Presented yesterday in Las Vegas – already available for purchase today: Garmin has introduced two new fitness watches, the Venu 2 Plus and the Vivomove Sport. The former in particular is likely to be one of the most exciting fitness smartwatches of the still young year 2022 for athletes.
- Garmin Venu 2 Plus offers countless fitness features – and now lets you make phone calls and chat with voice assistants
- Garmin Vivomove Sport is a combination of an analog watch and a fitness smartwatch for those who like things discreet
- Both watches are available now: the Garmin Venu 2 Plus from 425 euros, the Vivomove Sport from 180 euros
I personally have to come out as a fan of Gamin’s Venu series. The smartwatches are smaller and lighter than the bulky Fenix models, but offer almost the same range of functions. The Venu 2 Plus has had a smaller update compared to the Venu 2 with its microphone and loudspeaker, but it is a whole lot smarter. You can now make phone calls with the watch and use your favorite voice assistant – from Siri to Bixby. The recommended retail price is 450 euros, but Amazon is already offering the watch around 25 euros cheaper:
Buy Garmin Venu 2 Plus for 425 euros
In terms of size, the Venu 2 Plus with a 43mm housing is located exactly between the Venu 2 (45mm) and the Venu 2S (40mm). On board is the class-standard sensor equipment for heart rate, sleep, SpO2 & Co. – and of course support for Garmin’s wide range of accessories from chest straps, cadence sensors and so on. You can install numerous applications on the watch via the proprietary app store and access a wide range of training plans from Garmin.
With Vivomove Sport, Garmin’s series of hybrid smartwatches is getting a new, cheaper model. In contrast to its big sisters Vivomove Luxe (around 500 euros *) or Vivomove Style (from 300 euros *), Vivomove Sport is comparatively cheap with an RRP of 180 euros. The biggest difference: the touchscreen-only covers the lower half of the watch, and instead of a leather or mesh strap, there is silicone.
Otherwise, the Vivomove Sport also tracks sleep, pulse, blood oxygen saturation and workouts of the wearer and supports the body battery feature from Garmin, which evaluates the daily fitness. For GPS, the Vivomove Sport relies on a connected smartphone, the battery life is five days according to the manufacturer.
What do you think of the two new Garmin smartwatches? Hopefully, you can read more details soon in a detailed test report on TechMarkup.