Google Pixel Watch and Vivoactive 4 smartwatches are priced at similar price levels. Should you get a Pixel watch or go for a more established and proven Garmin Vivoactive 4 smartwatch? We evaluate both watch models to bring you a quick reference point for your ready consideration.
|Features||Vivoactive 4||Pixel Watch|
|Operating System||Garmin Proprietary||Wear OS 3.5|
|Display Size||40 mm and 45 mm||41 mm|
|Display Glass Lens||Corning Gorilla Glass 3D||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Display Technology||Memory in Pixel Screen (MIP)||AMOLED display|
|Display Resolution||260 x 260 pixels||450 x 450 pixels|
|Always on Display||Not Available||Yes|
|Processor||Sony chipset||Samsung Exynos 9110|
|Memory||Capacity details unavailable||2 GB|
|Internal Storage||Limited storage for 500 songs||32 GB|
|Water Rating||5 ATM||50 meters (equivalent to a 5 ATM rating)|
|Dust Resistance||Not Available||IP68|
|LTE or Cellular availability||No||Yes|
|Fall Detection||Yes (Incident Detection)||Yes|
|Battery||Up to 8 days on smartwatch mode and up to 18 hours on GPS mode||Up to 18 hours|
|NFC App||Garmin Pay||Google Pay|
|GPS||GPS, Galileo, GLONASS||GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Heart Rate Monitoring||Continuous monitoring and tracking of heart rate||Continuous monitoring|
|Heart Rate Variability||Yes||Yes|
|High and low heart rate alerts||Yes||No|
|Blood Oxygenation Tracking||Yes||No|
|Skin temperature sensor||Yes (tempe sensor needed to be bought separately)||No|
|Menstrual Health Tracking||Yes||Yes|
|Stress Management Score||Yes, through Body Battery scores||Yes|
|Wireless Connectivity||Wi-Fi, ANT+ and Bluetooth||Wi-Fi and Bluetooth|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Altimeter, Thermometer, Pulse OX sensor, Garmin Elevate Heart Sensor||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, Compass, Heart rate sensor and SpO2 sensor|
|Cost||$349.99||$349.99 for non-LTE model and $399.99 for LTE model|
Important points for Vivoactive 4 and Google Pixel Watch
The quick reference table above shows some critical points for the Garmin Vivoactive 4 and the Google Pixel Watch.
1.Garmin Vivoactive 4 supports iOS and Android operating systems. Google Pixel Watch can work with Android mobiles only. iOS and iPhone support are not available on Pixel Watch.
2. Vivoactive 4 works on a Sony chipset and Google Pixel Watch makes use of Samsung’s Exynos 9110 processor.
3. Google Pixel Watch has an AMOLED display technology with a much better display resolution of 450 x 450 pixels. Vivoactive 4 uses the MIP or memory-in-pixel screen with a display resolution of 260 x 260 pixels.
4. Google Pixel Watch also has an ECG app that can take spot ECG readings. Vivoactive 4 does not have any ECG capability at the time of writing this in October 2022.
5. Garmin Vivoactive 4 can share high and low heart rate alerts while the Google Pixel Watch cannot send high and low heart rate alert notifications.
6. Finally, Garmin Vivoactive 4 does not have any LTE or Cellular connectivity variant. Google Pixel Watch does offer an LTE or Cellular variant that is priced at $399.99.
If you have been thinking about Google Pixel Watch and other Garmin watches, you may also consider reading more about Google Pixel Watch and the Garmin Venu 2 Plus smartwatches on this page.
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Helen Kurt is a geeky nerd who loves to cover the wearables space. She has over 5 years of experience in the smartwatch domain. You can reach her on email at [email protected].