The Pixel Watch isn’t getting the credit that it deserves


Tech-tober is in full swing as if it weren’t already obvious with the onslaught of announcements, device launches, and a random Amazon Prime Day part two thrown in the mix. But above all of the noise, there’s something that has left me with a bunch of mixed feelings, and that’s the Pixel Watch.

I was lucky enough to receive the Pixel Watch for Android Central’s review, as this is (to me, at least) one of the biggest product launches in years. As I noted in the review, Google’s wearable platform has been around for years, and we’ve been “left on read” as the development of the Pixel Watch progressed until now.

We’ve definitely been spoiled

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro close-up of default watch face.

(Image credit: Michael Hicks / Android Central)

But if you look around at the different reviews, you could say that the overall feeling is split between being pretty good or not. Pretty much all of those reviews, with the exception of one or two, point to battery life being a “complaint.” I would argue that while battery life could definitely be better, it’s not as bad as others are making it out to be.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at the Apple Watch Series 8. Apple rates its most recent smartwatch to last “just” 18 hours on a single charge. Now, keep in mind, this isn’t a first-generation product, as Apple has been in the wearable game since 2015. Would you believe that the Apple Watch Series 0 and Apple Watch Series 8 are rated for the same amount of battery life? 18 hours. And that’s with being able to control everything from the silicon to the software, and everything in between.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 next to Apple Watch Series 7

(Image credit: Andrew Myrick / Android Central)

Google’s first attempt comes in with a 24-hour rating, offering six more hours of battery, while also being less expensive. But here’s the real problem — we’ve been spoiled. Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 is rated for up to 50 fifty hours, which is crazy enough. The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro? A staggering EIGHTY hours. Of course, these ratings are in perfect condition, going through a series of tests that are finely tuned in order to provide the best results possible, and aren’t exactly achievable.

The Pixel Watch is rated for longer battery life than the most recent Apple Watch, despite being a first-generation wearable.