The Google Pixel Watch was (obviously) going to be a staple in DL’s offices, being Google’s first smartwatch and all. Even though we don’t quite know all the details surrounding its specs, features, and price, it’s definitely a device we need. But now, having seen Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 line in a leak today, the Pixel Watch looks like the last hope for excitement in 2022.
Let’s talk about what we know is coming in 2022.
We know the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are coming and what they look like. There will be improvements there (like Tensor 2), but let’s be honest, what we’ve seen so far comes as a minor upgrade over the Pixel 6 lineup. We know Samsung will likely release a Galaxy Z Flip 4 and a Fold 4 in the coming weeks, also with minor improvements over previous generations. We’re pretty sure OnePlus is about to deliver a tricky upgrade in the OnePlus 10T. We know that the Nothing Phone (1) does not come here. We know that OSOM has sold its soul to the sketchy world of crypto.
2022 looks like an in-between year for phones. And if it’s not a bust, because the quality of the devices should be high, then it at least looks like a snoozy. That’s not to say most of the devices I mentioned above won’t be good or worth upgrading based on your current device, it’s just that it won’t. be a year for new revolutionaries-ness.
So with phones morphing this way, we’re moving to wearables, and that’s where the Pixel Watch versus the Galaxy Watch 5 comes in.
As I mentioned in the opening, the Pixel Watch is the obvious choice for me. Not just because it’s Google’s first smartwatch, but really because Samsung’s line of watches are like the phones everyone else is about to release – nothing new.
The Samsung guy will show up now and say, “The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is brand new, you fool!” And yes, man, it is. Have you seen it, though? This deep ass design feels thicker than a leg and with a battery we expect to make for a case that looks clunky on the wrist of everyone whose name isn’t Dwayne Johnson? And the regular Galaxy Watch 5 is a direct copy of the Galaxy Watch 4, a nice range of watches, but ones we’ve seen before. What excites me here, a skin temperature sensor?
Match the design already played with that of Samsung meh A UI Watch software and I pass. Give me the Pixel Watch, please.
The Pixel Watch is a fresh take on a smartwatch design that’s about as clean as it gets, with its rotating crown running across its curved bottom and top, and that domed glass with a stainless steel back. Google has succeeded in creating a smartwatch that looks like a watch, and not just another wearable technology. The size of the case seems to be for the normal person’s wrist, it’s slim, we’re told it will run a “new Wear OS experience” and Fitbit will have deep integration. It should quickly pair with your phone and integrate seamlessly with the Google Pixel ecosystem, which I like over others.
There are some concerns about the older Exynos 9110 chipset that Google chose to use, but if another rumor that Google is customizing the experience by adding a coprocessor is correct, it should still offer a better experience than the 4100 line of Qualcomm. We also know Google worked on this thing still and then it’s expected to be dialed at launch, unlike their yearly phone releases.
Did I just fanboy a bit and look like a spoiled tech brat? You bet. But I always like to get excited about new products, and the Pixel Watch is our last hope, Obi-Wan.