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[7]: Missing the point
by jbauer on Fri 21st Oct 2016 11:17 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Missing the point"
jbauer
Member since:
2005-07-06

"[q]

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


Besides the point! This isn't about comparing it to an iPhone. it is about how it's flaws are minimised on the way to declaring it the best Android Phone ever.

Do you think Samsung could release the Pixel today and have it declared the best Android phone ever?

Without water resistance, OIS, stereo speakers etc?
"

No, because if it were a Samsung phone, it would not get updates, it would be slower, it would have terrible software, and it wouldn't have the Google Assistant.

It's like you people don't seem to understand that just because the Pixel lacks features A, B, and C, doesn't mean it can't make up for it with features X, Y, and Z.

This isn't rocket science. [/q]


Terrible software... right. Until those features get into Google's Android. Then they become awesome.

Kinda reminds me of Apple, alright. It's never needed or good until they're the ones doing it.

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RE[8]: Missing the point
by Gargyle on Fri 21st Oct 2016 11:29 in reply to "RE[7]: Missing the point"
Gargyle Member since:
2015-03-27

Terrible software... right. Until those features get into Google's Android. Then they become awesome.

Touchwiz isn't only visionary features, it also contains a shitload of bloatware that hampers the performance of the otherwise perfectly capable device. The focus was on that, not on the features that are incorporated into Android.

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RE[9]: Missing the point
by jbauer on Fri 21st Oct 2016 12:47 in reply to "RE[8]: Missing the point"
jbauer Member since:
2005-07-06

"Terrible software... right. Until those features get into Google's Android. Then they become awesome.

Touchwiz isn't only visionary features, it also contains a shitload of bloatware that hampers the performance of the otherwise perfectly capable device. The focus was on that, not on the features that are incorporated into Android.
"

Having advanced features years in advance make up for the slightly impact on performance.

I've had a S6 for over one year, and despite what Google's purists keep claiming, it hasn't slowed down and I've never thought to myself "oh if only this phone was faster".

I do wish Google had tackled the battery drain madness by now though.

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RE[8]: Missing the point
by JAlexoid on Tue 25th Oct 2016 12:20 in reply to "RE[7]: Missing the point"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

BS.
Pixel is slammed for all of the features it lacks and praised for all others. Just like iPhone has been for years, and these hypocrites know exactly how many free passes Apple got over the years.

Pixel is hardly the greatest piece of hardware... but then you factor in how bad most other software versions are.

It is also important to note, that Nexus line of phones was slammed for many poor features. So no - not all features that come to Google's Android become great.

Gizmodo's review just trashed Pixel and Google Assistant.

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