A few weeks later Samsung’s latest Wear OS-powered devices and just Days before Apple’s largest smartwatch family to date, the affordable Garmin Venu Sq 2 and Venu Sq 2 – Music Edition went official…and up for grabs in the US.
How does Garmin do it?
Make that models (plural), because the Garmin Venu Sq 2 offers quite a few interesting color combinations at the aforementioned reasonable prices, ranging from classic slate and gray or slate and black to decidedly fashionable cream gold / flavors of White, Gold Cream/French Gray and Gold Peach/Ivory and a downright awesome version of Metallic Mint/Cool Mint.
It’s certainly nice to see Garmin adding a dash of style and a splash of color to a mundane-looking smartwatch settling for “cheap” (read light and durable) silicone bands across the board and a love- it-or-hate it square-shaped “fiber-reinforced polymer case” with an extra-strong (and again lightweight) anodized aluminum bezel.
More than just a battery life champion
This bad boy certainly isn’t going to win any (traditional) beauty contests, but of course the beauty often comes from within… or from an almost startlingly sharp AMOLED touchscreen (for $250+) with a resolution of 320 x 360 pixels and a generous diagonal of 1.41 inches.
Simply put, the Garmin Venu Sq 2 can track a lot for a lot of time, so if you don’t mind its design and its somewhat poorer app selection compared to Apple or Samsung Watches, it’s definitely going to be hard to save your unspent $250 from today.
By the way, the downsides of the apps clearly don’t apply to general fitness enthusiasts, casual runners, swimmers, cyclists, golfers or tennis players, all of whom can rely on a small dedicated program monitoring their every move right from the initial smartwatch setup process.
Oh, and the Venu Sq 2 is (of course) also swim proof. And it also comes with native support for contactless payments on the wrist. And “smart notifications”. And a bunch of preloaded workouts. And over 1,600 different exercises so you can create your own personalized workout. And a nifty little feature called Health Snapshot that pulls together all the most important metrics and stats to provide insight into your well-being. Alright, we’ll stop now and let you think about how you could do better than all that at just $250.