• A Visit to My Local Google Pop-up Store



    Over the weekend I finally paid a visit to one of these Google pop-up shops that I've been hearing about. Mobile Syrup reports that there are 14 of them across Canada; I went to the one in the Best Buy at Bramalea City Centre.



    What especially piqued my interest was this video documenting Marques Brownlee's visit to the NYC store. Pretty swish, right? Well, here's what the Bramalea version looks like:



    Don't forget the audio!

    I counted five Pixel phones, a Chromebook, Chromecast and a VR headset that was glued shut. Immediately next to this display were others of equal size from Samsung and Rogers. And directly behind was a much larger area devoted to Apple products. I should also point out that Google's efforts went mostly unnoticed by Black Friday/Cyber Monday shoppers.



    This was my first interaction with an actual Google iPhone (aka Pixel), as the Best Buy downtown has no Pixels on display. So what did I think of it? "Meh" is the only word that comes to mind.

    Its build quality is on par with last year's Huawei Nexus 6P. Google's ROM and launcher seem snappy enough. I didn't get to do much with the camera under Best Buy's horrible lighting, but I will say this: for the exorbitant price it's just not an attractive phone. You can argue that it doesn't matter once you start interacting with the screen, and I'll disagree—you can still feel the thing in your hands, and it doesn't feel (or look) anything like a Galaxy or iPhone.

    The best thing I can say about the Pixel is that it wasn't as disappointing as the pop-up store itself. That's certainly not saying much!

    Link: Best Buy and Google to open 14 Google Shops across Canada

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    Comments 7 Comments
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      I still feel the Google took a leap here with the Pixel. And i hope it doesnèt come back to bite them in the a$$.
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      I guess the Pixel is a safe bet for anyone too afraid to buy something unlocked and online. Carrier subsidies certainly go a long way to hide its ridiculous price!
    1. alluringreality's Avatar
      alluringreality -
      Like previously commented, the Pixel is one of only a select few unlocked 2016 phones that supports Verizon, which is the largest carrier in the US. As a Pixel owner that received a significant price break from buying a Verizon model, my opinion is still that the iPhone 7 is generally nicer hardware. Since I don't use Mac, the iPhone notifications were simply too big of an issue for the way I use my phone, because there isn't anything like a notification LED or an ambient display to indicate waiting notifications on an iPhone.
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by alluringreality View Post
      Like previously commented, the Pixel is one of only a select few unlocked 2016 phones that supports Verizon, which is the largest carrier in the US. As a Pixel owner that received a significant price break from buying a Verizon model, my opinion is still that the iPhone 7 is generally nicer hardware. Since I don't use Mac, the iPhone notifications were simply too big of an issue for the way I use my phone, because there isn't anything like a notification LED or an ambient display to indicate waiting notifications on an iPhone.
      In what way is the iPhone still better hardware?
    1. alluringreality's Avatar
      alluringreality -
      I like smaller phones, so part of my preference for the iPhone 7 over the Pixel could simply be due to the smaller dimensions, including a smaller screen. I seemed to get significantly longer screen on times given the percentage of battery used with the iPhone. I remember the iPhone as having reported less percentage of battery drain in standby, for example over night. I never did any direct comparison, but my impression was that large apps I use like navigation probably opened faster on the iPhone. It could just be my usage patterns fit better with how the iPhone 7 is setup, but my impression was that I got a considerably more battery life with the iPhone. For a lot of this I don't have any actual data to back it up, it's just my impressions from using the phones, and my other iPhone 7 preferences would be even more subjective.

      As far as the Pixel goes, I think it's easier to grip without a case than the matte black iPhone 7. I never actually dropped the iPhone, but I had a few close calls when it wasn't in a case. I like how the Pixel has a notification light, yet something like pushbullet or an ambient display for notifications could probably also work for me. Aside from the items like multi-network support shared by both phones, most of the reasons I own a Pixel are due to the additonal things Android software allows, such as Tasker.
    1. rambo47's Avatar
      rambo47 -
      I'm an iPhone guy and when my dad asked for a smartphone recommendation (he's been using a basic flip phone forever) I started flogging the iPhone for all it's worth. His response was, "Nah, I'm a Windows guy and I don't want Apple." I was aghast! He wants to be able to run the Canary security camera app, so that means either Android or iOS. My Android recommendation: Google Pixel. First Android phone to actually tempt me.
    1. Groot's Avatar
      Groot -
      I love it though you need to ask how much do you love the idea of having Pixel launcher, monthly updates, pure Android, and two years of updates with the crappy exchange rate. I am a Google fan boy and needed the Pixel (got Pixel XL 128Gig) but the latest One Plus maybe a better value.