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Siri is the least attractive part of Garmin’s new Venu 2 Plus smartwatch

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With new voice assistant access, you can get a lot done on your wrist with Garmin's new Venu 2 Plus GPS smartwatch.
With new voice assistant access, you can get a lot done on your wrist with Garmin's new Venu 2 Plus GPS smartwatch.
Photo: Garmin

Fitness tracker company Garmin showed a new version of its Venu 2 Plus GPS smartwatch at CES 2022 — and this one let’s you talk to Apple’s voice-activated assistant, Siri. If you’re into that sort of thing.

Or, if you’re among the many folks who seem to prefer other helpers on their devices, you could talk to Google Assistant or Samsung’s Bixby. Previous Garmin smartwatches didn’t allow that. Plus the Venu 2 Plus works with both iOS and Android devices, Garmin said.

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Garmin Venu 2 Plus smartwatch with GPS

The Garmin Venu 2 Plus tracks many activities and offers smartwatch features, to boot. You get energy monitoring, stress tracking, women’s health features plus a pulse oximeter, among other health-focused functions.

Garmin said users can use their choice of voice assistants to do a lot from their wrist, like send texts, ask questions, control smart home devices and more.

The new smartwatch and tracker also sports safety features, such as incident detection, plus a range of fitness features and preloaded workout types.

The wearable’s smartwatch features include built-in music streaming, smart notifications, plus a watch face and app store.

It’s good looking, too

Design-wise, the Venu 2 Plus sits in a 43mm watch case with stainless steel bezels. Other sizes for the Venu 2 Plus are 40mm and 45mm, but they don’t come with the voice features.

The smartwatch has a Gorilla Glass AMOLED display and its battery life lasts up to nine days, Garmin said.

The Venu 2 Plus, which earned a CES 2022 Innovation Award, retails for $449.99. It’s currently available on Garmin.com. Some models appear to be available on Amazon, too.  It comes in Silver Stainless, Slate Stainless, and Cream Gold colors.

Where to buy: Garmin or Amazon