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    Opinion: 7 reasons I’m passing on the Pixel 2 this year
    Now that Google has finally revealed the Pixel 2, there are a few things that feel lacking. Here's 7 reasons why I'm skipping the Pixel 2 this year in favor of another device.
     
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    FWIW I've passed on Pixel devices every year....next!
     
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    The removal of the headphone jack is what turns me off. Thanks for the post.
     
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    It's not as if the original Pixels were noted for their headphone audio quality though, so it's less of a loss with them than some other manufacturers (I'm actually not joking, though I am a fussier listener than many).

    There are a few points I do disagree with. Wireless charging I genuinely do not want: it's inefficient, i.e. wastes energy and generates more heat than equivalent wired charging (neither is a good thing), so for me personally there are better uses for the space it takes up. I also prefer that there are no bundled headphones: I'll never use a bundled pair (I have better) so would rather not pay for them (because they are not free, they are included in the price) or waste resources making things that are just going to sit in a drawer or be thrown away.

    I also disagree with the complaint of minimalism vs Samsung and LG "cramming features". One person's feature is another's bloat, and I'd rather have fewer things done well that a cluttered phone that will bog down.

    Also $300 difference between Pixel 2 and OnePlus 5 gets you "a decent Sony DSLR"? Really?? Even leaving aside the fact that Sony don't make DSLRs any more (they have been purely mirrorless for a couple of years) you will not get a decent SLR plus lens at that price unless second hand. And while I utterly agree that a phone is not remotely competitive with a proper camera, the point of a phone camera is surely that you have it with you, so their uses are different and complementary. And the price argument can be thrown at several other recent flagships as well as the Pixels (though their prices will come down, while Google will follow Apple and keep the Pixel price high all year).

    Really the case for a Pixel starts and ends with the software. If the speed of updates, the longer support period, and (based on past experience) better sustained performance as the phone ages are not important to you then there is no reason even to consider one. And if they are important, it's a matter of what value you attach to them.
     
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