In-depth analysis and reviews [REVIEW]

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Don't have time to read the entire article? Head over to the Conclusions section to find out what I liked most and least about the Google Pixel Watch 2.

Google presented the first generation of the Pixel Watch last year, but unfortunately this model did not arrive in Spain, which made us want to try it. Fortunately, this year the company decided to bring the Pixel Watch 2 to our country, so we can now enjoy Google's smartwatch.

The Google Pixel Watch 2 features a 41mm circular aluminum body, Qualcomm 5100 chip, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 306mAh battery, OS Wear OS 4.0, health sensors (SpO2, ECG, heart rate and skin temperature), WiFi / Bluetooth connectivity and water resistance.

The Pixel Watch 2 is available for €399 in its WiFi / Bluetooth version (the 4G version with eSIM is not available in Spain). I had the opportunity to use the Pixel Watch 2 for several weeks and here are my impressions.

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  • Design
  • Display
  • Material
  • Connection
  • AppWatch
  • Features
  • Applications
  • Health
  • Price
  • Conclusions
  • Design and construction

    The Google Pixel Watch 2 features a sleek design, which aims to resemble a conventional watch with a circular shaped body. The top half is curved glass, while the side is made from 100% recycled aluminum and features a matte black or polished silver finish.

    The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 which, without being the most advanced protection, should protect it from scratches and shocks.

    The watch has a 1.2″ screen, surrounded by edges that are not particularly narrow. However, since the entire front is black glass, the edges are fairly unnoticeable in everyday use, as the watch interface tends to use black backgrounds.

    The Pixel Watch 2 is not an excessively bulky watch, with a diameter of 41 mm, a height of 12.3 mm and a weight of 31 grams (without strap). Compared to the previous model, the aluminum chassis is lighter and the glass front is thinner.

    While it doesn't bother me when sleeping, some will find it too big to wear to bed and therefore won't take advantage of Google's built-in sleep monitoring feature.

    The watch has two buttons on one side:

    • Rotating crown to easily return to the watch face from any other screen. If you're already there, you can see all installed apps with a single tap, open Google Wallet with a double tap, and restart, turn off, or send an SOS by pressing the button for three seconds. The crown can also be used to scroll through menus vertically if you rotate it with your fingers.
    • Side button to show recent apps if pressed once, to return to the last app if you press twice, and to activate Assistant if you press and hold.

    On the back of the watch there is a new heart rate sensor with numerous light-emitting diodes and photodiodes that measure the pulse signal at different angles and in different positions.

    The Pixel Watch 2 comes with a small and large sports band, so you can choose the one that best fits your wrist. The strap is made of fluoroelastomer with a polished coating. Additionally, Google has a wide selection of bracelets that you can purchase.

    Another feature of the Pixel Watch 2 is that it features 5ATM/IP68 water resistance, which means you can use it for swimming since it can withstand dives up to 50 meters. However, this type of device is not suitable for scuba diving or aquatic activities that take place under high pressure.

    Screen

    The Google Pixel Watch 2 has a circular AMOLED screen with a diameter of 1.2″. The panel has a resolution of 450×450 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 320 ppi, and covers the DCI P3 color space (although I don't really think anyone cares about having a gamut of colors as wide on the screen of a watch).

    The matrix of the AMOLED screen is of the PenTile type, which means that the subpixels are not arranged conventionally according to the RGB principle, but according to a geometric pattern of different sizes. Although this means that the effective resolution is lower, in practice this is barely noticeable thanks to the distance at which we usually look at the watch.

    The screen is very sharp, with pixels indistinguishable to the naked eye unless you look very closely, and viewing angles wide enough to see the watch from extreme angles, which is essential for a watch .

    One of the advantages of the Pixel Watch 2 is that it has an Always On Display mode which allows you to keep the face visible at all times, with reduced brightness, while you are wearing the watch. Additionally, the screen not only displays black and white images, but also uses color.

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    The Pixel Watch 2 has a built-in brightness sensor under the screen, making it impossible to see with the naked eye.

    The maximum screen brightness reaches 1,000 nits, which, while lower than the Apple Watch Series 9 or Samsung Galaxy Watch6 Classic, is reasonably high for outdoor use. You may miss a little more brightness if you are in direct sunlight.

    The image quality is good and in line with what we expect from AMOLED screens: deep blacks, high contrast and vibrant colors.

    The watch automatically recognizes the gesture of turning the wrist to fully turn on the screen. This gesture works well, although the screen accidentally turns on from time to time. It is also possible to light up the screen by tapping on it by activating this other gesture.

    If we go to the cinema or another place where we do not want to be interrupted by the watch, we can activate the Cinema Room mode which deactivates the screen, its alarm clock management and its alerts. The same goes when we fall asleep we can activate Sleep mode so that the screen does not vibrate and wake us up with the light of the screen.

    Processor, storage, connectivity and battery

    The Pixel Watch 2 is equipped with a Qualcomm 5100 processor with Cortex M33 coprocessor. No details have been communicated about this chip, so we have no information on its hardware characteristics. It comes with 32GB of eMMC storage for apps and offline content, as well as 2GB of RAM.

    The performance of the watch is excellent. I didn't notice any lag when moving around the interface. When opening some apps, you have to wait about a second before you can use them, but this is the same for smartphones, so you shouldn't worry about that.

    The Pixel Watch 2 is GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou/Galileo compatible, so we can use the watch to go running and track our routes without needing to carry a smartphone. Besides, it also supports map navigation through Google Maps, so we can reach our destination with the help of the watch.

    The watch connects to the phone normally via Bluetooth 5.0 and has 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi connectivity, so it can work even when the watch is out of Bluetooth range of the phone. It also has an NFC antenna to facilitate mobile payments.

    In some regions, you can get a variant with LTE (4G) cellular connectivity using an eSIM (virtual SIM) card. However, in Spain the Pixel Watch 2 does not come with this option.

    The Pixel Watch 2 has a 306mAh battery, which is a pretty respectable amount for its screen size. According to Google, this battery provides up to 24 hours of typical use with the Always On Display enabled.

    In my daily use, the Pixel Watch 2 lasted a little over 24 full hours on a single charge with the Always On Display enabled, the heart rate sensor active, and tracking sleep cycles and oxygen saturation. blood during the night.

    My lifestyle isn't very active, so by logging workouts and using GPS, I would expect shorter battery life.

    When the watch is inactive, it consumes very little energy, but when the screen lights up, the body vibrates or the watch receives notifications, consumption increases. If you want to increase battery life, I recommend turning off the power-consuming Always On Display.

    The Pixel Watch 2 has a power saving mode to extend the watch's battery life when it's about to run out. This mode disables the always-on display and tilt-wake function, but all other functions appear unaffected.

    Charging is done by magnetic contacts, with a base that attaches to the back. It's important to note that the base can only be attached one way, with the circular crown being on the same side as the cable, so if you put it upside down the magnets won't attract each other and you have to return it. It is a bit embarrassing.

    The charging process goes from 0 to 100% in just under an hour, with a pretty strange charging progression, as you can see in this photo.

    Note: I assumed that when I reached 99% charge it was already fully charged, because my watch stops for about 20 minutes to go from 99 to 100%, which doesn't make much sense and is misleading.

    Connecting the watch to the smartphone

    The Pixel Watch 2 can receive notifications in two different ways: via a Bluetooth connection to your mobile phone or via a direct WiFi connection to the internet.

    The most common (and least battery-intensive) way to use the Pixel Watch 2 is to pair it via Bluetooth with your Android mobile phone. The mobile phone sends notifications to the watch, and the two devices must be close, at a distance of a few meters, like any Bluetooth connection.

    The second connection method is WiFi and in this case the watch may be in a different location from the phone. To do this, the phone must have an active connection to the internet via WiFi.

    When this option is enabled, the watch can still use apps that require a connection, such as Gmail, Google Maps or WhatsApp. However, you will not receive notifications.

    Pixel Watch 2 is compatible with most smartphones running Android 9 or later. It is not compatible with the iPhone, although this is not a big loss because, in my opinion, iPhone users have the Apple Watch as their best ally. It's also not compatible with phones without Google services, which won't surprise anyone given that it's a Google Watch.

    Watch the app

    All watch settings can be configured via the Watch app, which must be downloaded to the cell phone from the Play Store if not pre-installed.

    The Watch app allows us to pair our phone with the Pixel Watch 2 via Bluetooth. It also offers several options for applications and settings, as we will see later. In my case, I tested the Pixel Watch 2 with a Pixel 8 Pro, so the setup process was very simple.

    Since Google bought Fitbit, all health information is managed by this app, which we must link to our device.

    One of the things one can do with the Pixel Watch app is select watch faces.

    The app offers dozens of pre-made watch faces organized into categories such as Analog, Classic, Utility, Concentric, Photos and even a Bitmoji watch face that displays your avatar created with the app in different poses every time you unlock the watch.

    Some watch faces can be customized to change the background, design, style and complications that appear on the screen.

    Complication data is obtained through the watch's native APIs and includes information such as battery level, next calendar event, daily activity, heart rate, stress level, alarm, Google Wallet, an app shortcut, etc. However, not all watch faces support all complications.

    If the available watch faces don't suit you, you can download other watch faces from the Play Store for an additional fee.

    From the application we can manage the cards that are displayed when scrolling horizontally. Google has a good selection of the Fitibit app, Calendar, Assistant, Weather, Maps, YouTube Music, Contctos, Clock, Keep (notes). Third-party apps, like WhatsApp, may also offer their own cards (in this case, Contacts and Voicemail).

    It is also possible to select the applications whose notifications will be displayed on the watch. In addition, from the Watch application it is possible to configure several options such as displaying a notification bubble for unread items, automatically opening media controls, adjusting the screen timeout , adjusting the font size, activating the “screen on” or “tap to turn on” gesture, activating the emergency gesture (quickly pressing the crown 5 times or more), triggering of the countdown alarm and the adjustment of the orientation of the watch (wrist and side on which the crown is positioned).

    Wear OS 4

    The Pixel Watch 2 runs Wear OS 4, the latest version of Google's operating system for smartwatches. This is the same software that powers the latest Samsung Galaxy Watch6, since it was developed in collaboration between the two companies.

    Wear OS 4 offers a smoother experience and faster, more intuitive navigation than the previous version. Notifications show preview images and GIFs, and let you start a call or message or get directions with a single tap on the notifications screen.

    The new version also offers improved accessibility and customization, with features like bold text and better speech-to-text conversion. And if you change phones or watches, you can use Watch Transfer to pair it with a new phone, or Backup & Restore to transfer data and settings from your previous Pixel Watch.

    By default, when you turn on the watch, it displays the selected watch face. If you press it for a few seconds, you can select any other watch face and customize it. The watch can memorize a number of watch faces, so it's easy to switch between them.

    Watch dial

    During normal watch use, when a notification arrives, the phone vibrates and the screen turns on to display information about the notification. By scrolling down, we can read the entire notification and, at the bottom, we have the option to delete it or open it on the phone.

    If we delete a notification on the watch, it will also disappear on the phone. During normal watch use, if you swipe up on the watch face, you can access a view of notifications that you haven't yet read.

    The watch allows you to interact with certain notifications. For example, if we receive a WhatsApp message, we can read it, even if it contains an image, and respond to it from the watch itself using predefined responses, dictation or the built-in keyboard – this is pretty small, but it does the job for something quick.

    WhatsApp

    Likewise, if we receive a message from Gmail, we can archive it, delete it or even reply to it from the watch itself with predefined replies and emojis, or write a new reply using the keyboard or voice dictation.

    GMail

    By sliding the main screen to the left, you access the maps. We can select one of the following cards:

    • Assistant
    • Calendar
      • Upcoming tasks
      • Next event
    • Contacts
    • Fitbit
      • Body reactions
      • Exercise at a glance
      • Daily heart rate
      • Last activity
      • Primary objective
      • Dream
      • Quick start and ECG
    • Time :
      • Weather
      • Weather forecast
    • Keep (notes):
    • Cards:
    • Clock :
      • Next alarm
      • Timer
    • Time
      • Forecasts
      • Solar map
      • UV Index
    • YouTube Music:
    • WhatsApp

    If we slide the screen up and down on the home screen we access the quick panel where we can find shortcuts to some settings such as:

    • Welcome
    • Enable touch lock
    • Torch
    • Google Wallet
    • Airplane mode
    • Ringing the phone
    • Brightness
    • Standby
    • Do not disturb mode
    • Kitchen Fashion
    • Energy saving mode
    • Settings
    • Sound / Mute

    Additionally, we can see the remaining battery level and if there is an active connection to the phone or a WiFi network.

    The Pixel Watch 2 is also useful for not missing calls. If a call comes in, the watch vibrates and the name of the person calling is displayed on the screen. From the watch itself, one can take the call using the built-in speaker/microphone or a Bluetooth headset.

    Applications

    By pressing the circular crown, you can access all the applications installed on the watch:

    • Settings
    • Alarm
    • Assistant
    • Find my phone
    • Calendar
    • Camera
    • Contacts
    • Media controls
    • Stopwatch
    • Fitbit ECG
    • Fitbit exercise
    • EMERGENCIES
    • Easy to read
    • Fitbit today
    • Fitbit Relax
    • Google Wallet
    • Welcome
    • Keep (notes)
    • Lantern
    • Cards
    • Messages
    • Play store
    • Phone
    • Stopwatch
    • Time
    • WhatsApp
    • YouTube Music

    The built-in assistant allows you to request information and give commands to the watch in English, by voice. It can be activated by saying “OK Google” or by holding down the side button.

    Besides the pre-installed apps, new apps can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, using the watch itself.

    If you're used to carrying cards on your phone or paying with your device using Google Wallet, you'll be happy to know that the watch supports mobile payments, allowing you to pay in simply bring your watch closer to the payment terminal.

    One of the downsides of supporting payments from the watch is that it requires entering a PIN or pattern to unlock the watch, which you have to enter every time you put the watch on your wrist. The interface for entering the PIN code or pattern is not very convenient due to the small size of the watch. Other watches, like the Apple Watch, let you skip this step by unlocking the phone with the watch on your wrist.

    The Pixel Watch 2 comes with Google Maps, which displays on-screen directions to your destination, and even the full map (not just the directional arrows).

    It's possible to use the watch to control music playback on your phone, as well as songs stored locally on your watch if, for example, you go for a run and leave your phone at home.

    If you are a Spotify user, you will be happy to know that the Spotify app is available on the Pixel Watch 2 and allows you to listen to music offline, provided you have a premium account.

    The main problem with Wear OS is app availability. Many developers don't create apps for Wear OS or “kill” them after a while, as happened with Telegram, which is no longer available in the Play Store.

    Health functions

    On the back of the watch is a new heart rate sensor designed to improve signal quality. During training, many LEDs and photodiodes are used to measure the pulse signal at different angles and in different positions, resulting in multiple independent estimates of the signal.

    In addition, Google has evolved the advanced AI heart rate algorithm of the first generation Pixel Watch and evolved it to provide more accurate and reliable measurement, regardless of the intensity of the training.

    As a result, Google says the Pixel Watch 2 delivers Fitbit's most accurate heart rate yet throughout the day, even during intense workouts. With more accurate heart rate tracking, you get better data on key health metrics, from active zone minutes to heart health to body response tracking.

    Additionally, with the addition of Body Response and Skin Temperature sensors, Pixel Watch 2 now has more advanced stress management features.

    Physical activity tracking is one of the strong points of this watch. It is capable of tracking steps and workouts, calories, heart rate, oxygen saturation level, sleep hours, stress level, menstrual health, respiratory rate, heart rate variability. heart rate, skin temperature and resting heart rate.

    Google incorporates a heart rate alert, which helps users learn more about their heart health by detecting abnormally high or low heart rates in the background.

    Additionally, the watch can assess your physical condition to determine your heart rate zone. If you want to achieve a specific heart rate zone, you can set the goal manually. You're then alerted when you reach your target intensity zone during fat loss, cardio, or high-intensity workouts. If you leave the zone, you are also alerted to adapt your effort level.

    When it comes to sleep tracking, the Pixel Watch 2 lets you set a sleep time goal and bed/wake times, as well as receive bedtime reminders to help you wind down. Fitbit offers in-depth analysis of factors that influence sleep, such as total sleep time and time spent in each sleep phase.

    In my testing, the watch was able to detect the time I go to bed and get up pretty accurately. It even detected if I woke up in the middle of the night and stood up for a few minutes.

    If you want to get detailed information about your sleep, you need to sign up for Fitbit Premium????. So you get a breakdown of your sleep with 10 monthly measurements, long-term trends in your sleep compartment, and which animal you identify with in your sleep.

    During sleep, the watch can monitor your blood oxygen levels and notify you of changes. Large and frequent variations may indicate a breathing disorder, especially if you have symptoms such as excessive fatigue, loud snoring, or a feeling of choking during sleep.

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    Fitbit sleep information

    What I miss is a smart alarm clock that adapts the wake-up time to the light sleep phase, so that we wake up less tired.

    The Pixel Watch 2 automatically detects if you have a sudden fall thanks to its accelerometer and waits around 30 seconds for you to show signs of life. Then it vibrates, beeps and asks if you want to call emergency services for help.

    If you don't move, respond, or dismiss the alert, the watch will vibrate, sound an alarm, and wait 60 seconds before calling emergency services with an automatic voice message to inform them that your Pixel Watch 2 has detected a fall. If you have given permission to share your location, it will share it with emergency services.

    Additionally, the Pixel Watch 2 offers more proactive security features such as medical information, emergency alert and security check:

    • Security checks help ensure that someone always knows what you are doing, for example when you take a walk at night or go for a run. To start a check, you select an activity and set a timer for how long you think it will take to get to your destination. You then select up to 15 emergency contacts. If you don't turn off the timer before it reaches zero, your emergency contacts will receive an informational message, including your location on Google Maps.
    • The Medical ID feature allows your watch to display important information such as your allergies, blood type or illnesses you have, or to share this information with emergency services.
    • You can add a medical ID tag to your watch band, so emergency responders know your Pixel Watch 2 has important information they need to see.

    Google added the ability to perform an ECG by touching the crown of the ring for 30 seconds. This on-the-fly ECG is capable of detecting atrial fibrillation (Afib) and displays the measurements in a simple way. It is possible to export the ECG in PDF format if, for example, you want to share it with your doctor.

    Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Watch6 Classic, the Pixel Watch 2 is not able to measure body composition (skeletal muscle, basal metabolic rate, body water and body fat percentage).

    When it comes to workout tracking, Auto Workout mode can display automatic activity start and finish reminders for 7 exercise modes, such as outdoor running and cycling. It records information such as type, duration and calories burned. When you stop exercising, the watch automatically recognizes that you have stopped.

    It is also possible to manually start exercise sessions. For example, if you are going for a run, you can start a running session and, using GPS, the watch will measure the distance covered and the route taken. The watch can give voice feedback while you exercise.

    The watch can constantly monitor your stress levels and, if you need to relax, you can do breathing sessions. The continuous electrodermal activity (cEDA) sensor is able to identify potential signs of stress by combining data from heart rate and heart rate variability as well as skin temperature.

    When the algorithm detects physical indicators of stress or agitation, the body response feature sends an alert notification and prompts you to check how you are feeling at that moment or take action to reduce your level of stress. stress, such as conscious breathing or a mindfulness session.

    The Pixel Watch 2 can measure changes in your temperature because it has a skin temperature sensor. Contrary to what one might think, this sensor is not intended to detect if you have a fever, but uses skin temperature measured while you sleep mainly to predict your menstrual cycle.

    Fitbit offers a wide range of home workout programs, but some workouts require a Fitbit Premium subscription.

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    Exercise program

    As I said, one of the limitations is that some health features – such as your daily recovery level, your sleep profile, a curated library of fitness and wellness content, and detailed information and Personalized information about your health – requires a Fitbit Premium subscription. With the Pixel Watch 2, you get 6 months of Fitbit Premium subscription, but then it costs €8.99 per month.

    Price

    The Pixel Watch 2 is available for €399 in its WiFi / Bluetooth version (the 4G version with eSIM is not available in Spain).

    Direct alternatives with Wear OS 4 are the Galaxy Watch6 and Galaxy Watch6 Classic.

    The Samsung Galaxy Watch6 Classic (from ???? €419) arrives with a 1.3″/1.5″ screen, an Exynos W930 Dual-Core chip, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a 300/425 mAh battery and One UI 5 Watch operating system on Wear OS 4.

    The Samsung Galaxy Watch6 (from ???? €319) has a compact size, as it does not have a rotating bezel. For the rest, it has the same sensors and functionalities as the Classic.

    Conclusions

    The Pixel Watch 2 is a sleek-looking watch, built from aluminum with matte black or polished silver sides, housing a rounded circular display protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The bezels of the display aren't particularly thin, but the use of black backgrounds makes them quite imperceptible in everyday life.

    On one side, a crown and a side button are integrated into the case. The crown is rotatable, allowing you to easily scroll the interface when scrolling vertically.

    The watch is not excessively bulky or heavy, and comes in a single 41mm size. Its body is 12.3 mm thick and weighs 31 grams. Google has included a fluoroelastomer strap that comes in two sizes and is easy to adjust. Google also sells a number of additional bands in case you want to change your look.

    The Pixel Watch 2 is fully sealed and offers 5 ATM water resistance, so we can use it for our swimming sessions (but not diving).

    The Pixel Watch 2's screen is very competent, with a peak brightness of 1,000 nits according to the company, ensuring reasonable visibility outdoors (although some rivals offering greater brightness are more attractive in the sun). The AMOLED panel offers deep blacks, vivid colors, wide viewing angles and sufficiently high sharpness (320dpi).

    The screen has a size of 1.2″ and is therefore not particularly large. Google offers the possibility of the screen remaining always on, with a low brightness level and a simplified interface to consume little energy, but displaying relevant information even in color. It also has a light sensor that adapts the screen brightness to the ambient light.

    On the hardware side, the Pixel Watch 2 is equipped with a Qualcomm 5100 chip, the details of which we barely know, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of eMMC storage. This chip is perfectly capable of running the interface and apps smoothly. In daily use, I didn't experience any stuttering or issues with apps closing in the background.

    The watch offers WiFi b/g/n connectivity at 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth 5, but a variant with cellular connectivity is not available in Spain.

    The Pixel Watch 2 has a 306mAh battery that Google says provides up to 24 hours of battery life with Always On Display enabled. In my experience, with Always On Display enabled and almost all health tracking features active, it can last about 1 full day on a charge, which is good but can't compete with health trackers. Activity (with fewer features, mind you) or some other watches.

    Either way, it all depends on how you use the features that consume the most battery: always-on display, fitness and heart rate tracking, notifications, music playback, GPS, etc. Fortunately, it has a built-in power saving mode that helps extend battery life when needed.

    Charging is done via a magnetic base and takes just under an hour. I am not convinced by the charging base, because it is attached by magnetic contacts (not wireless) to the back of the watch and the base cable and the crown must be on the same side, otherwise you have to turn it Upside down.

    The Pixel Watch 2 runs Wear OS 4, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. It is compatible with Android smartphones, but not with the iPhone.

    Google offers a wide range of free and paid watch faces that you can customize with complications so you always have the information that matters most to you at your fingertips.

    Notifications that arrive on your phone appear on the Pixel Watch 2 screen, and in some cases you can interact with them from the watch – for example, you can easily read a WhatsApp message, even with a photo, or archive/delete a Gmail email. It's also possible to respond using voice dictation, canned responses, or the tiny (but functional) on-screen keyboard.

    Google has integrated the Assistant voice assistant, which can be quickly called up by holding down the side button or saying “OK Google”.

    The Pixel Watch 2 comes standard with a number of apps allowing you to make calls from the watch, send text messages, listen to music with YouTube Music (even locally without connecting to the phone), set alarms, make payments with Google Wallet, navigate with Google Maps, etc.

    In addition, it is possible to install other applications from the Play Store, such as Spotify to listen to music even locally without connecting to the phone, Whatsapp to send messages or GMail to access email.

    Google's purchase of Fitbit led to the Pixel Watch 2 using the Fitbit app for all things health. This app uses sensors like heart rate, pedometer, and altimeter to measure a wide range of different exercises, even detecting when you start automatically in some cases.

    It also has a built-in GPS that measures distances and records our routes when we go running without needing to carry our phone on our back.

    Google has integrated a large number of sensors to monitor heart rate, take an ECG, measure blood oxygen saturation level, measure stress level, detect sudden falls, monitor sleep hours and sleep quality, and measure skin temperature.

    It's worth noting, however, that some health features are hidden behind Fitbit Premium's paywall. When purchasing the watch you get 6 months free, but once this period is over you will have to pay €8.99/month to view your daily recovery level, your sleep profile, a library of content on fitness and well-being, as well as detailed and personalized information about your health.

    The Pixel Watch 2 is available for €399 in its WiFi / Bluetooth version (the 4G version with eSIM is not available in Spain).

    In my opinion, the Pixel Watch 2 is a great buy if you're looking for a compact watch with a minimalist design to track your workouts, health, respond to notifications, and use certain apps without taking your phone out of your pocket.

    Strong points :

    • A minimalist design with a circular aluminum case and a curved screen covering the front with Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
    • Circular display (1.2″) with sufficient resolution, reasonable brightness (∼1000 nits), wide viewing angles, deep blacks, vivid colors, and always-on display mode.
    • Rotating crown and side button for convenient navigation in the interface.
    • Smooth interface and applications thanks to powerful hardware: Qualcomm 5100, 2GB RAM and 32GB storage.
    • 2.4 GHz WiFi, Bluetooth 5 and NFC connectivity (allows payment with Google Wallet).
    • Speaker and microphone for making calls with the watch if necessary.
    • Numerous pre-installed applications and interfaces to cover the main needs and possibility of installing others from the Play Store.
    • Good management of notifications on the watch, ability to respond to messages with dictated responses, predefined responses and the integrated keyboard.
    • Health tracking with monitoring of heart rate/ECG, blood oxygen saturation, sleep times and phases, skin temperature, stress and sudden falls.
    • Workout tracking with built-in GPS to measure distances and record routes. Automatic detection of seven training types.
    • Waterproof up to 50 meters.

    Worse :

    • Less robust construction than its competitors, which use steel and sapphire crystal.
    • The magnetic contact charger is less practical than wireless chargers which do not have a “wrong” way to place them.
    • Slightly low battery life which requires recharging it daily.
    • No cellular connectivity option in Spain.

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