Ha! I can't believe they copied the notch.
I can't find it in me to pay $899 for a Google phone—the service and experience factor just isn't there for me like it is with Apple. And since their product strategy is based largely on data collection that makes sense... but then offset the cost for the consumer. It feels like they're trying to have it both ways (Apple's hardware pricing structure without their data integrity).
I've been trying out a loaner Pixel 2 while I'm waiting for the XR to drop and it's been a bit of clunky transition. I will give them credit: their OS has improved 10 fold the last time I tried it 2 years ago. Google Assistant by far the creepiest feature... always asking me for data input.
I've immensely enjoyed the Pixel. Definitely getting the Pixel 3. Small one. Without the notch.
They improved so much. Really feels like a solid phone to me. My usage might be different to yours though, if you say "experience factor" is less. I've had shit experience after shit experience with Apple. My MacBook was a farce. iPad was a waste of money. Did like iPhone 3GS back in the day though.
I just feel like Google has "made it", in that its price point is just right for what you get. Whereas with Apple I can't help but feel like I'm paying so fucking much too much.
Especially here in Australia. $2400 for a phone. Hah.
The truth is... I actually think both are pretty good options.
But when I use an iPhone together with my Mac I have such a seamless experience (transferring files, sharing files, hooking things up, etc). The friend who loaned me the phone showed me how to embed widgets in the homescreen today so she's definitely loving it.
I also appreciate the privacy aspects of Apple a little bit more. As a designer I like the idea of making something very well with respect for the end user and just being paid for that—end of transaction.
Yeah, my only arguments against the iPhone are:
- I'm a Windows user
- HATE the apple ecosystem's "you're locked into this and only this"
And the privacy thing I've given up on ages ago.
All of these are personal though. So yeah, if you disagree with all three, iPhone's your jig. Fair call :]
.edit: This is why I hate having upvotes/downvotes on comments. I clearly state my comment is an opinion. It's decently informed and worded. Yet I get down-voted.
Down-voting is not for "I disagree". Down-voting means you think this post doesn't add anything to the discussion. I know my opinion (anti-Apple) is an unpopular one. But this makes me not want to voice it. That can't be the purpose of this.
It feels like they're trying to have it both ways (Apple's hardware pricing structure without their data integrity).
I had the same exact though
Seriously, and it's way worse than an iPhone! Sheesh, make the notch even bigger after talking so much shit, Google.
The notch on this and iPhone is ugly as sin but it does look a little like Jonny5 so I could let it pass
the software is really stealing the show here. that notch is aggressive.
man this website absolutely crawls on google's OWN browser...
The Pixel seems to be an amazing phone, but I find it hard to get excited about them until Google does something about their after sales support. Being here in Australia with a broken Pixel is like being on Mars with a broken pixel for all they'll do for you.
Edit: Also, google might need to look up the definition of 'groupie'
("Make google do it" section)
Very impressed with Google's hardware design the last 2 years. Their approach of making warmer human devices rather than cold glass and metal is a nice counterpoint.
Although the Slates keyboard and stand look pretty janky in a post-Surface world.
I understand that innovation doesn't happen every year, it might take more than a year or few years and they have done many innovations till yet but apart from that ugly notch, this phone is awesome.
I am confused between choosing Pixel 3 or iPhone XS.
Anyone else find the actual marketing site a bit bland and underwhelming?
Oof, $799 base price when the OnePlus 6T is about to come out at an expected $529 with 4GB more memory, 300MHz faster Snapdragon 845 CPU, 128 / 256GB storage options, 12 and 20MP cameras (granted, maybe not as good photos without Google's magic AI doctoring).
Still, there's seriously no way I could justify a purchase for this phone, even if I traded in my first-gen Pixel.
It's baffling, Google. Really.