Google Pixel Watch 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: Which is Better?

Google recently launched its Pixel Watch 2 in the Pixel series, and they upgraded various features along with functionalities. On the other hand, the Galaxy Watch 5 also has pretty cool functionalities, and it can be a great competitor to the Pixel.

So, if you are deciding to buy either one and are confused about which to choose, don’t worry. I highlighted the key features, specifications, and price, so read more to find out which one fits your needs.

Google Pixel Watch 2 vs. Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: Comparison

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Google Pixel Watch 2
General
Brand Samsung Google
Model Name Watch 5 Pro Pixel Watch 2
Design and Body
Weight 46.5g 31g
Material Titanium Aluminium
Shape Round Round
Display
Type AMOLED AMOLED
Touch Yes Yes
Size 1.4 inches 1.2‚ÄČinches
Resolution 450 x 450 px 240 x 240 px
Features Always-on Display Always-on Display
Connectivity
Bluetooth Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Extra
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
Camera No No
Technical
Compatibility Android, iOS Android, iOS
Multimedia
Music Yes Yes
Battery
Backup Up to 4 days Up to 7 days
Features
Water Resistant Yes Yes
Water Rating 5 ATM 5 ATM
Water Depth 50m 50m
Extra Features Alarm Clock, Stopwatch, Timer, Reminder Alarm Clock, Stopwatch, Timer, Reminder
Price $399 $349

Price

Google Pixel Watch 2

The Pixel Watch 2 retails at $349 for Bluetooth and $399 for the LTE version, and it’s up for pre-order on the company’s website and will be available on October 12. It comes in Polished Silver, Matte Black, and Champagne Gold.

The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro retails at $399 for Bluetooth and $429 for the LTE version, and you can get this via the company’s website or Amazon. It comes in Black and Grey.

Design and Display

Both watches come in a round design, but the materials used to build them are different. The Pixel Watch 2 uses 100% recyclable aluminium, which makes it 10% lighter than its predecessors. On the other hand, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro uses titanium. I like titanium more than aluminium because it is much stronger and more durable from wear and tear.

On the Pixel Watch 2, the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, but it only offers a single size option to choose from, which is 40mm. On the other hand, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro offers sapphire crystal glass for protection and also has a single size available, which is 45mm. Both watches are durable, but the Watch 5 Pro does offer much more durability in both screen protection and build, which is good for more adventurous people who love riding and biking.

The bands on both watches are durable with a sporty look and feel, but the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro offers a d-buckle band, which basically uses a magnet to clasp the band onto the wrist, and you can adjust it according to your wrist size. It weighs 46.5 g, which is heavier than the Pixel Watch 2, which only weighs 31g. So, if you want a less bulky, shorter, and lighter watch, then the Pixel Watch 2 is definitely for you.

The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro features a 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 450 x 450 pixels of screen resolution. Whereas, the Pixel watch features a 1.2-inch AMOLED display with a 240 x 240 pixels screen resolution and 1,000 nits of peak brightness, which is the same as its predecessors. Both watches’ displays are clear and crisp in direct sunlight with no problem.

The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro boasts two navigation buttons in place of a rotating bezel, whereas the Pixel Watch offers a rotating crown, which they also improved, so now it’s smoother and snappier than the Pixel Watch. It also comes with more colour options: Polished Silver, Champagne Gold, and obsidian, while the watch 5 Pro has only two available options: Black Titanium and Grey Titanium.

Health and Fitness Features

In terms of health and fitness features, both watches improved from their previous generations and also offered some new features.

Both watches offer an accelerometer, barometer, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor, and light sensor. Samsung’s also offers a 3-in-1 bioactive sensor (heart rate, SpO2, body composition).

Whereas, the pixel added the new multi-path heart rate sensor, which, according to their claim, is 40% more accurate because they added more LEDs and photodiodes to take readings from multiple angles.

Plus, the new cEDA (continuous electrothermal activity) sensor, which can determine your stress level by the readings of your sweat, Both watches also offer a skin temperature sensor, which is a good addition. Usual features like sleep tracking, counting steps, activity tracking, and more are also available on both of these watches.

Software and Hardware

The Pixel Watch 2 upgraded their processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon W5100, which is much faster than the previous model. Samsung made the Exynos 9110 chipset for the Pixel Watch. On the other hand, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro offers an Exynos W920 processor.

Both watches run on Wear OS 4, meaning either of these watches can run Google apps like Google Maps, YouTube, Google Assistant, and more with ease.

In terms of memory and storage, the Google Pixel Watch 2 takes the lead here with its 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, whereas the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro comes with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

Overall, Google did a pretty good job with its new Pixel Watch 2, with a faster processor and more storage and memory, which will ultimately reflect on the watch’s performance.

Battery Life

The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro offers a massive 590 mAh battery capacity that can last up to 80 hours, which is more than they offer in the Galaxy Watch 4. If you want to extend the battery life to 4 to 5 days, then GPS, Always on Display, and Spo2-like things should need to be turned off.

On the other hand, the Pixel Watch 2 offers a 306 mAh battery capacity, which, according to the company’s claim, can last up to 24 hours with Always on Display, which is also pretty standard compared to the Apple Watch Series 8. But we still don’t know if it’s true or not. In my opinion, it can last that long with the Always on Display turned off, but we’ll see.

Overall, Galaxy did improve the battery life, and Pixel also did a pretty good job, but if you want a smartwatch that can last 4 to 5 days without needing to charge every day, then the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro would be a better choice for you, but again, it will depend on the way you use the watch.

Verdict

The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro does offer a bigger screen, good battery life, and health and fitness features, but it also costs $100 more than the Pixel Watch 2.

So, the Pixel Watch 2 will be a better option for you in every scenario because it’s less expensive while offering the same health and fitness features and more color options to choose from.

But it will also depend on your wrist size because both watches offer a single size option, so if your wrist supports 40mm, the Pixel Watch 2 is for you, and if your wrist is bigger, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is for you.

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