Technology has a funny way of either catching up or biting you from behind. For more than six years Apple’s iPhone series has dominated the smartphone industry and Android series phones had to always play second fiddle. But now, a new player is not only giving Apple a run for its money, it has the iPhone getting nipped from behind. This is the Android phone that finally is giving even iPhone users second thoughts about switching to Android. The newly released Google Pixel smartphone is the first real Android-run phone that finally fixes the problems of past Android smartphones such as bloated software, inconsistent updates, and fragmentation. But the short of it is that the Google Pixel seems to be better, if not, at least the equal of at least the iPhone 7. In appearance, some people are even spooked that the outer design of the Pixel is almost similar to the iPhone. But then, this outer design is a bit dated after two years so Google could have found a better outer design. The one big – and maybe only – setback to the Pixel is that it isn’t water resistant, something that most phone manufacturers are now attempting to incorporate into their designs.
In fact, if you were to look at the major premium phones from Nubia, Samsung, and even Lenovo, their designs embody cutting edge so no one smartphone looks the same. Google should have thought of this, or perhaps they did want their phone to look exactly like a photocopy of the iPhone. Even no-name stupid brands from unlikely Chinese and Indian phone manufacturers have very premium looking designs. Google however, knew what it was doing when it focused on the one thing that has users endeared to their iPhones, its camera. No doubt, after major reviews, the Pixel shows greater consistent sharpness and dynamic range, more pleasing colors, and better low light results than the iPhone. This may just be a slight edge, but it’s a huge edge nonetheless that could shift the balance when users start to choose between the two brands. Another plus in the camera category (most people now buy phones not for its texting or calling features, and not even for its apps, but because of the camera) is that Pixel’s camera features and app is easier to operate than the iPhone.
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When it came to other features like responsiveness, information density, running Wi-Fi, speed tests, finding hot spots at weird areas, notifications, and even availability of apps, both phones come out as equal. Now this is frightening because even Samsung’s infamous Note 7 – battery notwithstanding – could never match any iPhone. Even the Google Pixel is priced exactly the same as the iPhone 7, which gives first time users great pause as to which phone to buy. Of course, now that iPhone is going jack-less, it has come out with hundreds of lightning wireless accessories, whereas Pixel has stuck with the jack in the hole, which for some people is more practical if you’re not into wireless stuff yet. For Google, the Pixel is nothing short of a triumph, and not bad for a company known only for its search engine and software. Google might have sold more Pixels today if it had gone lower, but Google wants to be right next to the iPhone and be some lower budget alternative below it. The first Google phone is a welcome disturbance and disruption for those of us believing that only the iPhone could satisfy all our needs without drastic compromises.