Garmin Venu 2 Plus In-Depth Review: 11 New Things to Know
com and today ive got 11 new things to know about the brand new garmin venue 2 plus now, in this video im going to cover all the newness and at the end, ill talk about accuracy and how its performed day to day over The past month, or so, but if youre looking for like a complete user interface tour, a beginners guide tutorial. Something like that. You can check out the link up in the corner there, where i go through the watch. The whole thing step by step, every single feature and how it works from day to day usage to sport usage to the calling features all that stuff is covered in that video. Now, before we get into the full 11 things to know a quick freebie, the price, the price here is 449 for the venue 2 plus compared to 3.99 in the past, for the venue 2 series. So with that number one on the list is the size change. So the venue 2 plus actually sits in between the venue 2 and the venue 2s literally. It is smack dab in the middle size wise to put the exact size of the screen right now. If i turn on these other two screens here, youll see its the same screen overall ill get into the sport mode, so you can see kind of how similar they are, but theyve essentially taken the display from the larger venue 2 and plopped it into the venue.
2 plus so the display stays the same at 1.3 inches. They just reduce the bezel size down to give you a smaller overall watch. Next up with the list, theyve added a speaker and a microphone so were gon na. Take the other two venues out of the way here you may be saying: well, hasnt always had a speaker and no its had a beeper, but not a speaker uh. So, in this case, a speaker can play music and take voice, calls all the kind of stuff that well get into in just a second, while with the microphone you can go ahead and make calls with it as well as ask the voice assistant things. So this gets right into one of the main features of the venue 2 plus, which is the voice assistance. Now the way it works is theres, this middle button right there and when i long hold this down, itll trigger the voice assistant. Now, depending on your phone, you get different voice assistants in the case of my phone with ios im going to go ahead and get siri. If you have an android phone thats non samsung, then youre going to get google assistant. If you have a samsung phone, then you can choose between bixby or google assistant, so in this case, im going to go ahead and press this down right there, its going to use a speaker on the device itself, im asking a question who is dc rainmaker? That reviews technology used for runners, cyclists and triathletes, and you can see its showing the results on the screen itself, in this case its pulling up from wikipedia as well as speaking it on the speaker.
Now you can change the volume if you want to on the speaker and then, when youre done with it, you just simply press either the back button to escape out of it or just let it time out now for me personally, im not really much of a Voice assistant kind of guy, so this isnt really necessarily my jam, but for you, if you are youve, now got it. Of course, its going to leverage whatever voice assistant is on your phone, like i mentioned so like the accuracy doesnt come into its just. How smart is siri or google assistant or whatever the case may be now? This is a good time to mention. If you are finding this video, useful or interesting, consider whacking the like button, the bottom there. It really does help out this video and the channel. Quite a bit: okay, so right into our next item here, which is phone, calling the ability to receive and make phone calls from the wrist. Now, of course, in this case i put on the table, so you can see whats going on, but to access it, you go ahead and just hold this upper right hand button for a couple seconds. It gets you in the controls menu and you see the phone icon right there just simply tap that and you have the phone calling menu. I can either dial a phone number or i can go back here if i just press the back button like this and choose one of my contacts like that.
So im going to choose this contact right there bobby maker, and you can see i can go ahead and just tap it again to call and now its going to call from here at this point its actually going to go ahead and call on the wrist there. So you choose the audio option. You can see venue 2, plus speaker or iphone, well see how long it takes my wife to answer her. Oh, she just rejected my call actually im just going to call dez. He doesnt even know im going to call him im. Just going to see what happens, there tap his phone number right there and it says calling and at this point its leveraging – the microphone on the unit itself. Im gon na pull this microphone out here, uh and that way you can hear him when he talks through hello, mr dose hows it going not too bad, recording right now, so im just uh recording the fact that im calling you and its showing a number – and I can hear you from the speaker on the watch itself uh and you sound very good on my iphone 13 uh pro speaker right now, not bad yeah. You sound pretty decent. You sound a little bit muffled, but its not bad. It shows that the audio is coming from the watch. If i tap that right there, you see venue, two plus as the source, as opposed to being uh from my iphone itself.
I can then switch to the iphone or speaker or with my mac. If i wanted to, which is cool just like you, would switch a headset or something like that uh, the idea being, you can use the speaker on this to go ahead and make and receive the phone calls if you want to without having to pull out your Phone keep in mind. There is no lte in this watch. Theres, no cellular connectivity in the watch itself. It does 100 depend on the bluetooth connection to your phone, in the exact same way that, like a samsung or apple watch, would that does not have lte or cellular capabilities built into it. Okay, the next item on the list is the ability to play music through the speaker on the watch as opposed to requiring bluetooth headphones. You can still use bluetooth headphones, just fine, but if you have a situation where you just want to play it right from the watch, maybe youre just hanging out in your backyard and just dont have anything else with you. This works and you dont need a phone. You can use spotify or amazon music, any of those music services that are downloaded to your watch in an offline mode. You can use so in my case im just going to go ahead and access the controls menu and get into spotify right there and im just going to choose whatever song is there from supremes? And then i can choose my audio output.
I can either add a bluetooth device or just choose speaker uh, and there we go its now playing and ive got to say the speaker isnt bad, its, not its, not horrific its its acceptable uh its definitely not my phone, its definitely not a fancy speaker, but Its fine for the wrist, its probably not as good speaker wise as the apple watch 37, but still overall, its pretty much totally fine for what i might use it for okay. Next, up on the list is ability to use the speaker here, as well as the calling functions for emergency assistance. So this is built into garmin safety suite where you cannotify pre defined contacts of an emergency situation, and it basically sends a message with where you are. Your location and all this kind of stuff, its pretty cool, so theres a bunch of different ways. This can get activated depending on how youve set it up uh. Now you can go ahead and do a silent notification where you basically just hold this down for a bunch of seconds until it goes into emergency assistant notification mode or you can do what i just did right there into the controls, menu and ive added an assistance Option at the bottom there or you can go through an actual crash and you can then get notified that way like theres a lot of ways you can get into this, but im gon na go back this way, so i can kind of step through it.
One at a time – and you can see this little option right there – i tap it – do i want to call or message someone im going to choose to call and then now its going to go and choose my predefined uh phone or friend, which in this case Is just my other phone, so you can see that will pop in right there. So now its coming in, i can answer that phone call. There. We go uh now at this point, just simply piping, my audio from the speaker on my watch. You can see right there venue two plus um over to this phone over here, which will sound horrendous, of course, which is why the volume is down quite a bit now whats, interesting, though, at the same time, once i hang up here, they will get hit notified With an assistance alert uh, so this same thing will come through to their phone and they will get emergency assistance, alert, uh, letting them know where. I am all my location, information uh. Everything about me is in live track, so its basically instantiating a live track to this phone uh. With my details until i actually stop it in this message right there ive got my coordinates, my location, i can see more information about it. Uh everything is there that someone need to track me, so this is actually really interesting if you were to say a bike crash or something like that.
Where you sent this to someone and then an ambulance cam picked you up, this would actually live track. All the way to the hospital, wherever you are until youve gone ahead and youve stopped this here, and it literally shows up as an activity on your garmin connect afterwards, just like a hike or a run or a sumid, it literally says like emergency assistance activity anyways. This is the first time that weve seen this with a phone calling feature using the speaker, uh and the microphone from the watch, because its the first time garmins had a speaker and a microphone in the watch itself. Okay, so moving along to something thats, not as complex, which is, there are a bunch of new tones so with now an actual speaker in this device, as opposed to just a beeper. You hear a lot better tones throughout the entire watch. Ill put a couple, various tone noises right now, so you can hear what theyre sounding like Music and again its definitely not a big thing at all. This is something that just adds like a little bit of finesse to the watch and ive often talked about one of the challenges of the venue series compared to an apple watcher 7 or a samsung galaxy watch is sometimes a lack of finesse that garmin has in This device compared to those, so this is like a finesse item and you kind of it just feels like a nicer watch overall compared to the original venue 2 or venue 2s.
So now we gained those new tones. Weve actually lost a little bit of battery life with that, so the official claim for battery life here is 9 days compared to 10 and 11 days for the venue 2 and the 2s, so a slight reduction there ive also put the other gps times on the Screen right now, uh in my real world testing for this, its obviously gon na depend on whether or not you have the always on mode for the display or you have the gesture mode right now, its in gesture mode. So it turns off every single time. I stop touching it uh, normally its on my wrist, and i raise it up. The screen turns on i put it down. The screen turns off in always on mode where its on basically all day long in that case youre looking about two to three days of real world usage and then in my testing, with the gesture mode im. Finding like five to six ish days and thats, including like an hour an hour and a half or so of gps or workout time every single day, so its about where id expect to be and pretty much better than most other amoled watches on the market. Today, okay, so this item on the list is all about, like a bunch of stylistic changes, uh first off the watch band, it sits in the middle, so this used to be a 22 mil and 18 mil now its at 20, mil in the middle there, which Makes sense uh flipping it over? On the back, you see, there is now a stainless steel case.
Design thats standard on the watch versus the venue 2 was not standard, did not have it there on the front, bezel theres some slight styling differences here. This has a more edge styling. The etching on this is really hard to see, but its there. I actually prefer the original venue too, but thats just just me, and then all the metal surfaces here have a pvd coating to make a little bit more resilient to scratches okay, so rounding on home here, uh one interesting change: thats coming to not only the venue. Two plus, but also the other venue twos right here coming february, which is a change with the watch faces so right now the watch faces these data pieces right. There are called complications, so you can see my steps up top body battery date and so on. So i go up here, i can long hold on steps and there we go. It brings my steps widget and i can go back and see my steps over the course today. I can press back here. I can do the same over here on the body battery. Bringing me to that and then any of the widgets that you define, so you can customize these widgets to be whatever you want. So itll always bring you to the widget, essentially just bringing you down here in this widget list to the actual piece of information and the data from there. You can dive into more depth and again, while that will launch with the venue, 2 plus itll actually come to the existing venue 2 in venue 2s in february.
Finally, for this last bullet point were going to talk about the things that have not changed its just a whole bunch of things. I want to run through to kind of quickly answer some questions. First off the optical heart rate sensor on the back, there has not changed that is the gen 4 elevates optical heart rate sensor from garmin. That includes pulse ox and breathing rate and 24×7 heart rate and stress all thats. Exactly the same as the past, the gps inside of it is the same as the venue 2 was so no multi band stuff. There. Nothing fancy like that just the same glonass and galileo and gps connectivity in the past, which, as you can see in my accuracy, testing in just a second, has been more than sufficient. The sport modes that you have up here are all the same: theres no differences there at all all those sport modes are all still there and accessible for you. You can see them as you go through there right there. I also talked about all those in my full tutorial, beginners guide of sorts thats linked up in the corner there. The display, as i mentioned earlier, is the same 1.3 inch amoled display thats on the original venue 2. That is now in the venue. 2, plus. The same music support as before, including spotify and amazon, connecting to bluetooth headphones except now, of course, you can go ahead and pipe out the music from the speaker itself.
So with that lets talk about accuracy, looking at the heart rate data, the gps data, its all the kind of fun stuff for that were going to jump over to the computer. So, for example, looking at this run right here, first down a straight path, then under some tree cover eventually some tunnels and bridges overall, its very, very good and pretty much exactly in line with the apple watch series 7, as well as the corvus vertex 2.. Its a little bit better than the chorus vertex 2 for the first half of the run and they kind of flip roles in the second half. If we look at the heart rate on this hard interval run, you see that overall, its very close to the reference devices, but there is that latency that we often see with optical heart rate sensors on the wrist, and that happens here as well, though its not That bad, usually only a couple seconds behind the same, is true also for this hard interval, workout thats indoors on an indoor bike, in that case its pretty much spot on the entire time. If we head outside and look a three and a half hour outdoor ride up through the mountains against cliffs uh through the trees and tunnels and all that kind of fun stuff, its basically spot on the entire time from a gps standpoint. Meanwhile, the heart rate is great, while im climbing, because my space is steady, theres, not a lot of road vibrations, but as soon as i start descending, it goes to crap, which is pretty much the norm from just all wrist based optical heart rate, sensors out there, Because theyre on the wrist, while my wrists are tight on the handlebars, trying to basically keep from crashing going downhill.
But if i look at the rest of my runs and rides and other activities overall, the heart rate is basically the exact same. As i saw on the venue too, because its the same optical heart rate sensor, which means that by and large, is pretty good and pretty much on par with everyone else, and the story is the same on the gps side, no obvious major errors or really many Minor errors, either its pretty good across a wide number of scenarios. Okay, there, you go a complete look at the new garmin venue, 2 plus overall. This is a very, very, very minor update for most consumers, though the garmin will probably feel like a bigger update because its their first wearable to have a true speaker and microphone in it. So in some ways this is a little bit like a technological proving device. The fact that its released only whether its six or seven months after the original venue, two in venue, two s probably is a good indication of that. Normally garmin does uh releases the venue roughly once a year, usually like late summer, but with the last year and a half two years. Things are all kind of out of whack a little bit uh, but i would say that this is more of a technological proving watch than it is like a watch that if you already have a venue two, i wouldnt think youre gon na upgrade to this versus.
If youre coming from maybe original venue or an older vivo, active uh in that case, this would be more appealing, especially with those additional features in it. That was often the case with january. It gets me pretty packed with sports tech stuff, and this january is gon na, be no different. In fact, thats, probably gon na be even more than usual, so definitely hit the subscribe button. The bottom there so youre tuned in for all the latest sports technology.