Pixel - The Beginning of the End

Only three days ago, Google launched their new phone(s), the Pixel, along with its bigger brother, the Pixel XL. It’s easy to get lost amongst the bullshit. Both versions of the phone are touted as having the “best camera ever.” They ship with Google’s new “Assistant,” something users of Allo may know of, a Siri/Alexa/Cortana-like humanoid version of Google Now. But what they don’t advertise is their new target audience.

In a world dominated by iOS devices (High school in an affluent, largely white area), I’ve long been a proponent of Android devices. However, it’s becoming harder and harder to advocate for the switch, as the previous promise of an experience easily tailored to the power user, while still far greater than Apple’s, is becoming more and more distant. The Pixel ships with Google’s newest version of Android, Nougat 7.1, where they introduce their new two-partition system, adding another hurdle to the already increasingly-complicated process of rooting. Additionally, the partnership with Verizon, while they are my carrier, is practically vomit inducing. How can Google expect to provide a clean, stock Android experience with a carrier known for cramming as much bloatware as possible into their phones? The answer is, they can’t, and they don’t. A simple comparison of the Pixel and Nexus sites confirms it — While the Nexus page emphasizes “The Ultimate Android Experience” and “Pure Android,” the Pixel site talks about the quality of the camera (If you check out the iPhone 7 page, they do the exact same thing), and the “all-new” Siri clone that Google introduced with their completely unnecessary Allo app. Further inspection reveals the new speakers, which now reside on the bottom of the phone. Who in their right mind would remove such a beneficial feature? I’m guessing that, in their effort to sway the technologically-incompetent masses, whoever designed the Pixel figured it’d be easier to just fucking clone the iPhone, right down to the antennae lines. (Yes, I do realize they’ve been a staple of HTC’s previous phones too, so it’s not crazy they’d put them on their newest phone, the HTC “Google” Pixel…just let me rant.) Let’s not forget another prominent new feature of the Pixel — the price. With a flagship price and one model year on it, the Pixel must be far better than the Nexus 6P, right? I’m not so sure. Even with everything I’ve mentioned so far, it continues to disappoint, with the XL sporting a 5.5 inch AMOLED, whereas the 6P offered a 5.7 inch AMOLED. As far as the other improvements, it has 1 gig more of RAM, and a (slightly upgraded version) of what is essentially the newer version of the last Nexus’ CPU.

It’s time for, at the very least, power users to start relying on companies like One Plus for their devices, because Google clearly doesn’t want [our] business.

Side Note: I wrote the vast majority of this (rant) on Friday, October 7th, and when I came back to finish it on Sunday, two days later, I had trouble picking up where I left off, so excuse my lackluster finish.