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We compare the Garmin Venu 2/2S Smartwatch and the Apple Watch Series 6

You live an active lifestyle. You’re health conscious and would like to get a better picture of your daily health and stats. You like to challenge yourself and see and share the results — with your doctor, personal trainer, or circle of friends. So, when it's time to invest in a fitness tracker:

  • Do you go with a fitness smarthwatch made by a trusted leader in sports and fitness technology?

  • Or do you go with a software juggernaut that is making concerted efforts to improve its health monitoring game?

In this article, we pit these two titans of smart wearables against one another — The Garmin Venu 2/2S vs the Apple Watch 6 — to help you decide which one will best fit your health and fitness goals.

Short on time? Jump to the PlayBetter Bottom Line on these two products or click on a subject in the Table of Contents directly below.


The Garmin Venu 2 series comes in 2 size options: The Venu 2 offers a larger 1.3" display while the Venu 2S has a smaller 1.1" display. Other than a slight difference in battery life, these models are the same.

For more details about the Venu 2 series, watch the video above or check out our other PlayBetter Garmin Venu 2 blogs:

Garmin Venu 2/2S Upgrades Review

Venu 2/2S vs Venu vs Venu Sq


Table of Contents

Similarities Between the Venu 2 Series and the Apple Watch Series 6

Fitness Tracking & Built-In GPS

Both smartwatches are masterfully accurate and reliable when it comes to tracking your steps and distances and grabbing that GPS signal when you're ready to get your stats on the go!

There's an altimeter in each so you get elevation stats too!

Heart-Rate Monitoring & Blood Oxygen Monitoring

You can monitor your heart rate and blood oxygen level from your wrist with optical sensors in both the Venu 2/2S and the Apple Watch 6. The Venu 2/2S has been upgraded to Garmin's new fourth-gen Garmin Elevate sensor.

Smart Notifications and Wi-Fi Connectivity

Stay safe and connected with smart notification and apps with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology in each of these wearables for wanderers. Bonus: the Garmin Venu 2/2S also includes ANT+ technology while the Apple Watch 6 has optional LTE.


Take your tunes, leave your phone behind.

The Venu 2/2S can store 150 more songs than its predecessor (for 650 total). And the Apple, of course, has even more of that Apple storage space with 32GB!

Multiple Styles

The new Venu 2 lineup now comes in 2 sizes and 6 color schemes all at the same price point — $399.99. Apple has a huge variety of styles for their latest wearable, but they also come with a variety of price tags that can go upwards of $1,200.

Water Resistance

Each of these stylish smartwatches is rugged enough for a water rating of 5ATM, which means you can swim with it, and it can withstand pressure equivalent to a depth of 50 meters.

The Differences

Venu 2 — Double the Battery Life

While Apple was still not able to get over its 18-hour battery life hump, the Venu 2/2S doubled its output.

Apple's Electrocardiogram
Sensor (ECG)

The Apple Watch 6 has earned some health-monitoring swagger with its new ECG feature and app.

Still, Venu 2 gives you heart rate along with Pulse Ox, sleep score, respiration, all-day stress, and much more!

Venu 2 Is the to-the-Core Multisport Watch

With 25 sports modes for exercise, animated workouts on the vibrant AMOLED screen, several new HIIT workouts, Garmin Coach, updated strength training, details of targeted muscle groups, extremely accurate stats, and much more ... the Garmin Venu 2/2S is the undisputed watch of fitness.

Venu 2 Series Offers 2 Dispaly Sizes

The Venu 2 options offer a bright 1.3" display — larger than the previous 1.2" Venu. The Venu 2S is for those who prefer a smaller, classic 1.1" display.

Venu 2 AMOLED Display Dominates

Get the undeniable vibrance and beauty of the AMOLED display on the Venu 2/2S. AMOLED displays allow for more control over each pixel, resulting in richer blacks, power economy, and better viewing angles.

The Price Tag

The Venu 2 and Venu 2S are both $399.99. They come in various color palettes with stainless steel bezels and silicone bands. The Apple Watch Series 6 starts at the same price, but with aluminum bezels, which do not have the same premium look as stainless steel. From there, Apple Watches go up to over $1200.

The Best Fitness Watch

We Vote Venu 2 for the Fitness-Focused ...

Fitness tech is what Garmin does. And by "does", we mean "constantly perfects". Here's why we think the Venu 2/2S beats Apple for best sport watch:

  • Track your steps, calories, floors, heart rate, stress, blood oxygen levels, respiration rate, and more throughout the day with spot-on accuracy.
  • Get over 25 built-in indoor and GPS sports apps with favorites that include walking, running, cycling, pool swimming, golf, Pilates and yoga.
  • Get an adaptive training plan with Garmin Coach.
  • Includes new activity profiles for HIIT, indoor climbing, bouldering, and hiking.
  • Offers several HIIT workouts with on-screen animations.
  • Create your own workouts.
  • The new advanced strength training profile and workouts put weight scaling and strength PRs right on the device and includes graphics showing which muscle groups were worked.

Still the Apple Watch Series 6 Is Fitness Savvy ...

If you're looking for a smartwatch that has fitness tracking, the Apple Watch 6 can definitely step up with:

  • All the basic tracking metrics for counting steps, measuring distance covered, and easily monitoring daily progress.
  • An altimeter to measure elevation, letting you know floors climbed.
  • Built-in GPS lets you track runs, rides, and more, and the Workout app has evolved to track activities like dancing.
  • Activity rings, sharing, and competitions that can help you stay motivated to exercise.
  • Apple Fitness+, Apple's new fitness platform, where you can access video workouts and see your metrics on the screen of your Apple device. Get 3 months free of this subscription-based platform when you buy the watch.

The Best Smartwatch Software

This is a tough one, and not just because both brands are two tried and tested tech giants with Apple perhaps having the software edge. But it comes down to preference: how you want to use your fitness smartwatch, and how much you want to pay.

If you own an iPhone, both the Venu 2 series and the Apple Watch 6 will give you the experience you're after. That being said, you may find a more organic experience with the Apple wearable. (The Venu 2/2S works with both iOS and Android devices).

If you want gobs of storage space and LTE connectivity, you will probably lean toward the Apple Watch. HOWEVER, you're going to pay for it and you'll have to charge it daily.

If you're not worried about LTE connectivity and 650 songs is good enough for you — you're going to love the fitness features galore in the Venu 2/2S! Plus loads of health-monitoring, including Health Snapshot, Age Fitness, and, sleep score and insights by Firstbeat AnalyticsTM. And don't forget, you're going to pay less for this full-fledged fitness watch!

The Best Looking Smartwatch

This category too, will come down to taste (and what you can afford). We love the gorgeous design of the Venu 2/2S that can go from professional to casual to workout settings.

The Apple Watch 6 offers several style options at a range of price points, including a lovely and diverse palette of colors at the lower level, braided band options, and Nike versions for a much prettier penny.

For one price, you get to choose from two color combos for the Venu 2 (1.3" screen) and 4 color combos for the Venu 2S (1.1" screen). Of course, you can always switch up your style with a huge variety of bands available from Garmin or on Amazon.

The Longest Battery Life Smartwatch

The Venu 2/2S GPS smartwatch dominates this category! While it doubled its battery life from it's last version, the Apple Watch Series 6 smartwatch is still stuck at an 18-hour battery life.

Here's how the Venu 2/2S breaks down to keep you powered up:

Smartwatch mode: Up to 11 days (10 days for S2)
Battery saver smartwatch mode: Up to 12 days (11 days for S2)
GPS mode with music: Up to 8 hours (7 hours for S2)
GPS mode without music: Up to 22 hours (19 hours for S2)

The PlayBetter Bottom Line

If you're a dyed-in-the-wool iPhone person who really wants the extra storage and LTE connectivity, the Apple Watch Series 6 makes sense and is a fine choice, as long as you don't mind the expandable price tag attached to it.

If you're looking for the best fitness-focused, health-tracking smartwatch that you can rely on for spot-on accuracy on stats and has a gorgeous AMOLED screen in the size you want — then you want a Garmin Venu 2/2S on your wrist. Get one of our PlayBetter bundles and save! We have FREE 2-day delivery and 60-day returns, no questions!

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