Google is known for its trial and error approach to products. In the past decade there were more products dropped by Google than continuing to flourish.
With new Pixel launch Google has abandoned Nexus line of smartphones, pure versions of popular phones. So what’s special about Pixel?
- 24*7 support from Google.
- Pure Android.
- Google assistant.
- Best in class camera.
While not great the pros are good for Nexus. But with the pros there are several cons worth noticing.
- Only 2 years of Android updates.
- Poor design with a low screen to phone ratio.
- No waterproofing.
- No SD card support.
- Premium pricing.
- Low carrier availability.
- No distinctive hardware features.
- Below par hardware features than other leading Android manufacturers.
- $100 bump for next level of storage.
With a long list of cons, it doesn’t look good for Google.
And by increasing the price for Nexus to Pixel by almost twice, Google has reduced the value proposition associated with earlier Nexus models.
With not much changing between versions of hardware and software in modern phones, it needs to be seen if Pixel and Pixel XL will make any impact.
Time will tell if I’m wrong, but I’m waiting for a fire sale of Pixel to grab a few sometome early 2017.