This is going to date me a little but I remember running with a massive rectangular box strapped to my wrist. Since then, things have changed a lot in the smartwatch department. Modern smartwatches look like, well, watches. There’s still a split in what you can get though.
On one side you’ll find smartwatches that are more like an extension of your phone. On the other side, you’ll find options that are capable of tracking every detail as it relates to your running, cycling, and swimming. Whatever you are looking for, we have them in our best smartwatch for cycling buyers guide. Personally though, I prefer one of the best bike computers for serious riding and I love having a more casual smartwatch.
Tech Specs: Garmin Venu 2 Plus
Price: £399.99 / $449.99 / €449.99
Physical Size: 43.6 x 43.6 x 12.6 mm
Display Size: 1.3″ (33.0 mm) diameter
Display Type: AMOLED optional always-on mode
Waterproof Rating: 5 ATM
Battery Life: 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
For those of you who also like a more casual take on a smartwatch, Garmin might not necessarily be on your radar. For many people, brands like Samsung and Apple are better known when it comes to this type of smartwatch. I’m here to tell you though, Garmin is a serious contender. The Garmin Venu 2 Plus recently added EKG functionality to its list of features and that created the perfect time for me to spend some time with it. If you are considering a new smartwatch, keep reading to see if something from Garmin is going to make sense for you.
Design and aesthetics
As I mentioned above, there are two types of smartwatches. Unless you are talking about Garmin, then there are six distinct product lines and if you’ve casually looked and felt overwhelmed, you aren’t alone. They do still break down along the same lines though and today, we are talking about a product that falls into the casual side of the equation. The Venu 2 Plus is the top-shelf offering in the Venu lineup that Garmin describes by saying “style and design meet health and fitness.”
What that really means is that the Venu 2 Plus will track athletic endeavours but that’s not the primary design driver. It has GPS but it’s there for tracking…
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