21 months after Google acquired Fitbit, this is the first time we’re seeing a Fitbit smartwatch with a highly influenced Wear OS ecosystem and a Google smartwatch with health tracking driven by Fitbit technologies. Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4 were released in September, and in October 2022, the much talked about Pixel Watch was released. So obviously, these are some of the hottest smartwatches right now. However, the Sense 2 and Versa 4 lack one very important feature which is music options. You can’t add music to these two. Meanwhile, the Google Pixel watch is equipped with a massive 32GB that allows you to add as many songs as possible. Several publications have cited that this is a deliberate omission aimed at getting customers to settle for the Pixel Watch.
Well, whatever the case, in today’s comparison, we’ll take a look at the differences between the Sense 2 and Pixel Watch.
Note that the Google Pixel Watch is available in two models; Wi-Fi and Cellular model. The Cellular model is a standalone smartwatch that’s equipped with an eSIM that enables it to make and receive calls without connecting to a smartphone.
Fitbit Sense 2 vs Pixel Watch – Full Specifications Comparison
Fitbit Sense 2 Full Specifications, Features and Price
Google Pixel Watch - Full Smartwatch Specifications, Features and Price
|ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE|
|Device name||Fitbit Sense 2||Google Pixel Watch|
|Device type||Fitness/Sport smartwatch||Fitness/Sport smartwatch|
|Release date||September, 2022||October, 2022|
|Versions||—||LTE & WiFi|
|Dimension||40.4 x 40.4 x 11.2 mm||41 x 41 x 12.3 mm|
|Case material||Aluminum||Stainless steel|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel||Stainless steel|
|Strap size||140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big)||130-175 mm (small), 165-210 mm (big)|
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Water resistance||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, 5ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Color||Graphite/grey band, Platinum/lunar-white band, Soft-gold/blue-mist band||Champagne-gold case/Hazel band, Matte-black case/Obsidian band, Polished-silver case/Chalk band, Polished-silver case/Charcoal band|
|Display size||1.58 inches||1.2 inches|
|Display resolution||300 x 300 pixels||450 x 450|
|Pixel density||268.5 PPI||320 PPI|
|Custom watch face||Yes||Yes|
|Input type||1 Physical button, Touchscreen||1 Haptic rotating crown, 1 Physical button, Touchscreen|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v5.0||Bluetooth v5.0|
|GPS||GLONASS, GPS||BEIDOU, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY|
|Third-party apps alert||Yes||Yes|
|Reply to Notifications||-||-|
|Pulse oximeter (SpO2)||Yes||Yes|
|Other sensors||EDA sensor, Vibration motor||—|
|ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Incidental fall detection||No||Yes|
|Underwater heart rate tracking||No||No|
|Battery type||non-removable Lithium-polymer||Non-removable Li-ion battery|
|Battery life||Regular: 6 Days+||Up to 24hrs|
|Charging type||USB charging||USB-C magnetic charger|
|Charging time||30min-1hr||1hrs 20min|
|CPU||—||1.1GHz Dual-core (Cortex®-A53)|
|Operating system||Fitbit OS||Wear OS 3.5|
|Companion app||Fitbit App||Google Pixel Watch app|
|Compatibility||Android OS 8.0+, iOS 14.0+||Android OS 8.0+|
|Payment system||Fitbit Pay, Google Pay||Google Pay|
|Voice command||Yes, Alexa||Google Assistant|
|Find my phone||Yes||Yes|
|Box content||Charger, Fitbit Sense 2, Manual, Straps||Charger, Google Pixel Watch, Manual, Small & large straps|
Fitbit Sense 2 vs Pixel Watch Features Reviewed
Design – Pixel Watch wins
The first difference you notice between the Sense 2 and Pixel Watch is the appearance. While the latter is circular, the former has a square shape.
Both watches are very compact and lightweight (some of the lightest watches). Though, the Sense 2 is slightly slimmer and more compact. Both watches are also rated 5ATM which means each of these is waterproof up to 50 meters. In other words, it’s very safe to wear the Pixel Watch or Sense 2 while swimming.
The build quality differs, the Sense 2 has an aluminum case, and stainless steel bezel paired with silicone straps while Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects the display. On the other hand, the Pixel Watch has a stainless steel case, and stainless Steel bezel paired with fluoroelastomer straps while a more durable Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protects the display.
In terms of navigation, the Pixel Watch spots a digital rotating crown similar to what you get on the Apple Watch. It also has a physical button plus a touch-sensitive screen. Meanwhile, the Sense 2 offers a physical button and touchscreen display for navigation.
The Pixel Watch obviously has a more durable and refined build than the Sense 2.
Display – Pixel Watch wins
The Sense 2 just like Pixel Watch has an AMOLED display. Both watches have a very colorful display that is easy to read even under direct sunlight. Though, the Pixel Watch with a higher pixel density offers a crisper image quality.
The watch face of these two watches is customizable. For the Sense 2, you can choose more watch faces from the Fitbit app. And for Pixel Watch, you can choose more watch faces from the Google Playstore.
The interface of both watches is also great, though the Pixel Watch has a more sophisticated interface that allows you to do so much more effortlessly from the watch.
Fitness Tracking – Fitbit Sense 2 wins
Fitness tracking is at the center of these two watches. Each of these two is packed with a handful of sensors that enables tracking for all the basic and advanced health metrics.
With Fitbit powering fitness tracking on the Pixel Watch, it shares similar health tracking with Sense 2. Both watches will track your sleep in all stages and will deliver a sleep score to help you better understand how well you have slept.
Both watches will also track heart rate variability, steps, calories, floors climbed, and more. You also get ECG measurements on each of these two as well as 40 preloaded sports modes.
There is an inbuilt GPS in the Sense 2 and Pixel Watch that will enable these two to track your routes and locations without connecting to your phone when you workout outdoors.
However, the Sense 2 has a dedicated temperature sensor that enables it to track your skin temperature variation during the day and when you wear it to sleep. The Pixel Watch lacks a temperature sensor.
Meanwhile, the Pixel Watch features incidental fall detection that will allow the watch to automatically start a call and send your location to a preset emergency contact when it detects a hard fall. It also features international emergency calling (not available in every country).
Media and Productivity – Pixel Watch wins
The Pixel Watch is equipped with a 32GB storage capacity that will allow you to download music to the watch. YouTube Music and Spotify are the main music services available for Wear OS.
Moreover, users in US and Canada can stream music directly from the YouTube Music app on the Pixel Watch.
Meanwhile, the Sense 2 and Versa 4 lack any music options. The Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 used to have the option to download music via Deezer or Pandora (US only). There was also the option to control music on Spotify on your phone. Now these options are not available on Versa 4 and Sense 2 which for me is very awkward.
Making and Receiving Calls – Pixel Watch wins
Although the Versa 3 and Sense had a speaker and microphone, they were only able to take calls, but can’t start a call. Fitbit has fixed this with the Versa 4 and Sense 2. These two like their predecessors are equipped with a mic and speaker and can make and receive calls when your phone is nearby.
The Google Pixel Watch is also equipped with a microphone and speaker and can make and receive calls.
Moreover, the Pixel Watch is available in Wi-Fi and Cellular models, the cellular equipped with an eSIM is a standalone smartwatch that can make and receive calls without connecting to your iPhone.
Voice Assistants and Making Payments
As a result of the presence of a microphone, the Sense 2 features Amazon Alexa while Pixel Watch features Google Assistant. The Versa 3 and Sense have both Alexa and Google Assistant, now it’s only Alexa on Sense 2 and Versa 4.
In terms of making payments, both Sense 2 and Pixel Watch will allow you to store your card details on the watch so that you can make non-contactless payments at supported terminals. The Sense 2 features both Fitbit Pay and Google Pay, while Pixel Watch has only Google Pay.
Managing Notifications – Pixel Watch wins
With the Sense 2 and Pixel Watch, you have several options to reply to messages with your voice, and emojis, or use preset replies. The Cellular model of the Pixel Watch will allow you to reply to messages when you are not connected to your phone.
Battery life – Sense 2 wins
So far, the Pixel Watch has defeated the Sense 2 in every aspect except fitness tracking and battery life. I think it’s a stalemate for fitness tracking, however, the Sense 2 clearly beats the Pixel Watch on battery life. While you get up to 6 days with Sense 2, it’s about 24hrs with Pixel Watch. Meanwhile, both watches support fast charging.
The Sense 2 retails for $300, while the WiFi model of the Pixel Watch retails for $350, it’s $400 for the Cellular model.
The Sense 2 is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. The Fitbit app will work with Android 8.0+ and iOS 14 and above. Meanwhile, joining Samsung, Google Pixel Watch will only work with Android devices. It’s compatible with Android 8.0 and above.
Fitbit Sense 2 vs Google Pixel Watch – Which is Better?
Without mincing words, the Pixel Watch is clearly a better smartwatch than the Sense 2. The music option is a major difference, it also has a better design as well as a more colorful display.
Nonetheless, if you want a longer battery life, the Sense 2 is the winner. Moreover, it’s equally an outstanding health tracker with a skin temperature sensor which Pixel Watch lacks.