So I finally gave in and picked up a Pixel, for two reasons -- first to pull off the T-Mobile jig and get a free $325 bill credit, second to see what all the hype was about. Truthfully, I don't know what the ranting and raving was about; after using it, nothing makes sense to me.
Maybe I have a tiny brain and can't comprehend it, maybe they're trying to see glory where there is none.
If you don't want to waste your time, go buy a OnePlus 3T and enjoy the same phone for half the price.
I only spent a day with it, because the Pixel, like the Nexus One, made me want to throw it into a trash can. There's no way Google can claim that this device is worth $800, it's impossible. As I've claimed before -- Apple gets rid of it for two reasons, we are sheep and the second main reason I'm willing to pay that price for my iPhone is because if something breaks, I can walk right into one of many Apple stores in my area and get the device swapped out the same day.
Google doesn't and can't offer this unless they're looking to take on what Microsoft did and create their own stores, which they don't have enough products to substantiate since they aren't a hardware company.
You get a certain level of service with Apple that commands the prices that they charge, with Google you get a special settings pane to reach out to their support staff... Cool.
In the first 6 shots I took, 3 of them had lens flare -- it was at night, but still.
Today I took a couple shots here and there and they were also underwhelming; I was going to post a couple sample photos but I was so unimpressed with the device that I wiped it before remembering to transfer the photos off. So instead, below are two shots that I took that I had uploaded to Twitter.
People have gloated about Google Assistant, who the fuck actually uses that? What is its purpose? I've had Siri for years and it has typically always been disabled. It doesn't do anything more than what other Android smartphones offer and it 100% is not worth $300 uncharge.
All in all, you get the same software experience on the Nexus 6P as well as the OnePlus 3T, as well as comparable performance, both are $450. There's no way anyone in their right mind can place a buy recommendation on this vice, at almost double the price with no value add proposition to be seen.