The new Garmin watch Venu SQ 2 offers advanced heart monitoring, a health tracker, longer battery life, and exercise tracking. In this review, we discover that while it lacks in terms of aesthetic appeal, it shines at fitness tracking.
Garmin just released the Venu SQ 2, and according to the company, it is the first smartwatch to provide comprehensive fitness monitoring, weeks of battery life, and affordable pricing. The new timepiece is the Venu Sq GPS smartwatch's replacement. It has an improved fitness tracking system and a larger 1.41-inch AMOLED display.
Specifically, SQ 2's improved heart rate sensor and lengthy 11-day battery life, according to Garmin. With a starting price of Rs 27,990, the Garmin Venu Sq 2 is a direct rival to high-end watches like the Galaxy Watch 5 and Apple Watch SE. How does it contrast, then? Is it a wiser investment than brands like Samsung and Apple? In this review, allow me to explore.
When comparing the Garmin Venu SQ 2 to its predecessors, you'll notice that it is lighter and has a sleeker display. It has at least that much gone for it. Overall, though, I liked the Venu SQ 2 line. In addition, the lightweight doesn't seem as high-end as something like the Apple Watch SE. The plastic band and aluminum finish on the watch's square dial are inappropriate for a timepiece with a price tag of about Rs 30,000.
There are three color options for the Venu Sq 2: gray, mint, and white. I used the SQ 2 in white for the review. This color is not ideal because it easily becomes soiled. However, it's also simple to clean the rubber strap and the dial. The dirt can be completely removed by wiping them with a moist cloth. Although no glass is scratch-proof, the Venu SQ 2 display has a layer of strong glass on it, and I haven't noticed any scratches on it in three weeks of use. Additionally, I have worn the watch while on train rides and strenuous walks in the woods. Additionally, the watch is sweat-and water-resistant.
The watch has a touchscreen and two buttons for control. The display has a nice amount of brightness and can be seen outside in the middle of the day. Additionally, users can choose an always-on display option and change the font size if they choose. In other words, I believe the Venu SQ 2 performs well based on the display.
I appreciated the strap's built-in lock system, which keeps the watch strap in place even on a narrow wrist like mine. The smartwatch also fits well, and despite wearing it often, I never felt annoyed by it due to how light it is. However, because of my slender wrists, I did think the square dial was a little large.
The fact that neither the watch nor its strap caused my skin to react negatively is a plus in this situation. Usually, and frequently, the silicon straps irritate my skin and cause it to become red, especially while I'm working out. But I had no such problems with the Garmin Venu SQ 2.
The watch offers 25 pre-installed indoor and GPS workout modes, as well as a separate health-tracking mode. Additionally, you can use applications to access workout modes and keep track of all your actions. The Venu SQ 2 impressed me when I used it as a fitness tracker.
I enjoyed the sleep tracking and stress level indicator in the health tracking mode. Your tension and sleep are constantly monitored by the device. It also provided me with a good indication of how I was feeling mentally all the time. The Body Battery feature, which I hope Garmin renames because it gives me the impression that I am a robot with a battery, is also quite useful because it informs you of the amount of energy that is still in your body.
There are also additional crucial health trackers. The Venu SQ 2 can track a woman's health, SpO2 levels, and breathing and periods tracking.
Additionally, the Venu SQ2 has a cutting-edge heart rate sensor that monitors your heartbeat even when you're at rest. While it may not seem particularly noteworthy given that Apple and Samsung also offer the same, here I had the opportunity to test the accuracy after receiving a heart rate alert. Here is the story, then:
I received a heart rate rise alarm on the first day I was testing the watch. Six alarms were sent throughout the day, not one or two. All of the notifications occurred when I was at work, sleeping, or eating. And I got the alerts practically every single day when my resting heart rate went over 110. Additionally, the heart rate alarms were precise. How am I aware? Because of my hyperthyroidism, I do have a fast heart rate during rest. The high rate only appears on occasion and disappears quickly. I was therefore impressed that the Venu SQ2 accurately and promptly tracked it.
While the Venu SQ2's health tracking impressed me, its battery life also caught my attention. However, it is less than the 11 days Garmin had claimed. For me, the battery in the SQ2 lasted between 7 and 8 hours on a full charge while I performed exercises and daily tasks. The always-on display was off at the time. You can anticipate a reduction in battery life of about a day while using an always-on display. Even though this doesn't amount to 11 days, it is still really outstanding because a device like the Apple Watch SE only lasts 15 to 18 hours. Here, the SQ2, which offers complete tracking, has a days-long battery life. However, this battery longevity does have a downside: stupidity.
The SQ2 provides good fitness and health tracking, but it falls short on several other smart functions that are expected in a smartwatch. For instance, since it lacks a speaker and a microphone, it is devoid of Google or Siri virtual assistants. Similarly to that, it enables users to get notifications, but replies are typically either impossible or only partially possible.
Is it worth buying?
This question has a fairly challenging answer. SQ2 has a lot of qualities that I like. such as its battery life and fitness tracking. It is not, however, as adaptable as a Galaxy Watch 5, a FitBit, or an Apple Watch SE, in my opinion. The design itself, which I find boring, is another factor. The Venu SQ2 is a great option for you if your primary usage of the watch is going to be fitness tracking, including sleep and heart tracking.
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