Yes, I know there have been leaks galore regarding the Google Pixel 4. While I've seen the leaks I haven't paid much attention to them. I've tried to ignore them so that I could be at least a little surprised when it is announced.
I currently have the Google Pixel 2 XL. I've had it since December 2017. You can read my review here. This has been my favorite phone since the iPhone 7 Plus. So I'm eager to see what the next Pixel will be.
As my time to upgrade my phone comes around of course I'm left with a choice to go back to iOS or stick with Android. I'm sticking with Android. I really like my current phone OS. iOS 13 looks like a great update but it doesn't have anything in it that would entice me to leave Android behind yet.
I've given thought to switching phone manufacturers also but there are a few things that keep me from doing so. The first obvious choice would be to go to Samsung. But Samsung's software - both their apps they preinstall and their flavor of Android - seem subpar compared to the flavor of Android that ships on the Pixel. Also, their updates to Android under-the-hood come months (sometimes 9 months) after they are shipped. I like software updates far too much for that.
Another possible phone would be the OnePlus 7 Pro. This looks like a great phone for most people. Super fast, great display, etc. However, the camera system seems to not yet be what it needs to be for me.
There are other options like Huawei, LG, Xiaomi. But each of them has their trade-offs compared to the Pixel as well.
According to my research, the best Android phone for someone that cares about digital photography and having the latest, greatest software is the Pixel.
The only downside is that it is made by Google. And Google could, on a whim, wake up one morning and decide to discontinue making it. But I suppose I'll have to live with that if it happens.
Now, onto the wishlist. Similar to my iPhone SE wishlist in 2016, my wishlist for the Google Pixel 4 is very short.
- Faster - It isn't that the Pixel 2 XL is slow. But is isn't nearly as snappy as something like the OnePlus 7 Pro seems to be. I'd be totally OK if Google ships a Pixel 4 with 16GB of RAM to accomplish this.
- Water resistant - "Waterproof" would be too much to ask, I fear. But a decent amount of water resistance would boost my confidence. I recently hiked 5 miles in a downpour and was very worried about my Pixel 2 XL but - surprisingly - it didn't skip a beat.
- Increased megapixels - I know, I know, megapixels aren't everything. The 12MP front-facing camera in my Pixel 2 XL is extraordinarily good (see examples). But I'd be all for more pixels.
- Better speakers - In quiet contexts the speakers in the Pixel 2 XL are more than adequate. But in nosier situations they simply do not hold up. And they aren't good for music really.
That's it. Faster, water resistant, increased megapixels, better speakers. I'm fairly confident that all of these things will come to be and that none of them are too much to ask. Looking forward to remaining on #teampixel for at least a few more years.