If you’ve been following my adventure here at YTE, then you may have noticed that I’m the Moto Guy. However, I recently took the plunge into the world of Pixels, and then back again to Moto. But I’ll soon be returning to my Pixel 2, or an XL. I can no longer convince myself that there’s a better Android experience.
I still really like Moto and what they currently offer in the Android market. It’s important to have OEMs that not only support the midrange but truly make an effort to make quality phones for the budget segment. In that same vein, it’s OK for the Google to excel at the high-end — and they’ve done just that. Here are a few reasons I’ve made the full-time switch to the #TeamPixel:
Hardware and software harmony
This has long been a selling point for Apple, and rightfully so. You can never optimize the overall user experience without complete dedication to both. Google knew this was a challenge with Android for years and have attacked this with a similar model to Apple. They even bought 2000 employees from HTC to make it happen. They needed the hardware to be built for the software and vice versa.
It’s paid off. The smoothness of Google’s Android is unrivaled by their other OEM partners. It’s stupid fast. Some come close with brute force like the OnePlus 5T, but most fall considerably short, as it should. Google is at the heart of Android’s core and their in-house offerings should reflect that benefit. You may not notice if you’ve never used the Pixel line, but once you do, you can’t ignore it.
Inline with the marriage between hardware and software also comes support. Since it’s inception within Google’s vision, Pixels are supported better than any other device. This is in regards to quick updates as well as longevity. You’ll get the latest Android version each time it’s released, but you’ll also see the Pixel 2 getting those updates until 2020. Sure, other Android phones may continue to get security updates after 3 years, but no one expects to see the latest OS version on any of them.
This can also go beyond OS updates. As the Google ecosystem grows, the Pixels will be part of its immediate family, just like my Android Auto unit in my car. So far, it’s been incredibly irritating that it doesn’t seem to work with all phones the same. With so many OEM development teams producing these smartphones, the results are widely different. But my Pixel 2 works flawlessly, every time. These are the little details that Google has worked towards; making the interactions as seamless as possible.
I can’t get over how good the Pixel cameras are. I’ve often downplayed this feature, but now that I’ve had it, I don’t think I can go back. It’s super fast, dependable, and creates awesome photos. I honestly never thought the tech would ever be good enough for me to not consider carrying a true camera while traveling, but I recently went to Florida on vacation and had zero reservations on only taking the Pixel 2. And guess what? It performed beautifully. Top that off with some of the software tweaks that Google is doing with AR and portrait modes, and I just don’t see a better camera smartphone available.
I’ve found a new home with the Pixel line and I’m comfortable with that for the moment. Will I never go back to Moto? It’s hard to say never. I really like some of their phones and could easily see me returning if the new Z blows me away. Are there things I’d like to see Google improve? Of course. However, for my current needs, Google has the best overall user experience matched with outstanding hardware. So, don’t call me the Moto guy! I’m looking forward to my journeys with #TeamPixel.