Samsung Galaxy Watch 5/5 Pro vs GARMIN VENU 2/2S & 2 Plus Comparison

The battle for the best smartwatch for Android phones has intensified with the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Series.

Garmin Watches have traditionally been more fitness-focused while Samsung Watches have had more connectivity features and functionality. Over the years, both companies have made significant strides in closing the gap between their offerings.

In an attempt to compete with the dominant players like Apple and Samsung, Garmin added a touchscreen AMOLED display and practical smarts like NFC payment and music streaming to its Venu Series. The latest watch in the lineup is the Venu 2 Plus, which boasts voice assistant support and Bluetooth calling.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Series has been unveiled just recently and it basically takes everything that was good about its predecessor and makes it even better. It has a more robust design, an improved battery life, a new health tracking sensor, and a more refined user interface.

The series has two watches namely the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. The latter is targeted at outdoor enthusiasts and so a more rugged construction,  while the former is for more general users.

Now that you know a bit about both the devices, let’s see how Garmin Venu 2 fares when pitted against Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 in a head-to-head comparison.

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Galaxy Watch 5 vs Garmin Venu 2: General Comparison

Galaxy Watch 5Galaxy Watch 5 ProGarmin Venu 2/2S & 2Plus
Release DateAugust 10, 2022August 10, 2022Garmin Venu 2/2S: April 22, 2021, & Garmin Venu 2 Plus: January 4, 2022
PredecessorGalaxy Watch 4Galaxy Watch 4 ClassicGarmin Venu
CompanySamsungSamsungGarmin
Operating SystemWearOS (One UI)WearOS (One UI)Garmin OS
Compatible SmartphonesAndroid (Works best with Samsung)Android (Works best with Samsung)Android, iOS
Competition Fitbit Sense, Ticwatch Pro 4G, Garmin Venu 2 Garmin Fenix 7, Garmin Instinct 2, Polar Vantage 2Galaxy Watch 4, Fitbit Sense, Fossil Gen 6, Apple Watch 7,
SensorsSamsung BioActive Sensor (Optical Heart Rate + Electrical Heart Signal + Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis), Temperature Sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light SensorSamsung BioActive Sensor (Optical Heart Rate + Electrical Heart Signal + Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis), Temperature Sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light SensorGarmin Elevate heart rate sensor, Barometric altimeter Compass Gyroscope Accelerometer Thermometer Ambient light sensor Pulse ox blood oxygen saturation monitor

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5/5 Pro vs Garmin Venu 2/2S & 2 Plus: Price and Value

Galaxy Watch 5Galaxy Watch 5 ProGarmin Venu 2/2S & 2Plus
Bluetooth/GPS40mm: $279 | 44mm: $299$449$400-$450
LTE40mm: 329 | 44mm: $349$499No LTE Model

Which one is the better value for your money?

To start, let’s take a look at the price. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 starts at $279 for the 40mm Bluetooth model. It goes up to $349 for the larger 44mm version with LTE support. Whereas, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro has only one size (45mm) and has a difference of $50 between its Bluetooth and LTE model.

The Garmin Venu 2 is priced at $399.99 for both the 40mm and 45mm case sizes. However, Garmin Venu 2 Plus is priced a little higher at around $450.

When it comes to price and value, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 has a slight edge over the Garmin Venu 2. You don’t have to take our word for it. Let’s see how these two devices fare when we compare their specs and features.

Winner: Galaxy Watch 5 & 5 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5/5 Pro vs Garmin Venu 2/2S & 2 Plus: Design & Display

Galaxy Watch 5Galaxy Watch 5 ProGarmin Venu 2/2S & 2 Plus
Dimensions40mm: 39.3 x 40.4 x 9.8 mm |44mm: 43.3 x 44.4 x 9.8 mm, 33.5g45.4 x 45.4 x 10.5 mm40mm(2S): 40.4 x 40.4 x 12.1 mm; 43mm(2 Plus): 43.6 x 43.6 x 12.6 mm; 45mm(2): 45.4 x 45.4 x 12.2 mm
Buttons2 Buttons2 Buttons2 Buttons
Weight 40mm: 28.7g | 44mm: 33.5g46.5g40mm(2S): 38.2g; 43mm(2 Plus): 51.0g; 45mm(2): 49.0g
ColorsGraphite, Silver, Sapphire, Pink GoldBlack Titanium, Gray TitaniumVenu 2S: Slate/Graphite, LightGold/LightSand, Silver/MistGrey, Rose Gold/White | Venu 2 Plus: CreamGold/Ivory, Silver/PowderGray, Slate/Black   |  Venu 2: Silver/Granite Blue, Slate/Black
Band Size20mm (M/L)20mm (M/L)40mm(2S): 18mm; 43mm(2 Plus): 20mm ; 45mm(2): 22mm
Casing MaterialAluminumTitanium Venu 2/2S: Fiber-Reinforced Polymer | Venu 2 Plus: Fiber-Reinforced Polymer with stainless-steel rear cover
Strap MaterialSilicone SiliconeSilicone
Screen Size40mm: 1.2 inches (396×396 Pixels) | 44mm: 1.4 inches, Super AMOLED  (450×450 Pixels)1.4 inches,,  40mm(2S): 1.1 inches; 43mm(2 Plus): 1.3 inches; 45mm(2): 1.3 inches
Screen TypeSuper AMOLEDSuper AMOLEDAMOLED optional always-on mode
Screen Resolution40mm: 396×396 Pixels; 44mm: 450×450 Pixels
450×450 Pixels40mm(2S): 360 x 360 pixels; 43mm(2 Plus): 416 x 416 pixels; 45mm(2): 416 x 416 pixels
Screen ProtectionSapphire Crystal GlassSapphire Crystal GlassCorning Gorilla Glass 3
Always-on DisplayYesYesYes
Rotating BezelTouch TouchNo
Waterproofing5 ATM (up to 50m) | Suitable for Shower, Swimming5 ATM (up to 50m) | Suitable for Shower, Swimming5 ATM (up to 50m) | Suitable for Shower, Swimming

In the design department, the differences between the Galaxy Watch 5 and Venu 2 are quite marginal. Both have a similar circular design, lust AMOLED display, and side buttons. You get swappable watch bands with both these wearables.

Watches within Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and 5 Pro series differ in terms of sizes, screen resolution, and color options. The same can be said about Venu 2, Venu 2S, and Venu 2 Plus. The comparison table given above will make things clearer for you.

Apart from the looks, there are a couple of other design-related features that are worth mentioning here. Samsung has featured ‘Sapphire Glass’ on both Galaxy Watch 5 and 5 Pro, whereas the latter also gets a bonus for durability due mainly to its titanium casing.

Galaxy watch 5 and venu 2 design

Sapphire Glass is not uncommon to Garmin watches but it’s only featured in elite watches in Fenix, Tactix, and Swim series.

No Garmin watch in the mid-range segment like Venu has this material. Even the top of the line model, Venu 2 Plus only has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.

Also, Samsung Watches have metallic construction through and through which gives them a premium feel and look. Venu 2 series has both plastic and metal build.

The durability and aesthetic appeal of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series (especially 5 Pro) make them a clear winner in this department.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 vs Garmin Venu 2: Smartwatch Features

Galaxy Watch 5Galaxy Watch 5 ProGarmin Venu 2/2S & 2 Plus
Operating SystemWearOSWearOSGarmin OS
Connectivity OptionsBluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi(802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz), GPS, LTE Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz), GPS, LTE Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, ANT+
ProcessorExynos W920Exynos W920ARM Cortex-M4
RAM1.5GB RAM1.5GB RAM256 MB
Storage16GB16GB7 GB (650 Songs Capacity
Speaker & MicYesYesYes (Only Venu 2 Plus)
Companion AppGalaxy WearableGalaxy WearableGarmin Connect
Contactless Payment (NFC)Samsung+Google PaySamsung+Google PayGarmin Pay
Standalone Calling and TextingYes (LTE model)Yes (LTE model)No
Voice Assistant Bixby, Google Assistant Bixby, Google AssistantPhones’ Voice Assistant (only in Venu 2 Plus)
Timer & AlarmsYesYesYes
Popular AppsStrava, Spotify, Google Maps, Youtube Music, Google Keep, Google Pay, Nike Run ClubStrava, Spotify, Google Maps, Youtube Music, Google Keep, Google Pay, Nike Run ClubStrava, Spotify, Google Maps, Nike Run Club, Google Pay

For years, Samsung and Apple have been leading the way when it comes to smartwatch features.

The Galaxy Watch 5 runs Wear OS powered by Samsung, which gives users access to Google Suite including services like Gmail and Google Maps, and Google Assistant, as well as, thousands of third-party apps on Google Playstore.

Samsung watches can make and receive calls, send texts, stream music (on Spotify & Youtube), browse the internet, and make NFC payments. You don’t need to pair it with your smartphone if you invest in the LTE model.

Galaxy watch 5 and venu 2 smartwatch features

In addition to this, Galaxy Watch 5 and 5 Pro offer seamless integration with Samsung and other Android phones. The support for IoT devices is also better on these watches. For instance, the sleep tracking feature sync with smart bulbs to automatically adjust the light in your room according to your normal sleep schedule.

On the other hand, Venu 2 imitates some of the Samsung watch features including the ability to mirror notifications from a paired phone, store music, and make contactless payments (Via Garmin Pay). Venu 2 Plus has added support for voice assistant but it only works when the phone is connected. The same goes for the calling and texting feature on this premium watch.

We don’t need to dig any further than this to prove the superiority of the Galaxy Watch 5 in this domain.

Winner: Galaxy Watch 5 & 5 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5/5 Pro vs Garmin Venu 2/2S & 2 Plus: Health & Fitness 

Galaxy Watch 5Galaxy Watch 5 ProGarmin Venu 2/2S & 2 Plus
Heart Rate TrackingYes YesYes
Sleep MonitoringYes (Advanced)Yes (Advanced)Yes (Basic)
Stress TrackingYesYesYes
ECG MonitoringYesYesNo
Blood Oxygen Saturation (SpO2) monitoringYesYesYes
Body CompositionYesYesNo
Blood Pressure TrackingYesYesNo
Workouts30+30+75+
Automatic Workout TrackingYesYesYes
GPS TrackingYes +Glonass/Beidou/GalileoYes +Glonass/Beidou/GalileoYes + GLONASS/ GALILEO

Let’s discuss health monitoring first.  Both Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Venu 2 come with support for a range of sensors and features that enable them to track various health metrics. 

These include heart rate sensor, SpO2 sensor, GPS, stress tracking, sleep tracking, breathing exercises, menstrual cycle tracking, and more. Their accuracy is comparable for the most part but some of the features work better on the Garmin  Watch.

Also, a couple of metrics like ECG monitoring, blood pressure tracking, and body composition analysis are exclusive only to Galaxy Watch 5. 

Garmin Venu 2 counters this advantage to some extent by offering advanced tracking features for a variety of sports and activities and a top-notch GPS system. 

The support for on-screen workouts is also better on Venu 2 as it offers more than 20 live animations for different exercises. You can also download custom-made workout programs from the Garmin Connect app and follow them on your watch. 

Garmin takes the raw metrics like heart rate tracking, sleep, and stress data and turns that into actionable insights that can help you improve your overall fitness. We are particularly fond of its body battery, recovery, and VO2 max data. 

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro has made an effort to put a dent in Garmin’s armor by featuring dedicated GPS tools like tracking back and the ability to navigate a downloaded.GPX file (route). However, it remains to be seen how accurate these features are in the real world. 

Winner: Garmin Venu 2/2s or Venu 2 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5/5 Pro vs Garmin Venu 2/2S & 2 Plus: Battery Life & Charging

Galaxy Watch 5Galaxy Watch 5 ProGarmin Venu 2/2S & 2 Plus
Battery Size40mm: 284mAh | 44mm: 410mAh590mAhNot Specified.
Expected Battery PerformanceAlmost 50 hours Almost 80 hours Almost 10-12 days
Fast Charging SupportYesYesNo

One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a smartwatch is battery life. After all, even the most feature-packed watch is useless if it needs to be charged every few hours.

In this respect, Garmin has the upper hand. All the watches in the Venu 2 series offer week-long battery performance in smartwatch mode, irrespective of the fact that they feature the same high-resolution displays as found on high-end Samsung watches.

The Galaxy Watch 5 Series, on the other hand, offers only 3 to 5 days of battery life (depending on the size and model).

However, Samsung has brought some major improvements to the way you can charge the device. The new Galaxy Watch 5 comes with fast charging support.

As per Samsung’s claim, an 8-minute charge should give you 8 hours of sleep tracking, while 30 minutes of charging should give you a full day’s use without any issue.

Garmin Venu 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 5: Ultimate Winner?

If you take pride and value into account, Galaxy Watch 5 wins hands down. It’s more affordable, packs in more features, and has better build quality.

However, if your main focus is on everyday fitness tracking, you should go for Garmin Venu 2/2S or Venu 2 Plus. You won’t have to compromise on useful smart features and will get better accuracy for tracking various health metrics and workout profiles.