I've spent the last few days thinking about the Google keynote and I'm genuinely excited for their products. I'm going to write a few articles about them but for this one I'm concentrating on the Google Pixel phone.
Google made their own phone
Both Google and Microsoft have taken on Apple's approach of making it's own hardware and software to build a better overall user experience. It's a smart move and one that's needed. Samsung are seen by many as Android and the previous Nexus range was pretty much non existent to the normal user. I feel that this is time for Google to take control of Android and it's relationship with the carrier and the user.
Apple introduced the iPhone on their terms, no carrier apps or branding. Google need to do the same. Take control of the software updates and provide a clean user experience.
HTC make it, right?
Yes but it's Google designed. Think of it like Foxconn making the iPhone for Apple.
Free photo storage
Everyone that buys a Pixel gets unlimited photo and video storage. It intelligently manages this for you and moves data to the cloud when it needs to. Such a great feature to hang over Apple.
Don't pay attention to the DXO 8.9 rating. They manufacture their own camera add on and haven't tested the iPhone 7 Plus. There's something about the timing of this that feels fishy to me. Either way I'd look at the sample images to make up your mind.
In summary spec wise it doesn't look on par with the iPhone 7 so we'll have to see when it is released.
This is a great feature, 7 hours of battery in a 15 minute charge.
Base 32GB is £599, its iPhone prices. Initially I thought this was too much based on a phone where you are the product but the more I've thought about it the more it's Google's pitching themselves at a more premium market.
Personally I feel that there is too much competition on the Android side of things for this to work mainstream. With manufacturers like OnePlus around it's going to be very hard for Google to sell these to normal users.
In my experience normal users that have an Android phone get it free with their carrier rather than put down their own money, unless they want to stick to their favourite brand. This looks to be happening with Samsung but not Google. I don't think the general public even knows that Google make Android.
This is a phone for Google fans.
Am I getting one?
I'm thinking about getting an Android phone to see what's on the other side but the Pixel might be out of my price range.
I'm going to be checking price drops on the 5x and 6p to dip my toe in the water of Android.