Garmin Venu SQ 2, Garmin’s affordable watch should not be underestimated

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As its name indicates, the garmin Venu SQ 2 is the successor of Garmin Venu SQBeing one of the most affordable fitness trackers this luxury brand has to offer, we can expect great things right out of the box. Getting into the details, this watch competes in the same category as the Apple Watch SE and Fitbit Versa 4, so it’s not exactly cheap in the grand scheme of things.

Be that as it may, this series of watches is characterized by its slim design, colorful OLED display, simplified fitness tracking and focus on smart features. For its part, the new model brings to the table an improved optical sensor for heart rate measurement, as well as longer autonomy and a more precise GPS chip. If you are interested in knowing it in greater depth and discovering where it is right and where it is wrong, then you are welcome to our analysis.

Garmin Venu 2 SQ Features

GARMIN VENU SQ 2
Housing Dimensions 40.6 x 37.0 x 11.1mm, Fits 125-190mm circumference wrists
Weight 38 grams
Colors Black, Grey, White, Green.
Compatibility Android/IOS
Screen size 1.41 inches, 320 x 360 pixels
Material
  • Housing: Fiber-reinforced polymer and anodized aluminium.
  • Strap: Silicone
functions Alarm, sleep quality, calendar, calorie consumption, battery level indicator, integrated distance meter, calories burned, step counter, shock resistant, 5 ATM water resistant, time alerts / distance alerts, GPS, etc.
Sport Running, strength training, HIIT, cardio, elliptical, stair climbing, indoor rowing, breathing exercises, pilates, yoga, golf, cycling, swimming.
Autonomy
  • Smartwatch without GPS: up to 11 days
  • With GPS: up to 26 hours
Garmin Connect Mobile compatible Yes
Camera Not
connectivity GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Bluetooth
sensors Heart rate, gyroscope, accelerometer, pulse oximeter, compass
Box contents Garmin SQ 2, Charging/data cable, Documentation
Official site garmin

Design

The Garmin Venu 2 SQ with a 40mm case is equipped with a 1.41-inch square screen which represents a considerable improvement over the original model thanks to its panel with technology OLED. This offers a 360 x 320 pixel resolution which makes everything look very sharp. It’s also bright enough to be used in the sun on a summer’s day.

Screen

In terms of durability, the watch has Gorilla Glass 3 glass rugged on the display, an anodized aluminum band around the watch face, and polymer/plastic for the rest of the case. For its part, the default strap is made of silicone. The watch receives a degree of 5ATM water resistanceso it will not be a problem to swim or shower with the watch on.

In addition to its touch screen, the Venu Sq 2 incorporates the same two buttons as the first Venu Sq to interact with it. With that in mind, no one will complain about the Venu 2 SQ for being uncomfortable, since it only weighs 38 grams and is very slim (11mm thick).

Garmin Venu SQ 2 - Design

functions

The Garmin SQ 2 has an optical sensor that measures the heart rate with great precision, surpassing its predecessor in this regard. Similarly, it has a pulse oximeter to measure oxygen saturation in the blood and an energy monitor.

When it comes to monitoring, it is a very complete watch, since it can track sleep, stress levels, hydration, breathing, and even the menstrual cycle. The Body Battery energy monitor gets a special mention, this is an indicator of the amount of energy that we have exerted in a day compared to the amount that we have recharged the night before.

Characteristics

Then we have the Health Snapshot feature, which monitors our blood oxygenation and heart rate for two minutes to assess stress and respiratory rate.

Naturally, the watch consists of one or another sports application for day to day. In this sense, it brings installed more than 25 sports applications indoors and with GPS function for walking, running, cycling activities, pool swimming, HIIT golf, tennis and much more.

Garmin Venu SQ 2 - Features

In addition to more detailed tracking of statistics, connecting the watch with our mobile is used to access features such as remote notifications, calendar events, media controls, find my phone / watch function, contactless payments, quick responses to messages text and all that it has to offer GARMIN CONNECT app.

It’s important to make it clear that the Venu Sq 2 isn’t a truly standalone watch, as it doesn’t run a full operating system and Garmin’s fall detection and safety features require a constant connection to the phone.

Another major shortcoming is that it doesn’t have an altimeter, so sorry for those who like to hike and ski.

GPS

One of the great advantages of the Garmin SQ 2 is its chip Dedicated GPS, which promises to closely monitor workouts; something particularly useful for runners and cyclists. However, we must warn you that it can take up to a couple of minutes to triangulate the position when we are in a new area. On top of that, it’s clear that the calculated distance isn’t up to par with the accuracy offered by Garmin’s high-end watches.

Autonomy

Battery life is another virtue of the Garmin Venu SQ 2, which promises up to 11 days without using GPS. In practice, reaching 9 days of use is entirely feasible with normal use. However, having the gps enabled at all times significantly reduces that figure to 21 – 26 hours of use in the best case.

Garmin Venu SQ 2 - Battery

Be that as it may, the watch offers excellent autonomy and the only really negative thing about its battery is how it recharges, since we are forced to use a proprietary Garmin charger with a USB-A connector.

Availability and price of the Garmin Venu SQ 2

Those interested in the Garmin Venu 2 SQ can purchase it through the always reliable Amazon.co.uk storebut it can also be found available at Media Markt for a competitive price. In addition, buy it in Carrefour It’s not a bad idea.

PROS:

  • excellent screen
  • Remarkable autonomy
  • Many training modes and functions
  • Very accurate heart rate sensor
  • Health Snapshot function

CONS:

  • GPS accuracy and speed leave something to be desired
  • does not have an altimeter
  • The app is overloaded
  • proprietary charger

8.8
Total score