With companies such as Apple and Samsung already offering smartwatches, it took some time for Google to join the race. But with the release of the Google Pixel Watch on October 13, 2022, the company brought its first wearable to the market. Already quite some time has passed, and the smartwatch from Google has received a mixed bag of reviews. Read the blog to find out the details about the smartwatch and whether you should opt for it in a market with several established smartwatch brands.
Google Pixel Watch Specifications
The first of many from Google, the smartwatch comes with some cool specifications.
Body design: The watch has a minimalist look, a circular face with curved edges, and a digital crown. The dome design of the curved glass front is made of Gorilla Glass 5, and the stainless steel watch case, which is composed of 80% recycled material, blends seamlessly. The watch face comes in a single size of 41 mm, but when compared to other smartwatches of similar size, it seems a bit small. With a weight of 36 g, the watch does not feel too heavy on the wrist and is also water resistant of up to 50 m. The watch body looks like a shiny pebble from a stream and comes in three colors: matte black with an active obsidian band, polished silver with a chalk or charcoal active band, and champagne gold with an active hazel band. The materials of the active band are soft and flexible with high resistance to temperature and are made from fluoroelastomer (fluorocarbon-based synthetic rubber).
Display: With a 1.2-inch AMOLED display, the smartwatch looks cute and sleek at the same time. The deep black color of the watch body looks extremely sharp and vibrant, which makes the UI feel as if it is a part of the hardware. The resolution found in the Google Pixel Watch is 450 x 450 pixels and it has a pixel density of around 320 PPI. Though the display is small compared to other smartwatches, it supports brightness up to 1000 nits (peak). The bezels around the smartwatch are not small, but they are only visible when you view the watch in direct sunlight. Other features of this watch include a sunlight boost, an always-on display, DCI-P3 color spacing with higher contrast and deep colors, and an adaptive brightness feature that makes it perfect for the outdoors.
Performance And Connectivity: The Google Pixel Watch comes with the Exynos 9110 chipset and is supported by the dual-core 1.15 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU. The mesmerizing graphics of the smartwatch are operated by the Mali-T720 GPU. Interestingly, the chipset used is four years old and similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch 3. The haptic motor of the smartwatch is precise and impactful, and it is a delight to use. The Google Pixel Watch has WiFi 802.11 and Bluetooth 5.0, and it supports BDS, GLONASS, GPS, and Galileo.
Software And App: The Google Pixel Watch comes with Wear OS 3.5, which is similar to other Wear OS devices but is more polished and optimized. Gestures on the watch screen, like pulling up for notifications and pulling down for the quick setting panel, work smoothly. Attention to detail has also been given to the transitions and animations, and the UI comes with high customizability. Notifications arrive faster and more precisely, and the voice input works so well that it outperforms many other Wear OS devices.
The smartwatch pairs with the Pixel Watch app and not with the Wear OS app. Though similar to the Wear OS app, with the Pixel Watch app, you can highly customize the watch faces, seamlessly add accounts and wallets, install apps from the watch’s play store, and also manage the eSim. The smartwatch not only easily integrates with the Google Pixel 7 but with any Android smartphone running Android 8.0 or later. Now, it might come as a bit of a blow for Apple users that the Google Pixel Watch is not compatible with the iPhone, which is fairly understandable.
Battery And Health Tracking: Considering other smartwatches on the market, the battery life of the Google Pixel Watch is not exactly attractive. With the 294 mAh battery, the device can last a maximum of up to 24 hours by disabling the always-on display. The smartwatch also does not support wireless charging and comes with a magnetic charger in the box. The default fitness tracking app for the Google Pixel Watch is Fitbit, and the integration is bang on. With a list of 40 activity trackers, the smartwatch also provides the most accurate real-time heart rate monitoring system. Other features like a blood oxygen monitor, altimeter, and compass, among many others, work with spectacular accuracy.
The Google Pixel Watch comes with two price tags: the Bluetooth/WiFi model costs $349.99, while the 4G LTE version costs $399.99. The price is set tactfully to compete with premium brands like Samsung and Apple. It goes without saying that Google is also building an ecosystem like many other premium brands, and the Google Pixel Watch is a brave first attempt in the department of wearables, which you can surely opt for.
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