Shopping for Wear OS

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I like Wear OS watches — ok, laugh at me, get it out of your system.:p

I like them because they’re really the only choice for watches that look elegant and classy, like a real dress watch. I’ve had a bunch of them, including the ASUS Zenwatch, the 1st gen Huawei Watch, the LG Watch Style, the Michael Kors Access Grayson (two of those, they were on sale at TJ Maxx!), the Skagen Falster 2, the Misfit Vapor X, and my current daily watch, the Fossil Carlyle (gen 5). Can you tell yet that I have a problem?;)

So of course, with holiday season here, I’ve been thinking about treating myself to a new watch. I initially thought of the Citizen CZ, which looks great in images, but it’s a 46 mm case, which is a bit huge for me (the Graysons are also 46 mm), and it’s also still gen 5 (meaning it won’t get Wear OS 3.0 in 2022). So I got the Michael Kors Access Bradford, which is a gen 6 watch. Looked great, nice two-tone silver and gold finish, excellent build. Only problem was that it heated up like crazy on the charger (it was still hot after sitting on the charger overnight), so that was an immediate no-go. Returned it to Macy’s the next day.

So now I went ahead and used that Macy’s credit to order the Fossil gen 6. Looks almost the same as my Carlyle (smoke-colored stainless steel band), which is why I was hesitant at first, but it’s supposed to get Wear OS 3.0, so that was the kicker. Also, the watchfaces that Fossil provides are much better than the MK selection (as you might guess, I prefer the analog faces).

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The advent of the Pixel Watch gave me a little pause, but from what I’ve seen so far, it looks like that design will be very much like sleek fitness trackers, so as much I am a Google and Pixel uberfan, I probably wouldn’t want that watch as my daily one.

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