Look, it happens. After decades of dedicated iPhone fidelity, I strayed. I did it with the Google Pixel.
Androids have gotten a lot sexier over the last few years. One phone, in particular, won me over. The Google Pixel from Verizon is the first non iPhone phone that I could see myself in a long term relationship with.
Thanks to Verizon for the loan of a Google Pixel, which allowed me to cheat on my iPhone for a few weeks. All opinions are my own.
Cell phones are our partners in our daily life and for many of us, the partnership is a practically human one, fraught with dependencies, frustrations and complicated arrangements. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and hard to start fresh with a new partner. Particularly when you are used to texting with voice recognition in a certain way or asking Siri to call your mom for you.
It’s just too hard to learn a whole new system. I was sure that it would take me ages to get set up and rolling. And really why bother when my iPhone had everything I really needed. Even if it didn’t do everything I wanted, and take out the trash too. Wouldn’t it make you jump for joy, if your phone went the extra mile for you?
Enter Verizon’s affordable Google Pixel, the phone with the amazing camera that convinced me it would be worth my while to set up a new system and learn a few new tricks. Verizon has some great plans that make making this versatile phone a part of your daily life, an easily attainable goal.
For me it’s all about the camera. If I love it, I’m willing to ignore some other issues. But here I did not have any issues to ignore. Everything about Google Pixel is easy and intuitive. So simple that within a day or two of getting started with it, I found myself getting annoyed with my iPhone for being less efficient.
The most obvious advantage of course being the fact that the Google Pixel phone from Verizon speaks Google like a native.
If your life revolves around G-Mail and Google Docs, this means you’ll speed up your routines. Think of it as the difference between having to enter an apartment building and take an elevator to your apartment vs simply bursting into your front door and flopping on the sofa.
But back to that camera. Every single image in this post was taken with the Google Pixel and not edited, at all. These were test shots and I’m sharing them as it. The only one that was messed with is the lead image which was slipped under some text – but the image itself, which shows some crisp close up detail of water droplets, was not touched.
What’s so great about the camera:
- Better selfies thank to the higher megapixel front facing camera
- Wider angle lens, creates more dramatic sweeping photos and wider angle selfies and “ussies” where nobody gets cut off
- More vibrant color and sharper detail, particularly with motion shots.
- Better, clearer shots in low light
- Awesome assistants that magically make shareable videos, animations and arty versions of your photo
- Less time editing!
The only feature that I still prefer on my iPhone is the portrait mode, which I think looks slightly better and is a little easier to use than the lens blur option (same effect, different name) on the Google. Still,the Google Pixel does a great job! Can’t complain.
As a photographer who is used to lugging heavy cameras, I am grateful for a phone that makes me feel like I might be able to leave the lenses and camera at home on an overcast day, like the one where I took these test shots.
Did I mention how fast this phone charges? You can get up to 7 hours out of a 15 minute charge. That is supremely reassuring.
As a desktop Google user, there is no question that the Google Pixel make my life easier.
My work items are always available and I have access to nifty features and “assistants” that do everything from turning my daily photos into amusing animated sequences and videos, to reminding me what time I need to go to the airport (with a traffic update).
I could get used to the Google Pixel. It’s the first Android that’s really felt like I could leave iPhone for. See ya buddy!