Garmin Venu 2 Plus, GPS Smartwatch with Call and Text, Advanced Health Monitoring and Fitness Features, Slate with Black Band
|Model Name||Venu 2 Plus|
|Style||Venu 2 Plus|
|Screen Size||1.3 Inches|
|Special Feature||Sleep Monitor, Breath Monitor, GPS, Phone Call, Heart Rate Monitor|
|Age Range (Description)||Adult|
About this item
- Suit your style with a smartwatch that’s available in three colors and features a bright, crisp AMOLED display
- Enjoy the convenience of making and taking phone calls from your wrist when paired with your compatible smartphone
- Use your compatible smartphone’s voice assistant to respond to text messages, ask questions, control compatible smart home devices and more
- Know your body better with extensive health monitoring features, including the Health Snapshot feature, Body Battery energy levels, sleep score and insights, fitness age, stress tracking and more (this device is intended to be an estimation of your activity and metrics; it is not a medical device)
- Find new ways to keep your body moving with more than 25 built-in indoor and GPS sports apps, including walking, running, cycling, HIIT, swimming, golf and many more
- Use preloaded workouts that include cardio, yoga, strength, HIIT and Pilates, create your own in the Garmin Connect app on your compatible smartphone, or try Garmin Coach free adaptive training plans to help you prepare for your next running challenge
- Download up to 650 songs to your watch, including playlists from Spotify, Amazon Music or Deezer (may require a premium subscription) and connect with your wireless headphones for phone-free listening
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Dial in to your well-being with Venu® 2 Plus. This GPS smartwatch has advanced health and fitness features to help you better understand your body. When paired with your compatible smartphone, enjoy the convenience of keeping that phone in your pocket, and making and taking calls right from your wrist. You can even use your smartphone’s voice assistant to respond to text messages. Switch up your activities with animated workouts and more than 25 built-in sports apps. Built-in music storage lets you bring your favorite tunes along. And get even more functionality on the wrist with Garmin Pay™ contactless payments in supported countries and payment networks, safety tracking features and more (Requires setup and your smartphone to be in an area with network coverage where data connectivity is available)
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Pros- using GPS and workout functions consistently I still got 4 days of battery life, before I felt the need to charge it at 20%. The touch screen is as responsive as my phone, and I can receive calls on it using the built in speaker. I have showerd with it no issues.
Only real con I can think of is GPS tracking is off a bit. It is an issue for me, like I said I was wanting it for work.
Overall looks great, feels great, and does everything it says it will. I'm not sure how accurate GPS is on other smart watches but if that is a deal breaker I would do some serious research.
Primarily, I want to be able to view and interact with notifications without having to take out my phone. Instantly, I was let down by the Garmin Venu 2+. The notification delivery was very unreliable, often not even notifying on my watch or notifying with a heavy delay of 5-10 seconds. Once the notification was on the watch, the ability to action on the notification was pretty poor. You have to scroll all the way through the whole notification to be able to get to the action links - compare to other watches where you always have an action hamburger menu available - which is a poor UX. If you have multiple notifications, good luck. You can only immediately action on the latest, and the other notifications you have to navigate through the glances menu which takes a lot of inputs to get through. Compare to other watches where all notifications are immediately accessible from the home watch screen. Not to mention, there is no ability to suppress notifications when you are using the phone, something that I took for granted on other watches.
The supporting phone software is also pretty poor. Trying to install new watch faces took hours as the app just didn't want to install them onto the phone. I googled this and apparently this has been an issue for years and the solution is...just keep reopening the app until it works. Disappointing to say the least. And the Garmin Connect app, while it has a huge amount of metrics, is sadly restrictive. I can't even push my weight into the app from my smart scale because they only allow Garmin scales to do that.
Another major feature missing is wireless charging. What kind of a watch releases in these times without wireless charging? The watch does come with a very short proprietary charger. Fortunately, it doesn't need to charge that often, but it is a far cry from just throwing the watch on a wireless pad when showering.
The fitness sensors are the only redeeming features here. They are definitely better than other watches you can get. But, how much better? I did a comparison with another watch and found that despite all the accuracy hype...they were pretty much the same. On a 3 mile walk, distance was 0.02 miles difference, and calories burned were within 10. The GPS appeared smoother on the Venu, but was pretty much identical otherwise. I would argue unless you are doing heavy training, particularly running, you are fine with the sensors on other watches.
All in all, this is a beautiful watch that I really wanted to like, but it seems that Garmin has not yet grasped what makes a "smartwatch" easy to use. Making a tree of menus is not fun. If they could bring that finishing touch and add basic functionality like wireless charging, this would be a killer watch. Unfortunately, they haven't yet.
I will mention that the other 4 unnamed devices I tried to use with my Samsung smartphone and shuddered to think the phone might've been the problem? The devices may work fine with other phones IDK?!!? I returned the watches before I thought to even try my Xiaomi Poco smartphone. [I have nothing against Samsung products at all and use my Tab S7 daily.]
I am now using said Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro with the GARMIN watch, and there have been no issues whatsoever. N-O-N-E!! I have not tried to pair it with the Samsung and will most probably try that sometime in the future, but I'm not eager to do so since the Poco phone works so well with the GARMIN watch as desired. I don't need all of the Sport Activity functions except for about 3 or 4 of them, as all I truly wanted was to be able to call/receive via Bluetooth, use Heart rate, Sleep, Steps, O2 and other related health functions.
I am quite pleased with the GARMIN VENUE 2+ smartwatch but still wonder why I had such difficulty with the other watches. They ranged in price from $$ to $$$. So while I paid the most ($463.00) for this GARMIN watch I have no complaints! Another big plus is the advertised battery-life which also was an ability I wanted on my watch. Yep, it eliminates up the need to charge it frequently. I have had no issues with the GARMIN watch nor the Connect app whatsoever. [There was even a Number 6 "The Prisoner" watch face!!😊) I'll update again in September 2022 to report anything pro or con since I've only been using this device for less than 2 weeks. But it worked right away from the moment I unboxed it, affixed it to my wrist, and never looked back. I didn't even need to charge it! Yes, I'm chuffed all around. Honestly, we ALL just want the "stuff to work" the first time and continue to do so without fail, right? This Venue 2+ provides that for me.
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The Garmin software has some way to go, sadly... It is not the smoothest when selecting your watch faces and in some sections, harder to navigate and just not as smooth as Fitbit... HOWEVER, I will never go for Fitbit because they charge monthly to get features, even through the design there is great. Fitbit is also really slow and lame.
Many positives and some negatives about this Garmin watch.. Some android apps lack but Garmin has their second app to download the apps. Price is high, even on sale.... Design is just the best of them all.
Connectivity is still a major issue as it sometimes takes over my phone calls, mid-call when I am using a Bluetooth headset, for example.
Battery LIFE IS THE BEST OF THEM ALL, THOUGH...LIKE 5-10% A DAY, WHICH IS JUST WOW... GALAXY WATCHES ARE GOOD 1-2 DAYS AND THAT IS PUSHING IT. This watch, can outdo a week easy, even if used a lot! The Screen is so vivid and although Gorilla Glass 3 (not Sapphire as Galaxy watches are), twill do the job! You need a screen protector against scratches tho.
I absolutely love it. Easy to set up, easy to use. Battery life is pretty good. I have the pulse ox on for sleep all night so I find I charge every 3 or 4 days. I usually just charge it when I'm sitting down in bursts of 10 to 20 minutes every few days. I've never had an issue with it being low. It charges incredibly quickly. From reading about the batteries used in the watch, short bursts of charging is recommended.
About 2 weeks in I somehow had a large scratch across the whole watch. I was pretty bummed because I had only had it for a little while. I called Garmin to see if they could send me a new glass front or if I could get it repaired. Scratches are not covered by warranty but the Garmin still went ahead and replaced the entire watch free of charge. Their customer service was beyond amazing.
My only negative is I wish they had an option of getting a non silicone watch band on purchase. I'd much prefer a a nylon band as the silicone I find can be irritating and sweaty.
You can purchase after market watch bands, but the Garmin watch band pins that attach to the watch are slightly thicker than other brands so the non garmin branded straps aren't as secure.
Muito confortável e bonito.
Recomendo que compre uma película também pra garantir que não vai arranhar.
Tive uma duração média de 7 dias de bateria com uso constante.