Google Pixel Watch vs Apple Watch SE 2

Google Pixel Watch and second generation Apple Watch SE are priced aggressively. Both watches should make up for good smartwatch options. We look at some key aspects of Google Pixel Watch and Apple Watch SE 2. These watches have been released in 2022. Apple Watch SE 2 was released in September 2022 and Google Pixel Watch was unveiled in October.

For your ready reference, we list the main points of difference between the Google Pixel Watch and the Apple Watch SE 2022 edition below.

  • Apple Watch SE 2 is compatible with iOS 16 or higher devices only. Apple Watch SE 2 cannot work with an Android device.
  • Google Pixel Watch is compatible with Android 8 or higher devices only. It cannot work with iOS devices.
  • Apple Watch SE 2 is made of 100% recycled aluminum. The Google Pixel watch’s case is made of 80% recycled stainless steel.
  • Apple Watch SE 2 has a contemporary box or rectangular shape. Google Pixel watch, however, has a round shape.
  • Apple Watch SE 2 cannot track blood oxygenation levels. It does not come with a Pulse oxygenation sensor to track oxygen levels in the blood. Google Pixel watch does have a pulse oxygenation sensor. As of writing this, the sensor has not been activated to record blood oxygenation levels.
  • Apple Watch SE 2 does not have an ECG app. Google Pixel Watch does have an ECG app.
  • Apple Watch SE 2 has a much improved accelerometer. This allows the Apple Watch SE 2 to detect car crash incidents and take follow-up action. The feature is called crash detection. Crash detection is unavailable on the Google Pixel watch.
  • Google Pixel watch has ‘Always on display’ while Apple Watch SE 2 has a retina display only. Apple Watch SE 2 does not support AOD or Always on display.
  • Apple Watch SE 2 uses Apple’s S8 chip while the Google Pixel Watch is based on the Exynos 9110 SoC processor of Samsung. In more ways than one, you will find quite a few similarities between the Google Pixel Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch 5.

We look at both watches in a table of comparison of essential features below. This is a quick way to find similarities and differences between the Google Pixel Watch and Apple Watch SE 2.

Table of comparison – Google Pixel Watch vs Apple Watch SE 2

FeatureGoogle Pixel WatchApple Watch SE 2
Release Date6th October 20227th September 2022
ProcessorExynos 9110 SoCS8 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor
Android SupportYes (Android version 8 or higher devices)No
iPhone or iOS supportNoYes (iPhone 8 or newer models, iOS 16 or higher iOS)
Operating Systemwear OS (version 3.5)watch OS 8.5
Watch storage32 GB32 GB
Watch size41 mm40 mm and 44 mm
Watch bodyWatch body made of 80% recycled stainless steel100% recycled aluminum
Weight36 g27 g and 33 g for 40 mm and 44 mm size with LTE support.
Screen size1.2″1.78″
Display Screen shapeRoundBox or rectangular
Display screenCorning Gorilla Glass 3DOLED
Thickness12.3 mm10.7 mm
Display resolution40 mm – 324 by 394 pixels
44 mm – 368 by 448 pixels
450 x 450 pixels
Always on displaySupported, YesNo (Retina display only)
Screen brightness1000 nits1000 nits
Water rating5 ATM equivalent to 50 meters under water50 meters
Swim-proofYesYes
In-built speakerYesYes
In-built microphoneYesYes
NFC PaymentsSupported through Google PaySupported through Apple Pay
ECG app for heart rhythmYesNo
Blood oxygenation sensorYes, but not yet activated in the softwareNo
High-low heart rate alertsNoYes
Irregular heart rhythm notificationsNoYes
Menstrual health trackingYesYes
GPSYesYes
Supported GPS platformsGPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDouGPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
LTE or cellular connectivityAvailable in LTE variantAvailable in LTE variant
LTE chip4G LTE and UMTS4G LTE and UMTS
Emergency SOSYes (requires network connectivity)Yes (requires network connectivity)
BluetoothBluetooth 5Bluetooth 5.3
Wi-fi802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
Fall detectionYesYes
Crash detectionNoYes
SensorsOptical heart rate sensor2nd generation optical heart rate sensor
GyroscopeYesYes
AccelerometerYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes
Battery life1 day18 hours
Price$299.99 and above$249.99 and above

Closing thoughts

Apple Watch SE 2 and Google Pixel Watch are mutually exclusive as these work with different mobile operating systems. This is one of the most significant decision points when making a purchase of a smartwatch. Apart from this, both watches are identical in core features.

Google Pixel Watch does have a better health tracking feature set. But, the fact that there is limited availability of Google Pixel tends to push me towards an Apple Watch SE 2.