Garmin Venu 3 Vs Fitbit Sense 2

Garmin Venu 3 was released in August 2023 and is a relatively newer variant in the Venu series. Fitbit Sense 2 was released in September 2022.

In this study, we compare the 3rd generation Garmin Venu 3 watch and Fitbit Sense 2.

Main differences

  • Garmin Venu 3 can work on GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite networks. Fitbit Sense 2 can only work on GPS and GLONASS satellite systems.
  • Garmin Venu 3 comes with an incident detection feature. This is akin to the fall detection feature of Apple smartwatches. Fitbit Sense 2 lacks the fall detection feature.
  • Garmin Venu 3 has full-fledged music functionality. Fitbit Sense 2 lacks music functionality.
  • Venu 3 can support a wide range of wireless connectivity, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and ANT+. Fitbit Sense 2 can only support Bluetooth. It lacks Wi-Fi and ANT+ support.
  • Garmin Venu 3 has a higher device storage of 8 GB. Fitbit Sense 2 can store up to 7 days of activity data.
  • Garmin Venu 3 offers a longer battery backup than the Fitbit Sense 2.
  • Fitbit Sense 2 comes with an ECG app to take on-demand electrocardiogram readings. This is one of the biggest strong points of the Fitbit Sense 2. Garmin Venu 3 also supports the Garmin ECG app.
  • Fitbit Sense 2 lacks the sensor for a compass. Venu 3 does have a sensor for the compass.

These are some significant differences between the Garmin Venu 3 and Fitbit Sense 2 smartwatches. We look at the product capabilities and differences in detail below.

Venu 3 rear side

Display specifications

Garmin Venu 3 uses the 3rd generation Corning Gorilla Glass in the display lens. It is one of the best display lenses available in the wearables industry.

Venu 3 and Fitbit Sense 2 support AMOLED display technology. Both watches also support the Always-on-display (AOD) mode. Do note that the AOD mode does consume a lot more battery.

A detailed comparison of the display features of Venu 3 and Fitbit Sense 2 is presented below.

Display specificationsGarmin Venu 3Fitbit Sense 2
Display lensCorning Gorilla Glass 3No information
Display shapeRoundBox or Square
Display size1.4″ or 36 MM1.58″ or 40 mm
Display resolution454 x 454 pixels336 x 336 pixels
Color displayYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes

The overall display size of the Fitbit Sense 2 is larger than the display size of the Garmin Venu 3. This could be attributed to the shape of the display of Fitbit Sense 2.

The display resolution, however, is higher in the Venu 3 than in Sense 2. You will find the display brightness and screen clarity of Venu 3 is higher than Fitbit Sense 2.

Physical specifications

You will find the build quality of Garmin Venu 3 exceptionally better than the build quality of the Fitbit Sense 2 smartwatch.

Venu 3 is designed to last for an extended period. The bezel of Venu 3 uses stainless steel. Fitbit Sense 2 has an aluminum bezel.

We look at the main physical specifications of Garmin Venu 3 and Fitbit Sense 2 below.

Physical specificationsGarmin Venu 3Fitbit Sense 2
iOS compatibleiOS 15 and higher versionsiOS 15 and higher versions
Android compatibleAndroid 7 and higher versionsAndroid 9 and higher versions
Watch size45 x 45 x 12 mm40 x 41 x 11mm
Watch weight47 g46 g
Thickness12 mm11 mm
Band size22 mmSmall and Large bands
Band materialSiliconeSilicone
Watch bodyFiber-enforced PolymerPolymer
BezelStainless SteelAluminum
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

Garmin Venu 3 and Fitbit Sense 2 have an in-built speaker and microphone. You can answer calls directly using the smartwatch.


Fitbit Sense 2 supports the Fitbit ECG app. You can take electrocardiogram readings using the Fitbit ECG app on a Sense 2 smartwatch. These readings can be shared with your Doctor for analysis of irregular heart rhythm conditions.

Garmin ECG app received FDA approval in January 2023. We expected Garmin Venu 3 to include the Garmin ECG app. It was not part of the smartwatch software at the time of launch.

However, as of writing this, the Garmin ECG app has been made available on the Garmin Venu 3 smartwatches. This change or new feature support was communicated on 17 October 2023.

So, Venu 3 does close the feature gap with Fitbit Sense 2 by the addition of support for the Garmin ECG app.


Fitbit Sense 2 does not have music functionality. This could be considered a major drawback of the Sense 2 smartwatch.

Meanwhile, Garmin Venu 3 has full music functionality. A Venu 3 can offer the following music features:

  • You can manage, control, and play music on the paired smartphone.
  • You can store music or personal audio content on the watch storage of Garmin Venu 3.
  • You can also download music streaming apps like Spotify and Deezer using the Connect IQ store.
  • With a premium subscription to Spotify, you can download music on the smartwatch for offline listening.

GPS support

Garmin smartwatches have built a reputation around offering reliable and accurate GPS connectivity. Garmin Venu 3 can support GPS, GLONASS, and GALILEO satellite networks.

GALILEO is the satellite network that is owned and managed by the European Space Agency (ESA). The Galileo satellite network offers better GPS coverage and accuracy within Europe.

Fitbit Sense 2 can only support GPS and GLONASS satellite systems. It misses the GALILEO satellite network support.

Garmin Venu 3 promises better GPS coverage throughout Europe with its Galileo network support.

You will find that the GPS performance and accuracy of a Garmin Venu 3 are more dependable, and accurate than that of Fitbit Sense 2.

Fitbit Sense 2


Garmin Venu 3 offers a longer battery backup than Fitbit Sense 2.

A Fitbit Sense 2 comes with 6 days of battery backup. The battery will drain faster while using GPS services. For practical considerations, you can consider a battery backup of less than 1 day while using the GPS networks.

Garmin Venu 3 offers up to 14 days of battery backup in the smartwatch mode. A detailed list of watch modes and the battery backup offered by Garmin Venu 3 is shared below.

Watch modeGarmin Venu 3
Smartwatch modeUp to 14 days
GPS-Only GNSS modeUp to 26 hours
All-Systems GNSS modeUp to 20 hours
All-Systems GNSS mode with musicUp to 11 hours
Battery Saver modeUp to 26 days

Another strong point of the Garmin Venu 3 is the presence of ‘Battery Saver Mode’. Battery Saver mode offers up to 26 days of battery backup. It, basically, allows you to use the Venu 3 at extremely low power settings.


Fitbit Sense 2 lacks a sensor for the compass. All other core sensors are available on Fitbit Sense 2 and Garmin Venu 3.

SensorsGarmin Venu 3Fitbit Sense 2
Barometric altimeterYesYes
Skin temperature readingsYesYes
Heart rate sensorGarmin Elevate Heart SensorOptical Heart Sensor
Blood Oxygenation sensorYesYes
NFC ReceiverYesYes


Garmin Venu 3 has been launched at a list price of $449.99. Fitbit Sense 2 comes for a list price of $299.99.

Final verdict

For an additional $150 spent on Garmin Venu 3, you are getting the following benefits:

  • Sturdier watch
  • Better GPS performance
  • Longer battery backup
  • Wi-Fi and ANT+ wireless connectivity
  • Well designed in-built programs for running, outdoor recreation, swimming, cycling, and training.
  • Steel bezel

The biggest positive of Fitbit Sense 2 is the support for the Fitbit ECG app. Fitbit Sense 2 does offer a comprehensive suite of health features.

We would pick a Venu 3 over the Fitbit Sense 2 inspite of higher costs. We can see that Garmin releases frequent firmware updates for all the watches. Garmin smartwatches are well supported by the company and offer a reasonably longer period of watch ownership.

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