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  • Tonka 10 Oct 2018 14:52:21 28,514 posts
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    I don't think it's a side project at all. I think they're taking it slow. They need to get the logistics in order and the assistant localized. Service and repair have been getting some flak, they better sort that out. Etc.

    Or they shitcan the entire thing next year. Like Google+, Reader, Allo and Inbox.
  • b-rk 10 Oct 2018 14:59:10 343 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    The hardware in the pixel is class leading or at least on par with every other flagship
    is that true, though? i mean, apart from the camera the spec on these google phones doesn't seem all that impressive considering the cost.
  • fontgeeksogood 10 Oct 2018 15:02:34 2,837 posts
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    @b-rk haven't you got an iPhone?!??
  • b-rk 10 Oct 2018 15:03:34 343 posts
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    i've misplaced the charger for it. using my backup android phone for now. :|
  • nickthegun 10 Oct 2018 15:15:11 75,304 posts
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    b-rk wrote:
    nickthegun wrote:
    The hardware in the pixel is class leading or at least on par with every other flagship
    is that true, though? i mean, apart from the camera the spec on these google phones doesn't seem all that impressive considering the cost.
    its got more or less the same basic specs as every other flagship on the market. Its the stuff added on top of that that splits them.
  • Load_2.0 10 Oct 2018 15:15:26 28,010 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    The point was that their hardware is so bland (the phones at least) as to be a turn off. The camera hardware is not the most advanced on the market. Neither is their gyro (whichs days is used for computing images) or the flash. I'm not even sure if it's two tone.

    I said that they're not competing with hardware but software.

    They don't add a second or even third camera, yet they are market leaders with their last gen phone bc software (which is what they use as a differentiator). They have a massive lead in machine learning AND data sets to train their models on. Makes sense to try and build around that rather than better screens (Samsung dominated) chips (Apple dominated for now) or sex appeal (Apple dominated)
    I'm not sure what the point is here.

    HTC make the hardware. They tinker a little with it, but I don't know whey you would would describe it as bland.

    There's not a huge difference between Android OS across brands.

    I'd say 95% of customers buy a phone on marketing. They are not at home reading about gyro's or processor speeds.
  • Tonka 10 Oct 2018 17:02:09 28,514 posts
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    Yes. Exactly.
  • BurnoutJunkie 10 Oct 2018 20:40:05 1,030 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    Care to list the other phones that offer stock Android?
    Nokia and Motorola, I believe. Pretty much stock.

    I'm a bit underwhelmed by this new Pixel. I was going to consider it, but now I think I'll hold onto my iPhone 6 for a 5th year. Get my money's worth out of it, as I paid outright and have been on cheap sim-only deals ever since. It's a bit slow, but I can put up with it for another 12 months or so.
  • Jono62 10 Oct 2018 21:02:57 20,970 posts
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    I'm going to get the next one plus because the Pixel was underwhelming.

    Edited by Jono62 at 21:03:21 10-10-2018
  • BurnoutJunkie 10 Oct 2018 21:12:51 1,030 posts
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    Is the Slate not hitting the UK? Couldm't see anything about it on the UK store page.
  • monkehhh 10 Oct 2018 21:14:19 4,984 posts
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    @BurnoutJunkie sure it will eventually, they often don't bother bringing a product over here for ages (Google Home Max) for no apparent reason.
  • brokenkey 11 Oct 2018 09:18:58 9,878 posts
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    BurnoutJunkie wrote:
    Is the Slate not hitting the UK? Couldm't see anything about it on the UK store page.
    Its not got type approval from the FCC yet, so its not on sale anywhere.

    https://store.google.com/product/pixel_slate

    Edited by brokenkey at 09:39:02 11-10-2018
  • Dougs 11 Oct 2018 09:54:11 86,861 posts
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    Nice, hadn't heard of that. I would be quite tempted for myself but my wife hates Android/ChromeOS. If we go for anything like that, it'll probably need to be the Surface.
  • nickthegun 11 Oct 2018 10:07:54 75,304 posts
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    Holy shit, the notch on the XL version is ugly.
  • Tonka 11 Oct 2018 10:33:20 28,514 posts
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    It's as if someone read this piece on the iPhone notch and thought
    "Naaah... I call bullshit. And I'll PROVE IT!" (And then failed)

    https://medium.com/tall-west/no-cutting-corners-on-the-iphone-x-97a9413b94e
  • nickthegun 11 Oct 2018 10:39:48 75,304 posts
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    The weird thing is, it's got a fairly big chin. Was just sliding the screen down really that hard?
  • Tonka 11 Oct 2018 12:53:05 28,514 posts
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    THIS is how you compete with hardware
    https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/11/17963172/samsung-galaxy-a9-release-date-news-features-four-cameras

    Not just the cameras (although definitely the cameras) but also the nice trendy gradients.

    Edited by Tonka at 12:54:10 11-10-2018
  • Zyrr 11 Oct 2018 13:14:11 297 posts
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    I've really loved my Pixel XL and was pretty much set to upgrade it with the P3XL this year, but I think I'm going to wait for the reviews after seeing how second-rate the hardware design looks. I know the hardware isn't really Google's focus with these phones, but the damned thing is sporting both the world's most invasive notch AND a chin that would even give HTC a run for their money!

    The OnePlus 6T is looking really quite appealing by comparison.
  • Tomo 11 Oct 2018 15:45:07 16,107 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    And your point isn't particularly valid. The hardware in the pixel is class leading or at least on par with every other flagship, which helps them leverage the software.

    Having got a Pixel 2 a few months ago, I think the quality is amazing. It's fast, responsive, has a great fingerprint sensor, the camera is insanely good. I got it on the cheap as I'd never pay 600 quid or whatever it costs at full price. I just don't understand what the hell people want that goes beyond such a level of phone. Splitting hairs once you get to this level IMO.

    Edited by Tomo at 15:45:33 11-10-2018
  • Tonka 12 Oct 2018 07:23:32 28,514 posts
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    Holy mother fucking shit.

    Look at these zoom and night vision shots

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nicolenguyen/pixel-3-price-google-hands-on
  • Yautja_Warrior 13 Oct 2018 20:44:29 69 posts
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    Pulled the trigger earlier and pre-ordered a Pixel 3 XL 128GB Black. Stuck it on PayPal Credit to take the sting out the cost.

    The hardware is solid but Google's software / AI is class leading stuff and will make the Pixel 3 a pretty amazing phone.

    The fact they can stick with a single lense camera and produce pictures that look as good, if not better, than phones with multiple lenses, just shows how great the hardware and software combo is.
  • b-rk 13 Oct 2018 22:07:59 343 posts
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    @Zyrr

    It also has a dev mode that can display a notch on the bottom. ^_^
  • Tomo 14 Oct 2018 03:00:47 16,107 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    Holy mother fucking shit.

    Look at these zoom and night vision shots

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nicolenguyen/pixel-3-price-google-hands-on
    I can actually vaguely believe those. The Pixel 2 has exceptional low light quality. You can get reasonably close to those night shots already, albeit a lot more noisy. But it's impressive they get anywhere close to not just a severely underexposed image.
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