Why I ditched my Iphone for the Google Pixel

Before I start I want to make it super clear that this post is no way endorsed by Google, I didn't receive any discounts and just wanted to make this post as I get a lot of questions about why I only use my phone to take pictures now :)

I first discovered the Google Pixel waaay back in November when I was invited to host a Christmas Crafting event with the brand. The event was actually all about the Google Home but whilst I was there my iphone was running out of battery and as all the team didn't have the same phones I couldn't borrow a charger. I had a play around with one of the pixels and was super impressed by the quality but never thought I would swap to an Android phone. Infact I've always been a bit snobby about them and laughed at Tom's ancient brick of a Samsung that didn't have storage for more than about 3 apps at at time.

Anyway roll forward a couple of months and Tom's four year old phone finally died and he decided upon a Google Pixel after a bit of research. I still didn't think I'd ever switch because 'Apple everything' is so engrained in me. Since my degree in Graphic Design I've always used a mac and the idea of not having everything sync was enough to put me off.

Since Tom quit his job 9 months ago he takes a lot of the photos for the blog, one day I hadn't charged my DSLR in time and we needed to shoot an ad. He suggested we took it all with his phone and although I was initially freaking out thinking phone pics wouldn't be good enough I was so thrilled with the results.

(this is the pic we first shot on the Pixel for an ad btw)

I started to do a LOAD of research comparing the camera of the Google Pixel and the iPhone X, in different lights, in depth of field, in movement, and pixel quality and although it was very close (like literally out of all the latest phones Google came out a point above iPhone) you could tell that for what I wanted to use the camera for the Pixel was the better option.

At first I did find working my way around Android a bit confusing as I'm so used to iPhone but after a couple of weeks it became normal. I would say the only part I dislike about it is the mail app it uses is gmail and I much prefer mac mail when it comes to ease of use (obviously you can use whatever email you have but it shows up in a gmail format). The downside or upside to this is I write much less emails on my phone unless it's just a one liner and save writing proper emails until I'm at my laptop. I actually find this means I'm on my phone much less and take more time in my replies when I do.

The massive upside is the camera, obviously I didn't have an iPhone X when I was due my upgrade (I had an 8) but the difference between the 8 and the Pixel is really clear. The Pixel's portrait mode is actually made via tech rather then a dual camera (as in it's an effect rather than genuine depth of field) but I actually prefer how this comes out in the shot. Whats also good to note is that when Google realise their new phone with dual camera AND the tech they already have the pictures will be crazy good.

Here's an example of some pics I've taken with portrait mode

I don't tend to shoot in portrait mode all that much but when you do it also saves the non portrait mode too.

Here are some pics we've shot in normal mode

As you can tell all these images are edited, I do all my editing through apps on the Pixel too. Snapseed is Google's own app and I use that for editing light etc and then I put them all through a VSCO filter also. I haven't used my mac to edit photos for about 4 months now!

One of my favourite things about the Pixel is the assistant. After you have taken all your photos of your day you get a little notification of stop frame animations or suggested photo edits. It's a little gimmick really but some of the animations have been really cute, you can see some of the ones Tom has posted here.

You can also talk to Google as you would your Google Home (if you have one) one of the things I love about this is you can use it as a self timer. Lean your phone against something and say on the other side of the room 'Google take a picture' and you end up with this!

In terms of syncing things between my phone and mac (to get these pics on my blog for instance) it's really easy and I use it much more than I ever did with the cloud. All your photos or docs or anything you create on your phone auto uploads to your Google Drive. So as as soon as you log in everything is there, either sorted into folders or date etc. With unlimited storage and free for the next five years at least I'm super happy with this option and haven't felt like I'm missing out with my phone now not being Apple.

Other things I didn't expect to enjoy but do :

The fact that my phone tells me what music is playing on the lock screen (sounds silly but is so useful)
Search engine results are carried automatically across from your phone to your laptop
All my notifications are shown as tiny symbols on my lock screen so I can see quicker what's important or needs looking at.
It's minimal, as it's made my Google it just has the apps you need without any of the other android companies trying to add extras too. You also get all android updates first.
It's intuitive - you can get to grips with it really quickly even if you've only ever used Apple
Finger print scanner is on the back so you unlock it as you're taking it out your pocket
Battery, lasts forever!!

Only negative I can find

No square photo option when taking pics so you need to work out how you'll crop it for IG

I did wonder if there would be limitations to what apps I could use but apart from one app (an Instagram grid planning app) I couldn't find again I quickly found an alternative. All the big names are there!

I'll be honest the main factor in buying this phone was the camera and it's not disappointed. I love that I always have a really good camera to hand rather than hunt around for my DSLR and miss the shot (like most of the kids). I appreciate that you wouldn't shoot a wedding with your phone but for day-to-day shots and for what I need it for it's perfect.

Do let me know if you have any questions or if you'd make the switch?

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