Garmin Venu Sq and Garmin Venu 2 are two the best Garmin watches available at the moment, but despite being part of the same range, they are very different. That’s why we’ve put together this guide by comparing the key features of both watches so you can choose the best one for yourself.
Venu Sq (as recently released version Garmin Lily) is one of Garmin’s most fashion-centric watches, with an intelligent design and a wide range of colors and finishes, but the Venu 2 is also not an appearance department. While it is more reminiscent of a typical sports watch due to its round face, it is still sleek and minimal, and is available in two sizes for different wrists.
The Garmin Venu 2 is one of the best Garmin watches we’ve tested to date. While both it and Venu Sq offer a combination of smart watch and fitness tracking features, we think the balance is almost perfect, resulting in a good-looking watch that’s great for any occasion.
However, there is a big difference between the prices as Venu 2 costs twice as much as a regular Venu Sq. If cost is a limiting factor, Venu Sq is the better choice for you. Read more about both watches so you can choose the best device for your needs and budget.
- The Garmin Venu 2 is double the price of the Venu Sq
- The Garmin Venu Sq was released in 2020
- Venu 2 was released in 2021
The Garmin Venu Sq was released in September 2020 for $ 199 / £ 179 / $ 349. Also included is the Venu Sq music version (which we tested), which costs $ 249 / £ 229.99 / $ 429 and includes up to 500 songs on board.
The Garmin Venu 2 went on sale in April 2021 for $ 399.99 / £ 349.99 / $ 629. Both 44mm and 40mm case sizes are the same price.
Design and presentation
- The Garmin Venu Sq is similar in shape and size to the Apple Watch
- The Garmin Venu 2 is round and comes in two sizes
- Both have a touch screen and two physical buttons
The Garmin Venu Sq has a rectangular case measuring 40.6 x 37 x 11.5 mm (almost identical dimensions to the smaller one) Apple Watch 6).
The Garmin Venu 2 has a round case (more typical of Garmin devices) and is available in two sizes: 44 mm x 12.2 mm and 40 mm x 12.1 mm. The smaller of these models is known as the Garmin Venu 2S.
Both Venu Sq and Venu 2 have a fiber-reinforced polymer housing with a metal frame. The frame of the Venu Sq is made of lightweight aluminum, while the frame of the Venu 2 is made of stainless steel. The watches come standard with a silicone strap, but extra straps are available separately and are easy to change with quick-release fasteners.
Both devices are operated with a touch screen and two buttons on the right side. The lower of these acts as a back button by going to the previous menu or back to the home screen, while the upper button is context-sensitive and performs different functions depending on the application or widget you are using. The buttons on the Venu 2 can be locked during training to avoid accidental presses.
- Venu 2 display is OLED, Venu Sq is LCD
- Venu 2 has a much higher resolution
The Garmin Venu 2 features a live AMOLED touchscreen with three brightness settings and different sensitivity levels to wake it from sleep. The 44mm version has a 1.4-inch screen, while the 40mm model has a smaller 1.1-inch.
The Venu Sq has a more traditional 1.3-inch color LCD display, which (while good) isn’t as striking as OLED, and uses more power.
The Venu 2’s display also has a much higher resolution – the 44mm version has a resolution of 416 x 416 pixels, while the 40mm model has 360 x 360 pixels. In contrast, the resolution of Venu Sq is only 240 x 240 pixels.
Both are high-quality displays, but the difference is noticeable in testing, and Venu 2 is able to display much more information in a similar mode with sharper text and graphics.
- Both devices support contactless payments
- The standard Venu Sq does not have internal storage for music
- Venu 2 provides time tracking on the clock itself
Both Venu Sq and Venu 2 allow you to receive smartphone notifications from Android and iOS phones, and Android phone owners can also send text replies and reject calls via SMS (a useful feature if you’re in the middle of a workout).
All common calendar, weather, and stopwatch apps are present and correct, and both devices also allow you to make contactless purchases through Garmin Pay when configured in Garmin Connect.
Both clocks let you control music playback on your smartphone and can stream songs from Amazon Music or Deezer. You can also use the clock to manage your Spotify playlist.
The standard Garmin Venu Sq doesn’t have internal storage for songs for offline playback, but the more expensive music version has room for 500 tracks. As standard, the 44 mm Venu 2 can store up to 2,000 songs internally, while the smaller Venu 2S can store up to 650 songs.
Every Garmin watch user can use the time period with Garmin Connect, but only Garmin Venu 2 and Garmin Lily allow you to enter symptoms and see the details of your cycle on the watch itself.
- Both watches have accurate GPS-GPS
- Venu Sq does not have an altimeter for counting stairs
- Garmin Venu 2 adds more health information to your wrist
Both the Garmin Venu Sq and the Garmin Venu 2 have an internal GPS that proved effective in our tests. We found that it took a short time to reach Venu Sq lock, but when it was achieved, the results of the two were comparable.
Both clocks have a pedometer and give you a daily step target based on your activity level. However, only Venu 2 has an altimeter, which means it’s the only device that can track how many stairs you’re climbing. Again, you are given a goal to achieve every day.
All-day heart rate measurement is available on both clocks, and both monitor ‘intensity minutes’, which measures the time spent in each heart rate zone. Both clocks also have a pulse oximeter to measure blood oxygen saturation at night and during exercise.
Both devices have a wide range of training profiles for indoor and outdoor use, but Venu 2 has more options, including HIIT workouts. It can also display on-screen training animations and muscle map graphics that show the muscle groups you are using, helping you plan your workout.
Venu Sq and Venu 2 can both lower your fitness age (a gauge based on factors like VO2 max, age, weight and gender), but only Venu 2 lets you see it at a glance on your wrist. If you own a Venu Sq, you need to open the Garmin Connect app on your phone to see it.
Venu 2 also includes a Garmin Coach tool so you can keep track of your training plans defined in Garmin Connect, as well as scoreboards for all registered challenges.