O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
— Walt Whitman
The overwhelming feeling in the comment section in last week’s poll that asked if you’ll miss the Nexus line. Some long-time Android users chimed in, going as far back as the one and only T-Mobile G1. There is a general sentiment it was a mistake for Google to try and compete with Apple in the premium market – perhaps not so much because people don’t believe it can succeed, but because they will miss the affordable pure-Android phones.
If you care about what software you’re running and timely updates, then there are few options left. Even the Lenovo-owned Moto line can’t be counted on fully, the year-old Moto G3 isn’t getting Nougat (many others are, though). For what it’s worth, Verizon promised to let Google push updates without delay and minimal bloatware installed (the 3 apps will be uninstallable to boot).
That sounds like good news for the Pixel duo – at least for those that can afford it. Our Hot or Not poll ended in a split vote leaning towards “Dud!” in a 54/46 split.
The comments had a fairly negative attitude – people questioned the pricing (of course), thedesign choices (the glass on the back, the bezels) and missing features (stereo speakers, waterproofing). To quote pramod5774“Even Honor 8 looks way way better than this expensive piece of bezels.”
There’s a vocal group of unhappy people. But perhaps Google is targeting a different group. The first group is already thinking of alternatives, the second group is an unproven market.