If you’ve been following me for the past six years you know by now that I enjoy both iOS and Android. For a while now, I’ve been using an iPhone as my main device but I’ve always had a secondary Android device. This past year I’ve been rethinking this arrangement and if the Google Pixel 4 XL looks like this, then Apple is going to have a hard time keeping me.
I have to admit, part of my reasoning in making the Google Pixel 4 XL my main device is that I’ve shifted away from the Apple ecosystem. Since I review a lot of Windows laptops here, I’ve had very little use for my MacBook Pro. I’ve already wiped and re-imaged it and given it to my wife as an upgrade to her 12″ MacBook.
When Samsung introduced the Galaxy S10+ I had thoughts of jumping to it when it was available. But I decided to hold off and see if any leaks or rumors on the Google Pixel 4 XL would come up. Of course, the internet didn’t disappoint and this render (based on current rumors) is easily the best looking Pixel device I’ve seen. I have to say, that I’ve not been a fan of previous Pixel designs, I’m peculiar that way.
This latest render shows what looks very much like a Galaxy S10+ on the front but retains most of the previous Pixel design on the rear. While I am very much a fan of the Samsung Galaxy line of phones, I have been wanting to return to a Google-branded phone. My last foray into “pure Android” was the Nexus 6P, which was a great phone.
Unless Apple makes some drastic change to its iOS user interface, I am most likely going to be jumping ship to Samsung or Google this year. But I’ve pretty much given up any chance that Apple would give users freedom over how the interface looks.