October 18, 2016 Last Updated 10:17 am

Google appears to have created the first Android phone iPhone owners will covet

Early reviews of Google flagship cell phone by major tech sites are very positive, but there is a wait list to buy the new Android phone, and it certainly doesn’t come cheap

I‘m sure Google does not appreciate describing their new Google Pixel as the new iPhone, but if you define the iPhone as the one phone most consumers covet, than the Google Pixel could be described as the new iPhone.

Android’s problem has always been that, like Windows, the software was dependent on separate hardware makers producing a superior product. Then, to add another layer of issues, the hardware makers and service providers could not be counted on keep their customer’s devices up-to-date.

phone_hero-module_hero-image_1440_2xThe solution has always been that Google would have to become a hardware producer. That creates some issues, like maintaining the partnerships. But Google has decided to go ahead, and their timing is perfect, what with Samsung in pure Trumpian meltdown mode.

TNM doesn’t get test devices for review, but judging by the early takes on the new Google Pixel, it is a winner.

I have included some excerpts from the early reviews below, but here are a couple observations.

pixel-googleFirst, I am almost 100 percent sure that at some point I will move from iOS to Android. My frustration with all things Apple, from its press team (unresponsive), to its App Store team (unresponsive) to its lack of software quality control and progress, is having its toll on me.

But most importantly, as long as Eddy Cue remains in charge of so many areas I care about, such as the App Store, I just don’t see anything changing for the better. (Yes, after three and a half years I am still mad about the condition of the Newsstand and now the Magazines & Newspapers category.)

But I still see some obstacles to making the move. For one thing, the new Pixel is not exactly cheap. The model I’d be most interested in was priced out at $869. Second, there is still the issue of iMessage, and all those other devices I use. Of course, I’m not all that happy with my new Apple TV, or iPad, so maybe that won’t be that big an obstacle.

If, after three and a half years, Apple still can’t fix its the things I care most about, they never will. I may not add my name to the Google Pixel wait list just yet, but I certainly feel like that is the way to go… eventually.

Google Pixel coverage:

The Wall Street Journal, Joanna Stern:

Android people, please step forward. Good news! Your next phone-buying decision just got a heck of a lot easier. The Google Pixel is now the best Android smartphone you can buy. The other leading contender was disqualified due to spontaneous combustion.

iPhone people, it’s your turn. Ask yourself: Why do I have an iPhone? Is it because of its software, services and privacy policies? Or is it because it’s a very good phone for things like Google Maps, Gmail, Spotify and Facebook Messenger? If you’ve answered yes to the latter, the Pixel may be for you, too.

CNet, Lynn La:

As you can tell from its name, Google makes a big deal about the Pixel’s camera, and it is superb. It takes even better shots than the already stellar iPhone 7 Plus, which I consider to be the reigning champion of camera phones. If you want the full scoop on how these two compare, check out CNET’s feature, Google Pixel vs. iPhone 7 Plus: Which camera is better?

The camera is fast, images are in focus and colors look vibrant. Close-up shots appear especially sharp and refined. Landscape scenes retain an impressive amount of detail and depth, even with objects that are far away.

Wired, David Pierce:

I love Android. But the phones can be … frustrating. Clever features too often seem overwrought or poorly designed, or they’re buried beneath 15 Verizon apps on the homescreen. The iPhone is the Default Phone, the one you buy when you want a phone, not a project.

The Google Pixel changes that. It offers the look and competence of an iPhone, with a truly great camera and loads of innovative software and services. It changes my answer to the question I hear most often: What phone should you get?

You should get a Pixel.

The Verge, Dieter Bohn:

There has been a lot of talk about Google being more “opinionated” about what a phone should be, and Google’s opinion has always been hidden behind that veil. That situation might be okay at the low end, but at the high end (where all the profit and mindshare is), Samsung and Apple have expressed the only opinions that really matter. With Note 7s off the market and Samsung hedging its bets against Google’s services, that situation was going to become untenable someday.

Someday is today: Google is making a phone for the first time. It’s called the Pixel and it’s a Google phone inside and out, sold directly by the company to a mass audience for the first time. With Pixel, we finally get to see behind the veil and get an unmediated experience of Google’s very best shot at a phone. All the excuses that existed before for Android phones not living up to their potential won’t work here.

No more bullshit.

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