NEWS Garmin Venu 2 Plus smartwatch review: Improve your fitness with style

Garmin Venu 2 Plus smartwatch review: Improve your fitness with style

The Garmin Venu 2 Plus delivers a smartwatch experience that could change the way your day is if you give it your all.

I never thought I’d be a smartwatch fan, but we are. For me, the reality of wearable technology is unsettling, yet unavoidable. I’m not the type to be obsessed with technology, but rather the type to abscond into the wild and avoid cell phone service at all costs.

So, it’s crazy that I find myself so obsessed with Garmin’s smooth Venu 2 Smart Watch. I’m actually sucked into the Garmin ecosystem Testing its Instinct 2 Solar, but I regret the utilitarianism and masculinity of the thing. I wanted something to wear to a dinner party or a run. For me, the Venu 2 Plus is just fine.

in short: This Garmin Venu 2 Plus User-friendly, stylish, suitable for almost any situation, and provides daily statistics and information that can really improve your life – if you let it.

Garmin Venu 2 Smartwatch Review

About Venu 2

Garmin Venu 2 comes in four models.

This 2S It’s the smallest in the Venu line, with a 40mm face diameter ($399). If you want a fuller round face, Venu 2 Plus ($449) offers a 43mm option, while Venue 2 ($399) up to 45mm. also, Venu Square ($249) offers a more affordable square face, a shape one might think of as an Apple Watch clone.

At a higher price point, the Plus delivers the range’s premium experience. This is the watch I have on hand. It offers features like stainless steel hardware, animated on-screen workouts, and voice capabilities for texting, calling, and accessing voice assistant technology.

While there’s no clear gender distinction, the various options in the Venu 2 range are sure to cater to masculine or feminine ostensible preferences. The watch I wear is cream with soft gold accents, but it also comes in deeper neutrals including granite blue, powder gray, and black.

Other than that, the watch’s ability to heap physical data from your wrist onto your smartphone is what counts. Personally, I love the Garmin Connect app for its ability to improve your health and the sheer amount of data it provides along the way. Now more on that.

Daily Use Garmin Venu 2 Plus

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As someone who isn’t entirely concerned with wearing a smartwatch on a daily basis, I was surprised to find myself a little overwhelmed when I took it off.

Why? Instead of relying on my iPhone for timing, I just turn my wrist and the Venu 2 Plus appears. On the face I choose, I can see the date, time, my heart rate, battery level, and the number of steps I’ve taken that day.

I find knowing how far I’ve walked every time I check the time encourages me to keep going, something my iPhone or internal clock never do.

Over the past few months, I’ve consistently hit my goal of at least 7,500 steps per day, and often more than that. Every time you hit a target, the watch celebrates by buzzing with a little confetti, which is a nice dopamine boost for a moment. Gamification for Winning, Garmin.

But the watch features that really hold me accountable are the stats I’m used to checking each day in the Garmin Connect app — most notably my sleep habits.

I’ve noticed a direct correlation between the number of days I sleep well (according to the watch) and how much energy I have. And, in turn, it tells me I’m having a bad night. Maybe, dear friends, it’s a placebo effect. However, the data seem to add up.

On those bad days, I can tell that maybe I haven’t walked much the day before. Maybe I’m not getting my heart rate up, or I know I’m drinking too much.

Thanks to these little bits of information, the me now is already thinking about how my future me will function.

Venu 2 Plus: Fitness Trainer

garmin connect app on smartphone

since wearing watch, I lost 12 lbs. I attribute this in part to the simple interaction of seeing how much I’ve moved. As I felt better and became more active, I decided to see how the Garmin Coaching aspect of the app could help me keep going.

I’m on my way to run a 5K Through Jeff Galloway’s planned Garmin Connect app. There are multiple coaches to choose from; my choice of Galloway was more of a whim.

Start Survey lets you choose the number and type of runs you want to take, then the app builds a program to help you get started.

So far it’s been simple. Run schedules are already laid out and easily accessed through the watch’s Activity section, and I haven’t encountered major bugs yet.

Running isn’t your only training option. Built-in workouts from HIIT to strength training to yoga and Pilates right on my wrist.

The Venu 2 Plus also offers voice activation and the ability to make calls through the watch itself, but personally, that’s not a great deal for me. If you like that kind of stuff, know it’s out there and it works.

The downside of the watch

I have nothing to complain about the Venu 2 Plus. The battery is amazing, but I’d be happiest if it was unlimited. Still, I’ll take what I can get.

I have not personally experienced errors in the training part or data collection. Although I will say it did take me a while to figure out how to take my tutoring sessions from within the watch. (“Idiot, go for a run,” I say to myself now.)

One problem I’m having that’s driving me half-insane is that sometimes it takes a second for my watch face to click. If I’m in a hurry, or busy with something else, and I have to tap the dial a few times, it’s not quite Meltdown, but it’s close.

I should also add that while the prices are not root level, they are not astronomical either. This is certainly Garmin’s mid-level watch, and with most options available for less than half the price of the Apple Watch, I’d say that’s a win.

Conclusion: Garmin Venu 2 Plus

After several years of knee surgery and rehab, the antisocial discomfort of the pandemic, and my solid edge on America’s middle-aged, slacker nature, does the watch really encourage me to get back into health travel? I think so.

At the very least, it incentivizes behavior by making data readily available. Maybe I’m just a cog in the hamster wheel of Garmin’s sophisticated data machine. If I can run a 5K for the first time since 2017, I will be a very happy customer.

Look, if you’re in the market for a smartwatch, this one deserves serious consideration. Personally, I’m happy to have it on my wrist, always on call. This technology can really improve your life by encouraging small behavioral changes through data; it really did for me.

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