8 Best Smartwatches For Google Pixel Phones (6, 5, 4, 3)

It’s the end of 2021, and Google is yet to release a smartwatch to complement its iconic Pixel Series.

The tech giant bought Fitbit (a popular fitness-focused wearable manufacturer) last year, revealing its interest in the wearable market.

Earlier this year, it teamed up with Samsung to revamp its limping Wear OS (aka Andriod Wear) that further bolstered the perception that Google is very much committed to the idea.

Despite the bold move with the in-house built chip in the new Google Pixel 6 Series, the company didn’t take the chance with a Pixel Watch. However, the recently released Galaxy Watch 4 featuring Wear 3.0 seems like the best replacement, as it gets very close to what users need in a Pixel Watch.

In this post, we will discuss some of the best smartwatches for Google Pixel Phones. These smartwatches will work with the old Pixel 3 Series to the very latest Pixel 5 and 6 Series.

 

8 Best Smartwatches For Google Pixel

We have covered the most up-to-date smartwatches in this roundup. If you own any of the Google Pixel phones listed below, all these watches would work for them.

  • Google Pixel 6 Series: Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
  • Google Pixel 5 Series: Pixel 5
  • Google Pixel 4 Series: Pixel 4, 4XL, 4A 5G
  • Latest Google Pixel 3A Series: Pixel 3A, 3A XL
  • Google Pixel 3 Series: Pixel 3, 3XL

1. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Features and Specs
  • Dimensions: 44mm: 44.4 x 43.3 x 9.8mm, 40mm: 40.4 x 39.3 x 9.8mm
  • Weight:  44mm: 30.3 grams, 40mm: 25.9 grams
  • Colors: 44mm: Black, Green, Silver | 40mm: Black, Pink Gold, Silver
  • Display: AMOLED Display 44mm: 1.36-inch (450 x 450 Pixels) 40mm: 1.19-inch (396 x 396Pixels)
  • Straps: 20mm Silicone Strap
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM, Pool, and open water swimming
  • Contactless Payment: Samsung Pay
  • Voice Assistant: Bixby
  • Companion App: Samsung Wearable
  • Hardware: Processor: Exynos W920 | RAM: 1.5 GB | Storage: 16 GB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic sensor, Ambient light sensor, Samsung BioActive sensor: optical heart rate (PPG), electrocardiogram (ECG), bioelectrical impedance analysis sensor (BIA)
  • Battery Life: 1-3 days

The latest smartwatch by Samsung is one of the best android smartwatches and is available in two sizes and variants. The 40mm GW4 is clearly aimed at women, 44mm at men. The Bluetooth unit is $50 cheaper than the LTE and delivers a slightly better battery performance.

What We Like:

  1. GW4 runs the latest Wear 3.0 but has One UI meshed at the top. The latest software means you get smooth animations, fast navigation, and an overall clean UI. Also, you can now access plenty of third-party apps like Spotify, YouTube Music, Strava, Komoot, and Walkie-Talkie.
  2. It features a super crisp AMOLED display with Samsung’s signature touch bezel. The screen is crisp and vibrant, and clearly visible in all light conditions.
  3. You can stream music, send texts and make calls on the watch. It has got powerful hardware to ensure everything works smoothly.
  4. Health tracking is the best you can get in a smartwatch. From the standard heart rate and sleep monitoring to the advanced ECG and Blood pressure tracking, GW4 tracks a variety of health metrics.

What We Don’t Like:

  1. Some features simply don’t work when the smartwatch is paired with non-Samsung Phones. For instance, the top-of-the-line ECG and Blood pressure monitoring are locked to the Samsung devices. (Samsung promised to unlock them in a firmware update later this year)
  2. The watch lacks the raised bezel as found on the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic and Galaxy Watch 3. So what? it is prone to scratches and damage.
  3. So far, there is no support for Google Assistant and Google Pay. Rather, you will have to rely on Bixby and Samsung Pay.

 

Looking for LTE version? check these 4G smartwatches.

 

2. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Features and Specs
  • Dimensions: 44mm: 44mm x 44mm x 10.9mm, 40mm: 40mm x 40mm x 10.9mm 20mm
  • Weight:  44mm: 42 grams, 40mm: 37g  grams
  • Colors: Black, Silver, Gold Active 2 Aluminum: Rose Gold, Aqua Black, Cloud Silver, Pink Gold
  • Display: 44mm: 1.4-inch Super AMOLED 360 x 360 resolution Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ 40mm: 1.2-inch Super AMOLED 360 x 360 resolution Corning Gorilla Glass DX+
  • Straps: 20mm Silicone Strap
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM, Pool, and open water swimming
  • Contactless Payment: Samsung Pay
  • Voice Assistant: Bixby
  • Companion App: Samsung Wearable
  • Hardware: Processor: Exynos W920 | RAM: 1.5 GB | Storage: 16 GB
  • Sensors: Barometer Gyro HR sensor light sensor Microphone Speaker NFC GPS (GPS/Glonass/Beidou) ECG sensor Accelerometer Ambient light sensor
  • Battery Life: 20-50 hours

Released almost two years ago, Galaxy Watch Active 2 strikes the right balance of smart and health features. There are two sizes available to cater to both men and women, the smaller (40mm) Active 2 is cheaper but compromises battery performance.

What We Like:

  • Active 2 has a sleek, premium design. You get two options in casing material: Aluminium and stainless steel. Of these, the latter is more durable, whereas the former is lightweight.
  • The display is sharp at 360 x 360 px. Like all premium Samsung watches, it delivers a vibrant user interface with great viewing angles. Also, we get the premium touch-enabled bezel for quick navigation.
  • Samsung is a king in connectivity. Again, there are two connectivity options with a slight difference in price. We cast our vote for the LTE variant as it allows you to make calls, send texts and browse the web.
  • You won’t get the smart features like Google Assistant, Google Pay, and Google Maps on the watch, but Bixby and Samsung Pay are great alternatives.
  • As far as the health features are concerned, Active 2 offers everything you get in the Fitbit Sense and Apple Watch Series 6. Like its competition, it can monitor both ECG and blood pressure.
  • The battery performance is great when compared to the current Wear OS watches. It delivers two to three days of battery performance on a single charge.

What We Don’t Like:

  • Tizen OS is a dying platform. As per Samsung’s promise, it will receive the updates for a year and a half and then you would have to upgrade to the latest Wear OS-based Galaxy Watch 4.
  • Despite being a fitness and sports-focused watch, Active 2 fails to deliver on the heart rate and GPS tracking accuracy that we expect from premium watches.
  • The setup process can take a while, and it is pretty annoying. You would have to download multiple apps to configure the watch with your Google Pixel Phone.

 

3. Fitbit Sense

Features and Specs
  • Dimensions: 40.48 x 40.48 x 12.35mm
  • Weight: 48.2 grams 
  • Colors: Carbon/Graphite stainless steel, Lunar White/Soft Gold stainless steel
  • Display: 1.58-inch AMOLED
  • Straps: 20mm Stainless Steel
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM (up to 50m)
  • Contactless Payment: Yes ( Fitbit Pay)
  • Voice Assistant: Google Assistant/ Amazon Alexa
  • Companion App: Fitbit
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Sensors: optical heart rate sensor, multipurpose electrical sensors compatible with ECG app & EDA app Red and infrared sensors for oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitoring, Gyroscope, Altimeter3-axis accelerometer Skin temperature sensor, Ambient light sensor
  • Battery Life: 3-5 days

For health and activity tracking, there is no better option than Fitbit. Even the mighty Apple Watch takes a bow before the prowess of Fitbit Sense. If the ECG tracking is of no use to you, Fitbit Versa 3 is an affordable alternative with almost identical features.

What We Like:

  • Fitbit Sense features a high-end design with a premium metallic casing. With a quick-release silicone strap, it sits comfortably on your wrist.
  • GPS accuracy competes with the likes of Apple and Garmin. In our test, the data comes quite accurate.
  • Fitbit Sense tops the list when it comes to detailed sleep tracking. It tracks different stages (REM, light, and deep sleep), and recommends different steps to improve sleep quality. Other prominent health features include heart rate, stress, ECG, and blood oxygen tracking.
  • There are two voice assistants built into its User Interface: Google Assistant and Alexa. The built-in speaker and mic allow you to pick calls right on the watch.
  • You can store music on the watch via Wi-Fi connection, and even playlists from Pandora and Deezer.
  • Fitbit’s battery performance has always been top-notch. You would get almost 5 days of battery life between charges.

What We Don’t Like:

  • Fitbit’s introduced the inductive buttons on Charge 3, Charge 4, and Fitbit Sense, but the unresponsive nature and inconvenient positioning of the button make most users avoid it for navigation.
  • As Google is now the official owner of Fitbit, we don’t know what would be the future of Fitbit OS.

 

4. Fossil Gen 6

Features and Specs
  • Dimensions: 44 x 42 x 11.5 mm  
  • Weight: N/A 
  • Colors: Gunmetal Stainless Steel, Purple Silicone, Rose Gold-Tone Stainless Steel, Smoke Stainless Steel, Smoke  Gunmetal Stainless Steel, Black Silicone, Brown Leather, Green Camo Grosgrain
  • Display: Size: 1.28-inch 416 x416 Pixels Color AMOLED, Always-on mode
  • Straps: 22mm, Silicone
  • Water Resistance: 3 ATM or upto 30m
  • Companion App: Google Pay, Google Fit
  • NFC Payment: Yes (Google Pay)
  • Voice Assistant: Yes (Google)
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Altimeter, Ambient Light, Compass, Gyroscope, Off-body IR, PPG Heart Rate, SPO2
  • Battery Life: Standard Mode: Up to 1 day | GPS and Music: Approximately 12 Hours | Charging Time: Approximately half an hour to reach 80%.

All Fossil Watches run Wear OS by Google, so you will get almost the same apps on the watch as on your Pixel Phone. Fossil Gen 6 is the latest by the company that keeps the class and quality of a regular Fossil smartwatch along with solid hardware upgrade under the hood.

What We Like:

  1. Fossil Gen 6 has all the perks of Wear OS. Not only that you get access to Google Wearable Suite, but also you have plenty of third-party apps (Uber, Spotify, Telegram) on Google Playstore.
  2. This fashion-focused smartwatch has a premium design. With stainless steel and strap, it looks more like a traditional watch than a smartwatch.
  3. Unlike the previous Fossil watches, this one has all the powerful specs to run Wear OS smoothly. The biggest difference is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 4100+ chip with its 30% increase in performance over its predecessor.
  4. Finally, Blood saturation and sleep tracking have made it to the Fossil Watches.
  5. It offers a decent battery performance of 3 days on a full charge. Plus, there are three different battery modes (daily, extended, and time only) to personalize your usage.
  6. You’ll get the NFC Google Pay option as well.

What We Don’t Like:

  1. It is still running the old Wear OS 2, which as the company confirmed would be upgraded next year.
  2. Fossil demands top dollars for the watch, something in the north of $300. Other watches by Samsung and Mobvoi have much better value at less prices.
  3. Running Google Assistant on the watches can be a terrible experience. Hopefully, the company would upgrade it in the later firmware updates.

 

Looking for smartwatches with Google Pay option? Check these Best Smartwatches with NFC Contactless Payments

 

5. Amazfit GTS 2 Mini

Features and Specs
  • Dimensions: 40.5 x 35.8 x 8.95 mm
  •  Weight: 19.5g (without strap)
  • Colors: Midnight Black, Flamingo Pink, Sage Green, Meteor
  • Display: Size: 1.55-inch, 354 x 306  Pixels, AMOLED, Always-on mode
  • Straps: Material: 20mm, Silicone
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM or up to 50m (Safe for both pool and open-water swims)
  • Companion App: ZEPP
  • NFC Payment: No
  • Voice Assistant: No
  • Sensors: Acceleration sensor, Gyroscope sensor Geomagnetic sensor, Ambient light sensor Vibration Motor, Self-developed BioTrackerTM 2 PPG (support blood-oxygen) biological data sensor
  • Battery Life: Standard Mode: Up to 7 days | GPS and Music: 3-5 days (No Music) | Charging Time: 2 hour

Huami’s great feat with GTS 2 Mini is the value the watch provides at a highly competitive price. At under $100, it offers almost the same health features as the Apple Watch.

What We Like:

  1. GTS 2 Mini is one of the most affordable watches with GPS on-board. There are as many as 90 workout modes including the regulars like Running Cycling, Swimming to some unconventional ones like Dance, Combat Sports, Ball Sports.
  2. The watch has Apple-watch looks. Featuring a crisp 1.55-inch AMOLED screen, it punches way above its weight. The display is crisp and vibrant with responsive touch.
  3. GTS 2 mini keeps the metal and plastic case combo of the original GTS 2.
  4. It matches the GTS 2 and GTS 2e for health and fitness features. Huami packed the same BioTracker health sensor in this watch that is great for continuous heart rate monitoring and blood oxygen tracking.
  5. The 5 ATM water resistance offered on this watch isn’t even offered by premium Fossil watches. You can bathe or swim with GTS 2 mini without the risk of any water-related damage.
  6. GTS 2 mini can make it to 7 to 10 days with medium to heavy usage. Cut these numbers to half if you intend to use the GPS and Always-on mode more often.

What We Don’t Like:

  1. There is no voice assistant on board, and neither does the music storage.
  2. Heart rate tracking during workouts can be a little off. The same goes for GPS tracking. But then, you can’t expect Garmin-level accuracy from a $100 watch.
  3. There is no support for third-party apps or watch faces. Plus, you can’t share fitness data with third-party apps like Strava and Google Fit.

 

6. Ticwatch E3

Features and Specs
  • Dimensions: 44 x 47 x 12.6 mm
  • Weight: 32 grams 
  • Colors: Panther Black
  • Display: Size: 1.3-inch TFT display 
  • Straps: 20mm Silicone Strap
  • Water Resistance: IP68, Pool swimming
  • Contactless Payment: Google Pay
  • Voice Assistant: Google Assistant
  • Companion App: Google Fit
  • Hardware: Processor: Snapdragon 4100 | RAM: 1 GB | Storage: 8 GB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, HD PPG Heart Rate Sensor, SpO2 Sensor, Low Latency Off-Body Sensor
  • Battery Life: 1-3 days

Mobvoi’s like Fossil has long been a trusted partner of Wear OS. Almost all its watches are powered by Andriod Wear, and Ticwatch E3 is no exception. The company has gone big on the hardware without charging the top dollars for it.

What We Like:

  1. Ticwatch E3 packs inside powerful hardware: Snapdragon 4100, 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB storage. We get the same configuration in Ticwatch Pro 3 and Fossil Gen 6, but these watches are way too expensive.
  2. Mobvoi included a speaker and microphone pair, not only for music or phone calls but also for Google Assistant.
  3. Both the third-party apps and the rebuild ones run smoothly. Wear 2.0 is infamous for its occasional glitches but Ticwatch E3 has powerful hardware to take care of it.
  4. Unlike other Wear OS watches, Ticwatch E3 features a full range of health features. The most remarkable is the advanced sleep tracking as even the Apple Watch doesn’t offer more than sleep duration these days.
  5. TicWatch E3 has NFC built-in as you will be able to use the smartwatch for Google Pay when you are out and about.
  6. It delivers a decent 2 days of battery performance with continuous heart rate tracking, always-on display, and other battery-killers enabled. However, on essential mode, the battery performance can be enhanced to a week.

What We Don’t Like:

  1. It lacks the AMOLED display which at this price point is very much possible. If Amazfit can do this with its GTS and  GTR series, so does Mobvoi.
  2. The casing is big and boxier and is quite unsuitable for small wrists.
  3. Mobvoi promised that Ticwatch E3 will get the new Wear OS 3.0 update but not until mid-2022. Until then, you are stuck with the old version.

 

7. Garmin Venu 2

Features and Specs
  • Dimensions: 40.4 x 40.4 x 12.1mm
  • Weight: 38.2 grams
  • Colors: Silver bezel with Granite Blue case, Slate bezel with Black case
  • Display: 1.1 inches,360 x 360 Pixels, AMOLED, Always-on mode
  • Straps: Material:  18 mm fits a wrist of 110-175 mm circumference, Silicone
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM or upto 50m (Safe for both pool and open-water swims)
  • Companion App: Garmin Connect
  • NFC Payment: Yes ( Garmin Pay )
  • Voice Assistant: No
  • Sensors: Garmin Elevate heart rate sensor, GPS, GLONASS Galileo Barometric altimeter Compass Gyroscope Accelerometer Thermometer Ambient light sensor Pulse ox blood oxygen saturation monitor
  • Battery Life: Standard Mode: Up to 11 days, GPS mode + music: Up to 8 hours, Charging Time: 1.5 hours

The latest Venu comes in two sizes, has a crisp AMOLED display, and is a great mid-range smartwatch for athletes. Venu 2 has plenty of smarts under the hood, but it is first and foremost a sports watch.

What We Like:

  1. Despite having an AMOLED display, Venu 2 can deliver almost two weeks of battery performance on the essential mode, a week if you use GPS for 30 minutes in a day.
  2. It has improved on the original Venu with its intuitive interface and responsive touch. The lightweight yet rugged design makes it highly suitable for outdoor activities.
  3. With its latest Elevate sensor, it has an edge over other Garmin when it comes to heart rate and Sleeps data accuracy.
  4. The GPS accuracy is at par with the top-tier Garmin watches, and now there are new sport modes like HIIT, Bouldering, and Golf.
  5. It covers all the essential smarts like music storage, contactless payment, and third-party app support.

What We Don’t Like:

  1. You won’t get any perks of Wear OS as Venu 2 runs Garmin proprietary OS. That means no Google Assistant or Google Maps whatsoever. The company’s own Connect IQ has nothing of importance than a handful of Fitness and Sports Apps.
  2. At around $400, Venu 2 costs almost double the price of Galaxy Watch 4 and don’t offer even half the smart features. Plus, you don’t get a discount if you go for the small Venu 2S.

 

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8. Garmin Forerunner 245 Music

Features and Specs
  • Dimensions: 42.3 x 42.3 x 12.2mm
  •  Weight: 38.5 grams
  • Colors: White, Black, Aqua, Slate Gray, and Berry
  • Display:1.2 inches, 240 x 240 Pixels, Transflective Memory-In-Pixel (MIP)  Straps: Material: 20mm, Silicone 
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM (Safe for both pool and open-water swims)
  • Companion App: Garmin Connect IQ
  • NFC Payment: No
  • Voice Assistant: No
  • Sensors: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Garmin Elevate heart rate sensor, Compass, Accelerometer, Pulse ox
  • Battery Life: Standard Mode: Up to 7 days | GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours GPS mode without music: Up to 24 hours | Charging Time: 2 hours

Forerunner 245 Music offers plenty of GPS-enabled sports modes and is a great alternative to Fitbit if you are into health and sports tracking. However, if it’s only worth the money if you want it to be your running companion.

What We Like:

  1. As the android watches don’t offer solid health and sports tracking, Garmin Forerunner 245 Music fills the void quite well.
  2. The watch is small, slim, and lightweight. You can wear it all day or can sleep with it on your wrist.
  3. You can download playlists from Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer or can load them on the watch via Wi-Fi.
  4. It has preloaded workout modes for Treadmill running, Indoor track running, Trail running. With advanced running metrics and Garmin Coach training, casual runners can step up their game.
  5. There are plenty of health features offered by Garmin. FR245 can accurately track heart rate and has advanced sleep monitoring enabled. You can also monitor stress and blood oxygen on-demand.

What We Don’t Like:

  1. It lacks the fancy touchscreen AMOLED display that we can find even in a cheap $100 Amazfit GTS 2 Mini. Low resolution and small screen can manage only three real-time data fields.
  2. At 42.3mm casing size and 12.2mm thickness, it is a pretty big and boxier watch for small wrists.
  3. The plastic casing feels a little cheap and lacks the aesthetic appeal of a modern smartwatch.

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