Revealed at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the Garmin Venu series finally gets a voice functionality feature. Although the watch still sports Garmin’s top-shelf global positioning system and health tracker, it was only a manner of time before the brand would muscle in on the voice functionality field.
When paired with your smartphone, the 43mm-sized watch Venu 2 Plus lets you answer the phone, use voice assistant, and reply to text messages with your voice. While you get that same function with Siri or Bixby, you can only connect a same-brand smartwatch to your corresponding smartphone OS—Apple Watch to iPhone, Galaxy Watch 4 to Samsung smartphone, never the twain shall meet.
The Venu 2 Plus circumvents all that and lets users integrate to any voice assistant, regardless of OS. Once connected, your smartphone’s assistant will let you do whatever. But what’s the advantage of not using your fingers to operate your smartwatch aside from looking like a goon just barking orders to the invisible help? Let’s say if you fall and become incapacitated, you can still verbally tell the Venu 2 Plus to call for an ambulance. Even if you’re struck mute or if you fall hard and wrong, the Venu 2 Plus’s automatic incident detection kicks in and will trigger assistance alerts.
Rocking in three colourways—graphite black, cream gold and powder grey—the Venu 2 Plus’s band and bezel can be mixed and matched to your liking.
The Garmin Venu 2 Plus retails for SGD669 and is available at Lazada, Shopee, Garmin online store and authorised retailers.