• There is No Room in My Life for a $1,000 Phone

    $1,179 CAD. That's what Google Canada wants for a 128 GB Pixel XL. To say that I'm not interested would be a massive understatement.

    And it's not like I don't love gadgets; it's just that I buy enough of them to have a pretty good idea of what I'm willing to spend. As a reference, here's my own personal computer allowance:

    Desktop computer - $2,000 - upgraded every two to three years
    Laptop computer - $1,000 - upgraded every two to three years
    Smartphone - $500 - upgraded every year
    Smartwatch - $250 - upgraded every year

    But wait, you say, you can get a 32 GB Pixel for only $899 CAD. Yeah, no thanks... over the summer I bought a ThinkPad for the same price.

    But wait, you say, you can finance a Pixel through your carrier or even Google. Again, no thanks... The only phone I ever financed from anyone was the 2011 Galaxy Nexus—and I ended up having to pay that off early when I changed carriers and got the Nexus 4.

    But wait, you say, the Pixel has a much better camera than your stupid OnePlus 3. That may be, but for the $660 CAD in savings (the OP3 ships to Canada for $519) I can buy a pretty decent DSLR with a better lens and sensor than any smartphone currently on the market.

    I don't think of myself as cheap, I just don't see any value in Google's new phones.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: There is No Room in My Life for a $1,000 Phone started by acurrie View original post
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    1. cyberstoic's Avatar
      cyberstoic -
      I am interested in other flagships, the V20 comes to mind. It would be superior to the Pixel in every way for my needs. I don't buy devices that do not have expandable storage. Also, google's tendency to drop things at a whim is bothersome and when this doesn't sell, will it just be left to whither like the Nexus?