10-18-2016 06:40 AM
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  1. Helloneumann's Avatar
    I've had Android for years, most recently the awesome but combustible N7, lol, returned it today. What I'd like to know is what can I expect from using a pure Google phone? This will be my first and I'm looking forward to it. Are there going to be any real big differences? I'd also appreciate any feed back on any bodies first experience with a Google phone. Thanks.
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    10-14-2016 08:04 PM
  2. clevelandcane's Avatar
    I'd like to hear answers as well.
    10-14-2016 09:34 PM
  3. bable's Avatar
    You know all those little things that Samsung brags about and then people comment on saying they hate touchwiz? Always on display, theme engines, rounded icons, etc. Those will be gone, but it should be a little tiny bit faster.

    Some things like the themes can probably be brought back with an app, others like the note7 blue light filter have been baked into android.

    http://bfy.tw/8CQp
    10-14-2016 09:48 PM
  4. arthurhkt's Avatar
    I've had Android for years, most recently the awesome but combustible N7, lol, returned it today. What I'd like to know is what can I expect from using a pure Google phone? This will be my first and I'm looking forward to it. Are there going to be any real big differences? I'd also appreciate any feed back on any bodies first experience with a Google phone. Thanks.
    Like fast and latest Android update? Get a Pixel then.

    Like fast and smooth Android experience?
    Get a Pixel then.

    Do you like tinkering and installed custom ROM on your phone?
    Get a Pixel then. (But don't get Verizon version)

    Well, basically these would be the basic reason why people would choose Pixel/Nexus than other Android phones.
    10-14-2016 10:31 PM
  5. dsignori's Avatar
    Like fast and latest Android update? Get a Pixel then.

    Like fast and smooth Android experience?
    Get a Pixel then.

    Do you like tinkering and installed custom ROM on your phone?
    Get a Pixel then. (But don't get Verizon version)

    Well, basically these would be the basic reason why people would choose Pixel/Nexus than other Android phones.
    Add Google Assistant, cool Nougat quick actions with 7.1, Doze 2.0 improvements (hopefully), Unlimited photo storage on Google Photos at full res, split screen that will work for most apps (not just a few like Samsung's implementation), some useful notification priority settings, and what might just be another great camera that might actually match or surpass Samsungs (we will see, I love my N7 camera).

    On the other hand, it has no waterproofing, no Wireless charging, no AoD , no Samsung Pay, no SD card slot on the downside. Maybe the rear fingerprint scanner (for me it's a minor negative having to pick up the phone off the desk every time to unlock).

    Comparing specifically to the Note 7, you also lose the s-Pen, the edge panels (which I surprisingly found quite useful), the larger screen, the greater base storage(64GB base), iris scanner, and secure folder.
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    10-14-2016 10:57 PM
  6. PhiPsi32's Avatar
    Transitioning to the Nexus 5X was an interesting and at times frustrating experience. I discovered that small things I relied on like call blocking and photo editing in the gallery were features added by the OEM (not part of Android). To recapture those functions you have to install third party apps (Google phone dialer now includes call blocking).

    While it was annoying at first, I discovered easy to use, feature rich (and free) apps to do these things. In a few cases I bought apps (Manual Camera) but I used my Google promo credit that came with purchasing the phone (thanks Google).

    That aside, the Nexus experience has been very positive. The phones run smoothly. It's rare for me to see the phones slow down. I buy the carrier free version from the Google Store. And it was amazing to see so few pre-installed apps (just Google products which I already use). It's always been a frustration to have apps on a carrier phone that I can't uninstall (only disable). I paid for the phone. I should be able to do that.

    And I would say that this is the crux of the Google phone experience. It's your phone. You can do what you want with it.
    aximtreo likes this.
    10-14-2016 11:20 PM
  7. jam4775's Avatar
    A few big things that I noticed going from Samsung to Nexus 6P was.

    1. There's none of the added features like the gestures. I didn't use many of them and the ones I did use there's alternatives too it... Like on Samsung, turning the phone over to silence the rig tone... It's just as easy to hit the volume down button.

    2. There's no separate mail app that supports exchange. I know Gmail supports exchange now but I don't like using Gmail for exchange and I like to keep my work and personal mail in separate apps. But I use Nine now for exchange mail... I really like Nine and the best part it works on any Android phone so I don't have to worry about going without it when I switch phones again.

    3. Running a Nexus with near stock Android is the smoothest experience I've ever had on an android phone.

    4. After I factory reset my Nexus 6P and add my Google account back in... Not only does it restore my apps but it also restores the layout of my home screens exactly to the way they were, with all my applications and widgets where I had them. I sure hope the Pixels are the same way... This makes it so much easier to do a factory reset, especially with unlimited photo backup now too with the Pixel.
    aximtreo likes this.
    10-15-2016 01:59 AM
  8. Wiley_11's Avatar
    Transitioning to the Nexus 5X was an interesting and at times frustrating experience. I discovered that small things I relied on like call blocking and photo editing in the gallery were features added by the OEM (not part of Android). To recapture those functions you have to install third party apps (Google phone dialer no includes call blocking).

    While it was annoying at first, I discovered easy to use, feature rich (and free) apps to do these things. In a few cases I bought apps (Manual Camera) but I used my Google promo credit that came with purchasing the phone (thanks Google).

    That aside, the Nexus experience has been very positive. The phones run smoothly. It's rare for me to see the phones slow down. I buy the carrier free version from the Google Store. And it was amazing to see so few pre-installed apps (just Google products which I already use). It's always been a frustration to have apps on a carrier phone that I can't uninstall (only disable). I paid for the phone. I should be able to do that.

    And I would say that this is the crux of the Google phone experience. It's your phone. You can do what you want with it.
    I have call blocking on my Nexus 6.
    10-15-2016 05:12 AM
  9. Helloneumann's Avatar
    Thanks for the feedback. I'm looking forward to the experience, I've had Sammy for the last 4-5 years. Out of the box any recommendations, if any, I should do?
    stanleybb50 likes this.
    10-15-2016 05:32 AM
  10. RickyRiccardo's Avatar
    does anyone know if all carriers will be following the "first from google" update procedure, like the nexus line?
    10-15-2016 10:31 AM
  11. EnemiesInTheEnd's Avatar
    A few big things that I noticed going from Samsung to Nexus 6P was.

    1. There's none of the added features like the gestures. I didn't use many of them and the ones I did use there's alternatives too it... Like on Samsung, turning the phone over to silence the rig tone... It's just as easy to hit the volume down button.

    2. There's no separate mail app that supports exchange. I know Gmail supports exchange now but I don't like using Gmail for exchange and I like to keep my work and personal mail in separate apps. But I use Nine now for exchange mail... I really like Nine and the best part it works on any Android phone so I don't have to worry about going without it when I switch phones again.

    3. Running a Nexus with near stock Android is the smoothest experience I've ever had on an android phone.

    4. After I factory reset my Nexus 6P and add my Google account back in... Not only does it restore my apps but it also restores the layout of my home screens exactly to the way they were, with all my applications and widgets where I had them. I sure hope the Pixels are the same way... This makes it so much easier to do a factory reset, especially with unlimited photo backup now too with the Pixel.
    I like using Microsoft Outlook on my Note 5.


    I've had Android for years, most recently the awesome but combustible N7, lol, returned it today. What I'd like to know is what can I expect from using a pure Google phone? This will be my first and I'm looking forward to it. Are there going to be any real big differences? I'd also appreciate any feed back on any bodies first experience with a Google phone. Thanks.
    You'll be losing a lot of features. Depends on whether the features matter to you or not.
    10-15-2016 12:30 PM
  12. jam4775's Avatar
    I like using Microsoft Outlook on my Note 5.
    I tried the Outlook app before I went to Nine. Two big things I didn't like about it.

    1. I don't like the Focus tab, and especially since they make it the default one it opens up to... I don't need/want Outlook telling me what to focus on.

    2. The Outlook calendar does not integrate with the phone calendar... So I can't aggregate my Outlook calendar with Gmail and other calendars on my phone. And I use an great calendar widget that the Outlook app doesn't work with because of this. This was a deal breaker for me.
    10-15-2016 01:52 PM
  13. Helloneumann's Avatar
    I like using Microsoft Outlook on my Note 5.



    You'll be losing a lot of features. Depends on whether the features matter to you or not.
    Like which ones?
    10-15-2016 02:45 PM
  14. Helloneumann's Avatar
    does anyone know if all carriers will be following the "first from google" update procedure, like the nexus line?
    The only carrier you can buy the Pixel from is Verizon, and they say you will get the updates when Google sends them. You have to buy the unlocked version from Google store to use on the other carriers. Buying from the Google store will also work on Verizon.
    aximtreo likes this.
    10-15-2016 02:48 PM
  15. qnet's Avatar
    You will have everything you need to use the phone just not all the Samsung stuff, like the gestures, and their apps. For every stock Samsung phone app there is a Google alternative such as the Calculator, Calendar and email. The Google phones don't include the battery percentage that you can enable in the normal settings. You have to enable it in developer options and it's still not the same ( I actually like the Samsung implementation better.)

    In stock Android you had to download an app to have a different lockscreen wallpaper, but with 7.0 it's built in like Touchwiz. In the email app on Samsung phones, the lowest you can set the interval to check email is 15 minutes, on stock Android it's 5 minutes. Whenever I've had a stock Android phone and a Samsung phone, my emails always came faster on the stock phone. The Samsung camera app has much more options.

    I think it just depends on what you liked to use on the Samsung phones. I like the theme store that Samsung had, but it was only because I could choose a marshmallow, stock looking theme. Those are some of the things I remember, other than what's already been posted about. I'm a stock Android guy, but there are still some features on Samsung phones I like better.
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    10-17-2016 05:48 PM
  16. turb0wned's Avatar
    Boring but smooth.
    10-17-2016 06:06 PM
  17. Lodingi's Avatar
    The only carrier you can buy the Pixel from is Verizon, and they say you will get the updates when Google sends them. You have to buy the unlocked version from Google store to use on the other carriers. Buying from the Google store will also work on Verizon.
    The Verizon Pixel should work on all networks. The only exception may be Sprint. Verizon doesn't lock their sim cards.
    10-17-2016 06:15 PM
  18. Cant Miss's Avatar
    What I'd like to know is what can I expect from using a pure Google phone?
    It will work... not just by itself, but with the rest of Android (Auto, Wear, all 3rd party apps, etc.), and without the unexpected glitches. While there are a lot of features Sammy crams into a Galaxy you may miss, much of it gets in the way of other things behaving as they should. Of course this isn't limited to just Samsung (many heavily skinned versions of Android can cause other apps to misbehave as there just is not enough testing done), but they are usually the worst offender.
    10-17-2016 06:42 PM
  19. droidiac13's Avatar
    Does the stock email allow for peak and off peak fetching of email? That drove me nuts when I had the 5x. I like that feature on Samsung. I'm going to truly miss my Note 7. Loved everything about it. I'm sad to read that there aren't as many functions with the stock Android camera app.
    10-17-2016 09:23 PM
  20. PhiPsi32's Avatar
    I have call blocking on my Nexus 6.
    Did you always have call blocking? Or did it come after an update to the dialer app?
    10-17-2016 09:47 PM
  21. dsignori's Avatar
    ... While there are a lot of features Sammy crams into a Galaxy you may miss, much of it gets in the way of other things behaving as they should...
    This is mostly false , based on my last 3 galaxy phones. What things specifically don't "behave like they should" in your experience?
    10-17-2016 10:17 PM
  22. bhatech's Avatar
    Phone without lag, regular and fast security/OS updates, simple and great user experience.
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    10-17-2016 10:40 PM
  23. jamesrick80's Avatar
    Phone without lag, regular and fast security/OS updates, simple and great user experience.
    I get all of this with the amazon blu R1 phone I'm temporarily using except for the latest nougat update otherwise it's pretty much vanilla android and boring. .....so folks who buy a pixel...you can get a 50.00 amazon phone with a low end camera that provides most of the same benefits except for camera quality. ....
    10-17-2016 10:44 PM
  24. bhatech's Avatar
    I get all of this with the amazon blu R1 phone I'm temporarily using except for the latest nougat update otherwise it's pretty much vanilla android and boring. .....so folks who buy a pixel...you can get a 50.00 amazon phone with a low end camera that provides most of the same benefits except for camera quality. ....
    Thanks for the advice ... Please spread the message
    jamesrick80 likes this.
    10-17-2016 10:54 PM
  25. Cant Miss's Avatar
    This is mostly false , based on my last 3 galaxy phones. What things specifically don't "behave like they should" in your experience?
    http://forums.androidcentral.com/and...roid-auto.html
    10-17-2016 11:06 PM
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