Garmin Forerunner 165 vs Venu Sq 2

Garmin Forerunner 165 was released on 20 February 2024. Garmin Venu Sq 2 was released in September 2022. Both smartwatches are priced at $249.99.

We compare the features of Forerunner 165 and Venu Sq 2 below.

  • Garmin Forerunner 165 has a round dial. Venu Sq 2 has a box or square look.
  • Garmin Venu Sq 2 uses 3rd generation Corning Gorilla Glass in the display lens. Forerunner 165 uses a chemically strengthened glass.
  • Forerunner 165 has sensors for barometric altimeter and thermometer. Venu Sq 2 lacks a barometric altimeter. It needs a tempe sensor for temperature tracking.
  • Forerunner 165 offers special apps for nap detection.

We look at these differences in detail below.

The main difference between Forerunner 165 and Venu Sq 2 is the shape of the smartwatch display.

Forerunner 165 uses a round display and Venu Sq 2 uses a box display (just like an Apple watch).

Both watches use AMOLED display technology. AMOLED technology allows both watches to support the Always-on-display mode.

We list the main display specifications of Forerunner 165 and Venu Sq 2 below.

Display specificationsForerunner 165Venu Sq 2
Display size30 mm or 1.2″36 mm or 1.4″
Display resolution390 x 390 pixels320 x 360 pixels
Display lensChemically strengthened glassCorning Gorilla Glass 3
Display technologyAMOLED (optional always-on mode)AMOLED (optional always-on mode)
Color displayYesYes
TouchscreenYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes

The important points to note are:

  • Forerunner 165 and Venu Sq 2 use a color display and support touchscreen functionality.
  • Both watches do have an ambient light sensor.
Garmin Forerunner 165 in white band

Most differences in the physical specifications of Forerunner 165 and Venu Sq 2 are due to the different sizes and shapes of both smartwatches.

Physical specificationsForerunner 165Venu Sq 2
Watch size43 x 43 x 11.6 mm40.6 x 37.0 x 11.1 mm
Thickness11.6 mm11.1 mm
Band size20 mm20 mm
Band materialSiliconeSilicone
Recommended wrist circumference126-203 mm125-190 mm
Weight39 g38 g
BezelFiber-reinforced polymerAnodized aluminum
Water rating5 ATM5 ATM
Storage4 GB4 GB
Wireless connectivityANT+, BluetoothANT+, Bluetooth
GPSGPS, GLONASS, GalileoGPS, GLONASS, Galileo
NFC PaymentsGarmin PayGarmin Pay

The important points to note are:

  • The body of Venu Sq 2 is made of anodized aluminum. Forerunner 165 uses fiber-enforced polymer in the body.
  • Forerunner 165 and Venu Sq 2 have a similar water rating of 5 ATM. Both watches can sustain a depth pressure of 50 meters under water level.
  • Forerunner 165 and Venu Sq 2 support contactless payments through the Garmin Pay app.
  • Forerunner 165 and Venu Sq 2 support GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite networks.

Garmin Forerunner 165 and Venu Sq 2 lack Wi-Fi connectivity. So, it cannot be used directly for storing or playing music from the smartwatch.

However, Forerunner 165 and Venu Sq 2 allow you to manage, control, and play music from the smartphone paired with the smartwatch.

In other words, Forerunner 165 and Venu Sq 2 have limited music functionality offerings. It rides on the music stored on the paired smartphone.

Garmin Forerunner 165 and Venu Sq 2 have comparable battery backup. We compare battery backup offered by Forerunner 165 and Venu Sq 2 below.

Watch modeForerunner 165 backupVenu Sq 2 backup
Smartwatch modeUp to 11 daysUp to 11 days
GPS-Only GNSS modeUp to 19 hoursUp to 26 hours
All-Systems GNSS mode:Up to 17 hoursUp to 20 hours
Battery Saver ModeUp to 20 daysUp to 12 days

In terms of battery backup, Garmin Forerunner 165 and Garmin Venu Sq 2 support the battery-saver mode.

Battery Saver Mode allows you to continue using the smartwatch at extremely low power settings.

Garmin Forerunner 165 is a good basic watch for runners and athletes. It does bring new apps like the nap detection app.

Most features are identical for Forerunner 165 and Venu Sq 2. You could pick either of the two watches, depending on your liking for the shape of the display.

Most core features like storage, NFC payments, GPS support, and health tracking are similar for Forerunner 165 and Venu Sq 2.

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