The Garmin Venu Sq 2 competes against the Apple Watch SE 2, Samsung Galaxy Watch5, and Fitbit Sense 2
The new year often brings in some positive thoughts in the form of certain resolutions about maintaining or regaining fitness. Most of us make our first step towards the fitness goals for sure, that is, buying a fitness tracker. A smartwatch with fitness tracking capabilities strapped to your wrist will definitely persuade you to stick to your new year resolutions by reminding you to do your daily workouts customised for you. Recently launched Garmin Venu Sq 2 is a typical smartwatch designed with sports enthusiasts in mind.
Along with the regular variant, the Garmin Venu Sq 2 series has a Music Edition too. The only difference between the two is the offline music playback capabilities offered with the latter. The Music edition offers storage for up to 500 songs, downloaded from music streaming apps like Spotify, Prime Music, and others.
Slew of upgrades over predecessor
The Garmin Venu Sq 2 comes with a number of upgrades over its predecessor such as an upgraded heart rate sensor, improved battery life, AMOLED display, GPS support etc. The design ques have not changed much from that of its predecessor Venu Sq, as it remains a fitness-focused watch and keeps the rectangular shape.
The watch comes with colour options such as Shadow Gray and Slate, White and Cream Gold and Cool Mint and Metallic Mint. The Music Edition is available in Ivory and Peach Gold, Black and Slate and French Gray and Cream Gold. It is paired with 20mm silicon straps, also feature quick-release pins for easy swapping with other straps of similar size.
It is lightweight weighing just around 37gms and comfortable to wear for long hours thanks to the polyester frame. Water resistance of the watch is up to 5ATM, so you can use the watch for a brief swim or for a shower. There are two buttons on the right side for power, and quick access for the fitness modes and other features.
The 1.41-inch AMOLED touchscreen display has 320 x 360 resolution supports always-on feature. The display offers vibrant colours and is bright under sunlight. The Corning Gorilla Glass 3 blend in nicely with the screen. The raise-to-wake gesture of the display lights up the screen immediately when you gently raise the watch.
Garmin Venu Sq2 tracks all vitals
The watch can track all sorts of vitals, including heart rate, SpO2, respiration, stress, sleep, hydration, pulse, body battery, menstrual cycles, and fitness age. It has more than 25 built-in and GPS sports modes including running, strength training, cycling, yoga, cardio, pool swimming, and others.
You can pair the watch with a smartphone using the Garmin Connect app, which is available on Google Play Store and App Store. The app presents all the data up front, with graphs and charts. It can also be used to set challenges, create manual activities, set up training plans etc. You can also set up Incident Detection and LiveTrack safety features through the app.
Using these features, you can send messages with your location to emergency contacts if your phone is nearby and connected to the smartwatch. You can download watch faces from Garmin’s Connect IQ store, another app that allows you to customise watch faces, add widgets, and install third-party applications, such as Spotify, Maze Game, Minesweeper etc.
The company claims that the battery lasts up to 11 days on a single charge with normal usage. The watch is expected to get power up to 100% from zero in about one and a half hours. The Music Edition, priced at $299.99, is a premium smartwatch, more expensive than the regular Garmin Venu Sq 2. The Sq 2 series competes against the Apple Watch SE 2, Samsung Galaxy Watch5, and Fitbit Sense 2 and the Music Edition’s fitness features, tracking accuracy, and offline music support make it a preferred choice for many.