In a world where Microsoft has given up on consumer mobiles, is the Google Pixel 2 a good fit?
Google makes Android, and while it’s the likes of Samsung that usually take the spotlight, the Pixel 2 is 2017’s showcase for Android as a platform. While some other phone makers have a tendency to layer on their own custom user experiences, the Pixel is Android as Google intended.
So, you’re getting the latest software mixed with the latest phone hardware. But if you’re inside the Microsoft ecosystem, perhaps looking for a place to go now that Windows 10 Mobile is out to pasture, would the Pixel 2 be a good fit?
Latest software, no fluff
Aside from some custom apps and maybe a little sponsored pre-loading, Windows mobile users have been accustomed to getting a consistent user experience across whichever brand of phone they may have been using at the time. Carriers sometimes got in the way, but Microsoft did a pretty good job at keeping things in line and pushing out updates.
Even now, folks who are sticking with the platform can get updates first through the Insider’s Program.
If you’re the kind of mobile user who puts great importance on having the latest software and timely updates, the Pixel is probably the best Android phone to get. Google handles it directly, and it’ll launch on the latest version of Android 8.0 Oreo. And you’ll be good for at least a couple of years.
The open secret is that HTC makes the (smaller) Pixel 2 phone hardware for Google. And that means high quality. The company may have struggled in recent years with selling phones under its own brand, but the quality of the hardware made by the Taiwanese manufacturer has never been in doubt. (LG manufactures the larger Pixel 2 XL.)
The Pixel 2 doesn’t