Whatever you think of Google's new Pixel phones, the one thing we know for sure is that these are the most polarizing devices in recent memory. On the one hand, we've seen reviews in which longtime Android users say they'll be walking away from the OS all together thanks to Pixel. On the other hand you've got the iPhone obsessed David Pierce over at WIRED saying he'll be switching immediately.
As I wrote last week, the Pixel isn't an Android phone for the Android fans. These devices are gunning for that premium corner of the mobile market where nobody knows what a bootloader is and the only brands that matter are Apple or Samsung. Well now there's Google, too. Whether or not the devices succeed in competing with their high-end rivals, these are the pros and the cons of the Pixels as they stand:
Quality build and feel.
Excellent camera (great in low light, zero shutter lag).
Unlimited cloud storage for photos and video (even 4K).
Latest version of Android, exclusive software, and timely updates directly from Google.
Google Assistant is a first-class digital assistant, better than Siri, though features from Google Home aren't activated yet.
Daydream VR-compatible (for when Daydream headset is actually available).
3.5mm headphone jack.
No camera bump.
Fast charging (from completely dead to 25% in 15 minutes).
The phone's touch response is vastly improved.
Boring iPhone-ish design.
Not water resistant (IP53 rating to the IP67 for Apple and Samsung premium tier offerings).
Expensive (starts at $649).
The only speaker is only OK (Nexus 6P had stereo).
In Geekbench speed tests, the Pixel was about 20% slower than both the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S7, according to the New York Times.
Huge chin, AKA the large bezel at the bottom of the phone (though who really cares?)
Fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone could interfere with some uses.