Funny, I've not had any issues so far
Google might make the best camera phone in the world – but that doesn't mean much if it can't take pictures. Pixel 3 owners have been dogged by a bug that causes the phone to crash when invoked from third-party applications ranging from social media apps like Instagram or SnapChat, to e-commerce, payment and security apps. 2FA …
I've a Nexus 5x that has yet to encounter a boot loop, and have previously had 2013 Nexus 7 on which the screen remained firmly bonded, an iPhone 4 that never dropped a call, and an iPhone 6 that didn't bend.
Either I'm the luckiest consumer in the world, or these issues become newsworthy as soon as they affect a decent number of customers rather than every customer.
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Replaced my 6P with a Pixel 2 XL last year and whilst the Pixel is a better phone, being 2 years newer, it felt significantly more buggy and required more reboots than the Nexus did.
I still keep the 6P charged with no SIM in in case I ever need it or just want to feel its metallic goodness.
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"required more reboots" - ?? You have to reboot your phone? What's all that about? I can't recall ever having to reboot my HTC One S.
Mind you I have had to reboot my fancy Siemens desk phone a few times over the past 5 years and every time feels like one too many - I'd never buy another Siemens phone regardless of the excellent sound quality. Phones should just work, every day, all day. You know, like they used to!
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>>"required more reboots" - ?? You have to reboot your phone? What's all that about?
I reboot my Nokia 6 about once a month, because it downloads a big fat security and/or OS update about once a month, and has been doing so almost without fail for a year now.
I can't say I complain about that!
That's because back in the land of reality....
..things are fine.
This article is littered with so many factual errors that can't be accidental. This is a deliberate smear post.
Let's pick a few of them:
"The Pixel 2 suffered from display issues, audio problems"
FALSE, that only affected early batch of Pixel2XL. It never affected Pixel 2 devices.
”pixel 3 owners have been dogged by a bug"
FALSE. as mentioned, it's a small subset of users.
"Google's own bug-tracker lists "many" issues (i.e. too many to enumerate)"
MISLEADING. It's not possible to log bugs for anything other than Google devices on Google bug tracker, and no other manufacturer has a world readable bug tracker for scumbag press to spend all day sifting through to create clickbait.
Perfect here. Went for the notchless Pixel3 and it's superb. By far the best phone I have ever had. The camera is jaw droppingly good. Screen looks amazing, stock Android had come on so much that I don't want anything else. I can install only the apps I want. Zero bloatware.
I really don't know what the hidden agenda is with this "news". I suspect the Pixel 3 is so good, a competitor is REALLY worried and trying to nip things in the bud with a unhealthy sprinkling of viral spew on the AstroTurf..
I like my Pixel XL
and I've had various Googley phones since my original Nexus one.
The reason I like it is simply that it has 'nothing annoying' - Didn't like it costing more than a Nexus, but after suffering with random phones over the years.. I'll pay for the thing 'just working'.. not rooted it, haven't installed an alternate OS, haven't installed some convoluted framework to intercept API calls blah
I then realized the reason I like it is for all the reasons I've disparaged Apple over the years.
I'd happily upgrade, but there's nothing out there tempting me on the subsequent upgrades. I'd like OIS, Stereo speakers, Qi charging - but then I'd be losing the headphone jack, muttering about wtf it's only got 4Gb of RAM and it's the best part of a grand.
"I'm fine" - and I think this is a more general problem for the industry.
Most people seem "quite happy with their phone"
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Curious how many reboots is a lot these days? My primary phone is a note 3 for 5+ years and it last was rebooted 112 days ago. I think that reboot was me pulling the battery out to get to the SD card to copy about 45gb of files over to it directly before a 2 week trip (instead of through the phone which is a lot slower).
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"So what? Does that mean nobody else has problems, or the problem doesn't exist?"
Oh do grow up. It simply means that some [i]actual[/i] owners haven't experienced the issues that the article implied are widespread i.e.
"The Pixel 2 suffered from display issues, audio problems and then, after a few months, developed an infuriating narcoleptic display which required the owner to reboot the phone after a phone call. That took six months to fix."
That may well be true, but I took delivery of my own 2XL on launch day and haven't encountered any of the above either. The suggestion is merely that the issues aren't as endemic as implied; not every Pixel 2 suffers them.
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Interested to read your comment. I've owned all three iterations of the Pixel and the only reported problem I've had is the blue shift on the Pixel 2 XL (not really a bother for me as I seldom have a need to load a white screen and look at it whilst tilting the phone away from me). I've often wondered whether there really are multiple devices with faults or is it a case that anything wrong with a Google or Apple device is a good headline.
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No, what it means is whilst the "news" implies is ALL users, that statement is untrue, it affects an unknown subset of users, that may be a single user or may be thousands.
I had 2x Pixel2 (I dropped my first one onto a hard surface from great height), and both have been totally perfect, not a single issue.
There are two HUGE points not mentioned here:
1. People never go on the internet to complain about working phones, which makes "faults" seem very unbalanced.
2. No other manufacturer has a public issue tracker, which makes Pixel "faults" seem worse than Samsung or Apple "faults".
Why would Google license their photo processing to Samsung?
If they weren't going to sell their own hardware, wouldn't it make more sense to license it to any Android OEM who wants it as an optional extra-cost add-on?
I've never understood the point of Google making their own phones. It is a niche product that sells only a few million, and it competes with their own licensees - which only encourages them to want to break away by doing their own assistant etc. I guess Google feels invulnerable since there isn't an alternative OS Android OEMs could license instead, though if anyone could fork Android and make a go of it on their own it would be Samsung.
I dunno about you guys, but I've been experiencing glitchy spell check and typing/editing bugs with my Pixel. What an annoyance. Also my screen seems to be slowly losing it's color brilliance.
I was planning on skipping the P2 due to bugs. I hope P3 would have spectacular specs and that they'd be more experienced at being ensuring quality software. Nope.
I guess I'll wait for...P4 now?
I also have the Pixel ... but what you describe is not a problem with the device, but rather a possible problem with Gboard (the keyboard). Try to wipe the app's data or at least reset the personal dictionary. If not fixed (and I doubt you'll need it), just replace it with AOSP's version without the AI/learning shit (albeit you'll miss swipe entry). That'll do it.
About the screen brilliance thing, are you sure it isn't a software issue? Like you turned on sRGB Mode in Developer Options or played with the settings? If in doubt, unlock the bootloader (as you read El Reg, I think you already have), install or just fastboot boot TWRP, backup /data, wipe, and see if it fixes it.
However, it could just be AMOLED artifacts (like burn-in, got that on mine too).
I believe Google Pixel is over-priced although they keep on adding some fascinating features but if we compare it with other smartphones manufacturers then you would ultimately find it a bit over-priced. Another reason for that is. in smartphones industry Google phones does not have much fame when compared to other brands. Otherwise, Pixel is a good series with some great features and I like it personally.