. Both of these are fantastic devices, but there are some key differences between them that may make you want to choose one over the other, and i hope this video can help you figure out, which is going to be right for you. I already have in depth reviews of both of these devices, where i went into a lot of detail about how they perform in a sports and fitness capacity and i’ll. Have those videos linked down in the description below this? Video is more about going over the differences between them and i’ll be covering three main areas: what they offered as a smart watch, what they offer for health and fitness features and what you can expect of for battery life. So before we get into the differences in terms of features, let’s quickly go over the hardware for both the apple watch and the venue 2. Both of these come in two size options. So, with the apple watch, you can get either a 40 or 44 millimeter version and the venue 2 comes in either a 40 or 45 millimeter version. I don’t have the 40 millimeter version of the apple watch for a size comparison, so i do apologize for that. But it is nice to see that there’s size options with both of these watches. The venue 2 uses industry standard watch bands, so there’s a huge variety of straps to choose from and the series 6 it uses. Special straps are exclusive to apple watches, but there’s still a huge variety of official as well as third party straps, so you can customize look and feel with either of these watches.
The displays on both of these are gorgeous. You really can’t go wrong with either of them both have always on displayed modes and with both you can also disable the always on display mode to get more battery life. However, the difference in battery life when we turn off the always on display modes on these watches is very different and we’ll go over that when we talk about the battery life here in just one second, the touchscreens on both these devices are very predictable. The animations are all smooth, but i’d have to give a slight advantage to the apple watch here, where things are just a bit more organic and feel slightly more natural. Both of these watches have two buttons, along with the touchscreen, to interact with the device, but the apple watch also has the digital crown, which adds another way of interacting with the watch as a smartwatch. If you own an iphone, the series 6 does have a huge advantage here, because apple makes both the watch as well as the phone, so they’re able to weave in some really tight integration between the two devices like for calls and text messages. Those are just a very natural extension from your phone with the series 6. You have the ability to reply to text messages with pre defined responses. Emojis, you can write on screen and you can even use voice dictation, and you can also take calls on the watch itself using its onboard microphone and speaker and there’s.
Also, a massive amount of apps that you can download through the app store to extend the functionality of your apple watch and we’ll circle. Back to that. When we talk about the fitness capabilities of these watches, oh and before we get into the smartwatch capabilities of the venue 2, if you are finding the information, this video useful, really quick. Just do me a favor and hit that, like button down below it’s, a small little thing that you can do that will help this video and the channel out a lot quite a bit, and i appreciate it for the venue 2. It doesn’t have the tight smartphone integration with an iphone like an apple watch, does and that’s just all due to apple, because they keep the call and text functionality locked down to the apple ecosystem. Garmin definitely wants that functionality it’s, just that apple keeps that sort of stuff exclusive. However, the venue 2 is going to be more flexible when it comes to your smartphone of choice, so you can use the venue 2 with either an android or an iphone, and if you are using it with an android phone, you will be able to reply to Text responses using pre defined responses that you’ll set up in garmin connect. There is one rather large advantage with the apple watch, with the option of getting an lte or cellular model which will allow you to take calls and text messages along with some other functionality, without having to have your phone with you at all and that’s.
Just something. That’S not currently available on the venue. 2., again, apple has been making phones for years, so they do have a big advantage here, but just note that it does require an additional monthly service cost through your cell carrier for listening to music offline as in being able to listen to music without your phone Nearby with the venue 2, you can download music to the watch itself using deezer spotify as well as amazon music, and you can also load in your own purchased tracks with the series 6. If you want to download tracks to the watch itself for completely offline music. Listening you can do so with apple music as well as pandora, but unfortunately you currently can’t do that with spotify. However, with spotify, you actually can stream music from your spotify library if you’re connected through wi, fi or cellular connection, you can also do that through apple music for battery life, with the series six, i was usually getting about a day to day and a half out Of it before i had to charge it, but you can get up to two days out of it. If you tweak some settings, however, i have heard of people that get less than a day with the series 6., with the venue, 2 it’s kind of a whole different story where i was usually getting a week out of it before i had to charge it, however, That was with the stock setting straight out of the box, and that is with the always on display being disabled.
If i enable the always on display on the menu too, it gets up to two days of battery life, which is a little bit more even playing ground with the series six at the one to one and a half days. So the everyday battery life story is kind of interesting here where, with the series 6, if you disable the always on display, you can get more hours out of it, but with the venue two, if you’re not using the always on display, you can get multiple more Days out of it and then for gps recording time with the series six, you can get, i think, six to seven hours of continuous gps recording and with the venue two you can get up to 22 hours out of it. So if you’re planning on doing an activity that’s longer than six to seven hours, the choice is probably pretty clear here: okay, so now let’s go ahead and get into the health and fitness aspects of these two devices. So, on the health and wellness front both have heart rate sensors both have spo2 sensors. Both can do sleep tracking, but with the series 6. It also does have the ability to take an ecg reading for heart rate accuracy we’ll get into that in just a little bit when we talk about fitness and sports accuracy, but for sleep tracking. I think both of these watches do a pretty decent job, but the venue 2 provides just more detail out of the box where it gives you a very comprehensive breakdown of your sleep stages with the series 6.
The information is a lot more basic with the stock leap tracking app, but there are a bunch of third party apps that you can download through the app store which provide a lot more detail for the fitness features of these devices. I’M. First, going to start out with what these devices offer straight out of the box and then i’ll get to how you can extend that functionality with third party apps. The venue 2 comes with a pretty extensive list of workout profiles with everything from the normal stuff. You’D expect like running cycling and gym activities like stairmill and the elliptical and there’s also outdoor recreation activities like skiing snowboarding, as well as paddle boarding. The series 6 also has a huge list of profiles to choose from including a lot of what we just saw with the venue 2.. So for stuff like running and cycling, both the series 6 and the venue 2 provide all the stuff. You’D expect, like heart rate, calories burned as well as distance if you’re riding outdoors and then with running both provide cadence, but with the venue 2. It also provides stride length and then for swimming. Both of these watches also provide quite a bit of data to pour over and they can automatically track your laps as well as automatically track your rest periods in between intervals and both can also track heart rate in the water, but there’s a few more tricks that The venue 2 has up its sleeve so with the series 6.
It does have that huge list of activity profiles, but a lot of these are just different workout names and they just collect the same basic stuff like heart rate and distance, but with the venue, 2 there’s stuff, like the downhill skiing profile and with this profile it Tracks your heart rate and distance, just like the downhill ski profile on the series 6., but the big difference here is how this profile works and what kind of information it delivers. So, with the venue 2, along with your heart rated distance, it also automatically breaks down the time spent in the chairlift, as well as your time going down the ski runs and it breaks all this information down in garmin connect. However, there is one activity profile that the venue 2 does not have, which the series 6 does have and that’s going to be open water swimming now, that’s, the comparison of the fitness functionality and activity profile straight out of the box and the venue 2 does have The upper hand here, however, with the series 6, you can download a ton of apps through the app store which can extend the functionality for the most part. The stock workout app on the series 6 does a good job, but the data that it collects can be more on the basic end of things on the completely opposite end of the scale there’s an app called work outdoors, which provides tons of information, super detailed maps And offers a lot of customization in terms of how the data is displayed on the watch itself, when you’re working out with the stock workout app in the series 6, it does have some customization, where you can change out some of the data fields, but work outdoors Is a whole different story where you’re able to basically do anything.
You want it’s kind of nuts and with the venu tube there’s, also a pretty good amount of customization more than what you can get out of the stock workout app on the series 6. But not quite as much as what you can get from work outdoors, so the venue 2 is the first garmin device to get their latest 4th generation, elevated heart rate sensor, and, as you can see from this indoor bike ride, it was absolutely perfect compared to the External heart rate straps, i was using as references as well as the series 6., so for this workout things were perfect from both devices, but then let’s take a look at some running examples and here’s where we can see some differences, so the top screen shot is From the venue 2 and you can see for the most part, it did well, but it did have this spot right here, where it tracked a little high, but it did get back in line rather quickly and then the bottom screen shot is from the series 6. On a different run, it did better overall for the majority of the run, but there’s this strange thing that happens with heart rate sensors on apple watches, where it takes about a minute for them to kind of wake up and start tracking overall, the heart rate sensors. On both these devices are good sensors, but i have to give a slight edge to the series 6 just because of the results i’ve seen from weight training, which is one of the hardest activities for these type of sensors to track accurately.
So with the venue 2. You can see that for the most part, it follows along the trends, but where there were definitely portions where it wandered off track like here, it had a spike, and then it took about a minute before it tracked the fallen heart rate from there. It did pretty well on these sets and then for the high intensity intervals. At the end, it was a bit slow to react in the sudden changes in heart rate, with the series 6 things look closer, but you may notice that there’s these little flat spots, where the series 6 isn’t collecting any heart rate – and it did also have a Slight spike here, but it did track the high intensity intervals at the end quite well. The difference between these sensors is that, with the series 6, it isn’t necessarily collecting your heart rate. Every single, second and apple is most likely doing this to conserve on energy, with the heart rate sensor, but with the venue 2, it is collecting your heart rate every single second, but at the end of the day, both these sensors are good sensors and you can Rely on either of these, but that was just more of my super geeky analysis on what was going on with these devices and then gps accuracy is also interesting. So on this run, the total distances were all very close to each other, but the series 6 was just a little bit less than the others, nothing drastic, but just a smidge less.
Why well let’s take a close look at the gps tracks, which tells the story so from a high level. Things look good, but when we zoom in especially over here on the lower left hand portion of the map, this shows why the series 6 may have come up a bit shorter than the other devices. Apple watches have a tendency of rounding corners and not being as detailed in the gps accuracy as other devices. The series 6 does seem to perform better than other apple watches when it comes to this, but it’s still just a little bit present for guided workouts and coaching apple has apple fitness plus, which has guided workouts that are put together pretty well and there’s. A pretty large variety of workouts to choose from for lots, different types of activities and the really nice thing about apple fitness plus, is that if you own an ipad or an apple tv, the integration is pretty sweet where you can watch the workout on a larger Screen than just your iphone and your watch links up to it and shows your heart rate in real time, it’s pretty slick, but these workouts are generally just workouts that you do at home and not necessarily coaching programs. If you have specific goals in mind and that’s, where, with the venue 2, it has garmin coach, where you can choose from plans for running and cycling like plans for a 5k, 10k or half marathon and then for cycling, there’s plans for training for specific distances or Disciplines, but outside of those coaching plans, the venue 2 does also offer plenty of workouts to choose from for a variety of different types of activities, but these workouts are done just on the watch itself, and this brings us to the last point i wanted to cover.
In this video and that’s going to be the smartphone app, so with the series 6, you have both the health app as well as the fitness app with the health app. This is where you can view your daily health metrics, like your sleep steps as well as highlights of your workouts, but the strange thing about this here is that you actually can’t click on these to view your workout details, that’s, where you have to hop over to The fitness app and here’s, where you can view all your workout details. Additionally, if you’re using any third party apps to track your workouts, then you could have another app to look at to see that information, but with garmin connect it’s all just built right in where it has everything, and i mean everything all right there. You can view your daily health information, sleep tracking, as well as your workouts, including all the details. So when it comes to these two smart watches, it’s kind of tough because there’s some key differences that may make you want to choose one over the other, and i hope this video explains some of those differences, and i also have another video where i went over. The differences between the series 6 and the garmin fenix 6, which provides a little bit more additional information that you may want to check out, and i tried to cover as much information as possible in this video without this video being an hour long.
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