I'm always having some form of internal conflict between what device(s) I use on a daily basis, primarily because I'm never actually happy with the options available alongside the conveniences or caveats created by said options. I've currently settled back to using a 256GB iPhone 7 in Jet Black, because there were a few things that I just couldn't tolerate when switching to my Pixel and many compromises I couldn't commit to when using my 7 Plus.
The Pixel is without a doubt the best phone currently on the market, anyone that questions that can fight me because I refuse to acknowledge their commentary. This isn't up for debate, it's fact. Before I didn't give it enough time when comparing it to the Nexus 6P and now after using it for a week on Google's own Project Fi, I can easily say it's worth the money it costs because it's the first true iPhone competitor in the Android space.
The Pixel is fast, very fast. Everything is fluid and everything just works, which is ironically what the iPhone used to be. Oh how the tables have turned with Android Nougat in terms of usability and cohesiveness. Granted, this is the standpoint of an individual that treats their phone as a work horse -- I don't game, never have; my device is strictly to be used as the communications tool that it was created to be.
With that being said, I am sad to return to my iPhone but it was for reasoning beyond my control -- it's reminiscent of why I was locked into carrying a BlackBerry until they dug their own grave. The convenience of FaceTime/FaceTime Audio and iMessage makes it difficult to convert over to a new platform, but beyond that there is also my media. I have been so committed to the Apple ecosystem that all of my content resides within it.
I'm one of those strange people that actually pays for movies, tv shows, and music; due to that, it's only accessible on my iPhone (movies/tv shows) -- I'm faced with either re-buying everything on my Android account or just pirating it and side loading to my Pixel. Neither of which I really want to do. I'm sure if I were to fully commit it'd be less of a burden, but in it's current state it is a speed bump that I don't feel like trying to angle over.
The majority of those I communicate with have either WhatsApp or Signal, which makes the iMessage and FT/FTA lock-in less of a lock-in, but for those couple people that don't I either have to ask them to install it, which most will typically oblige, or deal with the struggle of SMS which I just won't use. I have one person that I'm willing to SMS because they're so fucking hard headed I can't get them to do anything else, this is what 10 years of friendship causes.
As for my issues between the 7 and 7 Plus, those are far different. The 7 Plus is just too impractically sized if you aren't using it solely as a multimedia device and the battery life is abysmal at best. My issue with the compromise in size is that the battery is quick to drain and slow to charge, and I personally don't benefit from the second camera or the increased screen real estate unless I'm on a plane and don't want to take out my MacBook Pro.
This is why I think the 7 is befit for my needs in it's current state -- yes, it dies faster than the 7 Plus but I'm able to use a battery case if I'm on the go or it will fully recharge quite rapidly in my car using a 2a+ adapter. Neither of these are the case for the Plus. But the largest upside to it is the one-handed usability, it just isn't possible with the Plus. I usually have a bag or my dog in one hand which means anything large is a burden to maneuver when walking or even when in the car.
I for the most part won't text in drive but for the time I need to type out a response or even initiate a phone call, it's far too annoying to do so with the Plus.
For these reasons, I've settled on my 7 to be my current daily driver and will continue my love affair with my Pixel on the side. I'd still like to make it my main device but I don't know if it'll currently be feasible unless I still have an iPhone alongside it.