The latest Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro deserve a Pixel Watch as the iPhone comes with Apple Watch each year.
Fans including me are disappointed now more than ever as Google has recently revamped its Wear OS (previously known as Android Wear). Just like the Pixel Phones entered the market to showcase the capability of Android, we need a pixel watch to find the true potential of Wear OS.
Although this post has the 10 best smartwatches for Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, I recommend going with the recently released Galaxy Watch 4 or 4 Classic. It comes packed with the Wear 3.0 inside, with Samsung One UI meshed at the top.
You won’t get the deep hardware and software integration as found in the iPhone and Apple Watch. However, you might get access to a handful of apps in the Google Wearable Suite. (Google Assistant is absent in the GW4)
Other Android watches are mainly running on the old Wear OS, and are not as future-proof as the GW4.
So without further ado, let’s dive in.
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Battery Life: Standard Mode: Up to 9 days | GPS and Music: 3-5 days (No Music) | Charging Time: 2 hours
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Amazfit Bip U Pro is a steal at about $60. Amazfit becomes an obvious preference if you have already spent all your money on the Pixel 6 and have little to spare for a smartwatch.
GPS connectivity and Alexa support are the two highlight features. The plastic casing doesn’t match the premium build of the Google Pixel 6, but the black casing goes well with the Stormy Black color of the smartphone. Moreover, 9 days long battery backup ensures that you don’t have to charge it daily.
The watch lacks an AMOLED display with limited smart features. But, it doesn’t disappoint if all you need is basic fitness and health tracking. From the regular heart rate to advanced Sleep and SpO2 tracking, Bip U Pro has it all. The accuracy is a bit off if compared to a dedicated health watch like Fitbit Sense, but is still passable for casual tracking.
Battery Life: Standard Mode: Up to 7 days | GPS and Music: 3-5 days (No Music) | Charging Time: 2 hours
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No other brand serves better than Huami if you are looking for an affordable smartwatch. Ditching Amazfit Bip U Pro for Amazfit GTS 2 Mini is only worth it if you want an AMOLED watch to match the crisp and bright screen of your pixel 6. At under $100, the watch doesn’t break the bank.
Though both watches don’t offer support for any of Google Wearable Suite, you can export health data to Google Fit and Strava via the companion Zepp App. As they share the same sensors, both watches tend to track almost the same health metrics, but the GTS 2 Mini has more sports profiles (Almost 10).
Although the GTS 2 mini is slightly expensive, it doesn’t offer the same battery life, and ALEXA supports Bip U Pro. The short battery life is understandable due to the presence of an AMOLED display.
The key advantage you have in this watch is access to a host of powerful Google apps. It seamlessly syncs health data with Google Fit, runs the Google Assistant, can make contactless payments via Google Pay, and runs third-party apps on Google Play Store.
Apart from that, you can download and stream music on Spotify and Deezer, sync sports data with Strava, Nike Run Club, and Runkeeper. What do you need more?
As far as health tracking is concerned, E3 has got you covered with basic heart rate to advanced sleep tracking. Compared to the Apple Watch Series 6, the only missing feature is ECG tracking.
There are a few caveats. Ticwatch E3 doesn’t have the mouthwatering AMOLED display and has a quite bland design with a considerable bezel around the screen. Some users have reported the unthoughtful placement of the charging connection.
Battery Life: Standard Mode: Up to 3 days | GPS and Music: 2 days | Charging Time: 2 hours
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Galaxy Watch 4 and 4 Classic were released in August 2021 with the only difference of physical bezel in the latter and different sizing.
Galaxy Watch 4: 40mm and 44mm
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic: 42mm and 44mm
No matter if you have a small or large wrist size, you are well served here. As mentioned earlier, Galaxy Watch 4 is the only one on this roundup that meets the class and functionality of the latest Pixel 6 (read 6 Pro if you prefer the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic). There are LTE variants available at $50 more if you want to call, text, and browse the internet independent of your smartphone.
Despite running Wear 3.0, GW4’s looks and feels like the Tizen OS which the company shelved for its newly forged partnership with Google. Samsung’s own apps like Bixby and Samsung Pay are set as default, and you’ll have to install a suite of Samsung apps on Pixel 6 to make the most out of the watch.
In the future, there might be other apps from the Google ecosystem on Galaxy Watch 4, but you would have to download them from the play store. ( Until now, even the Google Assistant is missing)
Apart from the Google Suite, there are plenty of third-party apps to explore that include Strava, Spotify, LifeSum, Youtube Music, Adidas Running, Komoot, Walkie-Talkie, and more. 16 GB storage is more than enough to download third-party apps and songs for offline listening.
The smarts should not make you skip the health features. Under $300, Samsung is offering advanced health features like ECG tracking and Body Composition monitoring. The regular Heart rate and Sleep tracking also make it to the list.
Lastly, I was somewhat disappointed by the 2-day battery performance and the lack of fast-charging support.
Battery Life: Standard Mode: Up to 7 days | GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours GPS mode without music: Up to 24 hours | Charging Time: 2 hours
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Garmin watches are my personal favorite, and Garmin Forerunner 245 Music is the best crossover of price and performance. As the name suggests, the watch is dedicated to runners with plenty of advanced sports metrics.
As it has NFC-payment support and a solid GPS onboard, you won’t have to take your Pixel 6 when out on a run. Apart from the standard pace, distance, and cadence data, it also offers anaerobic and aerobic training, running dynamics, VO2 Max, heart rate data, and heart rate zone training.
I can’t explain them all here but mark my words, there is no better watch than the Forerunner 245 except for its more expensive siblings.
If you are not into running, there is no point in investing in this watch. The health tracking is the same as in the Galaxy Watch 4 and in fact, the latter is better.
Moreover, the plastic build and chunky design of the watch make it unsuitable to be worn in all settings. The lack of Google and other third-party apps except for Spotify and Amazon Music is another downside.
Dimensions:40 mm: 40.4 x 40.4 x 12.1mm, 45 mm: 45.4 x 45.4 x 12.2mm | Weight:40mm: 38.2 grams, 45mm: 49 grams |Casing Material: Fiber-Reinforced Polymer With Stainless Steel Bezel
Colors: 45 mm: Silver bezel with Granite Blue case, Slate bezel with Black case 40 mm: Slate bezel with Graphite case, Light Gold bezel with Light Sand case, Silver bezel with Mist Grey case, Rose Gold bezel with White case
Battery Life: Standard Mode: 45 mm: Up to 11 days, 40 mm: Up to 10 days | GPS mode + music: 45 mm: Up to 8 hours, 40 mm:Up to 7 hours | Charging Time: 1.5 hours
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With Garmin Venu 2 and 2S, Garmin makes full use of the AMOLED display that it first introduced in the original Venu. The watch offers a clean user interface with impressive animations that cater to the needs of sports enthusiasts who can’t live without essential smarts like contactless payment, music playback, and an animated display.
There are plenty of color options available. No matter if you get your hand on the standard stormy black Pixel 6 or the Cloudy White, Venu 2 has enough color options for you to find the right match.
It has a sporty look and about 25 sports apps pre-installed on the watch. It can track the standard running and cycling to advanced HIIT and bouldering. To help beginners, the watch has animated graphics loaded on the device. You can get more applications and data fields from the Connect IQ Store.
In addition to this, you get the standard perks of a Garmin watch like solid battery performance and GPS tracking.
Battery Life: Standard Mode: Up to 1 days | GPS and Music: Approximately 12 Hours | Charging Time: Approximately half an hour to reach 80%
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Fossil and Mobvoi were the only two brands that stick to the Wear OS through thick and thin. The new Fossil Gen 6: Fashion Focused features the last year released Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus chipset (Found also in Ticwatch E3) and will eventually (in 2022) get the new Wear OS 3. No other Fossil Watch is getting the upgrade, so the only safe option is Fossil Gen 6.
Currently, the watch is running the old Wear 2.3, which is still capable of accessing the full range of Google Apps (Google Fit, Google Assistant, Google Pay, Google Maps). Plus, you can download third-party apps like Spotify, Uber, Telegram, LifeSum, and Strava from the Google Play Store.
Fossil track record for health features is not really impressive. Gen 6 fails to set it right. The watch is good for basic fitness tracking, precisely the one Google Fit has in it. But for serious athletes, Fossil Gen 6 is a big no.
However, it really shines in smartwatch features. It can make calls, send texts and browse the internet. You can store music on the watch and download the playlists from popular Music streaming platforms like e.g. Spotify and Deezer. Also, it doesn’t disappoint in the display department with a fully AMOLED screen. Despite the fact that Fossil Gen 6 is offering the same health features as the cheapest Amazfit Bip U Pro on this list, the Google wearable Suite and classy design of the watch make it an attractive buy.