The Google Pixel 6’s killer feature — it’s the price.
The Google Pixel 6’s killer feature — it’s the price.

The only included calendars widget is Outlook Calendar, which (you guessed it) requires you to use Outlook. It's a series of news items that, were they shared on Twitter, would generate a series of dismissive replies. My colleague Alex Wawro explained how to do it, though.

One Google Pixel 6 price caveat. Shouldn't I be able to easily remove the Teams Chat app Microsoft jammed into the Task Bar? Maybe I would be able to get away with one new computer — and not two — this year.

While you can get a $599 Pixel 6 unlocked through Google, that version won't work with high-speed mmWave-based 5G. To that end, Verizon mmWave-based Ultra Wideband network is super fast, and it's selling a version of the Pixel 6 that can connect to mmWave. The only other included widgets that piqued my interest were Weather, To Do (I've got my own preferred productivity app, but this is a nice touch) and Entertainment. If you want a bigger screen that refreshes at 120Hz, along with a triple camera array, then you can turn to the Pixel 6 Pro for $899. Even though I've used a Mac for my adult life, I do kinda want to go all in on Windows — I use it to stream games that aren't available for the Mac, which makes me wonder why I'm sticking with the Mac. : What's different?

Plus: What is Pixel Pass for Google Pixel 6 — and is it worth it? And that kind of nimbleness, where you can leave the phone charging, and stay productive with your Mac, is what I love. Windows 11 just launched and as someone who uses both Macs and PCs, I was curious about how Microsoft's software update would be, and what's there. True, you can get an iPhone 13 mini for $699, but even that's $100 more than the Pixel 6's starting price. Google Pixel 6 price outlook.

There's no way Microsoft could have made a widget that supported its own Calendars app, too? Windows 11 needs third-party widgets and it needs them badly. This is partially because I'm an iPhone user and would rather those apps be made available (more on that below).

There's a pretty big caveat to that price, though, and it helps put the Pixel 6's low cost into context. Put another way, it looks like would-be Pixel 6 owners are being asked to prioritize a lower price or faster 5G connectivity. Widgets are not it (yet) To put those prices in context, the Pixel 6 measures up nicely on paper to phones like the Galaxy S21 and iPhone 13, but it's significantly cheaper than both of those devices — $200 cheaper in fact.

There's a lot of good being done in the Windows store, the app store inside of Windows. Consider also that Google charged $699 for the Pixel 5 when it launched that phone a year ago. I don’t care about Teams. One of the many holdovers from Windows 10 is that Edge is still the baked-in default web browser for when you do anything within Windows.

That's why I still think the Pixel 6's most attractive feature is its price. I didn't expect Microsoft to crack that code, though — so don't take this as me being disappointed. Or at least people believed it was that important. But for the vast majority of people, the version of the Pixel 6 that's available at the $599 starting price will tick all the boxes of what they're looking for in a phone — at least on paper. Seriously.

Microsoft took the old method — look for "Web browser" in the Default apps section of System Preferences — and threw it out because . it was too easy? I'm not sure why Microsoft did this, but now you need to open the same Default apps section, but scroll down through a list of applications to find the browser you want to use. The Pixel 6 debuts at $599 for a 128GB phone powered by a Tensor chipset and offering an impressive dual camera display.

This, at the core of it all, is a major reason for why Microsoft probably isn't going to lure me over. But still I get served chum like the above. Breaking the padlocks on the gate to the iPhone is probably an ask too far, but if it could pull in app developers who aren't even on Windows, make Widgets worth a damn and stop pushing Teams and Edge so damn hard? Then, turn the switch next to Chat to the Off position. Then there's the section under the Widgets, which appears to be a holdover from something else.

How to fix it: I don't know if Microsoft can get those developers to build Windows 11 apps, but that would go a long way for me. The Apple third party apps I want aren’t on Windows. It's also because Windows 11 is getting the least appealing spin-off of the Google Play Store (and its 3.5 million apps) in the form of the Amazon Appstore's 500,000-ish apps.

But there's no such limitation on Mac-iPhone integration, which lets me reply to text messages from a MacBook, or run FaceTime calls on an iMac. So it seems like Google is charging less for a more powerful phone. Windows 11 outlook. Buying both a new gaming PC and a MacBook Pro 2021 is going to require a lot of money. Stories like "Amal Clooney Wore a Gorgeous Cutout Dress with George for 'The Tender Bar' Premiere," "BREAKING: Starting defensive lineman will miss the remainder of the season," and "Bindi Irwin Shares Sunny Snapshots of 'Princess' Grace, 6 Months, Smiling with Tongue Out." This list could be really long (the way to write an em-dash "—" is still absurd on Windows, though it's easy on a Mac), but I thought I should keep my reasons to the important things tied to (or relevant for) Windows 11.

Microsoft's rebranding of itself as a services company is a bit much if you ask me, because they're really hoping that people care about Microsoft Teams — a service that we as individuals don't have much control over if we use at work or not. A phone's value is determined by more than its price tag, and we still need to test the Pixel 6 to see how its Tensor processor and revamped cameras hold up against the competition. How to fix it: Make Teams more obviously optional. It felt Mac-like. Then I saw all the bright pretty colors of Windows 11, its rounded edges and opaque panels.

I can't tell if Microsoft will ever make the Windows that gets me, a Mac user, to switch full-time. Microsoft seems so proud of Teams that it wants us to make it and the Teams Chat app the crux of all of our messaging. "Forget Skype, messages and everything else," Microsoft seems to say "You should just use Teams!" You also get a 6.4-inch display with a 90Hz refresh rate. But for $599, the Pixel 6 looks to already be off to a good start before our testing gets underway. The Google Pixel 6's killer feature — it’s the price. Speaking of which, Windows 11 makes it harder than ever to change your default web browser. : Here's what's new : Here's our full list, from Acer to Samsung.

But this isn't really a thing I care about a whole lot for me, personally. But as impressive as all those changes appear, that's not the reason I think people are going to pay more attention to the Pixel 6 than they did for previous Pixels. Edge still gets pushed way too hard.

T-Mobile's 5G speeds may not reach the heights of mmWave-based networks, but they're fast enough to qualify as the fastest median download speeds for 5G in Ookla's latest test results. To reap the benefits of mmWave, you're going to have to buy a version of the phone that works with those kinds of networks. Because of all the restrictions and limitations of Apple's software and hardware, Microsoft can't get into the iPhone. Search the web in the Start Menu or in Widgets?

You're opening in Edge. Then again, mmWave isn't for everyone. Once I click through Chrome, I have to change every single web page format that exists: .htm, .html, .pdf, .shtml, .svg, .webp, .xht, .xhtml, FTP, HTTP, HTTPS and many more. How to fix it: Go back to Windows 10's default web browser setting — and let that setting apply to actions in the Start Menu too. Microsoft had a whole event this summer to get the word out about Windows 11, and the energy surrounding Windows 11 system requirements created such a fervor that it felt like Windows 11 could be a game-changer.

Looking at Windows 11, I was reminded about that "why," over and over again. My favorite apps, such as the productivity-focused Due reminder app, Deliveries for tracking packages, the excellent Pixelmator image editor and the Overcast podcatcher aren't in the Windows store. How to fix it: More widgets, less fluffy news. Even the more expensive Pixel 6 Pro compares favorably to the competition based on price.

That seems like an unfair trade-off to make and helps explain why consumers don't seem excessively excited about 5G. This time around, the most appealing thing about the Pixel 6 is its low price. But what if I like what I was using before? I rely on Discord, and that doesn't really seem to have an integration (it and Teams Chat seem to be two whole separate worlds, so it probably won't work like this).

The other apps, such as Watchlist Stocks, Sports, Esports (LOL), Traffic and Photos didn't do much for me, and the so-called "Entertainment" app is merely a very basic, bland and not-at-all recent set of recommendations for what to watch. (It's not very tailored to my interests — I have done nothing to suggest I'd want to watch Trolls World Tour). T-Mobile also reaches the most people with its 5G network, and it's only charging $599 for the Pixel 6. This means you don't get any Google apps, including Gmail or YouTube, which are glaring exceptions for those of us who think about Android being Google's world. T-Mobile will let you claim a Pixel 6 for free with an eligible trade-in (though you will have to sign up for the carrier's most expensive unlimited data plan). The Snapdragon 765G powering that devices didn't pack a lot of punch relative to other flagships, and we'd expect that Tensor to easily outpace that chip.

How the Google Pixel 6 price compares to other phones. I get the .pdf option but . what was wrong with just one "web browser" setting? Did someone actually say they needed to open .html links and HTTP links in different applications? At first, it doesn't seem like you can, as there's no option to un-pin it when you right-click the Teams/Chat app (which appears when you right click other apps on that area).

Windows 11 can’t make me switch from a Mac — here’s why. I'm an iPhone user (I tried to use Android, it didn't click), and the Your Phone app just does nothing for me. The Google Pixel 6 launch spent a lot of time talking about the Tensor processor and what it means for that phone as well as for the Pixel 6 Pro.

It's being opened up to third party sellers, such Epic Games (whose spat with Apple led to Fortnite getting kicked off Apple devices.) At $899, the Pixel 6 Pro costs $100 less than the Galaxy S21 Plus and iPhone 13 Pro — two devices that also offer telephoto lenses and 120Hz adaptive refresh rates. Instead, they'll wind up having Microsoft bully them into using this app or letting it take up space. As fast as Verizon's high-speed 5G network is, it's only available in parts of 87 cities; the rest of Verizon's nationwide 5G coverage is notably slower. And Apple's phone not only has a smaller screen, the mini's refresh rate is stuck at 60Hz. Pixel 6 pre-order deals add on to that value, with Google throwing in a pair of Pixel Buds A-Series earbuds with your order.

For me, because of requirements at work, that's Chrome. That's a little too much work if you ask me, and I bet many people will not poke around settings and find this. I love that for them. Open the Settings app, select Personalization and select Taskbar.

Unfortunately, it costs $699, or about $100 more than Google charges. And I love that Android users will get a little of that with the Your Phone app. Can it be fixed?

Not sure, but getting the real Google Play Store integrated with Windows would be a start. It's just for Androids, and I get it. While 5G compatible, the unlocked Pixel 6 can only access sub-6GHz 5G bands, which aren't as faster as mmWave. AT&T also has a mmWave-ready version of the Pixel 6, but it's even more expensive at $739. And since I expect to need a new computer soon, a small, small part of me was hoping that Windows 11 could be that new home for all of my computing.

But I also just don't care at all about the Android apps coming to the PC in Windows 11 (not that they're present at launch). It's a really weird thing for Microsoft to force, especially when you can set Chrome as your default web browser. And since this is a Google event, there was a lot of energy devoted to new camera capabilities built on Google's knack for computational photography. That's not a knock against Windows, except that the developers in question don't make Windows versions of their apps. I try to do my best to avoid this chuff: in the "followed interests" section on Microsoft's MSN site, I've only checked off TV, Movies, Music and Coronavirus.

Yes, if you're dead set on having a phone SIM Cards that works with mmWave, you'll have to pay more (though Verizon and AT&T both have deals to lower that cost). iPhone integration matters more than Android apps. Widgets are here in Windows 11, and I'm really disappointed with the first batch. So, I put together a list of the top five reasons that Windows 11 isn't doing it for me.

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