To put it bluntly, I dont really know what Im talking about with smart watches or just watches at all. For that matter, Im not a watch guy and am I foray into smart watches before the pixel watch began and ended with Fitbit verses, all four models of them. So, to say that I have hard opinions on how the pixel watch stands up to the Apple watch or Samsung, Galaxy watch or other Ware OS, smart watches or anything honestly other than a Fitbit at this point is kind of laughable. But a lot of you have asked for my thoughts so Im here to give them to you just not in a review now. Dont get me wrong. I still have opinions on this watch and Im going to share those, but in my inexperience, with smart watches, Im, not the guy thats going to be able to tell you how the pixel watch, favorably or maybe unfavorably, Compares with something like the Apple watch or Samsung Galaxy watch or any watch really even with my Fitbit verses over the years. I didnt lean on too many of the Smartwatch features on a daily basis, so when it comes to smart, watches, Im kind of a clean slate. So if you hear all of this – and you think to yourself Id still like to hear what this guy thinks well lets get into it, one of the things that impresses me most about the pixel watch is the build quality from the rounded edges to the digital Crown and the quick switching of the Bands, the pixel watch, feels fantastic both in your hands and on your wrist and while its light enough to be easily worn all day without thinking about it, theres no denying the high quality of this watch.
When you just pick it up or when you put it on your wrist, the digital Crown is perfectly functional. With these really nice haptics, you feel with every scroll and the button above that is super clicky and responsive, and when youre swapping out watch bands its a snap. Once you get the hang of Googles proprietary system and once theyre in place, they feel snug and secure Ive been rocking the stretch band here for over a month, and I really love it, but a switch to my included silicon band is only seconds away. If I need it to but build quality, isnt everything after all, as a watch, this thing needs to look good too, and the pixel watch has no issues in this department. The high quality build pays off all around is this is easily the best. Looking Smart Watch. Ive ever seen in up close now, thats subjective sure, but you cant deny the beauty of the pixel watch after wearing a Fitbit Versa. For years I did have to get used to a circular watch on my wrist, but that took me all of a couple days and just the other day, I slapped the Versa 3 on my wrist just to see it again and I hated the way it looked. Im fully on board the circular watch train at this point and when I combine the build quality and the good looks of the pixel watch with all the things it actually does for me on a daily basis, you can start to quickly see why Im so happy With Googles first attempt here so lets talk about some of those things that I actually use.
After all, a smart watch is only as good as the functionality it can provide right if it looks great and cant actually do anything, youd be better suited with just a standard watch in most cases where my hands on time with the latest Fitbit Versa. 4. Left me wanting far more functionality from that watch. The pixel watch is actually a complete 180 from that experience on a daily basis, this watch assists me in all sorts of tasks coming from a fit bit. I obviously use it to keep up with Basic Fitness stuff like heart rate and steps the pixel watch. Unsurprisingly, does this all quite well, even if it still is missing a few of the tricks from the Fitbit Versa incense like Auto, exercise, recognition again for me, this isnt a big deal and the fitness metrics I do keep up with are all here on the pixel Watch but it goes Way Beyond Fitness with this thing and thats, where the pixel watch has really won me over notifications and responding to messages on the watch is so much better than what Ive had on the Versa series over the years that I find myself. Triaging messages a lot on this watch, the voice replies are great, but Im also shockingly good at using the tiny swipe keyboard as well. Making WhatsApp or Discord or Google messages replies not just functionally possible on this watch, but also pretty enjoyable too. Phone calls have also been a treat allowing me to handle full length calls with just my watch when needed, without feeling like Im, unable to really get into the conversation.
Callers on the other end have been consistently impressed that Im talking talking to them on a watch and the speakers on board. The pixel watch deliver plenty of volume and make it a pretty sweet. Overall experience, Ive also used my watch to actually pay for standard things. Like gas or food or other necessities without needing to get out my phone or my wallet and adding cards was simple through the Google Wallet app and then using them just requires a quick double click of the digital Crown before placing the watch near an NFC Reader. Additionally, Ive been using Google Maps on my wrist when Im, driving and and then being able to quickly query the Google Assistant without referencing. My phone are both things that I find myself doing more than I ever expected. I would. Finally, in addition, I dont use all the time thats come in clutch a few times here and there is the ability to snap a photo from your pixel phone right from the watch as we get into more family gatherings this time of year. Having this trick. In my back, pocket is kind of nice. Now youll notice I didnt reference the GPS for running or LTE connectivity for phone free access or storing music on the watch to listen to when Im out and about with some pair cleared up earphones and thats, because I simply dont do those things from my watch And I have yet to come across a situation where I really feel the need to do it for what its worth Joes experience while running, has been really positive with the GPS on this watch.
So hopefully that helps, but for the things I simply never do. I cant tell you how good or bad this watch is at doing them and thats. Why I didnt want to call this a review. I dont feel qualified to holistically talk about how good or bad the pixel watch is in reference to others that have come before it. I do, however, feel pretty comfortable telling you that this is without doubt the best smartwatch experience Ive ever had now. I would go days here there without my Fitbit on my wrist but Ill. Tell you this. I dont ever leave the house without my pixel watch on its simply become too much a part of my daily routine that I kind of feel a bit naked without it now and thats. Frankly, the experience Ive been waiting for from a smart thing on my wrist. Not an addition that I feel like I have to shoehorn into place, but one that organically finds itself in my natural workflow. The pixel watch has done just that, and after a couple months of using it, I can easily say that if I were to lose it or to break it, Id be figuring out really quickly a plan to get it replaced, ASAP and thats. Just not true of too many Tech things for me these days and thats. Why? I feel that this one is special. Is it perfect? No, but to my largely Smart Watch ignorant self, it sure feels pretty damn close, but guys thats it for this one.
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