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"Google's Pixel 2 XL is absurdly close to being perfect"
By Thom Holwerda on 2017-12-04 21:07:01

With me being so down on Android, it's only fair to also offer insight into the other side of the coin - a longtime iPhone user making the switch to the new Pixel 2 XL, and loving it:

This phone is extremely my shit. Google has taken the original Pixel, which was interesting but not enough to tempt me into switching, and made it into something that's near perfect.

In a year where the iPhone X, which Apple touts as the future phone, only has a single interesting feature (Face ID) Google has embraced the opportunity to show a different future with arms wide open. It's the first time I can confidently say an Android device is great coming from the iPhone without constantly saying but there's this one thing.

Different strokes for different folks, but that's why we're all here debating things that are, in the grand scheme of things, irrelevant.

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Don't turn into a Daring Fireball copycat
By martini on 2017-12-04 22:20:44
Seems that Holwerda is turning into Gruber. It will finally happen when he shut down the comments of OSNews.
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RE: Don't turn into a Daring Fireball copycat
By wocowboy on 2017-12-04 22:35:31
A Pixel would be the only Android device I would consider, because out of all the Android devices, it is the ONLY one that is fairly certain to receive timely security and OS updates for a significant period of time. That might only be 2 years but that is FAR better than any other Android phone.
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Just missing a few things...
By jnemesh on 2017-12-04 23:16:35
like a quality display and a headphone jack! It's not really even close to "perfect". It's nice, but not worth what Google is asking, and FAR behind flagship phones from other vendors.
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RE: Just missing a few things...
By ianm on 2017-12-05 01:10:15
> and FAR behind flagship phones from other vendors.

This kind of statement, aside from lacking any kind of factual basis, is of no value. 90% of what makes a phone enjoyable to use is in the software, and on that front it's no contest.
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RE[2]: Don't turn into a Daring Fireball copycat
By leech on 2017-12-05 02:03:32
Theoretically the Nokia ones should be getting them as well. I was tempted to get one myself.
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RE[2]: Just missing a few things...
By leech on 2017-12-05 02:05:22
One reason I'll never get a Google phone: Lack of MicroSD card slot. Sorry, I need that. I skipped the Note 5 because it didn't have one, got a Note 7... well we know what happened there, and now have a Note 8. All because it ticks all the boxes (with the exception of latest Android all the time, which lets face it, isn't THAT big of a deal since Samsung includes all the features that are added into later versions.)
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RE[3]: Just missing a few things...
By ianm on 2017-12-05 02:58:46
The original Galaxy S was one of my favourite phones ever, despite some rough edges. The S3 that followed was a complete disappointment and I replaced it right away with a Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 quickly became my favourite phone, until the Pixel 2.

Samsung is crapware on top of crapware which gets between me and my phone...
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RE[2]: Just missing a few things...
By Lazarus on 2017-12-05 08:54:36
> > and FAR behind flagship phones from other vendors.

This kind of statement, aside from lacking any kind of factual basis, is of no value. 90% of what makes a phone enjoyable to use is in the software, and on that front it's no contest.


Shame that other 10% includes a screen that's prone to burn-in, the already mentioned lack of a headphone jack, and no SD card slot.

What a shit offering.
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The Pixel phones are far from perfect
By cmost on 2017-12-05 12:00:46
My colleague has a Pixel 2 phone and it's far from perfect. With every update a new problem arises. This is why I ditched my Nexus 6P back in April for a Samsung S8 which is my very first non-Google phone since my Nexus One. With my phone it was erratic problems after every update. The same seems true with the Pixel phones. One update fixes one problem and breaks something else. My colleague is constantly losing his contacts and having to re-add his exchange account. My phone wouldn't connect to my car's Bluetooth for nearly a year and then when it one day suddenly connected after an update I found that I couldn't stream anything over the Bluetooth connection. And what is Google working so hard on in Android 8.1? Fixing the hamburger emoji because apparently some (nitwit) users weren't happy with the placement of the cheese slice. Ridiculous! With Samsung I get few updates but the phone's OS works beautifully. Samsung's mottle seems to be if it ain't broke, don't fix it! Google could take note. Until it does, bye bye Google phones.
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missing features
By bolomkxxviii on 2017-12-05 13:09:27
Many seem to think a microSD card slot is no longer necessary. With phones having 128GB or more storgage, why bother? There is a good reason. When the phone bricks/is damaged with all your data there is no way to get it out of the phone. That microSD card begins to feel like a great idea. Sure, microSD cards can fail too. But if you back up your data regularly (you do, don't you) you will not lose too much. Just insert a new card, restore, and you are good to go. Without a microSD card slot you must either send your phone in or take is somewhere and let someone else have access to your data.
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