July 4, 2022

Most Garmin watch designs cater to “serious” athletes, with buttons instead of touchscreens and weeks of battery life in lieu of app support. The Garmin Venu 2 Plus bridges the gap between Garmin and typical lifestyle watches, with a gorgeous touchscreen and better smartphone integration — and a price to match. Still, it’s a Garmin watch, with nowhere close to the utility and third-party support of an Apple Watch. But depending on your priorities, either the Apple Watch Series 7 or Venu 2 Plus could serve your needs very well.

Garmin Venu 2 Plus vs. Apple Watch Series 7: Different priorities

The Apple Watch Series 7

A bunch of apps that Garmin watches can’t use (Image credit: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Divinemercy)

The important thing to remember when comparing the Garmin Venu 2 Plus to the Apple Watch Series 7 is that both companies have a very different focus. Garmin watches will display notifications, process your workout results and health data, and perform other small tasks, but lack the power, storage, and perfect synchronization of an Apple Watch with an iPhone.