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Garmin Venu 2 vs Venu 3 - Where are the differences?

Written by Lucas B | published on 31.08.2023 | no comments |
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The Garmin Venu 3 is the successor to the Garmin Venu 2 or Garmin Venu 2 Plus. Where the Garmin Venu 2 offers quite few advantages compared to Venu 2 Plus, it looks different with the Garmin Venu 3. Let's take a closer look at the differences between the two watches in comparison.

Comparison Table

Das wichtigste in der Übersicht

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Model Garmin Venu 2* Garmin Venu 3*
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Advantages and disadvantages
  • + Moins cher
  • - Moins de fonctionnalités
  • + Mode fauteuil roulant
  • + Microphone et haut-parleur
  • + Meilleure autonomie de la batterie
  • + Écran plus grand
  • - Plus cher
Touchdisplay Touchdisplay Yes Touchdisplay Yes
Color display Color display Yes Color display Yes
Display Display Display
Display size Display size 1,30 " Display size 1,40 "
Resolution Resolution 416 x 416 px Resolution 454 x 454 px
Waterproof / Swimproof Waterproof / Swimproof 5 ATM Waterproof / Swimproof 5 ATM
Battery (up to) Battery (up to) 11 days Battery (up to) 15 days
Battery life with GPS Battery life with GPS 8,0 hours Battery life with GPS 7,0 hours
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Display and size

Of course, the Garmin Venu 3 also continues to have a color display, which makes up the Garmin Venu series. Also there is the Venu 3 again in 2 variants. Once as a small variant, Garmin Venu 3s, and in the large variant, Garmin Venu 3.

In total, the display of the new Garmin Venu 3 has grown somewhat. This affects the normal Garmin Venu 3 and also the Venu 3s.

Display of the Garmin Venu 2 and Venu 3 compared
model Display size Resolution Size
Garmin Venu 2 1.3" 416 x 416 pixels 45 mm
Garmin Venu 2s 1.1" 360 x 360 pixels 40 mm
Garmin Venu 2 Plus 1.3" 416 x 416 pixels 43 mm
Garmin Venu 3 1.4" 454 x 454 pixels 45 mm
Garmin Venu 3s 1.2" 390 x 390 pixels 40 mm

In addition to the slightly larger display, the new Garmin Venu 3 also offers better resolution in both versions of the watch.

Battery life

When it comes to battery life, Garmin puts something on the Venu 3. The Garmin Venu 3 manages up to 14 days in smartwatch mode. Its predecessor only manages up to 11 days.

Battery life of the Garmin Venu 2 and Venu 3 compared
  Garmin Venu 2 Garmin Venu 3
Smartwatch mode Up to 11 days Up to 14 days
With GPS Up to 8 hours Up to 7 hours

If you want to use GPS, the battery life drops enormously. The Garmin Venu 2 then only manages up to 8 hours. The Garmin Venu 3 even only up to 7 hours, which can be attributed to the improved GPS 

The smaller models Garmin Venu 2s and Garmin Venu 3s create in the battery life slightly less.

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buy Garmin Venu 3

Wheelchair Mode

An exciting new feature on the Garmin Venu 3 is the Wheelchair Mode. In my opinion, this is a very good function and also something new. However, it is not a world first, as Apple also introduced this function to its own watches in 2016 with the WatchOS 3.

With the Garmin Venu 3, impaired people can now also make the activity modes and monitoring of steps or locomotion.

Microphone and speaker

We remember the Garmin Venu 2 Plus, because here the microphone and speaker were already introduced. With the Garmin Venu 3, this hardware is used a little better. So you can now phone, send voice messages and also convert voice to text messages with the watch. However, you still need to be connected to the smartphone for these functions. The Garmin Venu 3 does not have a sim card.

Improved heart rate sensor

Compared to the Garmin Venu 2, the pulse sensor at the Garmin Venu 3 has been improved. Instead of 2 LEDs, there are now 4 LEDs. Incidentally, this is the same optimization that Garmin has also made with the Garmin Fenux 7 Pro.

Sleep detection

The Garmin Venu 3 now automatically detects sleep, which is not the case with the Garmin Venu 2. A good feature in my opinion. Fitbit offers this, by the way, already very long with.

Which Garmin Venu is better?

The newer Garmin Venu 3 definitely offers a few good new features. Also technically, the Garmin Venu 3 was brought to a new level, which makes the investment worthwhile in my opinion.

Especially for wheelchair users, the Garmin Venu 3 is of course groundbreaking if they don't want to be tied to Apple.

If you want to save money, the Garmin Venu 2 is still a good choice, as the Venu 3 is of course a bit more expensive. However, you have to do without a few functions.

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buy Garmin Venu 3

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