Protect your shiny new smartwatch from scratches, scratches 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 has the same dimensions as the original, but the inside has 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. All in all, these features are enough to make it one of the best Android smartwatches out there right now.
If you’re going to drop $350 on a new smartwatch, you’re going to want to avoid getting the screen completely scratched right out of the box. While there aren’t a ton of screen protectors available yet, the benefit of it being the same exact size and dimensions as the previous watch is that all covers 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 want your Pixel Watch 2 to be safe and secure regardless, this screen protector and case option is a great choice. It’s a four-pack and a solid value at this price, and the TPU it’s constructed from is sure 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 Pixel Watch 2 is a mix of elegance and rugged protection. The smooth finish is easy to access with your fingertips, while the rigid construction is deft enough to ward off accidental contact that could scratch or smudge the watch’s vibrant display.
IQShield Screen Protector for Pixel Watch 2
IQ Shield shields are unique in that they are made using a different process that combines self-healing properties with the reliability of never yellowing or changing shade over time. It’s just a single layer of flexible film, but it manages to fend off scratches, dents and smudges with real consistency. Easy to apply and with tools to ensure you don’t get unsightly bubbles popping up too.
Tauri hard case and screen protector for Pixel Watch
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While this option from Tauri is more of a full case than just a screen protector, it’s completely transparent, meaning it’ll be nearly invisible as it does its job, protecting your Pixel Watch 2 from damage with its polycarbonate bumper and 9H hardness glass screen protector. The glass is also downright thin, ensuring it won’t interfere with the touch sensitivity of your Watch 2’s face.
Specter Shield for Pixel Watch 2
The evocatively named Specter Shield is a great deal if value for money is a priority, offering eight TPU cases at a ridiculously low price. They practically disappear when applied to the face of your Pixel Watch 2, and with seven backups, you don’t have to worry too much if one of them gets damaged, or if you manage to screw it up while applying it.
ArmorSuit Military Shield for Pixel Watch 2
The ultra-thin screen protectors in this six-pack precisely fit the contours of your watch to even ensure coverage on Pixel Watch 2’s curved bezels. The protection offered by this flexible thermoplastic urethane film is described as “military grade,” and it even has “self-healing technology” that easily eliminates minor scratches on its own.
Supershieldz screen protector for Pixel Watch 2
For tighter budgets, the Supershieldz Screen Protector will give your Pixel Watch 2 a way to keep scratches at bay while maintaining the transparency required to use the smartwatch. It’s not a rugged case, so don’t expect it to be seriously durable when you apply it, but when it comes to the daily grind of wearing the Google smartwatch, you’ll at least give it a better chance of avoiding damage.
EGV Screen Protector for Pixel Watch 2
These film screen protectors not only protect your watch from scratches, but are also particularly easy to use if you find it difficult to apply flexible screen protectors. Not only is there an installation video available to watch beforehand, but the self-healing technology also helps make any unsightly bubbles disappear within 24 hours of application.
How to choose a Pixel Watch 2 screen protector
While a number of these screen protectors straddle the line between cases and more exclusively a single-layer protector (or are explicitly combinations of both), keep 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 you to add a discrete case. That said, any of the options on our list will do a good job of keeping your watch face safe from damage (as well as, in many cases, smudges, fingerprints, oil or water) on its own.
The NANW soft bumper case is a prime example, combining a rigid polycarbonate bumper with a TPU screen protector, while adding hardly any more bulk than just a pure screen protector itself. 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.
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