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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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RE[2]: Don't turn into a Daring Fireball copycat
By flecht on 2017-12-05 14:02:47
Xiaomi is looking quite good in this regard.
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RE: missing features
By jessesmith on 2017-12-05 14:08:45
If you keep regular backups, as you suggest, then you don't need the sd card. Just restore your phone's files from the backup.
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RE[2]: missing features
By WorknMan on 2017-12-05 15:05:16
> If you keep regular backups, as you suggest, then you don't need the sd card. Just restore your phone's files from the backup.

LOL, I was going to post the same thing. 'You need an SD card in case your phone dies, so you can get to your data. Sure, SD cards die too, but that's what backups are for, right?'

*pffft*
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RE[2]: Don't turn into a Daring Fireball copycat
By WorknMan on 2017-12-05 15:08:21
> A Pixel would be the only Android device I would consider

I was with you, but decided to get a Sony XZ1 Compact because of it's small size, since Google isn't likely to make another phone under 5". This phone regularly spams the notification area with ads from bloatware that can't be removed or disabled, even with the app's notifications turned off.

I think I'm going to go back to my Pixel 1.
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RE[2]: Don't turn into a Daring Fireball copycat
By Bink on 2017-12-05 16:49:08
The Pixel 2 gets security updates for 3 years.
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RE[2]: Don't turn into a Daring Fireball copycat
By danieljo2 on 2017-12-05 18:35:06
Strange, my 2 LG Stylo2 phones get Android system updates every quarter at least for the past year like clockwork. Quarterly updates are fine for me since it takes about 20 minutes for the upgrades to be done.
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RE: Don't turn into a Daring Fireball copycat
By grat on 2017-12-05 18:56:18
Oh, does Gruber post links to other people's articles to show a different viewpoint?
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RE: Just missing a few things...
By grat on 2017-12-05 18:57:01
Your post is missing a few things-- like details.
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Horrible site design
By tankist on 2017-12-05 19:31:28
Did anyone notice the comments section on the original site? Dark grey text on black background is impossible to see. After that I cannot take seriously any thoughts on design from the guy. :)
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iphone switcher's Android phone
By tkeith on 2017-12-05 20:29:29
If you're used to owning an iPhone and want an Android phone, the pixel is probably your best bet. But having used an enjoyed Android phones of the past, it's a pass for me.

1. Too big. XL is good for large phone lovers, but the standard Pixel is too big for a small option.

2. Aluminum and Glass. Two of the least durable materials for a phone, one that scratches easy, and one that shatters.

3. No headphone jack or SD. Sure they aren't necessary, but there's no good reason to not include them.

I can see how to some people, these are all compromises they are willing to make, and Iphone users are used to them, but I'm sick of the current trend of copycat phones.
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