Saturday, July 13, 2024

Pixel Watch 3: Google needs me to “transition” into the (smartwatch) individual I refuse to be!


See, whereas I put on my Pixel Watch 2 every single day, I’m unsure I’d name myself a “smartwatch individual” simply but. The reason is I might additionally go with out my smartwatch.

In truth, my main telephone is an iPhone, so the one motive I get to maintain utilizing my Pixel Watch 2 is as a result of I’ve Android telephones sitting on my desk (the Pixel 8 Professional particularly). The $1,000 Pixel 8 Professional that sits on my desk syncs with the Pixel Watch 2 and… makes it work. In any other case I’d have to change to Android, and nobody is loopy sufficient to do this! Duh…

Jokes apart, I actually did develop to love my Pixel Watch 2, so it’s not a shock I’m now moderately excited to search out out the Pixel Watch 3 might deliver a bunch of upgrades that’d make me… improve.

Pardon my French, however the Pixel Watch 1 kinda sucked, which isn’t the case with the Pixel Watch 2. That being mentioned, I’ve an extended listing of “issues that also want fixing”, and I believe the Pixel Watch 3 could be the one to deal with my complaints as a Pixel Watch 2 consumer.

Right here’s why…

The tremendously improved Pixel Watch 2 is popping me right into a “smartwatch individual”, however can Pixel Watch 3 assist me transition absolutely?

Evidently, the Pixel Watch 1 had many flaws I outlined in a number of tales right here on PhoneArena, which is why I used to be prepared to go away it (and the concept of the Pixel Watch) behind… if the Pixel Watch 2 didn’t ship. Nevertheless it did!

Google put collectively a strong Pixel Watch 2, with far longer battery life, a correct charger, and a processor that doesn’t decelerate throughout fundamental duties. However this didn’t make my Pixel Watch 2 excellent in any respect, and I did what I normally do once I don’t like a chunk of tech – I acquired paid to complain:

Right here’s a throwback to my Pixel Watch 3 wishlist from November 2023:

  • Two Pixel 3 watches in two completely different sizes
  • Bigger shows, slimmer bezels
  • Even longer battery life (lasting three full days sounds nice)
  • New band swapping mechanism
  • New speaker(s)

Quick ahead to right now, the most recent leaks and rumors across the Pixel Watch 3 appear to vow (just about) what I requested for! And I’m really (like genuinely) wanting ahead to the rumored 45mm Pixel Watch 3, which seems like one thing a “smartwatch individual” would say. And as we already established, I’m undoubtedly not that man.

I already love the concept of the brand new 45mm Pixel Watch, however my up to date Pixel Watch 3 wishlist is for much longer now

Anyway… Whereas the rumored 45mm model of the Pixel Watch 3 already sounds thrilling (given how small the 41mm watch is), having spent much more time with the Pixel Watch 2, I’ve a number of extra options for Google.

Right here’s my up to date Pixel Watch 3 wishlist for 2024 – this may make the right Pixel Watch:

  • Google, please, don’t ship the Pixel Watch 3 with the identical low-cost silicone strap; it collects grime and sweat, and it… stinks (like actually); I purchased the most cost effective cloth wristband I might discover on eBay, and it’s 1,000,000 occasions cleaner, extra snug, and doesn’t retain any foul odor

  • Give me an precise Pixel charger; though I like how robust the magnets are, it’s clear that the charger shipped with the Pixel Watch 2 is an affordable unbranded charger, and that’s a disgrace for a $350 product; to not point out, the charger is white, which is not sensible as there isn’t a single white spot on the watch or any of the bands you’ll be able to decide; the charger needs to be black, and even higher – match the colour of the watch (gold could be superior)

  • To get much more sensible, I set lots of timers, so I can’t keep away from mentioning that the timer interface/expertise on the Pixel Watch might (and will) be significantly better; because it stands, it’s not essentially buggy, but it surely’s glitchy and never on the extent of the equally costly Apple Watch

  • Let me see the entire calendar as an alternative of solely my upcoming occasions; if I’m my calendar, I in all probability wish to see an precise calendar

  • Getting much more particular, the Pixel Watch 2 doesn’t at all times hook up with my Wi-Fi within the morning, and it doesn’t at all times stop the “Bedtime mode” when it’s alleged to (which might be associated to the Wi-Fi inconsistencies)

  • I do know the FitBit subscription is optionally available and the Pixel Watch doesn’t want it to work, however let’s attempt to make the watch even much less reliant on a premium FitBit subscription for “premium” health options; I do know I’m pulling the Apple card once more, however… Apple doesn’t do this, and the Apple Watch prices the identical

  • Whereas Google sends quarterly “Pixel drops” to Pixel telephones with new options, I’d wish to see related quantity of affection for the Pixel Watch; for instance, a few of my (software-related) complaints in regards to the Pixel Watch 2 might simply be solved with a software program replace

  • Talking of software program, longer software program assist is a should; particularly since Pixel 8 now will get 7 main Android updates, 3 years of OS updates for the Pixel Watch appears to be like a bit shabby

  • And eventually, what’s a wise wearable with out… AI? Let’s deliver Gemini on board!

Pixel Watch 3 could be getting nearer to turning into “the default Android smartwatch” however don’t sleep on the OnePlus Watch 2 (with 2-4-10 day battery life)

Anyway, as I mentioned within the intro of the story, I’m really wanting ahead to the Pixel Watch 3, and notably the (rumored) bigger 45mm variant. And that’s already an ideal Google achievement in my e book. Bear in mind – I’m not a “smartwatch individual”! No, actually! I don’t need you to get the fallacious impression of me…

Even when I’ve small palms (and I actually do), the 41mm Pixel Watch 2 has been manner too small, and a few UI components are simply laborious to hit – just like the tiny button that brings again your ongoing timers. Significantly, it’s the scale of a booger. A small booger.

The apparent apart, addressing the entire particular needs in my upgraded Pixel Watch 3 wishlist could be the numerous cherries on high of the Pixel Watch cake ( hate the cake reference however I couldn’t give you something higher).

From what I’ve seen thus far, the OnePlus Watch 2 has gained many tech nerds over, particularly with some extraordinary battery life (achieved by way of two chips and two working techniques). So, Google actually has some actual competitors to fret about – even when we overlook in regards to the likes of Samsung, Huawei, or the smartwatch chief, Apple.

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