Pixel Watch 2 vs Venu 3: Which is a Better Bargain?

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The Pixel Watch 2 is one of the best watches released in 2023, and so also is the Venu 3 – an impressive smartwatch with a remarkable battery life. While the Pixel Watch 2 succeeds the Pixel Watch and comes in a 41mm case size, the Venu 3 is a sequel to Venu 2, and it’s available in 41 and 45mm sizes. These two watches share many features in common which makes it quite difficult to decide which is a better bargain.

The interesting thing here is that both watches have AMOLED displays and onboard music storage. Each of these two also has a speaker and microphone that allows the watch to make and receive calls when connected to your phone (though there is an LTE model of the Pixel Watch 2 that can make and receive calls without a phone). Both watches also feature voice assistants and share many health-tracking features in common.

Google Pixel Watch 2 vs Garmin Venu 3 - Main difference

The main difference between the Pixel Watch 2 and Venu 3 obviously lies in the available sizes, price, storage capacity, battery life and operating system. While the Pixel Watch 2 is available in only 41mm size, the Venu 3 is available in 41 and 45mm sizes. Moreover, while the Pixel Watch 2 has 32GB storage, it’s 8GB on the Venu 3. The Pixel Watch 2 also runs on a richer Wear OS platform that gives you access to more apps while the Venu 3 runs on Garmin’s proprietary platform. Meanwhile, while the Pixel Watch 2 can only muster up to 24 hours of battery life, the Venu 3 will keep you going for up to 10 days.

And looking at the prices, despite running on a richer ecosystem and having bigger storage, the Pixel Watch 2 retails at $350 while the Venu 3 retails at $450.

Personally, as per appearance, I will go with the Venu 3 but when it comes to features, it’s the Pixel Watch 2. In all honestly, in my personal opinion, overall, I think the Pixel Watch 2 is a better watch than the Venu 3. But then, appearance and battery life are major deciding factors for me, and on that note, I will go with the Venu 3. Moreover, the option of size is also a leverage.

Pixel Watch 2 vs Venu 3 Full Specifications Comparison

 
 
Product Info
Google Pixel Watch 2 - Full Smartwatch Specifications, Features and Price

Google Pixel Watch 2 - Full Smartwatch Specifications, Features and Price

Garmin Venu 3 Slate Stainless Steel Bezel 1.4-Inch AMOLED Touchscreen Display Smart Watch with 45mm Black Case and Silicone Band

Garmin Venu 3 Full Smartwatch Specifications, Features and Price

Garmin Venu 3S Slate Stainless Steel Bezel 1.2-Inch AMOLED Touchscreen Display Smart Watch with 41mm Pebble Gray Case and Silicone Band

Garmin Venu 3s Full Smartwatch Specifications, Features and Price

Price $299.99 $449.99 $399.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Pixel Watch 2 (WiFi) Garmin Venu 3 Garmin Venu 3s
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex Unisex, Women
Release date October, 2023 August, 2023 August, 2023
Predecessor Pixel Watch Garmin Venu 2 Garmin Venu 2
Successor
Versions LTE & WiFi
BODY BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 41 x 41 x 12.3 mm 45 x 45 x 12 mm 41 x 41 x 12 mm
Weight 31g (excluding straps) (excluding straps), 30g (excluding straps), 27 grams
Shape Circular Circular Circular
Case material Aluminum Fiber-reinforced polymer Fiber-reinforced polymer
Strap material Fluoroelastomer Silicone Silicone
Bezel material Aluminum Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap size 130-175 mm (small), 165-210 mm (big) 22 mm 18 mm
Interchangeable strap Yes 22 mm, Yes 18mm, Yes
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Champagne-gold case/Hazel band, Matte-black case/Obsidian band, Polished-silver case/Chalk band, Polished-silver case/Charcoal band Black, Whitestone Ivory, Dust rose, French gray, Pebble gray, Sage gray
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.2 inches 1.4 inches 1.2 inches
Display type 1000nit, AMOLED AMOLED AMOLED
Display resolution 450 x 450 454 x 454 pixels 390 x 390 px
Pixel density 320 PPI 326 ppi 326 ppi
Always on Yes Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes Yes
Input type 1 Haptic rotating crown, 1 Physical button, Touchscreen 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 ANT+, Bluetooth ANT+, Bluetooth
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes Yes
GPS BEIDOU, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS, QZSS Galileo, GLONASS, GPS Galileo, GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes Yes
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 2GB RAM
ROM 32GB 8GB 8GB
Memory card slot No No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None None
SIM type None None None
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes Yes
Reply to Notifications - Android only, Yes (preset replies) Android only, Yes (preset replies)
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3 mp3 mp3
Bluetooth music Yes Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes Yes
Microphone Yes Yes Yes
Camera No No No
Radio No No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Sensor(s) Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer, Compass, Electrical sensor (EDA), Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Multipurpose electrical sensors, Skin temperature sensor, Spo2 sensor Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometric altimeter, Compass, Garmin Elevate v4 HR sensor, Spo2 sensor, Thermometer Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometric altimeter, Compass, Garmin Elevate v4 HR sensor, Spo2 sensor, Thermometer
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes Yes Yes
Blood Pressure No No No
Calories Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes
ECG tracking Yes Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes Yes
Floors climbed - Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes Yes
Fall detection Yes Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking Yes Yes
On-screen workout Yes Yes
Sport modes Yes Yes Yes
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery non-removable Lithium-polymer non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity 306mAh
Battery life Up to 24hrs Smartwatch mode: up to 14 days, Battery saver mode: Up to 26 days Smartwatch mode: Up to 10 days, Battery saver mode: Up to 20 days
Charging type USB-C magnetic charger Charging dock Charging dock
Charging time 2-3hrs 30min-1hr 30min-1hr
Solar charging No No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Snapdragon 5100
CPU Quad-core Arm Cortex A53 1.7 GHz
GPU Adreno 702 GPU @ 1Ghz
Operating system Wear OS 4 Proprietary OS Proprietary OS
MISC MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Google Pixel Watch app Garmin Connect Garmin Connect
Compatibility Android OS 8.0+ Android 7.0+, iOS 15.0+ Android 7.0+, iOS 15.0+
Payment system Google Pay Garmin Pay Garmin Pay
Voice command Google Assistant Google Assistant, Bixby, Siri Google Assistant, Bixby, Siri
Find my phone Yes Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Small & large straps, Google Pixel Watch 2 Charger, Manual, Straps, Garmin Venu 3 Charger, Manual, Straps, Garmin Venu 3

Pixel Watch 2 vs Venu 3 Features Review

Prices

Google Pixel Watch 2 vs Garmin Venu 3 prices

The Pixel Watch 2 comes in only 41mm size but comes in two models; LTE and Bluetooth models. While the LTE retails for $399, the Bluetooth model retails for $349. Meanwhile, both the 41 and 45mm sizes of the Venu 3 retails at the same $450.

Design

To start with, let’s take a look at the designs of both watches. You have a Pixel Watch 2 which unlike its predecessor with a stainless steel build has an aluminum frame. On the other hand, the Venu 3 like other Garmin watches has a case made of fiber-polymer with its stainless steel bezel slightly raised above the glass which I think makes it more attractive.

Garmin Venu 3 at a glance
The Venu 3 with its traditional watch appearance is a more attractive watch. Credit: Garmin

Looking at the glasses, the Pixel Watch 2 has a domed-shaped screen made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. In contrast, the Venu 3, has a 2D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which I also think looks more attractive. However, the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 being a higher version offers better drop protection.

Clearly, both watches are durably built. These two are swim-proof, thanks to their 5ATM rating. And when you talk of comfort, each of these is compact and lightweight. However, I personally think the Venu 3 is a finer and more attractive watch.

Display

Both the Pixel Watch 2 and Venu 3 have AMOLED-powered displays, so each of these two offers a very colorful display that’s easy to read. Interaction is also easy on both watches. These two offer touch-sensitive screens, though while Venu 3 has two physical buttons, the Pixel Watch 2 has a rotating button.

Google Pixel Watch 2 vs Garmin Venu 3 display

The 41mm unit of the Venu 3 has the same 1.2 inches display as the Pixel Watch 2 while the 45mm unit has a 1.4 inches display. Again, the option of size gives the Venu 3 an advantage over the Pixel Watch 2.

Health Tracking

In the health tracking department, both watches are well-equipped to track your daily activities. Each of these two will track your heart rate, calories, stress, blood oxygen and skin temperature. Both watches also feature ECG measurement and have inbuilt GPS that allows for outdoor route tracking.

As per accuracy, lots of publications have verged for Garmin, the same can also be said of Fitbit which powers the activity tracking features of Pixel Watches.

So in terms of health tracking features, I think there is no winner.

Music Storage

Onboard music storage is possible with both watches, though while the Pixel Watch 2 is equipped with 32GB, the Venu 3 has a meagre 8GB. Both watches will allow you to add your personal music to the watch, and the available music streaming services on the Venu 3 include Spotify, Deezer and Amazon Music. Meanwhile, you will find Spotify, YouTube Music and Deezer apps as some of the best music streaming apps on Playstore.

Making and Receiving Calls

Garmin first introduced the ability to make and receive calls to the Venu 2 Plus, and that’s also possible with the Venu 3. Like the Pixel Watch 2, when connected to your phone, the Venu 3 can make and receive calls. Though the Pixel Watch 2 LTE model can make and receive calls without connecting to your phone.

As a result of the presence of a microphone, both watches feature voice assistants. You get Google Assistant on the Pixel Watch 2 while Venu 3 features Siri, Bixby and Alexa voice assistants.

Battery Life

Pixel Watch 2 vs Venu 3 battery life

Battery life is a major deciding factor for smartwatch lovers, and this is one area where the Pixel Watch 2 falls short. While the 41mm unit of the Venu 3 boasts up to 10 days of battery life, it’s up to 14 days with the 45mm unit. On the other hand, you will need to charge the Pixel Watch 2 daily as it only boasts up to 24 hours of battery life.

Conclusion

From all indications, both the Pixel Watch 2 and Venu 3 stand out in their respective ways. Each of these two boasts a sturdy design, awesome display and loads of health tracking features. However, the Pixel Watch 2 is $100 cheaper has a bigger storage and runs on a richer Wear OS platform. On the other hand, the Venu 3 boasts a far longer battery life and it gives you the option to choose your preferred size.
In all, it boils down to what interests you more.