If you are still contemplating the Google Pixel, I have some advice. Stop. Stop wasting your time.
I’m not a phone reviewer, so I’m not going to play one here. My mission is to give one more opinion to confuse the hell out of you when you’re deciding whether you should part with an entire week worth of pay or not. Isn’t that how these things work?
Quit wasting your time contemplating the decision and just buy one. Folks, this is the best phone I’ve ever used. No, I’m not a dedicated fan who’ll try everything and stand in the street for seventeen days to pick up a phone. I’m a lover of awesome things and the Pixel happens to make the list.
If you know me, I don’t like parting with money. If you don’t know me, now you know I don’t like parting with money. But I did, and I don’t regret it. I even decided (kind of stupidly) to make the jump from the arguably just as good Nexus 6P. Luckily, that phone got a great second life, so it made my decision easier. And, for the record, I believe the Pixel is better than the 6P.
So, what do I like about the Pixel so much?
Design – Although I do wish I got my hands on a blue Pixel, I ended up with the black version. I like that it is different from any other phone, but mostly just thanks to the back of the phone. Say what you want about a phone’s design but everybody has different opinions on this. Myself, I like it.
Size – It’s perfect to me. The Nexus 6P was a monster. I like a phone that is small enough to use one-handed. I also like a phone that doesn’t make me look like I’m carrying a book in my pocket. The 6P was nice, but it was bigger than I like. The Pixel (not XL) is just right for me. Luckily, if you like bigger, the XL is still smaller than the 6P.
Camera – I would never ever buy a phone because of its camera. I don’t take near enough photos. I’m the person who thinks back 24 hours and says, “Oh I should have taken a picture of that.” But this camera is nice for the use it gets. It is the best camera I’ve seen on a phone.
Battery Life – It’s everything I heard it would be. It beats the 6P head to head and easily gets me through a day. It also charges insanely quickly when I need it to.
Pixel Exclusives – Of course there are a handful of things that Google decided to keep exclusive, which are nice little bonuses. The full integration of Google Assistant. I never thought I would talk to a computer so much, but this thing is smart, fun, and helpful. The night-light feature, which actually works and helps for night viewing. The gestures which allow the fingerprint sensor to help control a handful of commands. Live help when needed. These are only a few of the things that make the Pixel special and that I’ve found helpful.
The Network – Yes, I know you can use it just about anywhere, but it plays wonderfully with Project Fi. Also, the price is right. If you want to join and earn $20 in free credit, tell ’em T0802K (referral code) sent you.
It works – After quite a debacle with another company and their phones (rhymes with Botorola), I decided I’d never go back to them. That despite my prior 2 phones were by them. I’m sure glad their last phone crapped out after seven months and they didn’t want to help. The transition to a Nexus and finally a Pixel were wonderful and worth it. The phone is fast, responsive, and sleek.
Integration – If you do a lot with Google already, you’ll find this phone very helpful. If not, not so much.
If you were looking for specs and GHz and such (is that even right) then this is the wrong place. I’m just telling you the phone works. While the price isn’t exactly to my liking, I quickly forgot about it once seeing it in action. Hopefully, this has helped push you off the fence. At the very least I hope it confused you a bit more. Now you can push the back button and read the next search result.