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Garmin Venu 2 Plus test: the most stylish sports watch, calls and voice assistant to boot

Despite the built-in speaker and microphone, the Garmin Venu 2 Plus is narrower than the Venu 2 (43.6mm in diameter vs. 45.4mm) and slightly thicker (12.6mm vs. 12.2mm). However, it has the same 1.3-inch AMOLED screen (416 x 416 pixels) and weighs just 2g (51g).

Venu 2 (black) over Venu 2 Plus (grey) and 2S (white).

Venu 2 (black) over Venu 2 Plus (grey) and 2S (white).

Enough to make it an intermediate version between the Venu 2 and Venu 2S, Garmin recommends the Venu 2 Plus for wrist circumferences between 125 and 190mm (versus 110-175mm for the Venu 2S and 135-200mm for the Venu). 2).

Other than these changes, the components and features of the Venu 2 Plus are the same as the Venu 2 we tested. That’s why we invite you to check out the full Garmin Venu 2 test to find out more about its qualities and disadvantages.

Venu 2 Plus and Venu 2.

Our tests of this Venu 2 Plus show an autonomy comparable to that of the Venu 2, although logically a little less given its phone call management and voice assistant features that use slightly more power on a daily basis. However, we can always easily exceed a week of use with the classic use of the connected watch, tocante will end faster if we multiply the activities that require the use of GPS.

A button for voice functions appears in the middle.

A button for voice functions appears in the middle.

Voice call quality is satisfactory, despite the fast-saturating speaker and lack of roundness. However, our correspondents can hear us quite well if we take the trouble to speak close enough to the clock. In terms of voice assistant control, compatibility with Google Assistant, Bixby (Android) and Siri (iOS) is guaranteed, with the exception of a few smartphones listed by Garmin. A very practical feature that is also used to send SMS under voice dictation.

Speaker on the left side of the clock.

Speaker on the left side of the clock.

In terms of pricing, there’s a nice surprise: the Venu 2 Plus is no more expensive than the Venu 2 when it launched, which is 450 euros.

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