Google Pixel Watch vs Vivoactive 4

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.

FeaturesVivoactive 4Pixel Watch
Android CompatibilityYesYes
iOS CompatibilityYesNo
Operating SystemGarmin ProprietaryWear OS 3.5
Display Size40 mm and 45 mm41 mm
Display Glass LensCorning Gorilla Glass 3DCorning Gorilla Glass 3
Display TechnologyMemory in Pixel Screen (MIP)AMOLED display
Display Resolution260 x 260 pixels450 x 450 pixels
Display Size1.3″1.2″
Always on DisplayNot AvailableYes
ProcessorSony chipsetSamsung Exynos 9110
MemoryCapacity details unavailable2 GB
Internal StorageLimited storage for 500 songs32 GB
TouchscreenYesYes
Water Rating5 ATM50 meters (equivalent to a 5 ATM rating)
Dust ResistanceNot AvailableIP68
Swim-proofYesYes
LTE or Cellular availabilityNoYes
Fall DetectionYes (Incident Detection)Yes
Emergency SOS NoYes
Battery Up to 8 days on smartwatch mode and up to 18 hours on GPS modeUp to 18 hours
NFC AppGarmin PayGoogle Pay
GPSGPS, Galileo, GLONASSGPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou
In-built SpeakerNoYes
In-built MicNoYes
Heart Rate MonitoringContinuous monitoring and tracking of heart rateContinuous monitoring
Heart Rate VariabilityYesYes
High and low heart rate alertsYesNo
ECGNoYes
Blood Oxygenation TrackingYesNo
Skin temperature sensorYes (tempe sensor needed to be bought separately)No
Menstrual Health TrackingYesYes
Stress Management ScoreYes, through Body Battery scoresYes
Wireless ConnectivityWi-Fi, ANT+ and BluetoothWi-Fi and Bluetooth
SensorsAccelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Altimeter, Thermometer, Pulse OX sensor, Garmin Elevate Heart SensorAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, Compass, Heart rate sensor and SpO2 sensor
Cost$349.99$349.99 for non-LTE model and $399.99 for LTE model
Garmin Vivoactive 4 vs Google Pixel Watch

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.

Google Pixel Watch vs Garmin Vivoactive 4 smartwatch

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.