com here and today, i’ve got 11 new things to know about the new garmin venue, 2 and 2s smart watches. Ora, in this video i’m going to dive through all the new features, both the good and the bad i’m going to start off with the software side of things and then kind of work, my way into the hardware side of it. But you can use the youtube chapters along the bottom there to skip ahead in the section that you want now before we get into the official 11 new things, uh quick thing up front there’s. Actually two venue versions: there’s the venue 2 and then the 2s is a smaller one. They’Re identical feature wise, sono, identical price wise at ‘9, us dollars other currencies on the screen right there. The only difference is being the size of 45 versus a 40 Millimetri, and then the battery life is slightly bigger in the venue 2 over the 2s. So the very first thing we’re going to dive into is the new strength, training profile, ma, ancora più importante, not the new muscle map pieces. So if i tap into the strength training option right there, i can swipe up – and i see my workouts. These are structure workouts that are on the watch itself, but i can download boatloads of them from the garmin connect app. You can see a couple on my side right there. If i choose the total body, muscle workout you’ll see that it has four sets in it uh each one of those sets has different sections in it, and i can see exactly what it’s going to target muscle wise, In altre parole, what’s going to be sore later On, if i look at the bottom, it says barbell deadlift.
I can then tap this little. Video icon on the right hand, side and it’ll show me the exact move that it is there now. Some of these are, Naturalmente,, a little bit obvious. If i look down here, if i swipe down, we know what a chin up is right, like most people know what that is, but a lot of the moves may be a little more nuanced and if you’re not super familiar with the gym, this is helpful to Be able to quickly look at this and see how it works once you’re ready to start the workout. You just go ahead and press the timer to begin. It will automatically count the reps for you, and you can also swipe down in the screens to see the exact details of that particular step, as well as how many reps that you’re supposed to do and how many steps left in the entire set before you move On to the next one, if you want to skip a set, you can do that as well by pressing the bottom right hand button to move on to the next item. Okay and a quick note, if you find this video inching or useful, simply whack that, like button the bottom there, it really helps out this video in the channel quite a bit. Successivo, there are new activity profiles beyond just strength: training number one there’s a new hiking profile, so that’s great because it uses the barometric altimeter for that, as opposed to haven’t, always categorized as run in the past.
There’S new high intensity interval training option, as well as indoor climbing and bouldering in the case of the high intensity interval training option. If i tap that i’ll see at the bottom, there’s also a couple different modes – there’s free, c'è, timers and workouts – and i go into workouts and just like, with the strength training, i can choose some of these workouts here and again more that you can sync to The watch from the app itself – so i can say five minutes all out and you’ve – got the steps right there. You can see what i’m supposed to be doing a push up again, pretty straightforward in most cases, there’s notes down below. If i want to, and will just iterate me through these steps, uno dopo l'altro, just sort of like a coach getting you to the end there now, despite all these new workout modes, there is no outdoor track, workout mode, which i really hope to see here. Considering the 4runner 245, che è 100 cheaper than this watch, has that there. So while i understand that bouldering and indoor rock climbing supposedly has more appeal, i think there’s probably way more people globally or even in the u.s that have access to an outdoor track than have access to an indoor, climbing facility or even use an indoor climbing facility. Ancora, i guess more sport modes is better okay. So next there is a new advanced sleep tracking now garmin’s watches for years have had sleep tracking, so the concept of sleep tracking by itself isn’t new instead it’s the algorithms behind it.
This one now uses the first speech tracking, which tends to be a bit more advanced and, ancora più importante, you can see it on the watch itself each morning as opposed to open up the app. So if i scroll down here, we’ll find my sleep 6 hours and 32 minuti. I can tap on that and i can go ahead and i can see details about it like the sleep stages, ..., the overall kind of composition of the night or what government thinks about my sleep last night and if i swipe up a bit more in this Top right hand button right there. I can get a bit of kind of impact or why it might have an impact to that particular night uh. Now this case it thinks it’s because of strenuous exercise. No, it doesn’t know my three kids. My three kids were all up for unknown reasons last night at like two three thirty et cetera, and you can fact see that if i go down here right there, each of those pink lines is each time one of the children decided to awaken wake me up Too, now another one that fits into that is a new, updated body battery algorithms. Now you may be saying body battery’s been around and it has been around and what essentially, this is like street fighter energy levels. It looks at all the things that goes on your day, primarily from a stress, workout sleep standpoint and try to figure out how much energy you have, and i find that over the last couple years as long as i’m wearing the watch continuously.
It does a pretty good job of estimating that, but the big change here compared to the past it’s much harder to get a top body battery score from sleep than it used to be. In the past i mean, if you have a crappy night sleep like me. Last night it’s going to show that very clearly here versus in the past, you might have got a pass on that it may have been like 90 resumed. Infatti, i can see that very clearly. If i look here on this side, this is from a month ago, with a very similar uh sort of week schedule you see, i hit that near 100. Almost every single night versus over here is a venue two and you can see again on a very similar week of sleep uh. I don’t come anywhere near 100, every single time showing me that what i already know and that my sleep isn’t always super consistent anyways. If you look at the body battery, you can swipe over the course today and see that you know last night, starting at uh about 12 30, or so i went to bed at 15 body battery. It built up over the course of the night, sometimes faster, sometimes slower until just before 8 o’clock, where it topped out at 67 and then from then it was all downhill uh. Now you can see at one o’clock. I did a run, so i took a bit of a hit of it uh now here i am at well after five o’clock at 26.
. So i find this a pretty good proxy for my real life and this algorithm update seems to help a little bit. Next is the new health snapshot? What this does is kind of compile a lot of the stuff in together into a single point in time snapshot so to access it. You press the upper right hand, button right here and you go down and you find that health snapshot there we go boom and then you simply sit. This is the best workout. Ever you press this record and sit there for two minutes as still as possible as non excited as possible, just just chill here’s my wife using the venue 2s sitting there doing the sitting thing and at the end of it. Let me give you a summary: you can see the average heart rate, the average spo2, the average respiration rate, the average stress and your hrv values. All this stuff is then sent over to garmin connect where it’s stored there and then soon you’ll also be able to export it out as a pdf and send it to doctors or whatever. The case is the idea here being that, if you took this consistently at the same time each day or roughly thereabouts, you might be able to develop trends over time. All these metrics are already available within garmin connect, mobile, just kind of all over the place, though hrv isn’t actually directly seeable available within garmin connect to mobile at this time, hopefully that’s something that changed down the road next is the new fitness age.
This is something that will take the data on your watch from all those kind of components that we just talked about and then roll that into your known weight that you either input that, in with your bmi or it’ll, pull it from a garment index scale. And then give you an estimated fitness age, so you can see mine right there essentially telling me that i could probably eat less cupcakes and it would reduce my fitness age. The important part, anche se, is that i’m still under my actual age, which is technically what matters here so next we got the new widget glances. Probably one of my favorite features here in the past. If we looked at the garmin venue, watch widgets basically took up the entire screen. So if i were to swipe down here, that’s a widget right there that’s a widget that’s a widget. They take up the whole screen in a lot of cases. You don’t really need to take up the entire screen versus a widget glance. If i swipe down you’ll, see there’s like three of them per screen. There are steps there’s, forest climbed, et cetera, and i can tap into these to see more details. So i can tap into steps. I can see there’s my steps over the course of the day. One o’clock was my run, so big increase in steps right there and obviously virtually no steps last night – and i can do this for pretty much any attribute in here heart rate there’s, my heart rate, over the course of the day you can see this afternoon there’s.
My run, i took it off briefly right there and so on. So this is a much cleaner way of displaying all the stuff body battery pulse ox sleep. These are all widgets. I can tap into to get more detail on. If i want to – and this is a great place to talk about the next thing – which is challenges on the watch itself – so i can swipe on down to challenges in the widget glances menu and you see i’ve got a single challenge there. A step challenge i’ve been challenged to somebody, has gone and said hey. I want to challenge ray to this most number of steps in this course of the week i tap on that. I wait for the data and it comes back and it shows me winning that’s what i thought so i’m winning against uh. Mr des fitz. Here you can find his channel linked on the screen somewhere right. There he’s pretty cool but he’s he’s still losing just like he lost last week too i’m, not going to rub it in on this video or my ui, video but i’m, just saying i’m winning so that’s here it’s also on the app as well, and then you Get a badge at the end of it uh but it’s nice to have this right here and in fact, if he were to go ahead and eclipse me briefly or if i were to go ahead and go past him again, it’ll actually notify me on the watch That that’s happened.
ok, so now that we cover most the software bits, let’s talk about some of the hardware changes and the first and most obvious one is on the back of the unit itself, which is a new optical heart rate sensor. And so you can see. The pattern is different here: is the old venue pattern right there on this side here garmin elevate, 3.0 o 3 and garmin elevate v4? You see it looks different. The most notable newness here is these four dots one, two three four on the outside and those are the new infrared sensors garmin is using those in pole, socks only uh to increase accuracy in this care has been pretty good for me, especially it’s sleep. I find that in the past that many of the garment watches would underestimate my blood oxygen levels. Uh at sleep versus this one here seems to be much closer than reality so again between like 96 e 99 and i’ve got. This can’t need anything here to go ahead and cross reference that it’s medical certified here in europe to cross reference all those numbers from an accuracy standpoint overall of the new optical heart rate, sensore m, è, looking pretty darn good to me. I’Ve got this all covered in my in depth: review written review, verso il basso, link below there for tons and tons of graphs and charts of both gps and heart rate accuracy. But i would say overall, very very strong, è, non perfetto. Just a couple kind of very minor things: a couple beats here and there, where it’s off but very, very strong overall next, is a slightly updated amoled display they found amoled in the past.
Naturalmente,, the venue sq had an lcd display, but this is amoled but they’ve increased the pixels very, very slightly, but the touchscreen and the display now is one piece from the past. There are technically two pieces and, more importantly in all of that, they’ve now gone ahead and merged the gpu and the processor into a single unit, that’s far more powerful in the past, which has led to garmin connect iq 4.0 Supporto. Infatti, this is the very first watch to support connect iq 4.0 from garmin. They talked about this months ago at the developer conference, but now we have the first piece of hardware to actually use it. How that’ll be used yeah? I love to see the general gist of it, anche se, is that connect iq 4.0 allows apps to render more uh and to to do cooler things with the display side of it here, without having as big of an impact on battery life of the actual watch itself And then, last on, the new hardware bits is that it’s got new rapid charging now it’s, not like crazy, rapid but it’s, not bad garmin claims, Fondamentalmente, that you can put a watch that has no juice left no battery on it on a charger in 10 minuti. You’Ll have enough for a single hour run or a full day of smart watch time. Infine, in addition to the rapid charging there’s also battery saver mode, so if i go into the menu right here, i can go down to settings battery manager, which is also new by the way and you’ll see battery saver, and i tap that and when i tap This, it tells me all the things it’s about to turn off so it’s, going to turn off the watch face low power display, timer, Wi, Fi, luminosità, low music, disabled activity, auto start disable pulse socks off gesture mode off it’s, going like all off all the time, But it gets me a bit more battery life, so it lasts longer.
You see the watch faces now this kind of boring one. I only turn on when i press a button. So if you’re like at the end they’re like i’m 18, you need to last more than that, In questo caso, it’ll get me an extra two days of battery life with 18 on as far as overall battery life time, it depends here’s the battery chart of all The different modes there i’d say this is pretty accurate. Infatti, i would actually say that the always on battery life is better than garmin claims. Anyways there you go a complete look at the garmin venue, 2 and 2s don’t forget as well. You still have the full init review linked down below you’re, seeing on the screen with tons tons more detail than i can possibly include in this video, as well as a full user interface tour video linked up there in the corner, è, basically like 15 A 20 Minutes of me walking through all the menus a little bit slower. So i can explain how all the features work in a little bit more detail with that.