Garmin Venu 2 Plus vs Fitbit Sense 2

Garmin Venu 2 Plus is one of the best smartwatches made by Garmin. It was released in January 2022. Fitbit Sense 2 was released sometime in September 2022.

In this comparison, we mark out the major features and differences between Gsrmin Venu 2 Plus and Fitbit Sense 2.

Main differences

The main differences between Garmin Venu 2 Plus and Fitbit Sense 2 are mentioned in brief below:

  • Venu 2 Plus is pricier than Fitbit Sense 2 by $150.
  • Venu 2 Plus uses 3rd generation Corning Gorilla display lens. Details of the manufacturer of the Sense 2 display lens are not in the public domain.
  • Venu 2 Plus comes in a single size of 43 mm. Fitbit Sense 2 comes in a single size of 40 mm.
  • Venu 2 Plus offers full music coverage while the Fitbit Sense 2 lacks music features or functionality.
  • Venu 2 Plus supports GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite networks. Fitbit Sense 2 can only do GPS and GLONASS.
  • Garmin Venu 2 Plus supports ANT+, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Fitbit Sense 2 can only support Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Venu 2 Plus supports fall detection. The fall detection feature on Venu 2 Plus is known as the incident detection feature. It notifies designated emergency contacts about the hard fall detected by the watch.
  • Venu 2 Plus comes with 9 days of battery life on the standard smartwatch mode. Fitbit Sense 2 can do a maximum of 6 days of battery life. However, both watches support fast charging.

We look at these differences and other features in detail below.

Garmin Venu 2 Plus with stainless steel bezel

Display specifications

Garmin Venu 2 Plus and Fitbit Sense 2 support AMOLED display. The AMOLED display yields the following advantages:

  1. With the AMOLED display, the display resolution is higher.
  2. Always-on-display or AOD mode support is possible due to the AMOLED display.

Apart from this, the 3rd generation Corning Gorilla Glass used in the Venu 2 Plus is one of the best glasses for the wearables industry.

The other display specifications are shared below for ready comparison.

Display specificationsGarmin Venu 2 PlusFitbit Sense 2
Display lensCorning Gorilla Glass 3No information
Display shapeRoundBox or Square
Display size1.3″ or 33 mm1.58″ or 40 mm
Display resolution416 x 416 pixels336 x 336 pixels
Color displayYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes

Garmin Venu 2 Plus uses a better quality display lens than the Fitbit Sense 2. Venu 2 Plus has a higher display resolution than the Fitbit Sense 2.

Physical specifications

You will find the build quality of Venu 2 Plus way higher than the build quality of Fitbit Sense 2. Venu 2 Plus looks and feels like a sturdier watch.

The other hardware specifications of Venu 2 Plus and Fitbit Sense 2 are shared below.

Physical specificationsGarmin Venu 2 PlusFitbit Sense 2
iOS compatibleiOS 15 and higher versionsiOS 15 and higher versions
Android compatibleAndroid 7 and higher versionsAndroid 9 and higher versions
Watch size43.6 x 43.6 x 12.6 mm40 x 41 x 11mm
Watch weight51 g46 g
Thickness12.6 mm11 mm
Band size22 mmSmall and Large bands
Band materialSiliconeSilicone
Watch bodyFiber-enforced polymer with stainless steel rear coverAluminum
NFC or Contactless PaymentsGarmin PayFitbit Pay and Google Wallet
Water resistance5 ATM or 50 Meters5 ATM or 50 Meters
Device storage8 GB7 days of activity data

Venu 2 Plus comes with an in-built speaker and microphone just like Fitbit Sense 2. However, Venu 2 Plus offers higher device memory or storage. It also has a stainless steel bezel and steel rear cover. The steel bezel lends a distinctly rich look to the Venu 2 Plus smartwatch.


Venu 2 Plus offers a reliable and accurate GPS experience. Venu 2 Plus supports GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellite networks.

The GPS performance in Venu 2 Plus is more accurate.

The additional support for the Galileo satellite network makes Garmin’s performance more precise and accurate in Europe. Remember that the Galileo satellite network is owned and managed by the European Space Agency.

Fitbit Sense 2 does offer GPS and GLONASS support. The missing support for the Galileo GPS network is a cause of concern. This could, potentially, affect GPS performance in Europe.

Apart from this, Garmin GPS performance is professional grade. Fitbit devices would be considered a secondary fiddle to Garmin as far as GPS performance is concerned.

If you want to experience reliable and accurate GPS performance, choose Garmin Venu 2 Plus over the Fitbit Sense 2. We have already explained the reasons above.

Wireless Connectivity

Garmin Venu 2 Plus supports ANT+, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity.

Wi-FI connectivity is essential as it can be used to pull firmware updates. The Wi-Fi connectivity also affords an opportunity to fetch audio content or to stream music directly using the third-party content providers.

ANT+ is a useful wireless technology. One of the best potential uses of ANT+ connectivity is to stream HRV or Heart rate variability data from your watch to an ANT-receiver device.

Fitbit Sense 2 only supports Bluetooth connection. The lack of Wi-Fi on the Fitbit Sense 2 is a big limiting constraint for the watch.

In terms of wireless connectivity, Venu 2 Plus trumps Fitbit Sense 2 by a lot. The missing Wi-Fi connectivity on Sense 2 is disappointing.

Fitbit Sense 2 smartwatch in white color band


Garmin Venu 2 Plus has full music functionality. This means you can do the following in terms of music on Venu 2 Plus:

  • You can store music content on the smartwatch storage of Venu 2 Plus directly. It has 8 GB of device storage. The music stored on the watch can be used for offline listening.
  • The music on the smartwatch can be managed directly from the watch.
  • You can control and play music on the paired smartphone using Garmin Venu 2 Plus.
  • You can stream music through third-party music providers like Spotify. For this, you will need to use Wi-Fi to connect to the music streaming provider. You will also need a premium subscription to the music streaming provider.

Fitbit Sense 2, however, does not support music functionality at all.

If you need music features on the watch, your choice would have to rest on Garmin Venu 2 Plus. Fitbit Sense 2 does not have any music capability.


Fitbit Sense 2 battery lasts for up to 6 days on the full battery charge. The battery drains at a faster rate when GPS is used on the Sense 2 smartwatch.

But, Sense 2 does support fast charging. This means that the full battery can be charged in a little over 90 minutes. With 12 minutes of charging, you can add a day’s worth of battery charge on the Fitbit Sense 2.

Garmin Venu 2 Plus battery can last for up to 9 days in the smartwatch mode. The battery backup for Venu 2 Plus in different watch modes is shared below.

Watch modeGarmin Venu2 Plus backup
Smartwatch modeUp to 9 days
GPS modeUp to 24 hours
GPS mode with musicUp to 8 hours
Battery Saver modeUp to 10 days

Since both watches support fast charging, the battery backup is not a very significant differentiator of the Venu 2 Plus and Sense 2 smartwatches.


Garmin Venu 2 Plus and Fitbit Sense 2 come with a basic set of sensors for providing different functionality.

SensorsGarmin Venu 2 PlusFitbit Sense 2
Barometric altimeterYesYes
ThermometerYes (tempe sensor to be bought separately)Yes
Heart rate sensorYes, Garmin Elevate SensorYes
Blood Oxygenation sensorYes, Pulse Ox SensorYes
NFC ReceiverYesYes
cEDA Sensor for Stress trackingNoYes

Fitbit Sense 2 lacks a sensor for the compass functionality. For other basic features and functions, Venu 2 Plus and Sense 2 have identical sensors.

Health monitoring

Fitbit Sense 2 did make significant health monitoring progress. It comes with an ECG app to take on spot electrocardiogram readings.

Some other important health tracking features have been placed in the Fitbit Premium subscription.

Fitbit Premium costs $79.99 annually. Or, you could opt for a monthly subscription amount of $9.99.

Garmin Venu 2 Plus also added the ECG app for talking on the spot ECG readings. Other health monitoring features on Venu 2 Plus are a part of the standard offering. There are no additional costs involved in tracking any health metrics on the Venu 2 Plus.

Health monitoringGarmin Vivoactive 4Fitbit Sense 2
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
Resting Heart rateYesYes
Heart rate variability (HRV)YesYes
ECG appYesYes
cEDA Sensor for Stress trackingNoYes
Respiration rate monitoringYesYes
Blood Oxygenation monitoringYesYes
Stress monitoringYesYes
Sleep trackingYesYes
Stress scoreYesYes (in Fitbit Premium)
Health Dashboard/SnapshotYesYes (in Fitbit Premium)
Temperature readingsYesYes
Blood Glucose TrackingNoYes (in Fitbit Premium)
Women HealthYesYes
Body stress scoresBody BatteryDaily Readiness Score (in Fitbit Premium)
Fitness AgeYesNo

Fitbit Sense 2 has a rich set of health tracking features. However, the Health Dashboard and Daily Readiness scores are behind the paywall of Fitbit Premium.
In comparison, Garmin Venu 2 Plus offers all the regular health metrics and ECG without any incremental costs.


Fitbit Sense 2 costs $299.99. But the cost escalates very quickly if you were to take the Fitbit Premium subscription.

Fitbit Premium costs $79.99 on annual payments. The monthly subscription for Fitbit Premium costs $9.99.

Assuming a 2-year ownership period for Fitbit Sense 2 and Fitbit Premium subscription, we are looking at a total cost of $460 or above.

Garmin Venu 2 Plus comes at a list price of $449.99.

For a 2 year period of ownership of Garmin Venu 2 Plus and Fitbit Sense 2 (with Fitbit Premium), the costs are identical.

Final verdict

Fitbit Sense 2 is a decent watch.

Our preference, however, is for the Garmin Venu 2 Plus for the following reasons:

  • Venu 2 Plus has a better display lens
  • Venu 2 Plus supports Wi-Fi, ANT+, and Bluetooth connectivity options.
  • Venu 2 Plus supports GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite networks with exceptional GPS accuracy and dependability.
  • Garmin Venu 2 Plus offers full music functionality.
  • There are no additional subscription costs involved with Garmin Venu 2 Plus.

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