Best smartwatches for Google Pixel 7 & 7 Pro

Google has long been trying to build its own ecosystem, and a major missing piece of the puzzle has been a smartwatch that works best with its flagship Pixel phones. With the release of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, Google finally launched its own Wear OS watch, the much anticipated Google Pixel Watch. 

Well, being the first of its kind, the Pixel Watch isn’t perfect; indeed it left many of you looking unimpressed. But don’t worry, there is still plenty of Wear OS (and non-Wear OS) watches that are better than the Pixel Watch and work really well with the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.

Disclaimer: This post won’t go beyond a basic overview, and we don’t claim to have tested all of the watches on this list. We recommend you match your budget, needs, & preferences with the list before making any purchase. If you buy through affiliate links on this article, we may earn a commission without any additional cost to you.

Without further ado, let’s get straight to our roundup.

Top Smartwatches for Google Pixel 7 Pro:

Here is a complete list of our best picks for Google Pixel 7 Pro. 

  1. Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 & 5 Pro: Best WearOS Watch
  2. Fossil Gen 6
  3. Ticwatch Pro 3 Ultra
  4. Fitbit Sense 2
  5. Amazfit GTS 4 Mini: Best Budget Pick
  6. Garmin Venu 2/2S
  7. Garmin Fenix 7 Series: Best Outdoor Watch

The first 3 are powered by Wear OS, while the rest are non-Wear OS watches that would integrate perfectly with your pixel phone. We have tried to make this list as diverse and comprehensive as possible. 

There is an option for fashion buffs, as well as for those who need a reliable outdoor watch. And we were very careful to include all kinds of budgets.

We won’t include a final verdict in this roundup as all of these watches have their own unique strengths. To be honest, none of these watches offers as seamless experience and deep integration as a Pixel watch offers when paired with Pixel 7 phones, but in many aspects, they are far better. 

Now, let’s find out what they have to offer.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 & 5 Pro: Best WearOS Watch

Features & Specs:

  1. OS: WearOS 3.0
  2. Compatibility: Android Only
  3. Size: (GW5: 40mm, 44mm) | (GW5 Pro: 45mm)
  4. Colors: (GW5: Graphite, Silver, Sapphire, Pink Gold) | (GW5 Pro: Black and Gray Titanium)
  5. Display: (GW5: 1.2 & 1.4 inches, Super AMOLED  (396×396 Pixels & 450×450 Pixels)) | (GW5 Pro: 1.4 inches, Super AMOLED  (450×450 Pixels))
  6. Straps: 20mm (interchangeable)
  7. Water Resistance: 5 ATM 
  8. Hardware Specs: (RAM: 1.5 GB | Storage: 16GB | Processor:Exynos W920 chip based on Dual-core 1.18GHz Cortex-A55)
  9. Connectivity: Bluetooth + Wi-Fi + LTE (eSim)
  10. Expected Battery Performance (Fast Charging Support): 1-3 days (Yes)

Two-Minute Review:

GW5 & 5 Pro are two separate watches by Samsung, and they are running the latest WearOS 3. There are different sizes to choose from, and you can get them in LTE or non-LTE variants. Galaxy Watch 5 Pro might be overkill for many, but it has useful sports features, a rugged design, and almost double the battery juice. 

The arrival of the Google Pixel Watch has done little to diminish the appeal of Samsung’s Wear OS watches. WearOS 3 experience is more polished and streamlined on the Pixel Watch, but Galaxy Watch 5 offers more features, better battery performance, and simply more value for money. 

This watch can work without the phone but offer a full experience when paired with a smartphone app. Standalone capabilities include LTE, NFC, and GPS. Whereas, it doesn’t disappoint as a fitness tracker either, offering accurate heart rate, sleep, and workout tracking. 

It goes beyond basic step counting, and can even detect stress levels, monitor ECG and more. On the Sports side, it has an extensive list of activities that you can track, but it is yet to match the versatility of Garmin watches, and lately Apple Watch Ultra in this respect. 

The battery performance depends on the size and the LTE support as well as the features enabled. For GW5 Pro, 3 days is a reachable target. However, the standard GW5 may fall short of its claimed 40 hours. Fortunately, you have fast charging support to quickly juice them up.

Reasons to Buy
  • Premium Build Quality
  • AMOLED Display
  • Solid Hardware Specs
  • Standalone Capabilities (Making Calls, NFC Payments & Music Streaming)
  • Fast Charing Support
Reasons to Avoid
  • Some Features are locked for non-Samsung Phones
  • Galaxy Watch 5 Pro might turn out to be an overkill for some
  • Battery Performance on GW5 is misleading 
  • Waiting for new up-gradation in software

Fossil Gen 6:

Features & Specs:

  1. OS: WearOS
  2. Compatibility: Android, iOS
  3. Size: 44mm
  4. Colors: Gunmetal, Purple, Rose Gold-Tone, Smoke, Black, Brown, Green Camo  
  5. Display: 1.28 inches, Color AMOLED, 416 x 416 pixels
  6. Straps: 22mm (interchangeable)
  7. Water Resistance: 3 ATM 
  8. Hardware Specs: (RAM:1GB Storage: 8GB Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ Wear 4100+)
  9. Connectivity: Bluetooth + Wi-Fi
  10. Expected Battery Performance (Fast Charging Support): 24 hours (No)

Two-Minute Review:

Fossil Group has little interest in keeping up with the latest trends, and that’s why the new Fossil Gen 6 does little to compete with the likes of AW8 or GW5. The watch like its predecessor is mainly focused on fashion and style. The super-crisp AMOLED display, multiple color options, and premium build quality make Gen 6 a good companion for an equally stylish Pixel 7. 

However this time there are some appreciable improvements on both the hardware and software sides. It is equipped with the Qualcomm 4100+ processor so there is a serious up-gradation on performance. There are no indigenous apps like Mobvoi’s Ticwatch and so it depends solely on the recently introduced Wear OS 3 which has massively improved the user interface of the watch.

It has Google Assistant on board, Spotify support, and Google Pay for contactless payments. The watch can track heart rate, sleep, and a couple of other health metrics but offers not even a single standout feature to set it apart. We can pass this as a daily fitness tracker but for serious athletes, there are better options in this roundup.

Unfortunately, the battery performance is still a weak spot and it cannot last more than a day, so fast charging support is a welcome addition. 

Reasons To Buy
  • Premium Build Quality
  • High-Res Display
  • Smooth Performance
  • Google Wearable Suite (Maps, Assistant, NFC)
  • Fast Charging Support
Reasons To Avoid
  • Battery Performance is still below average
  • Too expensive for its features
  • Limited sports tracking

Ticwatch Pro 3 Ultra

Features & Specs:

  1. OS: WearOS
  2. Compatibility: Android, iOS
  3. Size: 47mm
  4. Colors: Shadow Black. 
  5. Display: 1.4 inches, Color AMOLED + FSTN, 454 x 454 pixels
  6. Straps: 22mm (interchangeable)
  7. Water Resistance: IP68, Pool Swim/MIL-STD-810G
  8. Hardware Specs: (RAM:1GB Storage: 8GB Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 4100+)
  9. Connectivity: Bluetooth + Wi-Fi
  10. Expected Battery Performance (Fast Charging Support): 72 hours + 45 days in essential mode(No)

Two-Minute Review:

Ticwatch Pro 3 Ultra is yet to get an update on the software front (still running Wear 2.0), but the company’s focus on its in-house Ticwatch Suite makes it a better choice than the Fossil Gen 6. Plus, the company has done a fantastic job with the battery-performance. Perhaps, it is the only WearOS watch that claims to offer a battery life of more than weak and delivers on the promise.

It is also the first WearOS watch to boast a hybrid display, with a transflective LCD display working in parallel with the color AMOLED display. This dual-screen technology is the secret behind the watch’s longer battery life.

In the hardware department, Ticwatch was the first to bring the 4100 chipsets and the first to show what solid hardware can bring to the table. The performance is smooth and seamless with no apps crashing or stuttering. You get a full suite of Google’s Wear OS on board, along with the Ticwatch Suite that covers the health and fitness stuff.

The watch can track more than 100 sports and fitness activities, and monitor health metrics like heart rate, blood oxygen, and sleep. The sports and training metrics are not as comprehensive and advanced to sway Garmin users, but the company has been pushing updates on this front, so a good future awaits. For instance, consider the new HRV-based Fatigue Assessment tracker that works similarly to Whoop Strain Score and Garmin’s training readiness.

Reasons To Buy
  • Top-notch battery performance
  • Rugged design (military grade certified)
  • Comprehensive Health Tracking
  • Google wearable Suite
Reasons To Avoid
  • Wear OS 3 is yet to arrive
  • Big and Bulky Design
  • Slightly Expensive

Fitbit Sense 2:

Features & Specs:

  1. OS: WearOS
  2. Compatibility: Android, iOS
  3. Size: 40mm
  4. Colors: Shadow Grey/Graphite,  Lunar White/Platinum,  Blue Mist/Soft Gold
  5. Display: 1.58 inches, OLED, 454 x 454 pixels
  6. Straps:  24mm (M/L)
  7. Water Resistance:  5 ATM 
  8. Hardware Specs: (RAM: – Storage: – Processor
  9. Connectivity: Bluetooth + Wi-Fi
  10. Expected Battery Performance (Fast Charging Support):  6 days  (Yes)

Two-Minute Review:

Fitbit is now owned by Google, so many would expect footprints of the parent company on this watch. Surprisingly, there’s not much of Google’s presence here, rather you get the Fitbit OS at its core. 

There is no Google Assistant but Amazon Alexa, no Google Pay but Fitbit Pay, and no Google Maps on launch. However, Fitbit has promised to bring Google Wallet and Maps eventually to both Versa 4 and Sense 2.

You will be surprised to know that the original Sense had Google Assistant. Other downgrades include the lack of music functionality and the use of aluminum instead of stainless steel. Perhaps, the company should have cut the price a little if it was removing such important features. 

Sense 2 like its predecessor comes with a comprehensive list of sensors and is positioning itself as the “most advanced health watch”. It has a cEDA Sensor (c stands for continuous), skin temperature, and SpO2 sensor to track heart rate, breathing, stress, and sleep. It is one of the few watches to get FDA approval for its ECG app that can detect atrial fibrillation and delivers accurate HR readings. 

Apart from health monitoring, Fitbit is also trying to tap into training and recovery metrics where it has Whoop, Garmin, and Apple Watch as rivals. Many of its advanced features are locked behind a subscription, like Fitbit Premium which gives you access to personalized insights and advanced sleep tools.

Reasons to Buy
  • Week-long battery performance
  • Advanced Health Tracking
  • FDA-approved ECG app 
  • User-friendly interface
  • Experience in the fitness space
Reasons to Avoid
  • Expensive Price Tag
  • No music streaming/Storage
  • Lacks Google Assistant
  • No Google Wallet or Maps so far

Amazfit GTS 4 Mini: Best Budget Pick

Features & Specs:

  1. OS: Zepp OS
  2. Compatibility: Android, iOS
  3. Size: 42mm
  4. Colors: Midnight Black, Flamingo Pink, Mint Blue, Moonlight White
  5. Display: 1.65 inches, AMOLED, 336 x 384 pixels
  6. Straps: 20mm interchangeable
  7. Water Resistance:  5 ATM 
  8. Hardware Specs: (RAM: – Storage: 2.3 GB Processor: –
  9. Connectivity: Bluetooth + Wi-Fi
  10. Expected Battery Performance (Fast Charging Support):  21 hours  (No)

Two-Minute Review:

There is no other budget watch than the Amazfit GTS 4 mini that can provide such a comprehensive list of features and specs. It is powered by Zepp OS, software far inferior to Wear OS but still effective in handling basic functions.

You will completely miss out on the Google experience here, but Amazfit has done a great job in ensuring that the user interface is very intuitive and easy to navigate. Surprisingly, it features a high-res 1.65” AMOLED display with smooth animations and vivid colors. 

On the health tracking front, you get all the basic features such as heart rate monitoring, sleep monitoring, and Stress tracking. Surprisingly, you even get Oxygen Saturation (SpO2) measurement that is usually reserved for much more expensive smartwatches. There are more than 120 sports modes, but honestly, given the hardware specs, you are better off leaving this feature alone. 

Battery performance is a key strength of GTS 4 mini. It can last up to 21 hours with GPS running in the background, however, when you turn off major power-consuming features, you can extend the performance to 2 weeks.

Reasons to Buy
  • Solid battery performance
  • Huge bang for the buck
  • Comprehensive health tracking
  • Decent Build Quality for a budget watch
  • AMOLED display
Reasons to Avoid
  • No Google experience
  • Limited smarts (No music storage, missing NFC payment)
  • Alexa experience is crippled

Garmin Venu 2/2S:

Features & Specs:

  1. OS: Garmin OS
  2. Compatibility: Android, iOS
  3. Size: 40mm(2S), 43mm(2 Plus), 45mm(2)
  4. Colors: (2S): Slate/Graphite, LightGold/LightSand, Silver/MistGrey, Rose Gold/White (2 Plus): CreamGold/Ivory, Silver/PowderGray, Slate/Black (2): Silver/Granite Blue, Slate/Black
  5. Display: (2S): 1.1 inches, AMOLED, 360 x 360 pixels | (2 Plus, 2): 1.3 inches, AMOLED, 416 x 416 pixels
  6. Straps: (2S,2 Plus,2): 18mm, 20mm, 22mm
  7. Water Resistance:  5 ATM 
  8. Hardware Specs: (RAM: 256 MB  Storage: 7 GB  Processor: ARM Cortex-M4
  9. Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ANT+ 
  10. Expected Battery Performance (Fast Charging Support):  Almost 10-12 days  (No)

Two-Minute Review:

​​​​Venu 2/2S is a great alternative to Fitbit Sense 2, and unlike the latter, it doesn’t have any of its features locked away behind a subscription. Like all other Garmin Watches, it is first and foremost a GPS sport watch, and it excels in that department. However, it does offer plenty of smarts to be counted up as a smartwatch.

The design strikes the perfect balance between contemporary and classic, thanks to its always-on display with an AMOLED panel and bezels that look incredibly aesthetic. It has a good screen size, and an overall comfortable design to make it suitable for everyday use. And also, there are two sizes, so you can go for the one that fits your wrist better.

As far as the bells and whistles are concerned, you get NFC payments via Garmin Pay, music streaming on Spotify and Deezer, as well as the watch can respond to texts with auto-replies when paired with an Android which is applicable to the Google Pixel 7 Series. However, if you need Bluetooth calling or a voice assistant in a Garmin watch, Venu 2 Plus is the best option.

On the other hand, it is an excellent health watch for those wanting to track their health-related metrics like heart rate, stress levels, and sleep. The strength of this watch is not the raw data, but how it turns this data into meaningful insights and more comprehensive health metrics. Take, for instance, body battery, training readiness, sleep score, and recovery time. Sports tracking, however, is not as comprehensive as the Forerunner, and Fenix series, but it should suffice for the majority.

As far as the battery life is concerned, the Venu 2/2s can go up to 10-12 days on a single charge depending on usage and the features that are enabled. With GPS and Music enabled, it won’t make it to a day but is still better than many in this roundup.

Reasons to Buy
  • Multiple size option available 
  • Top-notch health and fitness tracking 
  • Decent sports tracking
  • Good battery performance 
  • Affordable if compared to the top-end watches by Garmin
  • Great Display with intuitive Ai
Reasons to Avoid
  • Lacks Bluetooth calling 
  • No Voice assistant support 
  •  Lacks some high-end features exclusive only to Forerunner/Fenix series

Garmin Fenix 7 Series: Best Outdoor Watch

Features & Specs:

  1. OS: Garmin OS
  2. Compatibility: Android, iOS
  3. Size: 42mm(7S), 47mm(7), 51mm(7X)
  4. Colors: (7S): Dark Bronze, Carbon Gray, Cream Gold, Rose Gold, Slate Gray, Silver   (7): Slate Gray, Silver, Mineral Blue, Black, Carbon Gray  (7X): Carbon Gray, Mineral Blue, Black, Slate Gray 
  5. Display: (7S): 1.2 inches, Sunlight-visible, transflective MIP, 240 x 240 pixels | (7): 1.3 inches, Sunlight-visible, transflective MIP, 260 x 260 pixels  (7X): 1.4 inches, Sunlight-visible, transflective MIP, 260 x 260 pixels
  6. Straps: (7S,7,7X): 20mm, 22mm, 26mm
  7. Water Resistance:  10 ATM 
  8. Hardware Specs: (RAM: —  Storage: 32GB —  Processor: —)
  9. Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ANT+ 
  10. Expected Battery Performance (Fast Charging Support):  (7S,7,7X): 20+  (No)

 

Two-Minute Review:​​

Garmin Fenix 7 Series is a constellation of outdoor watches sharing the same DNA, but with the size and a few features (solar charging setting, music support) setting them apart. The watches come with a rugged design certificate and boast tremendous battery life, making them an ideal choice for long-distance activities like hiking, mountaineering, and trail running. 

However, there is a catch. Even the cheapest of the trio is going to cost you more than your Pixel 7 or 7 Pro. For most of you, it is going to be overkill. Remember, you are not paying for the impressive display, WearOS experience, and other mundane stuff; but for the stellar navigation and tracking capabilities (it features the latest Dual-Band GPS tech by Garmin). 

Garmin-Fenix-7-GPS

Fenix Series is famous for its comprehensive sports profiles, but more so, for the depth of the metrics and levels of detail, they capture. Suppose you are a hard-core mountaineer who loves to run training sessions on the weekends and plan a big summit every summer. Fenix 7 will provide you with detailed maps, records your training and heart rate data, and provide useful insights on rehydration, fatigue, and training.

Note
if you are looking for a Garmin watch for niche sports like running, swimming, and hunting, there are other better-suited options (e.g., the Forerunner, MARQ, and Swim Series).
Reasons to Buy
  • Marathon battery life
  • Rugged design for outdoor activities
  • Advanced Sports tracking capabilities   
  • Dual-band GPS support
  • Training insights and detailed metrics
Reasons to Avoid
  • Expensive compared to the competition 
  • Limited smart features (missing voice assistant, third-party app support)
  • Basic MIP display
  • Chunky design (might be an issue for smaller wrists)