Garmin is known for offering watches targeted at its wide range of users. The Venu 2 was released last year and is a fantastic GPS sports watch with a brilliant AMOLED display, while the Vivomove series offers a hybrid watch/sports watch experience. Today, Garmin announced an innovative upgrade to the Venu 2 alongside an intriguing new hybrid watch.
We’ve run, biked, slept, worked, walked and more with these two watches over the past two weeks. In short, these watches prove that Garmin already has a good start to the year.
Check out our Venu 2 Plus and Vivomove Sport reviews for more details on these two new Garmin wearables. The Venu 2 Plus is priced at $449.99 and the Vivomove Sport at just $179.99.
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The Venu 2 Plus builds on the great features of the Venu 2, adding the ability to make and take phone calls from the watch when paired to your smartphone, just like non-cellular Apple Watch models. You can also use your smartphone’s voice assistant to text, ask questions, and more from your wrist.
Users can expect up to nine days of battery life, along with essential Garmin features like sleep scores, stress tracking, body battery, pulse oximeter readings , animated workouts, etc. Garmin’s safety and incident detection features are also supported with a connected smartphone. Garmin Pay, subscription music downloads, Connect IQ apps, and more. are also supported.
The Venu 2 Plus comes in three colors with a 43mm watch case and a standard 20mm quick-release strap. I also appreciate the new fast-charging capability, where 10 minutes of charging adds up to a day of smartwatch use or an hour of GPS and music. This means that even if the watch is dead, I can charge it while I put on my running gear and start stretching before a typical 35-45 minute run.
The Withings ScanWatch was the first hybrid watch I’ve ever tested, and it convinced me there was something to these hybrid options. Garmin’s newest hybrid, the Vivomove Sport, looks like a standard watch with two hands and six numbers on the dial. A small OLED touchscreen is centered below the middle of the watch, however, and is extremely functional and informative.
The Vivomove Sport is ideal for those who prefer to wear analog watches but still want their wearable to capture essential health and wellness data. It looks like a regular watch, but it’s well supported by Garmin’s vast ecosystem.
This watch captures data and supports advanced sleep monitoring, stress tracking, body battery recovery, blood oxygen levels, 24/7 heart rate, women’s health, etc.
GPS is provided by your smartphone, but step counting, intensity minutes, built-in sports apps, etc. are provided by the watch itself. It has a battery life of up to five days in smartwatch mode and even supports smartphone notifications.