Garmin’s Venu® 2 and Venu 2S GPS smartwatches aim to further their goal of help customers live better, healthier lives. Venu 2 has been greatly improved over its predecessor, boasting a beautiful AMOLED display with a bright touch screen framed by a sleek stainless steel bezel. The screen is covered in Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3. It has improved battery life and more music storage than the previous version. There’s also a new sports app that is perfect for those who walk, run, climb, bike, golf, ski, strength train, do yoga, or simply want to accurately monitor their blood oxygen saturation SpO2 and respiration readings.
The Venu 2 features a broad range of all-day health monitoring features, including: heart rate (with user-configurable alerts for high or low readings1), fitness age, advanced sleep with sleep score and insights, respiration, Pulse Ox2, all-day stress, hydration, and women’s health (menstrual cycle tracking and pregnancy tracking). Body BatteryTM energy monitoring shows users how “charged” their body is, helpful for scheduling workouts, rest times and sleep. New Health Snapshot feature lets users log a 2-minute session to record key health stats and generate a report they can share with a healthcare provider.
At bedtime, 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. You can view these details and insights about improving your quality of sleep on the watch itself and also in Garmin ConnectTM. The Venu 2/2S offers structured breathwork activities designed to promote focus and relaxation should you need help winding down.
No matter where you workout, stay engaged with new activity profiles for HIIT (including AMRAP, EMOM, Tabata and custom timers), indoor climbing, bouldering and hiking, the Venu 2/2S has over 25 built-in indoor and GPS sports apps with favourites that include walking, running, cycling, pool swimming, golf, Pilates and yoga. 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.
Also, there are important safety and tracking features that provide peace of mind with automatic incident detection (during outdoor walks, runs or rides) and manually triggered assistance alerts both of which send real-time location to emergency contacts. LiveTrack lets friends and family track the user’s outdoor activity.
There are a host of smart features that will keep you connected all day including built-in music (download up to 650 songs including playlists from Spotify®, Amazon Music, and Deezer4), Garmin PayTM contactless payments, and smart notifications for text messages (AndroidTM users can reply from the device), calendar reminders, incoming calls and more. Personalize the Venu 2 with apps, watch faces and more available to download from the Connect IQTM store. Unlike other smartwatches, the Venu 2 can be used with either Android or Apple® smartphones.
Words by Nathan Best for Client Magazine
As featured in our Editors Picks in Client Style #24 available in print & digital editions