There is this myth that has floated around for a few years that you can get everything you want from an iPhone– quality, apps, good camera, cell phone, great screen– in an Android smartphone, but for half the price.
The myth is basic. Good Android phones are cheaper than Apple’s iPhone 7; the latest and greatest and most expensive iPhone ever. Funny things happen when you start to examine reality. Remember my husband? He salivated over the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 until he saw the price tag. And Apple’s brand new iPhone 7 was priced less.
He read the Note 7 reviews, stopped by Best Buy to drool a little, and was tempted to fork over the cash (actually, it was a credit card, but you understand, right?) and try out all the inexpensive goodness that seemed oh so visible on the Android side of the tracks.
Then Galaxy Note 7 batteries started to explode with alarming frequency. Then Samsung decided to recall the Note 7 and replace the battery bombs with new models. Then those started to explode about the same time Samsung washers began to explode, but that’s another story.
Needless to say, my husband exercised his duty as a red, white, and blue American iPhone owner, and ordered– but hasn’t yet received– a new iPhone 7 Plus with his iPhone Upgrade Program and promptly felt the relief of being dodged by a bullet.
Along Came Google
The drooling saga is not yet over, I’m afraid, as Google– just yesterday– announced the Nexus line of whatever also ran phones and tablets they were peddling the past few years, was no more, replaced by the new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone.
I had to put a plastic cover over my husband’s MacBook Pro keyboard to prevent the drool from causing damage to whatever electrical things are contained therein. The Pixel XL looks so great. Quad-Core CPU. Quad-HD screen. 4GB of RAM. Aluminum case. 32GB of storage. World’s best ever smartphone camera than nobody has used yet. Oh, and it looks exactly like an iPhone (except for the lack of a bump where the camera is on the back; usually covered up by a case) which I’m sure makes Apple’s head design honcho Jony Ive so proud.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and Google is working overtime to flatter Apple these days.
Guess what? This Android device from Google is priced the same as an iPhone 7. The larger Pixel XL is priced the same as an iPhone 7 Plus. It’s bad enough that Google copied the iPhone’s original OS look and feel with Android, now the Clone Maker Machine™ has copied Apple’s iconic iPhone design. But did Google stop there? Nope. Now Google is pricing their products the same as Apple.
Does Google have no shame?
Knock off Android smartphones are cheap. Everyone knows that. And they all work much the same. Android OS. Good camera. Lousy battery life. No resale value. Impossible to install new security updates or OS upgrades. You get what you pay for. But Google Pixel aims to be an exact clone in every detail. Android OS that looks and feels like iOS. Quad-core CPU. Big battery. Good camera. Priced the same as an iPhone.
Google just busted the myth that Android devices are cheaper than iPhones. Here’s a good test. Next year at about this time, browse over to Gazelle.com, and price an iPhone 7. Then price a Google Pixel and a Samsung whatever. Then remember that they were all priced about the same when new.
Maybe that myth isn’t busted after all.