Google’s Pixel Watch 2, released in October, is already receiving a notable price cut. The WiFi model is currently available on Amazon for $300, representing a 14 percent discount (a $50 reduction) from the original list price. For those seeking the LTE model, it is also discounted to $350, offering a 13 percent price reduction from the standard price.
The Pixel Watch 2 boasts an extended battery life, lasting a full 24 hours between charges even when utilizing the always-on display, a notable improvement over its predecessor, which struggled to last a full day. Google has intensified its integration with Fitbit, introducing a new multi-path heart rate sensor that utilizes both photodiodes and LEDs to provide more accurate pulse estimates. Fitbit’s stress management features leverage various sensors to potentially identify moments of tension throughout your day, suggesting actions like mood logging or guiding breathing and walking sessions.
Enhanced safety features include Safety Check, which can notify friends, family, or emergency services if necessary, and Emergency Sharing allows your designated contacts to track your real-time location. While Fall Detection and Emergency SOS were introduced earlier in the year for the Pixel Watch, they are now standard on the Pixel Watch 2. The watch’s housing is constructed from 100 percent recycled aluminum, and its AMOLED screen is protected by 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Some fitness features, such as workouts and the Daily Readiness Score, are behind Fitbit’s subscription paywall, but the watch comes with six months of the subscription for free.
The primary drawback is the protruding crown, which may pinch the wrist during certain activities. Despite this, the Pixel Watch 2 is a commendable upgrade over the original, offering additional features, reduced weight, and an improved design. Priced at $300, it represents excellent value for a brand-new smartwatch and would be an excellent companion for a Pixel or other Android smartphone.