Google Pixel Watch Review
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|Pros||Responsive touch screen, screen quality, charging setup||App-rich library, excellent display quality, great health sensors||Excellent display quality, responsive touch screen, easy charging, great call quality||Excellent battery, nice fitness tracking, large screen||Extended battery option|
|Cons||Small screen, remedial menu, visibility in the dark||Poor battery life, poor charging time, auto-adjust brightness||Lackluster app library||Bulky, poor daytime display||Bulky, little bang for your bug, poor screen quality|
|Bottom Line||The little display and remedial menu left us disappointed with this new product line||This wearable blew us away with its rich app store that puts the smart in smartwatch||An excellent smartwatch with a great screen, communication, health, and smart features||Biggest of the bunch, this product brings a lot of screen space but maybe not the easiest to use||This subpar watch is a poor performer across the board that we wouldn't recommend|
|Rating Categories||Google Pixel Watch||Apple Watch Series 8||Samsung Galaxy Watch 5||Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3||Mobvoi Ticwatch E3|
|Ease of Use (15%)|
|Smart Function (30%)|
|Specs||Google Pixel Watch||Apple Watch Series 8||Samsung Galaxy Watch 5||Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3||Mobvoi Ticwatch E3|
|Water Resistance||5 ATM||5 ATM||5 ATM||IP68 and pool swimming suitable||IP68 and pool swimming suitable|
|NFC (contactless payment)||Google Pay||Apple Pay||Samsung Pay||Google Pay||Google Pay|
|Display||AMOLED with DCI-P3 color||Always-On Retina LTPO OLED||AMOLED||Dual Display LCD over Retina AMOLED||HD 2.5D curved|
|Resolution||450 x 450 pixels||396 x 484 pixels||396 x 396 pixels||454 x 454 pixels||360 x 360 pixels|
Multi purpose electrical
Low Latency Off-Body Sensor
Low Latency Off-Body Sensor
|Processor||Exynos 9110 SoC · Cortex M33 co-processor||S8 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor||Exynos W920 (Dualcore, 5nm)||Qualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™ 4100 Platform and Mobvoi dual processor system||Qualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™ 4100 Platform and Mobvoi dual processor system|
|Available Sizes||41mm||41 mm, 45mm||40mm, 44mm||48mm||47mm|
Our Analysis and Test Results
There is no metric in which the Google Pixel Watch performed poorly. Google's new wearable does a good job of providing a quality smartwatch off the bat. Yet it also did not perform impressively, failing to outperform its competitors.
Our initial round of tests scored and ranked the smart capabilities of the Pixel Watch. We scored this smartwatch based on its app library, communication capabilities, music control, contactless payment (NFC) options, and cellular availability.
If you have any experience with previous WearOS devices, you will find that the Pixel Watch will have a similar app portfolio. Those accustomed to Android will find that all the basic Google applications are already installed on the watch.
Like any other smartwatch, the Google Pixel can text and call. There is nothing remarkable about these features as they perform as intended. We think the call quality could be better as it did not suppress background noise well.
Youtube music, Pandora, and Spotify are available and can be paired to your smartphone. Additionally, there is a free NFC option via Google Pay and LTE for those willing to spend a bit more.
Our next set of tests evaluated the Pixel Watch performance in health tracking capabilities. The criteria for this metric were performance in step counting, heart rate (HR) monitoring, workout activities, safety features, and other health features.
Fitbit powers the Pixel Watch, meaning users have access to superb tracking capabilities. Our step-counting and HR tests were remarkably consistent across our various trials. There are a variety of workout options that measure average HR, calories burnt, and duration.
Purchasing this wearable will automatically give you a complimentary six months of Fitbit Premium. Fitbit Premium gives the user a variety of dieting, workout, and advanced health features that make it work, paying an extra monthly fee. If you are not interested in expanded features, the Pixel Watch has all the basic safety and health features you need.
The kryptonite of a great smartwatch is its battery. No matter how excellent it performs, it may not be worth the hassle when you must constantly charge it. Accordingly, our testers put the Pixel Watch up to task. Measuring its performance in total battery life, quick charge, and total charge time.
For this metric, the Pixel Watch performed well, averaging 32 hours of battery life with a total charge time of 1 hour and 20 minutes. Quick charge is exceptionally fast, clocking 50% charge in 30 minutes.
Ease of Use
For our final metric, we analyzed the Pixel Watch performance in screen responsiveness, crown scroll, charging setup, and water resistance.
Ease of use is where the Pixel Watch shines the best. Every touch input is lightning fast and responsive. If interacting with a touch screen is not your cup of tea, the crown scroll is a great alternative for fast navigation. The charging setup is equally satisfying, utilizing a simple round charging adapter. Lastly, the Pixel Watch meets the standard water resistance requirements, so you can take it in shallow water.
For this next metric, we assessed the display of this wearable based on its screen quality, auto-brightness functionality, and visibility in the light.
The Pixel Watch is equipped with an enhanced 300 PPI AMOLED screen that is protected by a casing of Corning Gorilla Glass. Although not as strong and polished as sapphire glass, this display is as colorful and vibrant as other smartwatches. An emphasis on fine detail makes small characters pop, but the small display may be difficult to read for some. This problem is further compounded by slow auto-brightness and average light visibility.
Should you buy the Google Pixel Watch?
Even though Google is late to the competitive smartwatch market, its newest Google Pixel Watch does not disappoint. This wearable will feel like home for those already acquainted with the WearOS and Fitbit ecosystem. From a competitive lens, there is not much that the Pixel Watch offers that others competitors do not. It may perform well overall, but you can get a better watch for a similar price.
What other Smartwatches should you consider?
The best Android smartwatch in the market is the Samsung Galaxy 5 Watch. You will find that this watch does everything the Pixel Watch can do but slightly better. If you are an iPhone user, try checking the Apple Watch Series 8 as this is the best overall watch on the market.
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