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

See, whereas I put on my Pixel Watch 2 on daily basis, I’m unsure I’d name myself a “smartwatch particular person” simply but. The reason is I may additionally go with out my smartwatch.

In reality, my main cellphone is an iPhone, so the one cause 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 specifically). 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 modify 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 may convey 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 a protracted record of “issues that also want fixing”, and I believe the Pixel Watch 3 could be the one to handle my complaints as a Pixel Watch 2 consumer.

Right here’s why…

The drastically improved Pixel Watch 2 is popping me right into a “smartwatch particular person”, 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 obtained 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 at present, 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 appears like one thing a “smartwatch particular person” 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 recommendations for Google.

Right here’s my up to date Pixel Watch 3 wishlist for 2024 – this is able to make the proper Pixel Watch:

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

  • Give me an precise Pixel charger; though I really 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 unnecessary as there isn’t a single white spot on the watch or any of the bands you possibly can 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 loads of timers, so I can’t keep away from mentioning that the timer interface/expertise on the Pixel Watch may (and will) be a lot better; because it stands, it’s not essentially buggy, nevertheless it’s glitchy and never on the extent of the equally costly Apple Watch

  • Let me see the entire calendar as a substitute 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 connect with my Wi-Fi within the morning, and it doesn’t at all times give up the “Bedtime mode” when it’s speculated to (which might be associated to the Wi-Fi inconsistencies)

  • I do know the FitBit subscription is non-compulsory 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 try this, and the Apple Watch prices the identical

  • Whereas Google sends quarterly “Pixel drops” to Pixel telephones with new options, I’d prefer 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 may 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 at last, what’s a sensible wearable with out… AI? Let’s convey 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 significantly the (rumored) bigger 45mm variant. And that’s already an important Google achievement in my ebook. Bear in mind – I’m not a “smartwatch particular person”! No, actually! I don’t need you to get the flawed impression of me…

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

The plain apart, addressing the entire particular needs in my upgraded Pixel Watch 3 wishlist could be the various 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 up to now, the OnePlus Watch 2 has received many tech nerds over, particularly with some extraordinary battery life (achieved by way of two chips and two working programs). So, Google definitely has some actual competitors to fret about – even when we neglect in regards to the likes of Samsung, Huawei, or the smartwatch chief, Apple.

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