Garmin Vivoactive 5 Vs Venu Sq 2

Garmin Vivoactive 5 is the fifth-generation Vivoactive smartwatch. It was released in September 2023. Venu Sq 2 was released last year in September 2022.

Both smartwatches are compelling options under $300. We compare Vivoactive 5 and Venu Sq 2 below in detail.

Main differences

The main differences between the Vivoactive 5 and Venu Sq 2 are shared below:

  • Garmin Vivoactive 5 has a round display and Venu Sq 2 has a square-shaped display.
  • Vivoactive 5 comes with apps for nap detection, meditation, and sleep coaching.
  • Vivoactive 5 also supports a wheelchair mode for tracking the pushes of wheelchair users.
  • Venu Sq 2 lacks Wi-Fi connectivity. It does support ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity. Vivoactive 5 supports ANT+, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi wireless connectivity.
  • Venu Sq 2 lacks music functionality. You will need to use the paired smartphone for music features. Vivoactive 5 offers full music functionality.
  • There are considerable differences in activity profiles supported by Vivoactive 5 and Venu Sq 2 for cycling, swimming, outdoor recreation, and running.
  • Vivoactive 5 is compatible with the Garmin Golf app. Venu Sq 2 supports Golfing features. But, it does not have the Garmin Golf app.

We look at a detailed comparison of Vivoactive 5 and Venu Sq 2 below.

Display specifications

Garmin Vivoactive 5 and Venu Sq 2 have a 3rd generation Corning Gorilla Glass in the display lens.

Vivoactive 5 and Venu Sq 2 have an AMOLED display. Both watches support the Always-on-display mode (AOD mode). It may be pertinent to mention that the Alqays-on-display mode consumes a lot of battery. So, you may want to use it less frequently.

The core display features of Vivoactive 5 and Venu Sq 2 are given below.

Display specificationsGarmin Vivoactive 5Garmin Venu Sq 2
Display lensCorning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display size30 mm or 1.2″36 mm or 1.4″ diagonal
Color displayYesYes
TouchscreenYesYes
Display resolution390 x 390 pixels320 x 360 pixels
Ambient light sensorYesYes
LED FlashlightNoNo

Physical specifications

Most physical attributes or features of Vivoactive 5 and Venu Sq 2 are similar. Both watches have a bezel of anodized aluminum. Both smartwatches have identical internal storage and water resistance ratings.

Vivoactive 5 and Venu Sq 2 lack the sensors for Gyropscope and Barometric altimeter.

We look at the physical specifications of Vivoactive 5 and Venu Sq 2 in a side-by-side comparison table below.

Physical specificationsGarmin Vivoactive 5Garmin Venu Sq 2
Watch size42 mm41 mm
Watch dimensions42.2 x 42.2 x 11.1 mm40.6 x 37.0 x 11.1 mm
Thickness11.1 mm11.1 mm
BezelAnodized aluminumAnodized aluminum
Watch bodyFiber-enforced polymerFiber-enforced polymer
Watch weight36 g38 g
Band size20 mm20 mm
Recommended wrist circumference125-190 mm125-190 mm
GPS GPS, GLONASS, GALILEOGPS, GLONASS, GALILEO
Multi-band GPSNoNo
Water rating5 ATM5 ATM
Swimming profilesPool swimming, Open water swimmingPool swimming
Device storage4 GB4 GB
NFC PaymentsGarmin PayGarmin Pay
Wireless connectivityANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-FiANT+, Bluetooth
AccelerometerYesYes
CompassYesYes
GyroscopeNoNo
Barometric altimeterNoNo
Garmin Pulse Ox SensorYesYes
Garmin Elevate Heart SensorYesYes
ThermometerYes (tempe sensor needed)Yes (tempe sensor needed)
In-built speakerNoYes
In-built microphoneNoYes
Android compatibilityAndroid 7 or higherAndroid 7 or higher
iOS compatibilityiOS 15 or higheriOS 15 or higher

Both, Vivoactive 5 and Venu Sq 2 have a bezel of anodized aluminum.

The water resistance rating of Vivoactive 5 and Venu Sq 2 is 5 ATM or 50 meters underwater depth pressure.

Wireless connectivity

Vivoactive 5 includes support for Bluetooth, ANT+, and Wi-Fi. Venu Sq 2 lacks Wi-Fi connectivity. It only supports ANT+ and Bluetooth wireless connectivity.

Music

A significant difference between Vivoactive 5 and Venu Sq 2 exists in the way both watches handle music functionality.

Venu Sq 2 has very limited music functionality. You can control music on the paired smartphone using a Venu Sq 2. All music content will reside on the smartphone and play through it.

Vivoactive 5 offers full music functionality that includes the following:

  • You can store music for offline listening on the watch storage.
  • You can play and control music on the watch using the watch interface
  • You can control music on the paired smartphone using the Vivoactive 5 smartwatch
  • You can download Connect IQ apps for Spotify and Deezer. With a premium subscription, you can download the playlists for offline listening through the watch.
Garmin Venu Sq 2 in white color

Battery

There is not much difference in the battery backup provided by Vivoactive 5 and Venu Sq 2. A list of different watch modes supported by both watches is mentioned below, along with the backup on each watch mode.

Watch modeGarmin Vivoactive 5Garmin Venu Sq 2
Smartwatch modeUp to 11 days Up to 11 days 
GPS modeUp to 21 hoursUp to 26 hours
All-Systems GNSS modeUp to 17 hoursUp to 20 hours
Battery Saver ModeUp to 21 daysUp to 11 days
All-Systems GNSS mode with musicUp to 8 hours

Activity profiles

There is a difference in activity profiles supported by Vivoactive 5 and Venu Sq 2. The comparison table below lists the different activities supported by both watches.

Activity profilesGarmin Vivoactive 5Garmin Venu Sq 2
SwimmingPool Swimming, Open Water SwimmingPool Swimming
CyclingBiking, Indoor Biking, eBiking, Handcycling, Indoor HandcyclingBiking, Indoor Biking
Outdoor recreationSkiing, Snowboarding, XC Classic Skiing, Snowshoeing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Tennis, Padel, Pickleball, Disc GolfSkiing, Snowboarding, XC Classic Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Disc Golf
Gym Activity profilesStrength, HIIT, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Indoor Rowing, Pilates, Yoga

Wheelchair mode

Vivoactive 5 has a wheelchair mode to help wheelchair users track activities. Wheelchair users can monitor or track pushes. The watch will track your movements as pushes rather than steps, and you’ll have access to wheelchair-based activities and challenges.

You can also alleviate potential pressure sores from your chair by setting weight-shift alerts to help remind you to shift your weight throughout the day.

You can read more about the wheelchair mode in Garmin smartwatches on this page.

Costs

Garmin Venu Sq 2 has a list price of $249.99. You can get discounts from time to time.

Garmin Vivoactive 5 has been launched at a list price of $299.99.

Final verdict

For the extra $50 spent in getting a Vivoactive 5 over Venu Sq 2, you stand to gain the following features:

  • Wi-Fi wireless connectivity (very important)
  • Full music features
  • Wheelchair mode
  • Nap detection, sleep coaching and meditation apps.
  • Garmin Golf app

I would pick a Vivoactive 5 over a Venu Sq 2 for all these reasons. And, do remember that the Vivoactive series is one of the most sold smartwatches of Garmin. To top it all, Vivoactive 5 is a more recent release than the Venu Sq 2.

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