Finding an affordable and feature-rich smartwatch may seem impossible in today’s market. Still, both Garmin and Apple have committed to offering a solution to this problem! The Apple Watch SE 2 and Garmin Venu SQ 2 are here, and we took the time to find out whether they really are as good as they look – read on for our results.
Understanding Smartwatch Design – Apple Watch SE 2 or Garmin Venu SQ 2
Unsurprisingly, the Apple Watch SE 2 looks exactly like the Apple Watch 5 and 6 and comes in 40mm and 44mm size options. The standard Digital Crown is on the right side, along with a power button that also works to access contactless payments. The back of the watch also has the standard heart rate sensor that Apple Watch owners will easily recognize.
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Interestingly, the back of the Watch SE 2 is colored to match the casing, unlike other models. We like this as it offers a sleeker finish. The strap is made from silicone, and the watch is lightweight and comfortable. Ultimately, this is the watch for you if you want a design that doesn’t differ from expectations.
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The Garmin SQ 2 has an AMOLED display that is clear and easy to read. It’s lightweight and comfy and fits snugly against the wrist. It has navigational buttons that help you access the right feature whenever you need it. The watch comes in various color choices, and the square design gives off the sporty vibes you are looking for.
Getting the Best Battery – Apple Watch SE 2 or Garmin Venu SQ 2
Battery life is a real issue for smartwatch users. Many people make their final choice purely on how often they will need to plug in and how long they will have to wait for the charging to be complete. Apple has been under pressure for a long time to improve the battery life of their watches and has failed to respond as each iteration arrives, until now!
No, the Apple Watch SE 2 battery won’t last for weeks on end, but you may be able to get a couple of days’ use out of it when you aren’t working out. Even better, they now provide a fast charger with the device, meaning you won’t have to wait hours to get yourself back up to full charge.
The Venu SQ 2 also has a better battery and can run easily for 6 days with all the smartwatch features active. However, if you put it on power-saving mode, you can easily achieve up to 11 days of use. Remember that when you put your Venu SQ 2 onto GPS mode, your battery will drain much quicker. So combining the different power modes will result in a battery that should be able to last a few days at a time without being powered back up.
Enjoying a Feature-Rich Experience
Apple Watch SE 2 has some impressive new features, including the all-new crash detection capability that provides you with safety support when you need it the most. You can expect to see the majority of Apple features with the Watch SE 2. Still, a few things are omitted to help drive the price down: no temperature sensors, no Sp02 monitoring, and no ECG. Ultimately, for the low cost, most consumers will be impressed that it is just these three features that are missing.
We love the Garmin Venu SQ 2 as it offers the excellent Garmin fitness features we’ve come to expect. It also has music playback, contactless payments, and several well-being features to help you get the most from life. Garmin has clearly understood that consumers want more than just a running companion from their watches and have delivered a device with loads of health and fitness sensors.
Getting the Most for Your Money
Getting the most for your money is essential to most consumers, and both devices have options that suit your needs. The Apple Watch SE 2 starts at around $249 for the standard model or $299 for the GPS version. The Garmin Venu 2 SQ is priced from $249. These prices make both watches affordable, giving you access to some of the best tech for less than ever!
The Verdict – Apple Watch SE 2 or Garmin Venu SQ 2
Choosing the right watch for you depends on what features are the most important to your needs, as well as the type of phone you use and the sports you enjoy. The Garmin Venu SQ 2 is an excellent choice for those who love running and Android users who need an affordable yet dependable watch.
Ultimately, we think the Apple Watch SE 2 just beats the Garmin Venu SQ 2. It has a huge range of capabilities for a meager price tag. Indeed, it is only really designed for iPhone users. Still, with so many people choosing Apple, there is endless consumer demand for their products. Yes, some key features are missing, but these are well worth compromising on. Especially to get your hands on an Apple device at such a low price. Invest in yours today and be amazed at what you get for your money!
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Last Updated on November 8, 2022
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Thank you! Really informative content – I needed this comparison before purchasing any of the two watches. 🙂