Garmin Venu 2 Plus vs Google Pixel Watch

Garmin Venu 2 Plus is a lifestyle cum sports watch released in January 2022. Google Pixel watch came to the fore in October 2022.

Both watches make compelling choices. Which one of these smartwatches will you buy? We look at the differences between Venu 2 Plus and Pixel watch in this study below.

Main differences

  • Garmin Venu 2 Plus is compatible with iOS and Android devices. Google Pixel watch works with Android devices only.
  • Venu 2 Plus supports GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO satellite networks for GPS connectivity. Google Pixel watch supports GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO and BeiDou satellite networks.
  • Pixel watch does not support ANT+ wireless connectivity. It can do Bluetooth and Wi-FI connections. Venu 2 Plus can do ANT+, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections.
  • There are 2 variants of Google Pixel watch. Pixel watch LTE allows you to connect to cellular networks directly from the watch. Venu 2 Plus does not support LTE connections from the smartwatch.
  • On the Google Pixel watch, you have limited options for music. You are limited to music streaming apps like YouTube Premium and Spotify for all sorts of music functionality. Garmin Venu 2 Plus fully supports music features and functions detailed in the music section below.
  • Venu 2 Plus has an OLED screen and the Pixel watch has an AMOLED screen.
  • Venu 2 Plus costs $449.99. Google Pixel Watch Bluetooth edition costs $349.99 and the Pixel Watch LTE variant costs $399.99.

Let us take a look at some of these features in detail below.

Garmin Venu 2 Plus smartwatch in white band

Display specifications

Google Pixel watch has a relatively better display technology of AMOLED display. Venu 2 Plus uses an OLED screen.

Pixel watch uses the fifth generation Corning Gorilla Glass 5 while the Venu 2 Plus is based on the 3rd generation Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

A side-by-side comparison of display attributes of the Garmin Venu 2 Plus and Google Pixel Watch is shared below.

Display specificationsGarmin Venu 2 PlusGoogle Pixel Watch
Display lensCorning Gorilla Glass 3 Custom Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display size1.3″ or 33 mm1.2″ or 30 mm
Display typeOLEDAMOLED
Display resolution416 x 416 pixels450 x 450 pixels
Color displayYesYes
TouchscreenYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes
LED FlashlightNoYes

You will find the display of the Google Pixel Watch slightly brighter and more vibrant than the Venu 2 Plus.

Physical specifications

Garmin Venu 2 Plus will come off as a more sturdy smartwatch than Google Pixel Watch. The steel bezel adds a premium look to the watch.

Pixel watch also provides higher device storage(32 GB) than Garmin Venu 2 Plus (8 GB).

A detailed comparison of the physical features of the Garmin Venu 2 Plus and Pixel watch is shared below.

Physical specificationsGarmin Venu 2 PlusGoogle Pixel watch
Watch size43 mm41 mm
Watch weight51 g36 g
BezelStainless steelRingke bezel
Watch bodyFiber-enforced polymer80% recycled stainless steel
Band size20 mmSmall and Large bands
Band materialSiliconeFlouroelastomer, Polyester, Spandex yarn, Leather band
Water rating5 ATM or 50 Meters5 ATM or 50 Meters
Device storage8 GB32 GB
NFC PaymentsGarmin PayGoogle Wallet and GPay
GPSGPS, GLONASS, GALILEOGPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou
iOS compatibleYes, iOS 15 or higherNo
Android compatibleYes, Android 7 or higherYes, Android 8 or higher
In-built SpeakerYesYes
In-built microphoneYesYes
Operating systemGarmin OSWear OS 3.5

Garmin Venu 2 Plus is based on Garmin’s proprietary operating system. Pixel watch is based on the Wear OS 3.5 platform.

The underlying operating system for both watches supports NFC or contactless payments.

You will find the Pixel watch offers more band options than the Venu 2 Plus.

Battery

Pixel watch offers a battery backup of up to 24 hours. The battery drains faster when you are using the watch in GPS mode.

However, the Pixel watch does support fast charging. In less than an hour, you can go from an empty battery to 80 percent charge. With 30 minutes of charging, you can go from zero to 50 percent battery charge levels on a Pixel watch.

Most Garmin watches offer long battery backups. Garmin Venu 2 Plus also offers a battery backup of up to 9 days when you use it in the smartwatch mode.

Garmin has clearly stated the battery backup on Venu 2 Plus in the different watch modes. We list the battery backup of Venu 2 Plus in the data below.

Watch modeGarmin Venu 2 Plus
Smartwatch modeUp to 9 days
GPS-only mode without musicUp to 24 hours
GPS mode with music:Up to 8 hours
Battery Saver modeUp to 10 days

Venu 2 Plus offers longer battery backup than the Google Pixel Watch. You will need to charge the Pixel watch every day.

Google P{xel Watch menu screen

Music

On Google Pixel Watch, music functionality is offered through Youtube Premium and streaming apps like Spotify. You can stream music or download music for offline listening using music streaming apps available on Google Play Store.

Venu 2 Plus offers a full suite of music features. Some of the main advantages of music functionality on a Venu 2 Plus include:

  • You can store music on the smartwatch for offline listening.
  • You can manage music stored on the watch directly through the smartwatch’s software.
  • You can control music on the paired smartphone using the smartwatch software.
  • You can stream music through apps like Spotify. For this, you will need to download the Connect IQ app of the streaming provider and have access to the premium subscription of the music streaming app provider.

Venu 2 Plus, therefore, has a diverse offering of music functionality across multiple platforms. Pixel watch limits your music access to music streaming apps like Spotify and YouTube Premium.

GPS

Garmin Venu 2 Plus supports GPS, GLONASS, and GALILEO satellite networks.

Google Pixel watch supports GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, and BeiDou satellite networks. BeiDou GPS network is owned and controlled by China. BeiDou offers better GPS connectivity and accuracy in the Chinese region.

Wireless Connectivity

Garmin Venu 2 Plus supports ANT+, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. ANT+ connectivity is very useful in streaming data on a real-time basis from the smartwatch to an ANT+ compatible receiving device.

For example, you may be able to stream Heart Rate Variability (HRV) data on a real-time basis from a smartwatch to the ANT+ compatible device.

Google Pixel watch supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Google Pixel watch does not support ANT+ wireless connectivity.

LTE connectivity

Google Venu 2 Plus does not have any support for LTE connectivity.

Google Pixel watch comes in two different variants. Google Pixel Watch LTE variant supports LTE connectivity from the smartwatch.

Pixel watch is compatible with 4G LTE connectivity. To use LTE connectivity on the Pixel watch, you will require a valid cellular plan subscription.

With LTE connectivity, you can make or answer calls directly from the watch. You do not need to carry your smartphone at all times because the smartwatch offers a cellular connection.

Venu 2 Plus uses the network connection of the paired smartphone for network connectivity. So, you will need to carry your smartphone at all times to be in sync with your messages.

Pixel watch’s LTE connectivity is a big positive of the smartwatch over the Venu 2 Plus smartwatch.

ECG app

Google Pixel Watch and Garmin Venu 2 Plus have an ECG app to take electrocardiogram readings on a spot basis.

You can take ECG readings to detect irregular heart rhythms or conditions of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). The ECG readings can be shared with a medical practitioner for seeking help.

Garmin Connect vs Fitbit app

Google Pixel Watch uses the Fitbit app and Garmin Venu 2 Plus uses the Garmin Connect app. The Garmin Connect app is much more stable and offers diverse functionality than the Fitbit app.

In terms of user experience, an overwhelming number of users prefer the Garmin Connect app for its range of functionality.

Fitbit app, in our experience, is not in the same league as the Garmin Connect app.

Costs

Garmin Venu 2 Plus costs $449.99. You may also be able to get discounted pricing from time to time.

Google Pixel Watch GPS + Bluetooth variant costs $349.99. Google Pixel Watch LTE variant costs $399.99.

Final verdict

Google Pixel Watch is a decent smartwatch option for the following reasons:

  • LTE connectivity option
  • AMOLED display
  • 5th generation Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Support for BeiDou satellite network
  • Higher device storage

Google Venu 2 Plus has its own positives that include:

  • Support for iOS and Android devices
  • Support for ANT+, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Full music functionality
  • Longer battery backup
  • Better and sturdy build of the watch, including the steel bezel

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