• Pixel Reviews in Review

    Some embargo must have been lifted yesterday; around lunchtime my RSS feeds and YouTube queue were suddenly filled with reviews of Google's new iPhone, like the video you see here from The Verge's Dieter Bohn.

    This morning's plan was to post some links for your reading pleasure, but this longtime Nexus fan couldn't resist the urge to throw in his own snarky comments along with them. Let's start with Dieter, who says that the Pixel phones go "toe to toe" with the iPhone, and that the Pixel "doesn't fall down". This gets right to my fundamental problem with Pixel. It copies the iPhone so much, from its exorbitant price right down to the long-press actions on app icons, that it begs the question: Why wouldn't someone just buy an iPhone?

    I managed to find at least one big-time tech blogger that agrees with me, Gizmodo's Michael Nunezówhose review is titled The Google Pixel is Too Dumb and Ugly to Replace Your iPhone. Here's a quote from that review:

    I couldnít wait to try the Pixel. Itís different than other Android phones, because itís the first handset centred around the companyís artificial intelligence; the same omnipotent intelligence thatís vacuuming up information about you every time you use a service like Gmail, Google Maps, or Google Calendar. The ďGoogle brainĒ learns your habits over time, and can help you find important information faster. The problem is that Googleís AI is too stupid to be meaningfully helpful at this stage.
    The knocks against Google's Assistant are justified. I would go even further and say that anyone who tells you these digital assistants have artificial intelligence at all doesn't understand what AI actually is. Get back to me when Google or Siri can pass the Turing Test.

    But back to the burning question, why buy Google's iPhone instead of the original? I was finally enlightened by a review from former Verge staffer David Pearce, now writing for WIRED:

    Iíve always been an iPhone guy, honestly [...] But Iím switching. For real. Iím turning off iMessage, re-buying apps, and warning friends that I probably wonít get their texts for a few days [...] Iím totally in love with the Pixel. I love this camera, I love Google Assistant, I love that Iíll get to use it with a comfy VR headset, I love that I finally get a version of Android that is both powerful and attractive.

    The immediate joke everyone, including me, made on Twitter after the Pixel launch was that Google made an iPhone. Well, thatís true. As it turns out, an iPhone running Android is exactly what Iíve been waiting for.
    Okay, I'm starting to get it now... Google is addressing a market that's already using its services on iOS, and already conditioned to paying a premium for hardware. Too bad these people will probably never try out a third-party launcher, or any of the other unique perks that Android offers.

    And finally, on the lighter side, here's a snippet from The New York Times review by Brian Chen:

    The Pixelís fingerprint sensor, for unlocking the phone, is annoyingly on the back of the device rather than on the face. So when youíre on the go, you will probably be using two hands ó one to hold the phone and the other to place your fingerprint on the back ó to unlock the Pixel.
    How to put this gently... You're a moron who should stop reviewing phones immediately and find some other line of work. Anyone who's ever used a Nexus 6P or similar Huawei device knows that you unlock it with the index finger of the same hand holding the phone, stupid!

    Sources: Gizmodo, New York Times, The Verge, WIRED

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Pixel Reviews in Review started by acurrie View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. schultzter's Avatar
      schultzter -
      Have you read the NY Times review of the Tesla Model S? And Elon Musk's response?

      TL,DR: don't get your tech reviews from the NYT (unfortunately I'm sure a lot of people to because they're reading it for other news and the tech stuff is there too).

      Tesla's response, https://www.tesla.com/en_CA/blog/mos...iar-test-drive
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      Good to know... Thanks!
    1. Groot's Avatar
      Groot -
      My Pixel XL is on the way.
      Really looking forward to it too.
    1. mobenzo's Avatar
      mobenzo -
      How do you like it?
    1. mobenzo's Avatar
      mobenzo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Groot View Post
      My Pixel XL is on the way.
      Really looking forward to it too.
      How do you like it??