At last. It has been years years that some of us have been waiting to see the pixel watch in person, and today Google is finally letting us have at it. This thing just got announced its one of the prettiest watches I think Ive seen so far. It runs Guero s 3.5, which is a slightly different version of the wear OS that Google co engineered with Samsung last year. That brings features like some Fitbit Integrations new watch faces and I cant wait to just check it out Music. So lets start with just the physicality of the pixel watch now, unlike a lot of other smart watches, this thing doesnt actually have gloves like if you notice a lot of fossil smart watches have lugs where the strap is attached. This, however, uses a more unique mechanism that Google has described as sort of like a attaching a DSLR lens onto its body. You have the push down on the button and then kind of Slide the strap out so Im going to try that Ive already done this. Once to push and twist whats trickier is probably gon na have to its going to be putting it back in all right. No, I love when people watch me struggle with things by the way. No you there, you go it kind of clicks back in its, not the most intuitive, but I feel like once you get the hang of it. It happens quite naturally. The result, though, of not having the lug, is that you kind of have a more intuitive curvature.
I think to the watch, so when you put it on, the watch actually fits very nicely. It wraps very snugly around the wrist now theres, only one size available, this 41 millimeter case and its very dainty, but it is a size that looks good on my wrist and I have smaller wrists than most people um despite having such a small screen stuff is Still fairly visible um, of course, I think I want to take this out into the real world to get a better sense for real world visibility, but for now elements like the time are easy to see and create different screens. Different watch faces. Google says theyre up to like 18 families of watch faces here. Each are customizable. I am using like a store employees watch, so I dont know how like much we can get into it, but again theres plenty of options. Here you can use the dial on the side or the screen its going to go through, and I really really dig this sort of like they call it the domed shape here. It just looks like a polished Pebble and it feels like a polished Pebble too. Its very light, and then you have a complication here of starting a workout. This is all a very Fitbit uh, themed interface, by the way, if youre, a Fitbit user youll be familiar with the color combination here, youll be familiar with the font face uh the way everything is named.
These are all clear, Fitbit touches. So this is the index screen Im going to try to customize it. It has different colors like the limoncello warm color option for this year. Uh you can choose here. As you can see, I start to the side. You can change up the complications, so this one shows your uh step count, but you can also do active Zone minutes thats again. Another Fitbit touch. You can put assistant an assistant shortcut, your calorie burn, your Countdown Just lots and lots of complication options, but these all for now seem like first party complex education, so theyre all from Google. Another thing I want to check out too is the heart rate sensor. So youre going to have to log into Fitbit to use this Google and Fitbit or former Fitbit CEO James Park, talk a lot about how this uses uh the most accurate heart rate sensor that Fitbit has ever made and its sampling your pulse at the rate of Once every second, which is faster than other devices on the market, so the device runs where OS what Google is calling Wireless 3.5. So its an update on the wereos 3 that Google co engineered with Samsung last year, most of the stuff is very familiar. Youll still swipe sideways to see all your cards. You can reorganize this. However, you, like you, can add different cards to this like different widgets. You also have like a page for smart home controls.
Then, when you go to the you can press the dial to go back to the home page and from the home page. You can swipe down from top to get your quick settings panel. You can see you can quickly enable things like mobile Google pay and then swipe being up from the homepage gets you your notification. So Googles also made a whole bunch of different bands to go with the pixel watch. Uh youve got the standard rubbery silicone strap for sports and weve got the stretch, bands that are made of sort of a woven material that is very similar to Apples. Solo Loop weve also got actual woven bands using different Buckle closure, and if you want to look fancy or have your device look more like a traditional watch, there are the more conventional options. So, as you saw just now, there was a lot we couldnt actually test out. I did borrow a watch off of an employees wrist, so some features were not set up yet like a lot of the Fitbit features, I couldnt even get like a real hard reading from from the device at the event, but these are things we will have to Test out in the real world anyway, alongside other features like Auto workout tracking, and I also want to get a better sense for how responsive it is, what sleep tracking looks like and what the battery life is so for that were gon na have to wait till The we can publish our full review in the meantime if youre already convinced you want to buy the pixel watch, you can pre order it today, starting at 350 for the Wi Fi only model itll be available next week, but before you spend your money, make sure You give us some time to produce our full review and review video so for that and for more coverage of the world of consumer technology.MH2yVDrDIm8