days of battery life in smartwatch mode, up to 12 days in battery saver smartwatch mode, up to 8 hours in GPS mode with music, and up to 22 hours GPS mode without music. The Venu 2 has up to 10 days in smartwatch mode, up to 11 days in battery saver smartwatch mode, up to 7 hours in GPS mode with music, and up to 19 hours GPS mode without music.

Basically, the Venu2/2S, with all its upgrades, is what a next-generation Vívoactive 4/4S would look like, except with an gorgeous AMOLED display.

 


Garmin Venu Collection Comparison Chart


Garmin Venu 2 Garmin Venu 2S Garmin Venu Sq Garmin Venu Sq Musi

Release

2021

2021

2020

2020

Price

Garmin Venu 2 GPS Sports Watch - Slate Stainless Steel Bezel with Black Silicone Band - Right Angle
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Garmin Venu 2 GPS Sports Watch - Slate Stainless Steel Bezel with Black Silicone Band - Right Angle
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Garmin Venu Sq Fitness Tracker Watch - Metallic Orchid - Right Angle
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Models

Garmin Venu 2 GPS Sports Watch - Slate Stainless Steel Bezel with Black Silicone Band - Right Angle

Silver

Garmin Venu 2 GPS Sports Watch - Slate Stainless Steel Bezel with Black Silicone Band - Right Angle

Slate

Garmin Venu 2 GPS Sports Watch - Slate Stainless Steel Bezel with Black Silicone Band - Right Angle

Rose Gold

Garmin Venu 2 GPS Sports Watch - Slate Stainless Steel Bezel with Black Silicone Band - Right Angle

Light Gold

Garmin Venu Sq Fitness Tracker Watch - Metallic Orchid - Right Angle

Light Gold

Garmin Venu Sq Fitness Tracker Watch - Metallic Orchid - Right Angle

Orchid

Garmin Venu Sq Fitness Tracker Watch - Metallic Orchid - Right Angle

Slate

Garmin Venu Sq Fitness Tracker Watch - Metallic Orchid - Right Angle

Moss

Screen

  • AMOLED display
  • 1.3" diameter
  • 416 x 416 pixels
  • AMOLED display
  • 1.1" diameter
  • 360 x 360 pixels
  • LED display
  • 1.3" diagonal
  • 240 x 240 pixels
  • LED display
  • 1.3" diagonal
  • 240 x 240 pixels

Advanced
Features

  • Everything in Previous
    Venu Models
  • New Age Fitness and
    Health Snapshot widgets
  • Updated heart rate sensor
  • Store up to 650 songs
  • Twice the battery life
  • Everything in Previous
    Venu Models
  • New Age Fitness and
    Health Snapshot widgets
  • Updated heart rate sensor
  • Store up to 650 songs
  • Twice the battery life
  • Wrist-based heart rate
  • Body Battery
  • Women's health monitoring
  • fitness tracking
  • smart notifications
  • Garmin Pay
  • LiveTrack
  • Incident Detection
  • Music storage:
    up to 500 songs
  • Wrist-based heart rate
  • Body Battery
  • Women's health monitoring
  • fitness tracking
  • smart notifications
  • Garmin Pay
  • LiveTrack
  • Incident Detection 

Shared
Features

  • Smartwatch Features
  • Fitness Features
  • Health Monitoring Features
  • Smartwatch Features
  • Fitness Features
  • Health Monitoring Features
  • Smartwatch Features
  • Fitness Features
  • Health Monitoring Features
  • Smartwatch Features
  • Fitness Features
  • Health Monitoring Features

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