Since the release of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL in October last year, we’ve seen quite a number of phones come in with the aim of toppling the HTC-made Google flagships to the crown of the best phone in the market.
After many had labeled Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge as the best phone and OnePlus 3 as the best when it comes to value for money, the story changed once the Google Pixel and Pixel XL came to life. While it’s possible the Galaxy Note 7 would have for sure given the Pixel phones a closer battle, we all know what happened to the Sammy flagship.
As for OnePlus, the Chinese OEM was not ready to give up and as such, the OnePlus 3T was born just after the Pixel and Pixel XL started hitting international markets. It’s true that the 3T is a great phone with massive raw power and a bunch of cool tweaks from OxygenOS, however, if you are a typical Google fan, this is not a phone you’d wish to own.
No matter how OnePlus has been trying hard to keep up with software updates and such like stuff, there’s no way this phone can hit the same heights as the Google Pixel and Pixel XL when it comes to smooth operations, timely software updates and general performance. The major reason why the Pixel phone will always come out on top is that it’s built by Google, the company that also build Android Nougat, the OS that powers the phone out of the box.
These two – Google Pixel and Android Nougat or rather Android OS – were built to suit each other. Everything, right from scratch, was built with the other in mind, which makes their co-existence such a cool experience for users. On the other hand, the OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge or even the new Galaxy S8 might be having top-notch hardware specs, but the fact that they weren’t built by the same team makes a huge difference in the overall experience of using them.
Lest you forget that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL have no other customizations that add more tweaks and bloatware to the pure Android experience of the pair, something other OEMs are very good at. For this pure experience and smooth operations, though, you’ll have to pay a little extra compared to the likes of OnePlus 3T or the new OnePlus 5, Xiaomi Mi 6, LG G6 or even Samsung Galaxy S8, just to name but a few.
In short, if you are in the market for a premium phone and are willing to spend a little extra, the Google Pixel or Pixel XL is the safest bet, even if the phone has slightly older hardware. Better still, the Pixel 2 is around the corner and you can always wait for this one to hit the shelves.
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