Late last year, Google made a declaration: Things would be changing in how it launches phones. For many years now the company has had the Nexus program to host its dreams, which promoted a stock version of Android more than anything else. That option propelled, and held, the Nexus program in high esteem throughout the years, even when the hardware wasn't that great, or when a launch was bungled in one way or another.
Things changed last year, though. The Nexus program, for all intents and purposes, is apparently gone, and instead we've got a renewed vigor for the Pixel brand. What started in other markets other than smartphones has now led the way for what Google can accomplish, set a new high standard for Android as a whole, and even blew away the competition with its camera -- both on a hardware and software front.
The Google Pixel, and Google Pixel XL, are high-end flagship phones that deserve all of the praise they received last year. And it's exciting to see what Google will do next. Will the Pixel 2 revolutionize the design? Offer slimmer bezels, an even better camera, and more? Or will Google take a more held-back approach with an iterative upgrade?
That being said, the phone market moves quickly, and, sometimes, there's a new piece of hardware to stare at just a few months after one high-end phone's arrival. That's certainly the case this year. The Pixel launched just before the end of 2016, with shipments and inventory being constrained for many, and here we are near the end of April --just a few months later-- and Samsung has the Galaxy S8 to show off to the world.
I know of at least two people who picked up the Pixel as soon as they could, and have loved their phone ever since they took it out of the box. At least one of them constantly shares photos they've taken with the phone, practically glowing at the results. The other is just a huge fan of the phone in general.
And both of them are picking up a Galaxy S8.
In fact, one of them got their order shipped to them early, so they've got a Galaxy S8 Plus in hand. The other has to wait until tomorrow, but he's already sold his Pixel XL off. In both cases they managed to spend some hands-on time with the Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8 Plus), and they both walked away knowing it would be their next phone.
One of those former Pixel owners got their phone in December, which means they've only had it four months before they were coaxed into picking up a new phone. He's not typically known for switching phones on a whim, so the Galaxy S8 really impressed him. The other got his in October, right when it became available, so six months is a bit more understandable, I think.
As for me, if I still had my Google Pixel I'd have a tough decision in front of me. Like I've said in the past, the Galaxy S8's display is ridiculous, and it's a pretty strong, and convincing, reason for me to consider it as my next daily driver. However, I think the Pixel would win out for me, simply because the camera in it is stupendous, and I hate the fingerprint sensor location on the Galaxy S8. Still, I'd have to give it some serious thought.
In any event, these two got me thinking: Are any of you Pixel or Pixel XL owners out there already working on picking up a Galaxy S8? And if so, what about Samsung's newest flagship smartphone convinced you to make the switch? How long have you had your Pixel? Let me know!