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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: Don't turn into a Daring Fireball copycat
By Morgan on 2017-12-05 21:04:54
Hmm, one is an unapologetic Apple fanboy who doesn't allow dissenting voices on his website, the other is an admitted gadget and technology geek who is happy to criticize or praise any company, sometimes both in one article, and who encourages discussion on his website.

I can clearly see how you confused the two.
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RE[3]: missing features
By leech on 2017-12-05 22:09:54
I tend to use SD Cards for copying over files from my computer, and then when I switch phones, it's already there. I also tend to backup everything to them via Titanium backup, and then can sync the files to my computer, but of course that requires root, so I haven't done so yet on my Note 8 (still waiting for a root). But seriously there is no excuse NOT to have an SD card. I've heard too many people bite into the 'but you can back up to the cloud.' Yeah, then your data belongs to someone else.
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RE[3]: Just missing a few things...
By ianm on 2017-12-06 01:41:50
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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.


One is mostly an imagined problem, the other is a completely imagined problem and the third is not actually a problem.

> What a shit offering.

Self referential?
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RE[4]: missing features
By WorknMan on 2017-12-06 01:55:26
There is an excuse for not having an SD card, and the same holds true for removable batteries and headphone jacks; apparently enough people don't care about these things that it's more profitable for companies to leave them off. I personally don't care about the SD cards or headphone jacks, but I find not having removable batteries to be obnoxious.

But, as holds true with everything else, the tyranny of the majority decides what's best for the rest of us.
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RE[5]: missing features
By Alfman on 2017-12-06 08:28:06
WorknMan,

> There is an excuse for not having an SD card, and the same holds true for removable batteries and headphone jacks; apparently enough people don't care about these things that it's more profitable for companies to leave them off. I personally don't care about the SD cards or headphone jacks, but I find not having removable batteries to be obnoxious.

But, as holds true with everything else, the tyranny of the majority decides what's best for the rest of us.


That's half the story, but the other half is that employees in corporate offices make some decisions because it's "trendy" (hey apple did this, we should do it too) and before you know it everyone's selling the same thing. We buy it because that's what's available rather than because it was important for us to have.

In other words, we need to distinguish between features that were created to meet customer demand versus features created to satisfy pointy haired corporate types.


A silly example as it applies to me is that I purchased a bigger phone screen than I wanted because the smaller models (which I preferred) were also older models that didn't have the newer specs and OS. You might assume I bought it because I wanted a bigger screen, but...argh it's too damn big in my pocket. Even in hindsight though I still want the specs... I had to compromise on a larger size that I did not want! I really want my next phone to be smaller, I just hope they don't kill the specs!
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RE[2]: Don't turn into a Daring Fireball copycat
By lucke on 2017-12-06 14:07:36
HMD promises two years of support for Nokias. And there are now 7 models at different price points and another model, the most expensive one, will be released soon.
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Meh..
By jbauer on 2017-12-06 15:46:16
I can get the S7 for less than half the price of the XL, with a proper display and aspect ratio, wireless charging, microSD slot, IP68, and all of that in a compact size.

Google's software is usually hyped for whatever reason but their constant updates put you on a treadmill of one thing gets fixed, another one gets broken.
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RE: missing features
By darknexus on 2017-12-06 16:02:58
> 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.
Except that you should be backing up regularly anyway, card or no card. If your phone bricks, the card won't do you much good until you get a new phone and restore the data on it anyway.
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RE[2]: Don't turn into a Daring Fireball copycat
By Wondercool on 2017-12-07 13:43:37
Or just buy a phone that is on the list of officially supported phones by LineageOS and you will get security patches each month and often support for the latest Android (albeit slightly later than Google).

There are phones out there that are on Android versions way past the last official release from the manufacturer.
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