Fitbit Sense 2 vs Google Pixel Watch – Key Differences

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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

 
 
Product Info
Fitbit Sense 2 Full Specifications

Fitbit Sense 2 Full Specifications, Features and Price

Google Pixel Watch - Full Smartwatch Specifications

Google Pixel Watch - Full Smartwatch Specifications, Features and Price

Price $294.57 $349.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fitbit Sense 2 Google Pixel Watch
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date September, 2022 October, 2022
Predecessor Fitbit Sense None
Successor
Versions LTE & WiFi
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 40.4 x 40.4 x 11.2 mm 41 x 41 x 12.3 mm
Weight 37.64g 36 grams
Shape Square Circular
Case material Aluminum Stainless steel
Strap material Silicone Fluoroelastomer
Bezel material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap size 140 – 180mm (small), 180 -220mm (big) 130-175 mm (small), 165-210 mm (big)
Interchangeable strap Yes Yes
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
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 DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.58 inches 1.2 inches
Display type AMOLED AMOLED
Display resolution 300 x 300 pixels 450 x 450
Pixel density 268.5 PPI 320 PPI
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 1 Physical button, Touchscreen 1 Haptic rotating crown, 1 Physical button, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
GPS GLONASS, GPS BEIDOU, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 2GB RAM
ROM 4GB 32GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None
SIM type None None
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass No Yes
ECG Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) Yes Yes
Thermometer Yes
Other sensors EDA sensor, Vibration motor
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes Yes
Blood Pressure No No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Floors climbed - -
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No Yes
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking No No
On-screen workout Yes
Sport modes 40 Yes
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 294mAh
Battery life Regular: 6 Days+ Up to 24hrs
Charging type USB charging USB-C magnetic charger
Charging time 30min-1hr 1hrs 20min
Solar charging No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Exynos 9110
CPU 1.1GHz Dual-core (Cortex®-A53)
GPU Mali™-T720 MP1
Operating system Fitbit OS Wear OS 3.5
MISC MISC MISC
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
Price$294.57$349.99

Fitbit Sense 2 vs Pixel Watch Features Reviewed

Design – Pixel Watch wins

Pixel Watch vs Sense 2
Pixel Watch has a more stylish and classy design. Image credit: Google

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

Image credit: Future

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

Sense 2 is a more comprehensive health tracker. Image credit: Future

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.

Prices

The Sense 2 retails for $300, while the WiFi model of the Pixel Watch retails for $350, it’s $400 for the Cellular model.

Compatible Devices

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?

Pixel Watch vs Sense 2
Pixel Watch is a better smartwatch. Image credit: Future.

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.