Google Pixel isn't anything special, iPhone is better
Reviewed on Thursday June 8, 2017 by Alex, Utah
I used an iPhone from 2007 until the end of last year, 2016, at which time I purchased a Google Pixel XL. It was so hyped up, and I was excited to try it; I paid in full for it. I've had it less than six months, and I'm ready to sell it and switch to just a basic iPhone SE.
The Pixel XL is clunky. It's big, and the OS doesn't compare to Apple. I'm not a huge Apple fan either. I switched because their hubris and constant bragging about user experience and such an elegant user interface (UI) was obnoxious. Now I'm going to eat my words because the fact is, their UI is MUCH MUCH better than Google Pixel's. Example: to turn off blue tooth on the pixel requires tapping the bluetooth icon and then having to manually slide the button to off, rather than just allowing you to hit it once to turn it on and off. This is one small example of MANY that make the Pixel clunky to use.
Supposedly if you tap the screen when it's asleep a certain number of times or quickly hold it up, the screen will illuminate to show you the time and if you have any notifications. This is SO inconsistent, it boggles the mind. It doesn't work half the time.
It's key feature - Google Assistant - is annoying to people like me who don't appreciate constantly being bombarded with your phone/Google trying to access every nook and cranny in your life and foist their AI features on you. It's not very intuitive turning these things off either, a testament to the poor UI.
I am frankly surprised at how clunky the OS and UI are. I worked for Google for 4 years, and love many of their other products and always thought they did a good job with user experience and interface. The Google Pixel stands in stark comparison to that.