Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Oct 2016 10:08 UTC
Apple

iMore's Rene Ritchie, linked by Daring Fireball's John Gruber:

So, everyone who'd been criticizing Apple and iPhone design immediately called Google out for aping it?

Not so much.

Except, every Pixel review did call Google out for this.

Surely they drew the line at Google's 2016 flagship missing optical image stabilization - not just in the regular-size, but in the Plus XL model as well - stereo speakers, and water resistance - things that were pointed to last year as indicators Apple was falling behind?

Turns out, not deal-breakers either.

Except, every Pixel review did call Google out for this. Here's a quick cut/paste image job I did yesterday, highlighting how Pixel reviews did, in fact, call out Google and the Pixel for the things Ritchie claims they are not calling them out for.

It's almost like the Pixel is being graded on a curve.

When you're as deeply enveloped in the Apple bubble as people like Rene Ritchie and John Gruber, reality inside the bubble starts folding in on itself. You sit deep inside your bubble, and when you look outwards, the curves and bends of the bubble's surface twist and turn reality outside of the bubble into ever more grotesque and malformed versions of it.

Ever since the unveiling of the Pixel up to and including the reviews published yesterday, everybody in the technology media has been pointing out the exact same things Ritchie claims are not being pointed out. The amount of mental gymnastics and selective perception one must undertake - one could call such exercises flat-out lies - to claim that the major technology media is "against Apple" or "grading [the Pixel] on a curve" is so humongous that I honestly didn't think it was realistically and humanly possible.

And I say this as someone who once got a flood of really nasty and angry emails because OSNews had not yet separated the FreeBSD category and its icon from the generic BSD category, so FreeBSD and Dragonfly BSD people alike were furious at me for putting a Dragonfly BSD story in the generic BSD category because it had a FreeBSD icon. I've been around the block when it comes to the kind of reality-warping, deeply idiotic bullshit the technology world can conjure up over absolutely nothing.

When I was 17, I went on a trip to Rome, the most beautiful city in the world. As I stood atop the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, looking down upon the countless tourists swarming St. Peter's Square, I realised how easy it would be to lose touch with the people down there if you spent most of your time up here.

The bubble is no different.

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RE[2]: Missing the point
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 20th Oct 2016 13:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Missing the point"
Thom_Holwerda
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Would they get away with it?


But the Pixel didn't get away with it at all. All of these points were mentioned - often at length - in EVERY review.

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RE[3]: Missing the point
by jbauer on Thu 20th Oct 2016 13:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Missing the point"
jbauer Member since:
2005-07-06

"Would they get away with it?


But the Pixel didn't get away with it at all. All of these points were mentioned - often at length - in EVERY review.
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And yet they're all glowing reviews (best Android phone ever!). So those points are mentioned in the reviews, but don't carry any weight in the final outcome. To me, that's definitely getting away with it.

Of course we'll never know but I very much doubt that would be the case if the Pixel wasn't a Google phone.

Edited 2016-10-20 13:16 UTC

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RE[4]: Missing the point
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 20th Oct 2016 13:16 in reply to "RE[3]: Missing the point"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

And yet they're all glowing reviews (best Android phone ever!)


Key operator: Android. Did any of the big tech sites claim it was better than the iPhone?

Edited 2016-10-20 13:16 UTC

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RE[4]: Missing the point
by nej_simon on Fri 21st Oct 2016 06:49 in reply to "RE[3]: Missing the point"
nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

And yet they're all glowing reviews (best Android phone ever!). So those points are mentioned in the reviews, but don't carry any weight in the final outcome. To me, that's definitely getting away with it.


Iphone 7 didn't get glowing reviews?

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RE[4]: Missing the point
by l3v1 on Fri 21st Oct 2016 12:09 in reply to "RE[3]: Missing the point"
l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

To me, that's definitely getting away with it.


Funny, since from all the articles I've read what I took away is every Android fan should buy the Pixel, that Pixel is the best Android phone up to now, and the Pixel might be the best choice for someone wanting to convert from iPhone. I don't remember even one talking about Pixel being better than the iP7.

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