This is my 6 month review of the Pixel Watch. Can you believe it has been 6 months since its release – time does fly by! In case you want the video version, I did record a Pixel Watch Review below.
In this article, I will be discussing why the Pixel Watch is THE best smartwatch I can’t recommend. I won’t be covering all the features and functions of the Pixel Watch, this is more of an overview. First, let’s talk about the awesome things about the Pixel Watch.
Fitbit Integration – The Pixel Watch is the only WearOS watch with Fitbit Integration. My step counts seem to be accurate; the sleep tracking is in line with my normal sleep patterns. If you are a long time Fitbit user and want a modern smartwatch, Pixel Watch is one to keep on your radar.
Performance. To be honest, I was expecting some performance issues with the first Pixel Watch, but the experience has been great. The watch is responsive. I have no issues checking my daily stats, to switching apps.
Google Maps. With the latest version of WearOS, Google Maps is awesome – even giving you turn by turn direction on your Pixel Watch. Overall this is a solid smartwatch and a great first gen product from Google.
The NO Part.
If one of my friends asked me if they should buy the Pixel Watch, I would tell them no. The Pixel Watch is awesome, but its 1st gen awesome. I don’t even mind the price point at $349, I would pay the same price for a 2nd or 3rd gen of this product. There are three main things about the Pixel Watch that shows off its 1st gen-ness.
First Generation Bezels – First the bezels. The bezels are hard to see when the watch has a dark background, it just blends right in. However, let’s turn on the flashlight and here you go – bezel city. I bet this gets a major improvement in the 2nd gen.
Battery Life – This is perhaps the main reason I can’t recommend the Pixel Watch. If you’re a Fitbit user, you’re used to 5-10 days of battery life. With regular use, I can barely get to 24 hours. With bedtime mode on, I can get to 1.5 days, but at that point, you might as well just wear a regular Fitbit. Hopefully, this gets a major improvement in the 2nd gen.
Size – Finally size, the watch size is ok and for most people this would be sufficient. I’m used to a larger watch with a bigger display and bigger battery, such as the Galaxy Watch5 Pro. Hopefully the 2nd gen has a regular and larger model for those of us who wants a larger display.
We are halfway to an updated Pixel Watch 2 release, and while I love everything the Pixel Watch offers, my suggestion is to wait for the 2nd gen, which hopefully addresses a few of the shortcomings of the Pixel Watch.
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