Google Pixel Price Controversy

Lately, I’ve seen all sorts of articles and Reddit posts around the idea that the price of a Pixel is way too high and that Google needs to be more realistic and rethink their pricing. I’m just sitting here asking why?

Let’s look at what you’re paying for here.

A high spec Android phone with 4GB of ram, a Snapdragon 821, AMOLED screen, best smartphone camera on the market and superb build quality.

Now it’s safe to say a lot of the complaints come from fans of the old Nexus program which miss the budget-ish phones with decent specs, decent camera and alright build quality paired with stock Android in a price range which makes it seem like a great deal. I can see how these people might be upset about the decision to discontinue the Nexus line of phones. However, the Pixel phones are one of the BEST Android phones you can get on the market right now, with the best camera available on a smartphone which also offers unlimited free storage of original quality photos and videos to the cloud.

Photo: REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach
Photo: REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

Let me just start by saying that being able to use Google’s services to upload an unlimited amount of photos that could be more than 10mb each is insane and a great benefit to purchasing a Pixel just by itself (especially considering the camera quality). The Pixels build quality also looks exceptional. Google have also made some great additions to the operating system such as the Google Assistant. These additions are similar to how other companies modify the OS although, and I don’t know about you, I’d much rather use the Google branded extras as opposed to, say, Samsung. I don’t say this because Samsung has bad software, but it’s because your Google account is already in the system. I can just use my existing Google account with my existing data already sitting on the device since I set it up.

This phone isn’t pure stock Android anymore. These phones are in a new league of their own.

Pixel Phone by Google
Introducing Pixel Phone by Google

The price you are paying for the Pixel goes towards:

  • One of the best Android phones on the market right now.
  • Free unlimited storage of original quality photos and videos to the cloud.
  • Google branded software on top of stock Android.
  • Lightning fast updates (if you don’t get it from a carrier).

If you don’t see the appeal in the above, then the phone might not be aimed towards you. And that’s fine. Google’s pricing is not that unreasonable; it’s just a clash of vision from previous Nexus owners and Google that, as a result, is upsetting enthusiasts. Look at the product they’re selling as what it is, not what it used to be (the Nexus line of phones). Google’s taken a new direction this year, and personally, I like where this is going.

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