The new Google Pixel Watch has a lot to offer, especially for Pixel users who have so far gone without a dedicated smartwatch to complement their smartphones. But there’s also one big thing Google’s first smartwatch doesn’t deliver over the competition – and I literally mean “big”.
There’s only one size option for the Pixel Watch: 41mm. For most of the best smartwatches, including the Apple Watch Series 8 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, 41mm (or a close equivalent) is the smaller of the two size options. This allows buyers to choose, whether that choice is based on comfort or personal preference.
For me, the 41mm Apple Watch seems to fit my wrist better, although I prefer to wear the 45mm size because it allows me to see my screen more clearly. Similarly, the 41mm Google Pixel Watch was comfortable to wear, but the shrinking display size between the Google Pixel Watch and Apple Watch Series 8 took some getting used to. The Pixel Watch’s chunky bezel certainly didn’t help either.
The Galaxy Watch 5 is available in 40mm and 44mm, giving buyers the choice of sizes as well. Even though the Google Pixel Watch might be the best Wear OS smartwatch in terms of Google app integrations, one of the reasons the Galaxy Watch 5 is still the best smartwatch for Android is that it offers more choice. .
There’s interest in even bigger screens, with the 46mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro and 49mm Apple Watch Ultra launching this year. These watches are aimed at outdoor sports, although from a handful of adopters I’ve spoken to I’ve learned that some people might just want them to have a larger smartwatch.
Google Pixel Watch needs a bigger size option
Larger smartwatch sizes come at a premium, of course. You’ll pay a premium of $30 and $20 for the larger sizes of the Apple Watch Series 8 and Galaxy Watch 5, respectively. With the Pixel Watch starting at $349 (up to $399 for LTE), I’m sure people would spend $20-$30 more for a smartwatch size better suited to their wrist.
I asked my dad to try the Pixel Watch, and he noticed that it was way too small for a larger wrist. Not only that, he struggled to read the on-screen fitness metrics when he borrowed the watch for a walk. Again, some of this could be blamed on the Pixel Watch’s bezel size, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Pixel Watch should have come in a second-size configuration; more precisely, a bigger one.
I’ve been thinking for a while that a bigger screen makes smartwatches more usable. We’re not quite at the point of replacing our phones yet, but the more you can accomplish comfortably from your wrist, the more reason there is to be a smartwatch user. If Google hopes to present Pixel phone users with a smartwatch experience with maximum potential, it would be wise to think big next time around.