Google's Pixel Watch 2 just came out in October but we're already seeing the first substantial discount. You can pick up the WiFi model at Amazon for just $300, for a discount of 14 percent ($50) over the list price. And if you don't want to be encumbered by your smartphone, the LTE model is also on sale for $350, a 13 percent discount off the regular price.
The Pixel Watch 2 has a longer-lasting battery, with a full 24 hours between charges even with the always-on display enabled, while the original model struggled to go a full day. Google has also doubled down on the Fitbit integration, with a new multi-path heart rate sensor that uses both photodiodes and LEDs to get better estimates of your pulse. Fitbit stress management features use various sensors to potentially identify tense moments in your day and suggests actions such as mood logging or guided breathing and walking sessions.
New safety features include Safety Check which can alert friends, family or even emergency services if needed and Emergency Sharing lets your circle of people see your real-time whereabouts. Fall detection and Emergency SOS were already released earlier this year for the Pixel Watch but will come standard on the Pixel Watch 2. The housing is made from 100 percent recycled aluminum and the AMOLED screen is covered in 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Many fitness features like workouts and Daily Readiness Score live behind Fitbit's paywall, but the watch comes with six months of the subscription for free.
The main downside is the crown that sticks out a bit too far and may pinch your wrist during certain activities. All told, though, it's a solid update over the original thanks to the extra features, lighter weight and improved design. $300 is a great price for an all-new smartwatch and would be a great compliment to a Pixel or other Android smartphone.