Google Pixel Watch vs Apple Watch Series 8: The Google Pixel Watch has been in anticipation for a very long time now. It was first a rumor last year, but now a reality this year. Laying our hands on one, we are here to compare it to Apple’s newest Watch Series 8.
Both smartwatches will be going head-to-head and at the end of this post, a verdict and a provision to buy either of them will be provided at the bottom. We’ll try to make this comparison short and straight to the point. Certain areas that’ll address include price, durability, battery life, performance, health and fitness sensors, etc. Let’s get started.
The Apple Watch Series 8 is more expensive. It is priced at $399 for the GPS model, and the LTE/Cellular version is priced at $499. While the Google Pixel Watch is Cheaper. The Pixel Watch starts at $349 for the Bluetooth version, and the LTE/Cellular version is priced at $399.
Release Date and Availability
These two smartwatches are now available for purchase. You can use the box at the bottom of this post to buy either of them. The Apple Watch Series 8 was launched on September 7th, 2022. While the Google Pixel Watch was launched on October 6th, 2022.
Design, Display, and Durability
The design language of these two smartwatches is different. The Google Pixel Watch has a conventional round design. But the Apple Watch Series 8 has a rectangular shape.
And when it comes to the size of the display, the Google Pixel Watch has only one size. It sports 1.2-inch OLED Always On Display with 450 x 450 px resolution and a pixel density of 320 PPI. It’s available in three color options Matte Black, Polished Silver, and Champagne Gold.
While the Apple Watch Series 8 is bigger. And it comes in two options. There’s a 1.69-inch (41mm version) or 1.9-inch (45mm version) with a Super AMOLED touchscreen and an Always-On Display mode. It is available in Graphite, Silver, and Gold colors.
When it comes to durability, the Apple Watch Series 8 is more durable than the Google Pixel Watch. The Apple Watch Series 8 has better screen protection as it comes with “Saphire Glass”. Although both smartwatches are waterproof.
Powering the Apple Watch Series 8 is the latest Apple S8 chipset. Paired with 1GB RAM and 32GB of storage. The S8 Chip comes with Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity, a dual-core CPU, and PowerVR GPU. It’s currently one of the fastest and most efficient chips on any smartwatch right now.
Unfortunately, that can’t be said about the Google Pixel Watch. Which is powered by a chipset of last 4 years- the Exynos 9110. It was first used on Samsung Galaxy Watch as far back as 2018. And is paired with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. Even though it’s a cool chip but it’s not as efficient as the Apple S8 chip.
Health and Fitness Sensors
Aside from the regular fitness and health sensors on both smartwatches, the Apple Watch Series 8 features a new sensor known as “Crash Detection”. The sensor can discern between a front or a side impact, a rear-end clash, or a rollover. Upon detecting a crash, the Watch Series 8 will automatically notify the emergency services and your emergency contacts.
Features available on Google Pixel Watch: heart rate sensor on the bottom and an ECG sensor for more detailed heart readings. And by the way, the Pixel Watch comes with 6 free months of Fitbit Premium and 3 months of YouTube Premium. Google teamed with Fitbit to develop more accurate algorithms for overall health tracking.
Features available on Apple Watch Series 8: High and low heart-rate notifications, Fall Detection, Crash Detection, Irregular rhythm notifications, Temperature sensing, Cycle tracking with retrospective ovulation estimates, Blood Oxygen apps, SpO2, VO2max, and its ECG certification.
Battery and Charging Tech
The battery life on these two smartwatches is not spectacular. According to Apple, the Watch Series 8 was estimated for 18 hours of usage. While Google rated the Pixel Watch for up to 24 hours. This means both smartwatches require daily charging. And they support wireless charging technology.
Google Pixel Watch vs Apple Watch Series 8: ESim Support
Yes! These two wearables support ESim technology. You can make and receive phone calls, you can check and receive information, and download apps independently, and the new product has been adapted to more applications.
Google Pixel Watch vs Apple Watch Series 8: Specs Comparison
|Google Pixel Watch||Apple Watch Series 8|
|Display||1.2-inch AMOLED||1.69-inch (41mm)|
|Processor||Exynos 9110||Apple S8|
|RAM & Storage||2GB RAM + 32GB||1GB RAM + 32GB|
|Price||Starts at $339||Starts at $399|