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Garmin Venu 2 Plus Smartwatch Review: Battery life is the key

Garmin Venu 2 Plus Smartwatch Review: Battery life is the key

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.

Garmin Venu 2 Plus metal bezel

When the Venu 2 Plus hit the market, the metal bezel was just an aesthetic detail but it’s actually the key to making EKG work (Image credit: Josh Ross)

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