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Garmin Venu 2 vs. Garmin Vivoactive 4: Which should you choose?

Updated September 2021
by Linus Tan

The Garmin Venu 2 (or also available as Garmin Venu 2S) and Garmin Vivoactive 4 are both beautiful smartwatches offered by Garmin. At first look, you might almost think that both watches are the same, as they both boast the same circular case and sleek look. However, aesthetics-wise, we feel that the Garmin Venu 2 looks a little more stylish than the Garmin Vivoactive 4, as the latter feels slightly bulkier than the former.

In terms of specs, both smartwatches share multiple similarities. Thus, if you are wondering which watch you should buy, we at Synced feel that it depends on the extent of detail you hope to gain from your fitness analysis. That said, we have put together a quick overview of the similarities and differences between the two for you to make your final call.

What Similarities Do They Share?

Firstly, let us take a look at what both watches have to offer – which is to say, certainly a lot!

Sensors and Smartwatch Functions

Garmin Venu 2S & Garmin Venu 2

Garmin never fails to disappoint with their smartwatches, and the Garmin Venu 2 and Garmin Vivoactive 4 are no different. Firstly, both smartwatches allow for contactless payment through Garmin Pay, as well as feature a built-in GPS. Furthermore, for those who prefer to go off the map when working out, but would still like to take your favourite tunes with you, the Garmin Venu 2 and Garmin Vivoactive 4 both offer offline music storage. However, it might be noted that the Venu 2 allows for the storage of up to 650 songs, while the Vivoactive 4 only allows for up to 500 songs. Nevertheless, both guarantee that you won’t just be singing along to silence!

In terms of sensors, there is not really much to be said, as apart from the exception of the extra ambient light sensor that the Garmin Venu 2 offers, both smartwatches come with a heart rate monitor, altimeter, gyroscope, compass, accelerometer, pulse ox sensor and thermometer. Thus, all your bases are definitely covered when it comes to the standard fitness features one would come to expect in a smartwatch.

Health & Fitness Features

Garmin Venu 2

One of the key features that both the Garmin Venu 2 & Garmin Vivoactive 4 offers would be the Body Battery feature. As the name suggests, this function allows you to keep track of your energy levels like a battery. Based on the information collected, the Garmin smartwatch then estimates a number for your body’s energy reserves, which will be updated through the day depending on how active or tired you are. This is a great way for users to keep track of how their body is holding up at a glance.

How Are They Different?

Both smartwatches are certainly packed with exciting features – but how exactly should you make a choice between the two? Released in 2019, the Garmin Vivoactive 4 has been a reliable smartwatch for many. Now, two years on, as smartwatches become increasingly popular and more advanced, Garmin has released the Venu 2, which offers an upgrade in features. To determine which is a better pick for you, let us now delve deeper into the differences between the Garmin Venu 2 and Garmin Vivoactive 4.

Design and Battery Life

Garmin Venu 2S

Firstly, one of the most noticeable features would be that the Garmin Venu 2 boasts an AMOLED display, whereas the Garmin Vivoactive 4 has a sunlight-visible, transflective MIP display. What exactly do these acronyms mean? Well, simply put, this merely means that the Garmin Venu 2 offers crisper resolution both indoors and outdoors. Hence, this might be a point of consideration for users who are sensitive to how information is displayed on their screens.

The Garmin Venu 2 also offers a much higher battery life of 11 days in smartwatch mode and 8 hours in GPS mode with music, compared to the Garmin Vivoactive 4’s 8 days and 6 hours respectively.

Additional Features on the Garmin Venu 2

Garmin Venu 2

Most prominently, the Garmin Venu 2 also offers a few extra features not available in the Garmin Vivoactive 4. These include a battery saver mode, sleep score, Health Snapshot, and the inclusion of new health profiles. For a more in-depth look at these features, you might like to check out our review of the best Garmin smartwatches, where we go into more detail about the Garmin Venu 2. However, we will just briefly tackle the Health Snapshot feature here. By holding still for two minutes, the Garmin Venu 2 is able to record several key health metrics to provide a concise overview of your cardiovascular status, including your average heart rate and stress level. For users who are more conscious of their fitness progression, this feature might prove useful to you.

Finally, one of the more important points that might factor into your decision would be the price. The Garmin Venu 2 retails at a significantly higher price point than the Garmin Vivoactive 4. Hence, if you are working on more of a budget, this might be a more considerable deciding factor.

Key Takeaways

Garmin Vivoactive 4

In our opinion, we believe that the Garmin Vivoactive 4 is the better of the two options. Although the Garmin Venu 2 does offer some new features, for those who are just looking for the essentials, the Garmin Vivoactive 4 remains a timeless choice. However, that being said, if you’re willing to spend a little more and find that the additional features offered by the Garmin Venu 2 appeal greatly to you, the Venu 2 still is a very promising choice.

At the end of the day, both the Garmin Venu 2 and the Garmin Vivoactive 4 are stellar choices for smartwatches. Regardless of your preference, you are sure to find yourself pleased with your choice.

If you're based in Singapore and interested in either the Garmin Venu 2 or Garmin Vivoactive 4, you can shop both products below. You can also check out the full collection for Garmin Singapore here.

If you like to learn more about the Best Garmin Watches and find the right one for yourself, you can read more in our article here.

Garmin Venu 2
Garmin Venu 2
Garmin Venu 2
Garmin Venu 2
Garmin Venu 2

Garmin Venu 2

$538.00

Mind And Body — Connected by Garmin

GPS smartwatch with advanced health monitoring and fitness features to help you better understand what’s going on inside your body.

  • Track more health stats, and get a closer look at what’s going on inside your body
  • Find new ways to move your body with more than 25 preloaded sports apps
  • Follow along with animated workouts right on your wrist
  • Store music on the watch so you can leave your phone behind
  • Tap your wrist at the register for easy and touch-free payments
  • AMOLED display and up to 11 days of battery life
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Garmin Venu 2S
Garmin Venu 2S
Garmin Venu 2S
Garmin Venu 2S
Garmin Venu 2S
Garmin Venu 2S
Garmin Venu 2S

Garmin Venu 2S

$538.00

Mind And Body — Connected by Garmin

The smaller-sized GPS smartwatch with advanced health monitoring and fitness features to help you better understand what’s going on inside your body.

  • Track more health stats, and get a closer look at what’s going on inside your body
  • Find new ways to move your body with more than 25 preloaded sports apps
  • Follow along with animated workouts right on your wrist
  • Store music on the watch so you can leave your phone behind
  • Tap your wrist at the register for easy and touch-free payments
  • AMOLED display and up to 11 days of battery life
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    Garmin vĂ­voactive 4
    Garmin vĂ­voactive 4
    Garmin vĂ­voactive 4
    Garmin vívoactive® 4 - District
    Garmin vívoactive® 4 - District
    Garmin vívoactive® 4 - District

    Garmin vĂ­voactive 4

    $388.00
    A GPS smartwatch built for an active lifestyle.
    • Keep an eye on your health 24/7 with a broad range of all-day health monitoring features.
    • Includes more than 20 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps, and lets you view easy-to-follow, animated workouts right on your watch screen.
    • Easily download music to your watch for phone-free listening. Battery life: up to 5 days in smartwatch mode, up to 6 hours in GPS and music mode.

     

    Designed For Your Active Life

    Tune in to your body and tone up with a smartwatch that can help you reach your health and fitness goals. The always-on, sunlight-readable Garmin Chroma Display™ technology is housed under durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 that’s tough enough for you to go all-in during your activities.

    • Body Battery™ Energy Monitoring: view your body’s energy levels throughout the day so you can find the best times for activity and rest.
    • Pulse Ox Sensor: gauges your blood oxygen saturation during the day and as you sleep to show how well your body is absorbing oxygen.
    • Stress Tracking: find out if you’re having a calm, balanced or stressful day. Relax reminders can even prompt you to do a short breathing activity when you’re feeling stressed.
    • Hydration Tracking: log your daily fluid intake as a reminder to stay hydrated. You can even have an auto goal for hydration that adjusts based on how much sweat you lose during activities.
    • Advanced Sleep Monitoring: get a full picture of how you’re sleeping, with a breakdown of your light, deep and REM sleep stages as well as Pulse Ox and respiration data.
    • Wrist-Based Heart Rate: the watch constantly samples your heart rate and will alert you if it stays too high or too low while you’re at rest. It also helps gauge how hard you work during activities — even underwater.
    • Safety and Tracking Feature: when your watch and phone are paired, your live location can be sent to your contacts manually or — during outdoor activities — automatically with built-in incident detection.

     

    Workouts Optimized For You

    • Track all the ways you move with more than 20 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps — including walking, running, cycling, pool swimming, golf and more.
    • Easy-to-follow, animated cardio, strength, yoga and Pilates workouts come preloaded on the watch, and you can download more from the Garmin Connect app.
    • Build your own workouts in Garmin Connect, and download them to the watch.
    • With Garmin Coach, get a personal running coach on your wrist, for free, to help you train for your next 5K, 10K or half-marathon.

     

    Still A Smartwatch

    • Receive emails, texts and alerts right on your watch when paired with a compatible smartphone. You can even respond to texts if you have an Android phone.
    • Download songs plus playlists from your Spotify, Deezer or Amazon Music accounts (subscription may be required). Use wireless headphones (sold separately) for phone-free listening.
    • Breeze through checkout lines and select transit systems with Garmin Pay contactless payment solution through participating providers.
    • Add personality to your watch by downloading apps, widgets, watch faces and more. It’s easy and — even better — it’s free.
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