Pixel Watch Hands-On: The Future of Android Watches
The Google pixel watch is coming October 13th and it looks like the most complete and advanced Android smart watch that weve seen in a while. Now I am also thinking about the Samsung Galaxy watch, 4 and 5, which have been part of Samsung and Googles Reinventing of where OS that started last year and Samsungs watch is really fully featured. But some of its features do require you to have a Samsung Galaxy phone. The pixel watch is going for a universal type of clean design and, most importantly, its a partnership with Fitbit which, by the way Google owns Fitbit, has not been on an Android watch before, like its been on the pixel watch. This is part of what will be an ongoing series of products really the future of Fitbit, where the pixel watch at 350 dollars sits at the top end of fitbits product line, but also represents a true smartwatch. Fitbit did have a smart watch that came out just a short while ago, the Versa 4, and also the sense 2.. Its smart watches have had its own apps and watch faces and theyre going to continue on for iOS compatibility as well. The pixel watch is Android. Only and its features are meant to take advantage of the Google Play, Store and Android and a lot of the similar types of features in design its a round watch and it looks really sharp its got. A domed gorilla glass display and it has a stainless steel casing.
The whole look of it is very Sleek next to an Apple Watch series 8., its kind of similarly small and elegant. Looking, I really like the circular look. The one thing is that theres a bit of a bezel around the display, which gets hidden because a lot of the watch faces and the interface have a very minimalist look kind of, like previous Apple watches, that went for mostly black, with colors layered. On top, the look looks really sharp, though the watch strap perhaps look really nice and there are a variety of them. They also attach in a different way they sort of slide on and click its meant to be easier to put on. It took a little a few moments for me to understand it, theres also a haptic response in the digital Crown, which is similar to the Apple watch. You can feel this clicking movement thats very satisfying now as far as features go. This has got all the stuff that youd expect out of a basic premium. Smart watch its got a very accurate sounding heart rate, monitor which Fitbit is boasting pings once a second thats, a much faster ping rate than are on other smart watches and its more equivalent to what you get on an everyday Fitbit. So that heart rate sensor could be worth it on its own. The battery life will be about 24 hours, so it still should last a good chunk of time, but not as long as other Fitbit watches.
It also has ECG, which is something that I didnt expect to see, but ECG will check to see if your atrial fibrillation is out of whack and thats something weve seen on other watches before it also has some features like GPS, a compass eventually itll get updated For blood oxygen and fall detection, what it does not have Fitness wise are some of the more advanced sensors that weve seen on other Fitbit watches. Like the sense, the Fitbit sense 2, has the ability to detect possible stress through uh to checking sweat levels. The different type of sensor – and it also has body temperature, which is something that Apple introduced on the Apple Watch series 8. temperature – is not on this watch, but it looks like the way Fitbit is looking at. This watch is a way to eventually have future sensors. Make it to this over time there are things that you still can take advantage of. In the Fitbit landscape Readiness scores, sleep scores, these types of General Wellness scores will be available on the pixel watch, making it effectively a full Fitbit which is encouraging. Now there is some stuff still with the Google Fit landscape, thats, not really meant for Fitbit. You have these two different Fitness platforms or health platforms. Its still supporting Google fit, but Fitbit is really where you want to be. With this watch and Fitbit premium is a subscription service that costs extra. You can get six months free if you get the pixel watch, which is similar to what other fitbits have, but just keep in mind it.
I think its kind of an essential feature and you will have to pay extra to make the most of that. The pixel watch can be upgraded to 400 for a cellular version. Thats interesting, because theres been no cellular Fitbit before four dollars is not a terrible price. 350 400 basically falls into a premium Smartwatch territory and Falls definitely less expensive of where a lot of the Apple watches climb. Up too, we havent done a full review of this watch yet, but using it for just a few moments here in a demo room uh, it looks really nice. The display looks crisp. The Fitbit interface is very familiar, and the watch faces that I went through were all pretty fun to play with. What else do we think about this? Youre gon na have to wait and see for our full review. The pixel watch does seem like a whole new step forward for Android watches, but also keep in mind that the chipset in this is a Samsung exynos processor, not a tensor processor. The reasons for this we dont know, but at this point thats part of the package deal, we may see further Evolutions in where the pixel watch goes over time. This is only the First Watch in the series, but I think that this could represent for other watchmakers. A way to maybe have a platform to build Fitbit onto other types of watches that have Android capability. We dont know about that yet, but it seems promising.