I bought a Google Pixel 6. It is “returnable until 1/28/22”. It’s in the box and on it’s way back to Google.
My Google Pixel 6 issues:
– I will acknowledge that the jump from Android 8 on my Galaxy S7 to Android 12 on the Pixel 6 has been…unpleasant. For me and what I want out of a phone, I’ve found that with each update to make things less user friendly. What is it swiping every which way? And, Google assistant just plain sucks anymore.
– First and most importantly this phone has serious Bluetooth issues. Bluetooth disconnects randomly, sometimes it reconnects, sometimes it doesn’t. This occurs during calls, while listen to music, etc… I count on this to be hands-free or nearly hands free while driving. Not having this working as it should is a SERIOUS safety hazard. In addition there is an intermittent buzzing/interference sound. I cannot understand how a company as large as Google can release such seriously flawed software/hardware. There is a supposed fix of some kind involving Bluetooth that was supposed to be “rolled out” on December 6th, 2021. It has not happened for the majority of Pixel 6 owners. So, I sideloaded (manually updated) it and it made no difference.
The setup in my truck is pictured below. It has worked without issue on my Droid X, Razr Maxx HD, and Galaxy S7.
– The app I count on to view my security cameras (OWLR) doesn’t work with the Pixel 6. I don’t know if it’s the software developers fault or Google’s. I don’t care as the end result is the same.
Hands Free Calling
“Hey Google” sucks anymore. I used to just hit the Google shortcut and say “call my wife” and it happened. Now it I have to hit the Google shortcut then in the resulting screen the tiny microphone button and then say “call my wife”.**
Hands Free Texting
I used to just hit the Google shortcut and say “text my wife” then a screen would pop up and Google would say “Text my wife, sure, what’s the message”. I would say “On my way home”. Google would repeat it back to me and ask if I want to send or change it. Now it I have to hit the Google shortcut then in the resulting screen the tiny microphone button and then say “text my wife”.** Half the time it doesn’t work and I have to say “text my wife (ever so brief pause), I’m coming home. Often here a Google search result for “I’m coming home” will come up.
**The alternative to this is to allow Google to constantly monitor what I’m saying and wait for me to say “Hey Google, “text my wife”. No. Frigging. Way.
Grandpa Ken says
I appreciate your review about Google… I was tempted to maybe switch to a Google phone after my Samsung 7 started to become problematic after 6 or 7 years or so… I finally switched to a Motorola One 5G Ace with Android 10 but I can’t honestly recommend it. Don’t know what I might do next, so I’ll be interested in how this turns out for you. Thank You, Grandpa Ken
Wow buddy dude – that sucks. Don’t know if its the Pixel, new OS or both. Even Apple isn’t that bad.
Always appreciate your technical expertise. Have a great 2022!
What are you going to get?
Happy New Year!
Eric (a.k.a. TweakHound) says
I would have a look at the S21 FE which is being released at the end of Feb, top midrange price but top range specs.