Garmin's popular fitness smartwatch receives an upgrade in the form of the Venu 2 Plus, a GPS device that balances a range of smart features with a heap of health and fitness benefits.
The Venu 2 Plus comes in at $449.99 and means that users can now make phone calls directly from the wrist when connected to a compatible smartphone, as well as access voice assistant control. Using Siri, Google Assistant or Bixby, Venu 2 Plus owners will be able to send texts, ask questions, and control compatible smart home devices directly from the watch.
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You'll also be able to add up to 650 songs to the built-in music feature, including playlists Spotify, Amazon Music, and Deezer, and use Garmin Pay for contactless payments.
There's a wide selection of health monitoring tools available using the Venu 2 Plus. As well as more widely available features like heart rate and sleep monitoring, the smartwatch packs in an impressive range of advanced tools to help users keep track of their health and fitness.
This includes user-configurable alerts for high or low HR readings, advanced sleep with sleep score and insights by Firstbeat Analytics, breathwork activities, fitness age, respiration, and pulse Pulse Ox.
Body Battery gives a holistic overview of how charged your body is taking into account multiple contributing factors, giving insight into those things that have a draining effect like stress and exercise.
Health Snapshot is another useful feature that logs a two-minute window of key health stats. The resultant report generated can be used to understand your current health and can even be shared with health care providers in order to gain a general overview of your current state.
For those looking for fitness guidance, there's plenty available on the Venu 2 Plus. As well as preloaded workouts on the watch, you'll also be able to download more from the Garmin Connect app and create your own customisable workouts from 75+ preset animated workouts for cardio, yoga, strength, HIIT and Pilates.
The Venu 2 Plus also has 25+ built-in indoor and GPS sports apps to choose from that range from running and walking to climbing and advanced strength training.
Safety features include automatic incident detection and manually triggered assistance alerts, LiveTrack which lets designated contacts view live outdoor activities and there's the ability to assign an emergency contact that the Venu 2 Plus can call.
Garmin says that the watch will last up to 9 days in smartwatch mode and up to 8 hours in GPS + Music mode, and there's a quick battery charge that will give you 1-day of smartwatch mode battery life or 1-hour of GPS + music battery life on just a 10-minute charge.
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