The Google Pixel 3 is the first smartphone in a long, long time to have me excited about getting a new device, at least if current leaks and rumors pan out (and, believe me, there have been a lot of rumors and leaks so far).
According to the latest rumors, the Google Pixel 3 and its larger brother, the XL 3, will feature updated internals. That’s a given, but the newest Pixel phones will sport a new camera interface, wireless charging, and a new Pixel stand wireless charger (again, if rumors are to be believed).
For the past several year, I’ve been on iOS. This year, I’ve spent my time with Apple’s latest, the iPhone X. When I picked the X, it was a toss up between that and the Pixel 2 XL. The only factors that swayed me toward the X was the fact that I was already on iOS and that the Pixel 2 didn’t have wireless charging.
I know it seems silly to base a phone off of those factors, but wireless charging is important to me. Also, let’s face it, almost every single phone manufacturer out there is doing it. Plus, I hate fumbling around for my power cord in the dark.
Rumor also has it that the Pixel stand will turn the latest Google phones into a Google Home type device. I love that idea. When I switched from Android, OK Google was in its infancy. From what I’ve seen so far, it’s blossomed into a truly amazing assistant. Don’t get me wrong, Siri is becoming smarter but she’s still behind Google’s assistant, Alexa, and the like.
Plus, if Apple’s rumors are to be believed, the next generational iPhones aren’t going to be mind-blowingly exciting. They’ll be great phones, that’s a fact, but they won’t be life-changing or monumentally different. The only rumor that has me excited about the new iPhone is the possibility of Pencil support. I use my pencil on my 10.5-inch iPad Pro all the time and using it on my iPhone would be fun. Even so, carrying around that large stylus to use on my iPhone would feel a bit silly.
Here’s the thing, both devices do the same exact thing. Albeit they both do it in a different manner. Neither device is better than the other. But based on the current rumor mill, I’m a lot more excited to see what Google has to offer with its latest devices. If they come true, this iOS convert will be making his way back to Android’s camp.