Shield your shiny new smartwatch from scuffs, scrapes, and scratches
The Google Pixel Watch 2 has arrived, and it’s…well, it’s a lot like the Pixel Watch, at least at first glance. It boasts the same dimensions of the original, but the internals have been significantly improved, with some welcome new hardware under the hood (face?).
This new iteration adds the Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 chipset, improved sensors for fitness/activity tracking, and on the software side now comes with Wear OS 4. Altogether, these features are enough to make it one of the best Android smartwatches right now.
If you’re going to drop $350 on a new smartwatch, you’re going to want to avoid getting the screen all scuffed up right out of the box. While there aren’t a ton of screen protectors available yet, the upside of it being the same exact size and dimensions as the previous Watch is that all of the protectors and cases for the original Pixel Watch will also fit the Pixel Watch 2.
NANW Soft Bumper Case and Screen Protector for Pixel Watch
If you’re not a fan of tempered glass but would like your Pixel Watch 2 to be safe and secure regardless, this screen protector and case option is an excellent choice. It’s a four pack and a solid value at this price, and the TPU it’s constructed of is certain not to irritate your skin.
Spigen Thin Fit Hard Case for Pixel Watch 2
You can get this case in either a matte black or clear plastic, depending on the look you’re going for, but either way, the Spigen Thin Fit Hard Case for the Pixel Watch 2 is a mix of elegance and rugged protection. The smooth finish is easy on your fingertips, while the rigid build is adept enough to ward off errant contact that can scratch or blemish the watch’s vibrant display.
IQShield Screen Protector for Pixel Watch 2
IQ Shield protectors are unique in that they’re made with a different process that combines self-healing properties with the reliability of never yellowing or changing tint over time. It’s just a single layer of flexible film, yet it manages to ward off scratches, dents, and blemishes with real consistency. Easy to apply, and with tools to ensure you don’t get unseemly bubbles popping up, too.
Tauri Hard Case and Screen Protector for Pixel Watch
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Though this option from Tauri is more a full case than exclusively a screen protector, it’s entirely transparent, meaning it will be nearly invisible as it does its work, shielding your Pixel Watch 2 from harm with its polycarbonate bumper and 9H hardness glass screen protector. The glass is razor thin, as well, ensuring it won’t interfere with touch sensitivity on your Watch 2’s face.
Spectre Shield for Pixel Watch 2
The evocatively named Spectre Shield is a fantastic deal if bang-for-your-buck is a priority, offering eight TPU protectors at a ridiculously low price. They virtually disappear when applied to the watch face of your Pixel Watch 2, and with seven backups, you don’t need to fret much if one of them does get damaged, or you manage to screw up when applying it.
ArmorSuit Military Shield for Pixel Watch 2
The ultra-thin screen protectors in this six-pack cater exactly to the contours of your watch to even ensure coverage on the Pixel Watch 2’s curved bezels. The protection offered by this flexible thermoplastic urethane film is described as “military grade”, and it even boasts “self-healing technology” that handily eliminates minor scratches all by itself.
Supershieldz Screen Protector for Pixel Watch 2
For tighter budgets, the Supershieldz Screen Protector will give your Pixel Watch 2 a way to hold off scratches while maintaining the transparency necessary to use the smartwatch. It’s not rugged protection, so don’t expect to serious durability when applying it, but when it comes to the daily grind of wearing Google’s smartwatch, you at least give it a better chance to avoid damage.
EGV Screen Protector for Pixel Watch 2
These film screen protectors not only keep your watch safe from scratches but are also particularly easy to use if you tend to find it fiddly to apply flexible screen guards. Not only is there an installation video available to watch beforehand, but the self-healing technology will also help make any unsightly bubbles disappear within 24 hours after applying it.
How to pick a Pixel Watch 2 screen protector
While a number of these screen protectors walk the line between case and being more exclusively a single-layer protector (or are explicitly combinations of both), bear in mind that some of the genuine screen protectors don’t necessarily play well with other cases, so be aware of that if you later decide to add a discrete case. That said, any of the options on our list will do a great job of keeping your watch face safe from damage (as well as, in many cases, smudges, fingerprints, oil, or water) all on their own.
The NANW soft bumper case is an excellent example, combining a rigid bumper of polycarbonate with a TPU screen protector, while hardly adding any more bulk than just a pure screen protector on its own. For a little more, the Spigen Thin Fit Hard Case is tough, discreet, and extremely easy to apply. Or for an absolute bargain, grab the IQShield six-pack for a song.