Google Pixel Watch 2 vs. Apple Watch Series 8: Comparison

Google Pixel Watch 2 vs. Apple Watch Series 8 Comparison

Google just released the Pixel Watch 2 at the recent Pixel event, and the watch has a lot of cool features. On the other hand, we have the Apple Watch Series 8, which needs no introduction. Both can perform tasks and have several health features and differences.

If you’re thinking of buying either of these and are confused about which to choose, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve done the heavy work for you here; we’ve highlighted features, price, specifications, and more. So, you can decide which one fits your needs.

Apple Watch Series 8 vs. Pixel Watch 2: Comparison

Specifications Apple Watch Series 8 Google Pixel Watch 2
Brand Apple Google
Model Name Watch Series 8 Pixel Watch 2
Design and Body
Weight 31g 42g
Material Aluminum Aluminium
Shape Round Round
Touch Yes Yes
Size 1.9 inches 1.2‚ÄČinches
Resolution 484 x 396 px 240 x 240 px
Features Always-on Display Always-on Display
Bluetooth Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Sensors Pedometer, Heart Rate Monitor, Calorie Count, Step Count, Sleep Monitor Pedometer, Heart Rate Monitor, SpO2 (Blood Oxygen) Monitor, Blood Pressure Monitor, Calorie Count, Step Count, Sleep Monitor
NFC Yes Yes
Camera No No
Compatibility Android, iOS Android, iOS
Music Yes Yes
Backup Up to 1-2 days Up to 7 days
Water Resistant Yes Yes
Water Rating WR50 5 ATM
Water Depth 50m 50m
Extra Features Alarm Clock, Stopwatch, Timer, Reminder Alarm Clock, Stopwatch, Timer, Reminder
Price $296 $349

Apple Watch Series 8 vs. Pixel Watch 2: Price

The Apple Watch Series 8 retails for $296, and you can buy this watch via Amazon. It comes in midnight, silver, starlight, and red colors. It also has four sizes available for bands to find the best fit for your wrist.

The Google Pixel Watch 2 retails at $349 and is currently up for pre-order on the Pixel Store. It comes in Polished Siver, Matte Black, and Champagne Gold.

Design and display

The Series 8 features a square-screen design, while the Watch 2 features a round-shaped design.

The Watch 2 uses 100% recyclable aluminium, which makes it 10% lighter than its predecessors. On the other hand, the Series 8 also uses an aluminum  case but is available in two sizes: 41mm and 45mm, whereas the Series 2 only has a 41mm option.

The Pixel Watch 2 has a very lightweight design, around 31 g, which is lighter than its predecessors, whereas the Apple Watch 2 weighs around 42.3g for the 41mm and 51.5g for the 45mm. So, if you are a fan of lighter watches, then Watch 2 is for you.

Pixel also improved the haptic crown, which feels smoother now and has a button on the side to access other watch functionalities. The Apple Watch also offers a crown and a side button, so you can easily navigate the UI and functionalities without any difficulties.

The Pixel Watch 2 features a 1.2″ Corning Gorilla Glass 5 320 ppi AMOLED display and 240 x 240 pixels of screen resolution with a peak brightness of 1000 nits, the same as its predecessors.

On the other hand, the Apple Watch 8 features a bigger 1.9″ Retina LTPO OLED 326 ppi display with a 484 x 396 pixels screen resolution and a peak brightness of 1000 nits protected by a Sapphire Crystal Glass. Both watches offer Always On Display (AOD) functionality.

Software and performance

Both watches have different ecosystems, as does the software. With the latest update, Google upgraded the Pixel Watch 2 processor to a Qualcomm Snapdragon W5100 processor, which is faster than the previous Exynos 9110 in the Pixel Watch. It runs on Wear OS 4.0, which adds a bunch of features like the ability to preview images and gifs, directions with just a tap, and so much more. So, performance-wise, the Watch 2 is good; it feels and works faster too.

Whereas, the Apple Watch 8 features an S8 chip, which is not the latest processor. By the way, the Series 9 has an S9 chip. The S8 is the same as the S7, which is the same as the S6 chip, but you can’t complain about the Apple’s performance; it’s working pretty fast, so you don’t have to worry about that. It runs on Watch OS 10, which provides various features like custom workouts and heart rate monitoring throughout the workout, just to name a few. Plus, new features like setting up medications via the health app

Health and Fitness

Pixel Watch LEDs

The Pixel Watch 2 has added more LEDs and photodiodes, which will take more accurate readings of your heart rate from different angles, and Google claimed that it is 40% more accurate than the previous generations. Plus, they added a bunch of other sensors, like the cEDA (continuous electrothermal activity) from the Fitbit Sense 2, which can sense the level of sweat and determine your stress level. Plus, they also added a skin temperature sensor, which helps identify acute body response moments by which the watch will give you suggestions to lower your stress level by walking or doing other activities.

The Apple Watch 8 also offers a skin temperature sensor, which will inform you of sleep and cycle tracking. For sleep deprivation, this sensor will help you identify the factors affecting your sleep through regular tests. For period tracking, the watch can predict your ovulation windows through regular tests. This will even help you identify if you have any conditions. With the help of this, you can cure whatever problem occurs. Do note that to predict cycles, it will take at least a month to calibrate properly, so you need to check more often with experience and details.

Another important thing is that I didn’t mention the usual features like SpO2 monitoring, heart rate tracking, guided breathing, steps, calories, and distance. Both watches provide all the health features you need, so I mentioned that they were added in the update or new to users, so don’t worry about the health features; both watches are known for their health capabilities.

Battery Life

The Apple Watch 8 is known for its low battery life, but they provided a low power mode. What it basically does is disable some of the power-draining features, but you can still use the watch. You can even assign which features to disable, and you can command this turn-off automatically after 1 or 2 days. It does improve battery life by disabling power-consuming features like Always on Display and heart rate monitoring, to name a few. The battery life lasts for about 18 hours under normal usage; with low power mode, it can increase up to 36 hours. The charging is pretty quick too; it takes only 1 hour to charge it fully, and in just 8 minutes of charging, you’ll get 8 hours of sleep. That’s pretty insane, right?

The Pixel Watch 2 upgraded its processor, and along with the performance, it also improved battery life. The watch’s battery can last up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and up to 24 hours with GPS. You don’t get the low power mode option here, but I don’t think you need it because even with the low power mode, Apple’s battery managed to match the Pixel’s battery.


The Apple Watch Series 9 offers various similar features, and its performance is also better. The best thing is that it costs $100 less than the Pixel’s Watch.

But you need to keep in mind that the Google Watch is lighter than Apple’s Watch, the battery also lasts longer, and you also get every feature, so if you want a new watch with all functionalities and you can spend some extra, you can go for the Pixel Watch 2.

If you don’t care about the battery or weight and want to spend less money, then you get every feature the Watch 2 has, so feel free to go for the Apple Watch Series 9.

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