Google Pixel Watch: screen, edges, thickness, comfort, fluidity… our first impressions

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Finally revealed to everyone, the Pixel Watch is about to hit the shelves. Before we give you a full test in a few days, let’s take a look at several key points to give you our first impressions of this first Google watch. Screen size, edge thickness, wrist comfort or even interface and navigation, we were able to examine these few points during our first handling of the Google Pixel Watch.

A small, compact and comfortable round watch.

It is of course its design inspired by a drop of water that screams again. As the images and videos revealed by Google suggest, the Pixel Watch is quite a compact and stylish watch. Its unique 41mm format makes it suitable for all wrists, although it may feel a bit small for larger ones. Still, it’s easy to slip on and its curves make it easily disappear under long sleeves.

The Google Pixel Watch (right) alongside the 40mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (center) and the 45mm Apple Watch Series 8 (left).

The Google Pixel Watch (right) alongside the 40mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (center) and the 45mm Apple Watch Series 8 (left).

Looking relatively thick – exactly 12.3mm according to Google – the Pixel Watch is no thicker than a Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, but advertised at 9.8mm. However, Google appears to use a process similar to the latter to measure the thickness of its watch, deliberately excluding the sensor island despite its full integration into the curvature of the caseback. We’ll check it out in our full test, but first handthe Pixel Watch seems to reach a similar thickness to its rival at Samsung.

The Pixel Watch looks barely thicker than the 40mm Galaxy Watch 5 despite a 2.5mm difference on paper!

The Pixel Watch looks barely thicker than the 40mm Galaxy Watch 5 despite a 2.5mm difference on paper!

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It’s not enough to scream in fear as we found the Pixel Watch to be even more comfortable than the Galaxy Watch 5 during the few minutes it was on our wrist. The manufacturing quality seems in any case very careful and the watch is forgotten. We’ll also come back to this point during our full test, when we’ve been able to use the Pixel Watch for several days and nights.

Wide borders that are forgotten

Thanks to a curved glass that occupies the entire front face, the watch does not have a bezel. This is not to say that your screen is borderless, quite the contrary. In fact, unlike an Apple Watch Series 7 or 8, for example, there are still large black borders around the screen, raising fears of reduced readability and a somewhat dated look. This first grip reassured us at this point, as the screen appears to be the equivalent size of a 40mm Galaxy Watch 5, and the width of its borders is also close.

The borders are much more visible with a complication to display photos.

The borders are much more visible with a complication to display photos.

However, we can regret that Google has not managed to fit a slightly larger screen under its curved glass, thus depriving us of the wow effect. It should be noted though that the abysmal depth of the blacks of the AMOLED screen makes the border perfectly unnoticeable with its equally black borders. We do not come out of it unduly disturbed by use.

The borders are forgotten with the black background of the interface.

The borders are forgotten with the black background of the interface.

Fluency despite the use of an old chip

With the confirmation of the use of an Exynos 9110 chip dating back to 2018, although the W920 used in the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and 5 has since been launched -also running Google Wear OS-, we could fear slowdowns in the interface. Not so, the Wear OS 3.5 used to animate the Pixel Watch is very fluid. Some apps could be faster to launch, but are still generally responsive. Therefore, we are calm. Hopefully the finding will be the same during the more advanced use we get of the watch during its full test.

If there is one point that could have benefited from a newer, more finely etched chip (the Exynos W920 is at 5nm, compared to 10nm for the Exynos 9110), it is undoubtedly autonomy. Google advertises up to 24 hours of use, which we will of course check under different terms of use.

See you in a few days to find out the results of our tests in the full test of the Google Pixel Watch.

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