Re: it's like Vertu only cheaper
> Owning Google hardware doesn't boost your social standing in any group that I know of.
There exists a - small - group of individuals who are Google hardware fanboys. They buy Pixel phones, tablets, Pixelbooks, etc. And they believe these things are cool. At a minimum, cooler, or better than all the other brands.
Are they really better? Not by a long stretch IMO.
Never mind the fact that today is October 11, 2018, and the Wow! factor of any of these pieces of hardware, regardless of their brand, is close to zero. It's an Android smartphone or tablet. There are many others just like them, and there have been many others just like them for quite a while.
> But why?
Rationally, I have no idea. Irrationally, I'd guess antropomorphism.