Garmin Venu 2 / 2S GPS Smartwatch // In-Depth ReviewJun 06, 2021
How are you doing, friends? I'm with Dustfit and this is the new Garmin Venue 2 GPS Sport. Check out the sequel to the original spot that came out quite a while ago and I'll tell you what Garmin has been busy with in the original spot. made a splash because
garminditched their transflected screens which they have used for years with an amoled screen but amoled screens generally use a lot more power but somehow they were still able to get three to five days of battery life but with the Venue 2 have increased their battery life quite a bit, so in today's video I'll go over all the new features of the Venue 2, but I'll also go into quite a bit of detail about how it works.
The device works in sports and fitness capacity. I've been using it for the past few weeks, where I've tested it for running, cycling, weight training, swimming, and even taking it skiing, so I have a pretty good idea of how this device works. I'll also have a follow-up video where I'll do a full unboxing setup and walkthrough of the site interface, basically everything that I couldn't necessarily include in this video and if you find the information in this video helpful, please don't. Don't be shy to hit the like button below the original spot which comes in one size but with spot 2 it comes in two sizes the larger spot 2 and then the smaller spot 2 and here they are all one next to the another one so you can get an idea of how they measure just like the original place, place 2 and place 2 have gps, they have an altimeter and they also have a heart rate sensor that can also measure your blood oxygen saturation levels However, with spot 2 and spot 2 they have Garmin's latest and greatest 4th generation elevated heart rate sensor which is supposed to be more accurate and we'll find out how accurate it really is here in just a moment.
The original Venue has a 1.2 inch Amoled screen and the newer Venue 2 has a slightly larger 1.3 inch screen and then Venue 2 has a 1.1 inch screen but along with those new screens the Venue 2 has a new processor with an integrated GPU which allows Venue 2 to have some incredibly smooth animations, including super smooth transition fading. of the watch face makes the touch animations really smooth and allows for incredibly engaging videos with vibrant colors and really nice shading and they also have a new set of live watch faces that animate when you raise your wrist and that also show what this screen can work to interact with the place 2 there is a touch screen along with two physical buttons and this combination works very well the touch screen is nice and responsive it is very predictable and in fact I find it a little more predictable than the original place Garmin too worked a lot on the interface and the most important thing you can notice is that spot 2 gets these widgets that were originally introduced in the Phoenix 6.
So instead of sliding the dedicated widgets one by one like in the original. place place 2 has these snapshots of the widgets that show you important information and then of course you can always dive into each desire to see more details and this is really where you can see how Garmin took advantage of that screen like this heart. Rate graph here where you can swipe back and forth to see your heart rate over time against battery life. The original spot was pretty decent for a device that had an Amoled display where you could enjoy three to four or five days.
Depending on how many outdoor activities you tracked and with the 2 spot, Garmin really upped those numbers and with the 2 spot it's advertised to last up to 11 days and with the 2 you're supposed to get up to 10 days in
smartwatchmode. which basically means not using it to track outdoor activities which is pretty amazing for a device with an AMOLED screen and then for the GPS battery life they advertise that it should last up to 22 hours for the larger version and then 19 hours for the 2, but in real life I was away for a little over a week from location 2 and that was using it to track GPS activity for about 45 minutes to an hour per day and I wasn't using one of their watch faces. watch live and did it.
However, I don't have the spo2 sensor enabled when I enabled the spo2 sensor for sleep tracking and used one of their live watch faces which brought it down to about five days, but that's still pretty good considering the exact same setup I was on. getting. Two or three days out of the original spot now, one thing that will reduce battery life quite a bit is using always on display mode and they advertise only two days with this mode so I would really consider whether or not you need it always on. on-screen, especially since the raised wake gesture seemed to work pretty well for me in most situations, but I have to say that the always-on-screen mode was quite nice to look at;
However, Spot 2 includes a new battery saving mode that can help you squeak. extends the battery life a bit more by disabling some of the sensors on the watch, so it's not double the battery life or anything, just a day or two longer, so it would probably only be used on a emergency situation and a new one. As far as battery life goes, the Spot 2 also has fast charging, so if you charge the Spot for just 10 minutes, you can get an extra day of battery life. On the
smartwatchside, you will be able to receive text notifications. calls and other alerts, so on an iPhone they will be one-way notifications, but you won't be able to respond if you're using an iPhone, but if you have them paired with an Android phone, you'll be able to respond in advance. -Defined responses that you can set up in Garmin Connect and then there's also the ability to use Garmin Pay for contactless payments and then for music.
Both models come with the ability to store up to 650 tracks, compared to 500 tracks on the model. Original place for offline music streaming using music streaming services like Spotify, Deezer and Amazon Music. The Venue 2 also comes with Garmin tracking and security features called Instant Detection, plus get assistance that can send your information and location to emergency contacts you set up. on
garminconnect, but just keep in mind that you have to have your phone in range for this to work just because the watch will use your cellular connection to send that alert about the health side of things that come with the places 2 with garmin .
Advanced sleep tracking widget that provides a sleep score along with lots of information about your sleep, like tonight. I actually slept pretty poorly and it very well could have been because I've been doing tons of training and testing lately. It also provides a good picture of your sleep from the last night along with time spent in different stages of sleep, such as deep sleep, light rem sleep, as well as time spent awake, and this leads to an improvement that Garmin has made with the body battery, so the body battery provides an indication of your energy levels. throughout the day and this is based on your exercise and the quality of your sleep.
I really enjoyed this feature, but Garmin made some improvements to better use sleep data and provide a more accurate body battery score, so if you had a bad night. sleep like I did that night, it reflects that with a little more precision in your body's battery score, place 2 also comes with a feature called fitness age and its intentional fitness age is to provide a number a little more identifiable than VO2 max and calculates this based on your actual age and then combines that with your vigorous activity over the last week, resting heart rate and then BMI or body fat percentage to estimate if your fitness level is about above or below your real age.
They also have this new feature called health snapshots and what it does is it samples multiple health metrics at the same time including heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, stress level and variability of heart rate, and it takes about two minutes to collect all of these metrics and gives you an average of all of those data points of The last two minutes okay, now that we've talked about all the health features of spot 2, let's move on to these sports and fitness features. There is quite an extensive list of sports profiles to choose from from everything you would expect.
Running both indoors and outdoors Cycling both indoors and outdoors Swimming in pools, but please note that there is no open water swimming profile, there is also a strength training profile and now there is a new success training profile and there are new things with these profiles that I will come back to here, in just a second, there is also a hiking profile, gym based profiles such as elliptical and stair climber, and then there is rock climbing indoor and bouldering, which were first introduced with the Phoenix 6 Pro Solar and then outdoor recreation profiles for paddling, golf and winter.
Sports like skiing and snowboarding basically have tons to choose from, but let's talk about strength training and success profiles first because there are some new and interesting things here, so the garments made some improvements with their activity profile. strength training, so if you load a workout from your Workout List in Garmin Connect First, you get a really good breakdown of that entire workout and the progression from one exercise to the next that's been there in the past, but now it's Much prettier, however, if you click on one of these. exercises, it shows you which muscle groups that exercise targets with this incredibly attractive graph and they've also improved the workout animation to make it one of the best animations I've seen on a watch.
I mean, these little video animations contain a lot of detail and are incredibly fluid. There is also a new feature where you will be able to record personal logs for different types of strength training activities. This feature isn't completely ready right now, but the idea behind it is that you'll be able to log activities and then you'll be able to see them on your watch and in Garmin Connect, but the list of activities they have right now seems a little short to me, so I just love the ability to log April for any type of strength training activity, but like I said, they're still working on this feature, so I'll probably include this feature again in a follow-up video now that those last two features are out.
They mainly use when you're using one of their built-in workouts or creating a custom workout, but you can still use the strength training activity profile that they have, which tries to automatically track your reps and tries to identify what type of exercise you're doing and I made an extensive video on how this works over two years ago and I'll have that link in the description below, but I'm basically seeing the same results as before, where it does a pretty decent job of identifying reps, but the exercise recognition is usually of error and when I say success I don't mean success, it is high intensity interval training and it is a new activity profile to launch with place 2.
So with the new success activity profile there are now different types of Timers that you can set depending on the type of workout you are doing, including amrap every minute in the tabata minute, which lasts 20 seconds with 10 seconds rest and then you can set a custom timer if you want. your time interval, rest time, how many moves per round and the number of rounds, it's all pretty well thought out and it will also try to count your reps during these workouts and show all this information later in Garmin Connect when you go to save your workout, so now let's talk about GPS accuracy and first we'll start by running a little bit so the total distance lines up well with some other testing devices so we're good to go and the calories lined up too. a pretty decent GPS tracking accuracy point of view on this race, but I found a section right here on the right side of the map where it drifted a little bit, but it's pretty funny that all the devices had problems on this race for some reason or another one, so let's take a look at some other examples on this road trip again: The total distance lines up very well and so did the elevation gain using the altimeter from place two and the calorie calculations also lined up very well from the point of view of GPS tracking accuracy.
It was pretty solid, this one.The course consisted of a mix of different things, from completely straight and open sections of road to some winding bike paths with quite a few curves, as well as some areas with a good amount of tree cover and overall this looks great. a handful of corners where it was slightly overshot but these are very minor and overall spot two worked very well and for mountain biking this is probably one of the most challenging GPS tests just because of a lot of corners and Variable terrain and location 2. was reasonably close to other test devices for a total distance, it was also pretty good when it came to elevation gain on this trip compared to elevation collected on other devices as well as the figure correct Strava elevation found in the center screenshot for GPS tracks.
Well this was a round trip which is why there are so many clues laid out but it's a little hard to find anything wrong here in all these hairpin turns, it tracked pretty well in fact a little better than another device I had on This trip. and if I had to nitpick about this hairpin bend right here, it screams a little bit, but that was pretty much the only thing I can find and before we get into the final section of this video, which is heart rate accuracy, I also wanted to go quickly. about how well the 2nd place did in estimating indoor running distances on a treadmill, so when I was done with my first run on the treadmill, a screen appeared asking me to enter the distance that was recorded on the treadmill, which should help calibrate the watch and then after that first run on all my subsequent runs, it stayed pretty well calibrated and was producing some pretty solid results, so pretty good stuff, okay, so now let's move on to the hard drive accuracy so spot 2 and spot 2 come with Garmin's latest 4th generation elevated heart rate sensor which also includes a spo2 sensor these two lights in the center are green lights and red and then these four that you see on the outside are actually infrared lights that you can't see with the naked eye, but these are used to improve the accuracy of sp02, of course being the latest and greatest they should also be the most accurate for spo2 accuracy.
I found that they are pretty close to a fingertip blood oxygen sensor, so this clip here is doing four tests in a row and with each measurement it was extremely close and at most only off by a percentage point and for the heart rate accuracy let's jump into some graphs so for a good run this is the most boring thing here but basically it was perfect apart from a few little glitches here and here where it was off by a few beats per minute and then in this race again it was pretty good but there were a few little wobbles here and here and it had about 30 seconds right here where it registered between six and seven beats per minute and then for indoor cycling it was basically perfect there's really not much to complain about here and then , in the example below, same deal where it was pretty good, but there was one spot right here that had a little hiccup when I raised my heart rate quickly, but other than that, the rest of the session is basically on the money.
The next step is road cycling and this is where things start to get a little more challenging for a wrist-based heart rate sensor simply because of the added variables of handlebar grip as well as road vibration, which can have an effect on these types of sensors and for the most part place 2 did pretty well at first, there was a small delay in locking but after that things were pretty orderly, there are some small mini spikes here and there, but I think what's interesting is that the optical heart rate sensor on the arm I was using for comparison also experienced some of those little mini spikes, but overall this was pretty much what I found.
I would like to see now that there are some activities that are notoriously difficult for wrist heart rate sensors and these include mountain biking, swimming and weight training, and in mountain biking, basically, there is the There can be a lot of sudden movements on rough terrain that could cause the watch to shake, but this example I have here is probably one of the best results I've seen with a heart rate sensor. wristband for mountain biking. Sure there are definitely points where it fell and went up a little bit, but they were all momentary and what we can see is that even though it went off course in some places, it came back into line very quickly, which was really nice to see the next step is training with weights and high intensity inwards. training consisting of a lot of variable arm movements and wrist flexion that can mess with any heart rate sensor on the wrist and what we can see here is that the spot wasn't perfect but it's still on the better side of things I usually see on a wearable device when it comes to tracking weight training, so the average heart rate was almost exactly the same as the other heart rate sensors, but what we really need Observe the trends so you can see what keeps pace throughout the year. for the most part, but there were a few points where it dropped a little bit and then this part here, after raising my heart rate, it took me a few minutes to follow the rapid drop, but then for the rest of the workout it worked pretty well, it was a little slow.
However, I did react in these high intensity intervals at the end where I was five to ten seconds behind the other heart rate sensors and then here's a pool that I did and with wrist based heart rate I'm pretty much just looking to make sure. the trends line up and for the most part spot 2 did a good job at first but after that I was pretty impressed with what I saw at spot 2 and it also produced a very usable average high rate so Overall , I think the fourth-generation elevated heart rate sensor works a little more accurately than what I've seen in the past, but with activities like weight training and high-intensity animal training, if you want a heart rate really accurate, I would always recommend getting a chest heart rate strap and I'll have a link in the description below to a video where I go over a lot of budget options, and to get back to swimming really fast, place 2 also did a good job tracking the total. distance in swimming and provides quite a bit of detail to analyze, it can also automatically track your intervals along with stroke type and it also has automatic rest detection between intervals and I found that this feature works quite well, the rest detection occurs within just a couple of seconds of stopping an interval and then a rest timer appears and I almost forgot that I took spot 2 to ski and this is an interesting sport profile where it is actually able to automatically track your runs and how you do it . using the built-in altimeter to detect when you are getting on the chairlift and then as soon as you get off the chairlift and start descending, a new lap begins and all of this information is available to you including lap time, distance, loss elevation and overall speed, I think Garmin got the spot right too.
The two new size options are great. The display along with the new processor and GPU are simply fantastic and it really shows in the new interface along with the live clock faces and animations throughout. Those workout videos are pretty impressive. The original Venue was a huge hit, but I can only imagine that Venue Two will probably be an even bigger hit with that incredible Amoled display along with some pretty impressive battery life. I think it will give a lot. from other smart watches on the market, a great run for your money anyway, if you liked the video, if you found the information in this video useful, it would be awesome if you hit the like button below and I also invite you to subscribe .
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