Pixel Watch bezels are a deal breaker for some

Smartwatches are very personal devices and as such their appearance is very important to many potential buyers. With the upcoming Pixel Watch, screen bezels have become a polarizing design element, even a deal breaker for some.

The Pixel Watch has a pretty unique design in the smartwatch space. Unlike the classic look of fossil smart watches or the utilitarian middle ground samsung galaxy watchGoogle’s first smartwatch is a somewhat futuristic-looking device with a glass dome that forms the entire watch face. It’s a great look, but some are turned off by how it looks once the screen is turned on.

Throughout the renders and teasers we’ve seen to date, the Pixel Watch has apparently shown that the bezels around its screen aren’t exactly small. Some people are fine with it, while others scoff at how far Google’s design seems to be from the current generation of Apple Watch.

This matter came to a head last week when Google showed a design video over the Pixel Watch, where the bezels seemed to be incredibly thick compared to previous versions. Reactions ranged from concern to mockery. But days later, the same design video was uploaded again, and the bezel sizes were effectively reduced. You can see the comparison below.

That led us to wonder: Are the bezels on the Pixel Watch really a deal breaker for anyone?

Turns out the answer is definitely yes.

in a survey of 9to5Google readersmore than 50% of respondents said the Pixel Watch bezels are too big, and more than 30% felt that it would be a deal breaker and that they would not buy the smartwatch as a result; 19% said they wish the bezels were slimmer but not really too big, while around 21% said they needed to see images in person to reach a verdict.

Here is my opinion. Bezels shouldn’t matter, at least not to this degree.

As I said, the design of a smart watch is something very personal, so it is valid if you think that the bezels of the Pixel Watch are too large. But in terms of the design of the watch and its functionality, the current look is not an obstacle, in my opinion. The bezels appear to be about the same size as on Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5, which no one seems to have a problem with.

Why is it such a polarizing topic on Google’s smartwatch? I think it all comes down to the scrutiny Google devices are always subjected to. Like the Pixel phones, the Pixel Watch is sure to be picked up by avid fans, and anything less than perfection will be criticized.

That’s not to say there won’t be any valid complaints about the software, performance, and battery fronts. There absolutely they will be

But the Pixel Watch’s bezels are tame and expected, to say the least. Apple deserves a lot of credit for pulling off its edge-to-edge display on the Apple Watch, but it’s something the brand achieved after several years of building its own smartwatches, and it also comes at a higher cost than Google. will charge for the Pixel Watch.

Personally, I’ll be very curious to see what this looks like in person and if that changes your mind. But as of now, I don’t think bezels, of all things, should be a deal breaker for Google’s first smartwatch.

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