The Garmin Venu 2 Plus is a perfect fitness watch, and is more comfortable to wear for long periods than Garmin’s heavier enthusiast running watches. New additions for this series, like digital assistant support, make the Venu 2 Plus feel more like a smartwatch than the Venu 2. But it’s wise not to expect too much from these extras as they are not as slick as the rest of the watch – in part due to technical challenges. The Garmin Venu 2 Plus is the best smartwatch you can buy if you need a watch with easy music downloading features. It can hold a lot of music and motivate you to work out. Just make sure you have a large enough budget for this expensive smartwatch. As you’d expect from a Garmin watch, the Venu 2 Plus is a superb sports watch! One of the Venu 2’s best new features was the addition of on-screen muscle maps, which show which body parts you’ve been working recently, plus animated Pilates and yoga workouts that you can follow in real time. It really makes the most of the watch’s big AMOLED screen, and although there are only three Pilates and three yoga sessions to follow at the moment, we’re hopeful that more will arrive with a future firmware update. One of really best smartwatches, the Garmin Venu 2, has received a big update with the addition of a microphone that allows you to make and receive calls from your wrist, and access your phone’s voice assistant. It’s a smart addition that really adds a lot to this all-purpose smartwatch’s functionality, whether you’re working out or not. In all other respects, this is the same excellent sports-focused watch as before, though this time there’s only a single case size. That and the lack of wireless charging are minor quibbles though, and if it’s within your budget then we highly recommend adding the Venu 2 Plus to your shortlist when you’re shopping for a smartwatch that you can wear all day. From durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to the sleek stainless steel bezel and comfortable silicone band, this Garmin Venu 2 Plus smartwatch is very strong and powerful.
Get an uninterrupted picture of your health with up to 9 days in smartwatch mode, up to 24 hours in GPS mode and up to 8 hours in GPS mode with music. Ten minutes of charging adds up to 1 day of smartwatch mode battery life or 1 hour of GPS with music battery life. Photo: Garmin
Venu 2 Plus – Maximizing Battery Life
You can do several things to extend the life of the battery.
Turn on Battery Saver (Battery Manager).
Stop using the Always On display timeout option, and select a shorter display timeout (Customizing the Display Settings).
Reduce the display brightness (Customizing the Display Settings).
Switch from a live watch face to a watch face with a static background (Changing the Watch Face).
Turn off Bluetooth® technology when you are not using connected features (Turning Off the Bluetooth Phone Connection).
Turn off activity tracking (Activity Tracking Settings).
Limit the type of phone notifications (Managing Notifications).
Stop broadcasting heart rate data to paired Garmin® devices (Broadcasting Heart Rate).
Turn off wrist-based heart rate monitoring (Turning Off the Wrist-based Heart Rate Monitor).
Turn off automatic pulse oximeter readings (Changing the Pulse Oximeter Tracking Mode).
Garmin Venu 2 Plus specs:
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless-steel rear cover
QUICK RELEASE BANDS
yes (20 mm, Industry standard)
43.6 x 43.6 x 12.6 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 125-190 mm
1.3″ (33.0 mm) diameter
416 x 416 pixels
AMOLED optional always-on mode
Smartwatch mode: Up to 9 days Battery saver smartwatch mode: Up to 10 days GPS mode with music: Up to 8 hours GPS mode without music: Up to 24 hours
200 hours of activity data
GPS TIME SYNC yes
AUTOMATIC DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME yes
ALARM CLOCK yes
SUNRISE/SUNSET TIMES yes
WRIST-BASED HEART RATE (CONSTANT, EVERY SECOND)
DAILY RESTING HEART RATE
ABNORMAL HEART RATE ALERTS
yes (high and low)
RESPIRATION RATE (24X7)
PULSE OX BLOOD OXYGEN SATURATION
yes (spot-check, and optionally all-day and in sleep)
BODY BATTERY™ ENERGY MONITOR
RELAXATION BREATHING TIMER
SLEEP SCORE AND INSIGHTS
GARMIN ELEVATE™ WRIST HEART RATE MONITOR
yes (tempe™ sensor required)
AMBIENT LIGHT SENSOR
PULSE OX BLOOD OXYGEN SATURATION MONITOR
Daily Smart Features
Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
CONNECT IQ™ (DOWNLOADABLE WATCH FACES, DATA FIELDS, WIDGETS AND APPS)
TEXT RESPONSE/REJECT PHONE CALL WITH TEXT (ANDROID™ ONLY)
BATTERY SAVER (CUSTOMIZABLE LOW POWER WATCH)
CONTROLS SMARTPHONE MUSIC
PLAYS AND CONTROLS WATCH MUSIC
up to 650 songs
FIND MY PHONE
FIND MY WATCH
PAIRS WITH GARMIN GOLF APP
PAIRS WITH GARMIN CONNECT™ MOBILE
BLUETOOTH PHONE CALLING AND VOICE ASSISTANT SUPPORT
Safety and Tracking Features
INCIDENT DETECTION DURING SELECT ACTIVITIES
Activity Tracking Features
MOVE BAR (DISPLAYS ON DEVICE AFTER A PERIOD OF INACTIVITY; WALK FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO RESET IT)
AUTO GOAL (LEARNS YOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL AND ASSIGNS A DAILY STEP GOAL)
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