Garmin Venu 2 Plus vs Vivoactive 4

Venu 2 Plus is one of my personal favorite smartwatches as it has a lot to offer for the price charged. Vivoactive 4 is a trusted smartwatch variant that has been around since 2019.

Venu 2 Plus is a relatively newer variant unveiled in January 2022.

Which of these two smartwatches should you buy?

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Main differences

The most significant changes between the Venu 2 Plus and Vivoactive 4 are mentioned below.

  • Venu 2 Plus is costlier than Vivoactive 4 by $100.
  • Venu 2 Plus has an AMOLED display while the Vivoactive 4 uses an MIP (memory in pixel) screen.
  • Venu 2 Plus has an in-built speaker and microphone.
  • Venu 2 Plus supports Bluetooth calling and voice assistant software support.
  • Venu 2 Plus has higher device storage than Vivoactive 4.
  • Venu 2 Plus also has an ambient light sensor.
  • Venu 2 Plus offers sleep score and insights. It also has a comprehensive health snapshot.

In more ways than one, Venu 2 Plus has an incremental set of features. The best of these features has to be the AMOLED display.

Let us look at these features and other capabilities of Venu 2 Plus and Vivoactive 4 more closely.


Venu 2 Plus trumps Vivoactive 4 with its display technology.

Venu 2 Plus uses an AMOLED screen. The AMOLED display helps in achieving the following benefits:

  • Venu 2 Plus has a much better display resolution than the Vivoactive 4. Venu 2 Plus has a display resolution of 416 x 416 pixels while the Vivoactive 4 has a display resolution of 260 x 260 pixels.
  • Venu 2 Plus also supports the ‘Always-on-display’ mode.

The AMOLED display, by itself, is a game-changing experience for the user experience.

Both smartwatches use the third-generation Corning Gorilla Glass on the display screen.

Apart from these differences, we have listed the complete set of display specifications of the Venu 2 Plus and Vivoactive 4 smartwatches below.

Display SpecificationsVenu 2 PlusVivoactive 4
Display lensCorning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display size1.3″ or 33 mm1.3″ or 33 mm
Display typeAMOLEDMIP (Memory in pixel)
Display resolution416 x 416 pixels260 x 260 pixels
Pixel density453 ppi283 ppi
Ambient light sensorYesNo
Color displayYesYes
LED FlashlightNoNo

The most significant differentiator between the Venu 2 Plus and Vivoactive 4 has to be the AMOLED display of Venu 2 Plus.

The display resolution of Venu 2 Plus is 416 x 416 pixels. This translates into a much brighter, more vibrant and clearer display experience.

Garmin Venu 2 Plus smartwatches

Device specifications

In terms of hardware specifications, there are not too many differences between the Venu 2 Plus and the Vivoactive 4 smartwatches.

We look at both smartwatches in more detail below. The device specifications of both watches are listed below for your ready reference.

SpecificationsVenu 2 PlusVivoactive 4
Watch size43.6 x 43.6 x 12.6 mm45.1 x 45.1 x 12.8 mm
Thickness12.6 mm12.8 mm
Watch weight51 g50.5 g
Watch bodyFiber-reinforced polymer with stainless-steel rear coverfiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear cover
BezelStainless steelStainless steel
Band materialSiliconeSilicone
Band size20 mm22 mm
Device storage8 GB200 hours of activity data
Water rating5 ATM (50 Meters)5 ATM (50 Meters)
Swimming profilePool swimmingPool swimming
Wireless connectivityANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-FiANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
NFC PaymentsGarmin PayGarmin Pay
Multi-band GPSNoNo
SatIQ technologyNoNo
Barometric altimeterYesYes
ThermometerYes (addon of tempe sensor required)Yes (addon of tempe sensor required)
Garmin Elevate Heart sensorYesYes
Pulse Ox SpO2 monitorYesYes
iOS compatibleYesYes
Android compatibleYesYes
Control smartphone musicYesYes
Music storage on watchYesYes
Control smartwatch musicYesYes
In-built speaker YesNo
In-built microphoneYesNo
ChargerGarmin wire chargerGarmin wire charger

Another significant addition to Venu 2 Plus has to be the in-built speaker and microphone. Vivoactive 4 lacks both features.

The advantage of having an in-built speaker and microphone on the smartwatch is the ability to make Bluetooth calls directly from the watch.

We look at the Bluetooth calling feature of Venu 2 Plus in the next section.

Bluetooth calling and voice assistance support

The internal speaker and microphone on the Venu 2 Plus smartwatch help in making calls or answering calls directly from the watch.

Venu 2 Plus needs to be connected to the smartphone using Bluetooth connectivity. Once Bluetooth connectivity is established, you can use the Venu 2 Plus watch to initiate calls or answer calls directly from the watch.

Apart from the Bluetooth calling feature, Venu 2 Plus can also integrate with voice assistant apps or software on the paired smartphone.

So, Venu 2 Plus can work with voice assistance applications that include Siri, Google Voice Assistant, and Bixby.

Using your phone’s default voice assistant (Siri, Google Assistant, or Bixby), you can do the following actions on a Venu 2 Plus smartwatch: 

  • Start a phone call.
  • Compose and respond to text messages.
  • Ask your assistant questions.
  • Control compatible smart home devices.

Bluetooth calling and voice assistance support on Venu 2 Plus is a significant additional feature in the Venu 2 Plus watch. It is worth the incremental cost of the Venu 2 Plus.

Garmin Vivoactive 4


There is a marginal difference in battery backup offered by Venu 2 Plus and Vivoactive 4. Venu 2 Plus offers a slightly higher backup than the Vivoactive 4 smartwatch.

The only difference we can think of is the availability of ‘Battery saver mode’ in Venu 2 Plus. The ‘Battery saver mode’ is not available in Vivoactive 4.

We list the battery backup of Venu 2 Plus and Vivoactive 4 in different watch modes below.

Watch modeVenu 2 Plus backupVivoactive 4 backup
Smartwatch modeUp to 9 daysUp to 8 days
GPS mode without musicUp to 24 hoursUp to 18 hours
GPS mode with musicUp to 8 hoursUp to 6 hours
Battery saver modeUp to 10 daysNot available

Battery backup of Venu 2 Plus and Vivoactive 4 is not a major differentiator. You cannot go wrong with either of these smartwatches.

Other features

There are a few unique features on each smartwatch that you may want to be aware of.

  • Venu 2 Plus has HIIT workouts and on-screen workout muscle maps.
  • Venu 2 Plus can detect the ‘Run/Walk/Stand’ state of a runner automatically.
  • Venu 2 Plus offers additional profiles for Hiking, Indoor Climbing, Bouldering, and Snowboarding in outdoor recreation.
  • For cyclists, Venu 2 Plus has a cadence sensor to detect speed and cadence.
  • Venu 2 Plus can integrate with the Garmin Golf app.
  • Venu 2 Plus can also send incident detection alerts on the phone.


Venu 2 Plus has a list price of $449.99 and the Vivoactive 4 has a list price of $349.99.

Final verdict

Our money and experience with Venu 2 Plus suggest that it is worth each extra penny. I will buy the Venu 2 Plus over a Vivoactive 4 for the following reasons:

  • The AMOLED display of the Venu 2 Plus.
  • In-built speaker and microphone in Venu 2 Plus.
  • Bluetooth calling and integration with Siri, Google voice assistant, and Bixby.
  • Higher device storage helps in getting additional maps on the watch.
  • Higher device storage affords more space for storing music on the watch.

Between the Venu 2 Plus and Vivoactive 4, you can pick a Venu 2 Plus automatically.

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