Now that its here expectations are naturally high. After all, Google had all that time to fine tune. Its first smart watch and everyones been anxious to see if this could be the product that Rivals the Apple watch. The pixel watch doesnt just have an eye catching design, but the software also seems promising where OS has been a mess, but by collaborating with Samsung and finally integrating fitbits Health tracking features. Google may have addressed its greatest weaknesses, Music of all the things about the pixel watch. Google was most eager to show off its design, and rightly so. The pixel watches case is a thing of beauty in pictures. Its almost nondescript its just a plain round face with what appear to be pretty thick bezels in person, though the pixel watch catches light at some angles in a way that makes it look elegant and pardon the cliche like jewelry, most importantly, for a person whos into Tactile Sensations, like I am the pixel watch just feels so good. I love flipping it over and over in my palm, like its a smooth, shiny, Pebble theres, something about the domed shape and the glossy finish that makes swiping across the interface feel luxurious on. The right Edge sits a dial that almost twinkles in the sun, along with a button above it that pulls up recent apps in my few days with the pixel watch, Ive used this ladder button exactly once it requires more Force to the Press than its counterpart on The Apple watch which sits below the digital crown and is more obvious.

I rarely used Apples button too. So this is not a thing on Google, unlike most other Android watches the pixel watch. Doesnt have lugs instead straps attach directly to the case via a mechanism that Google describes as similar to the lens Locking System on DSLR cameras to connect a band. You push one end of it into a button at the bottom of the groove and slide it in to remove you push the catch on the side and twist it off it took a bit of getting used to, and I still cant say, Ive nailed the process, But I also havent swapped bands, yet Im sure whenever I receive different straps like the gorgeous metal mesh or the comfy stretch, option that Ill be performing this change a lot. I am pretty impressed by the bands that Google has made sure theyre. Basically, adaptations of options that apple offers like the Milanese Loop or solo Loop, but paired with Googles round case. These look like conventional watches and wouldnt seem out of place at formal fashion forward events, while the 41 millimeter case sits nicely on my relatively petite wrist. I wish Google had made a larger version. I thought pixel watch looks good on most arms, but there are people who prefer a bigger screen when it comes to something as personal as a wearable. One size does not fit all while it seems like Google may have pretty much nailed the hardware one of the biggest problems playing Wireless watches in the past was their namesake.

Where OS Google software was criticized for everything from its overly swipe heavy navigation to being too basic, when the company teamed up with Samsung to co, engineer wereos 3 last year, it was able to bring performance and power consumption improvements that laid the groundwork for it. To add a more robust health and activity tracking system with Fitbit, which it completed its purchase of in January last year, the result is wear OS 3.5 Googles own expression of its Smartwatch software. This interface is very familiar in many ways: its not a huge departure from the tizen esque platform that we saw last year on the Galaxy watch 5.. You can download music to stream offline for the pixel watch, get turn by turn Maps, directions, remotely control your camera and ask the assistant to set timers or tell you the weather. You can also control your Google home devices from your wrist. The main differences are Googles. New watch faces and the Fitbit Integrations. I wish the Fitbit features were better meshed into wear OS. It feels like a missed opportunity or some sort of reluctance to give up the Fitbit logo and branding for Fitbit fans. This might be familiar and welcome, but for those expecting a pure Google experience, it can be jarring, while the constant presence of Fitbit branding throughout the system makes the fitness and health tracking features feel disjointed. It was nice to see where OS finally deliver stand reminders. During my testing, the pixel watch and the Apple watch Ultra generally reminded me at the exact same time that I needed to get off my butt and walk around to meet my movement goals.

It was also nice to see things that Fitbit devices never had like notifications. For messages from basically any app on your phone, as well as the ability to reply to messages using a keyboard, dictation, emojis or suggested responses, I particularly like Googles new watch faces, some of which are also familiar because theyre quite similar to Apples as a narcissist. My favorite is the photos option which lets you choose up to 30 pictures from Google photos to set. As your background, I also enjoy the complication heavy faces like utility and index which let you basically surround the clock with up to five fields, because most of these use a black background. They tend to blend nicely into the bezel. Making those borders seem invisible, but the photos face makes the thick edges painfully obvious. One of the pictures I picked is so crammed that the top of my friends faces are cut off and we look extra squished together. Unlike the Apple watch, the pixel doesnt, let you move and scale your pictures since I mostly use a non photos. Phase the thick bezels dont bother me too much. Every bit of information I want to see is easy to read, and the colorful text on black background is great for readability. I sometimes wish fonts were bigger or thicker, but by and large I didnt have trouble that said, setting up your pixel watch and monitoring your data through your phone is very similar to The Experience on Samsung and Apple devices on all three.

You have a separate app to do things like customized watch faces, organize the order of your tiles and choose which apps can send notifications to your wrist to view your exercise or sleep. Data youd have to go into each companys respective Health app or in the pixel watches case Fitbit. These are all pretty typical other than Googles app, not actually being named. Google health, theres good and bad news with the pixel watch, basically relying on Fitbit system to deliver health and fitness tracking, and I fear the bad May outweigh the good lets start with the Positive Fitbit has arguably the best Wellness tracking system around. It was one of the first to start tracking, your heart rate during your sleep, to determine what zones you were in. It was also among the earliest to introduce cycle tracking and its workout page does a great job of showing what cardio zones youre in through a ring around the screen. Fitbit is one of the few companies in the space that makes sure to incorporate rest and Recovery into its depiction of your overall well being giving you a Readiness score based on your sleep and stress data, and by virtue of being a Pioneer in the fitness tracker Industry, Fitbit also has comprehensive knowledge of how to translate user, behavior and heart rate info into useful insights and features. If were using the industrys leading smart watches as The Benchmark. Here then, the pixel watch performs, as expected, the bad news is, while the pixel watch benefits from fitbits expertise.

It also suffers from the syncing issues that plague the companys older devices. Often my data would take so long to show up on the watch or app that I thought it hadnt tracked any activity or sleep at all. On Friday night the Apple watch Ultra logged, my disappointingly short night of 3 hours and 50 minutes. It took the pixel watch until Sunday afternoon before that session showed up in the Fitbit app. My overnight. Data for Sunday night also took at least 10 minutes to reflect in the app which isnt too bad, but compared to the instant sinking of the Apple watch and the iPhone it felt like forever. Similarly, the results of an outdoor walk on Sunday did not appear in the Fitbit app until hours later, causing me to panic about my progress in a very friendly competition. Also, while Samsung and Apple will actually alert you when they notice youve been walking or exercising for a while, the pixel watch remains quiet. In fact, I thought it was malfunctioning and not detecting my brisk Mile and I started to get quite angry it wasnt. Until much later, when the walk showed up in the Fitbit app that I realized it had actually counted my activity. Once I got used to the gas lighting I started to enjoy. Looking at my data in the Fitbit app, you can tap into pretty much every metric to get a detailed view of your activity over the last 24 hours for some pieces of data, though, like your breathing rate, resting heart rate and heart rate, variation, youll need to Pay the monthly ten dollars for the Fitbit premium subscription to see info Beyond a week and even then youll only see the last 90 days of your Trends and personal ranges.

This to me is the worst thing about the Fitbit integration. When I imagined what the pixel watch would deliver, I never expected any of my long term data to be paywalled. I was especially dismayed to learn that the Sleep score and data about time spent in various sleep zones would also be locked behind premium and that basic users would only see how much time they spent asleep. I could see why Fitbit might keep their Best in Class. Sleep tracking behind a subscription fee if the competition wasnt offering anything similar, but even Apple, which has been the worst at sleep tracking, now delivers the same reports for free and Samsung has been doing it for years. The most troubling and disappointing aspect of the pixel watch is its battery life. When Google promised 24 hour run time on this device, there must have been a lot of caveats. I generally got through about 12 hours, with the watch before I started: getting low power warnings and thats, typically with always on display, enabled and tracking at least three workouts a day, two of those being outdoor walks using GPS. When I left my companion phone at home, meaning I didnt get serve notifications. As often I saw a few hours more, this sort of battery life would be fine if you dont expect to use the pixel watch to track your sleep, but not only does it usually die before I go to bed. Google also states that you need to have at least a 30 charge before you can log your results overnight, unfortunately, with Apple and Samsung watches, typically clocking close to two days, if not more Googles, Smart Watch still lags in this department.

I, like the pixel watch but Im not in love with it Im tempted by its lustrous appearance, its Bodacious curves and its General shininess, its a perfectly capable Smartwatch. That does the things modern, smart watches do, and it does many of them well, but short battery life and odd Fitbit related choices.