Why Google’s new Pixels won’t pry many users away from Apple (video)

Hint: It has nothing to do with the quality of the Pixel 6 phones.

From “Is Google’s new Pixel 6 smartphone an iPhone killer?” which aired Tuesday on CNBC:

My take: iPhone killer? Really? I wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of any smartphone maker trying to compete with the iPhone.

9 Comments

  1. Bart Yee said:
    As detailed in the article below, Google is hoping to sell 7M Pixel 6 and 6 Pro models combined, essentially double what they sold pandemic limited last year and less than they sold in 2019. iPhone killer? Hardly, more like an iPhone footnote. And who wants to buy a smartphone with a first time CPU SOC designed by Google (Tensor chip)? What could go wrong?

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    October 20, 2021
  2. $1,899 for the 256GB Pixel vs $1099 for the 256 GB/$1499 for 1TB SSD iPhone 13 Pro. Plus you get side loaded apps with the Pixel, whether you want them or not. Oh there’s a 50MP camera in there, supposedly, but those giant photo files quickly eat up storage, unless you buy Google Drive space in the cloud… I didn’t see an option for assessing trade-in value of an old Pixel.

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    October 20, 2021
    • Fred Stein said:
      Yup Thomas, upvoted.

      iPhone now provides more for less $$s just at the HW spec level, let alone all the other benefits: better integrated device, better integrated ecosystem, first device for (nearly) all Apps, better resale value, easier to update to latest software, better safety (aka security and privacy).

      I just compared the Galaxy flip to iPhone 13 since they have comparable cameras: Galaxy flip: $1,199 vs iPhone 13 w/ 256G: $899. I’ll bet Samsung will lower the flip price soon and the resale value will drop like a rock. The resale value of last year’s Galaxy fold dropped from $1,999, new, to about $900 in one year.

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      October 20, 2021
  3. Gregg Thurman said:
    In cost per benefit charts Android is toast, even if they were priced comparatively, which they aren’t (hint: iPhone are priced lower except in throw away Android handsets).

    Oh, Samsung’s flip phone won’t see a price reduction, it’ll be discontinued before that happens, there just isn’t the demand to support continued development/production.

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    October 20, 2021
    • Bart Yee said:
      @Gregg Oh, Samsung Mobile under current President TM Roh has bet heavily on the Z Fold and Z Flip to make some noise in the premium and ultra Premium smartphone tiers. While I agree the demand for Foldables hasn’t yet grown to much, their research and Samsung Display tech will allow proliferation of models by other makers, possibly including Apple.

      Whether Samsung cuts prices to move unsold inventory, subsidizes sales to get the product out and seen, or eventually calls it quits is still unknown, but they do seem committed to Foldables in the short term. However, if Samsung changes Presidents and CEO’s per their usual rotations (every 1-2 years), a new President or CEO could have different ideas of where to concentrate smartphone resources. IMO so far they have had a spaghetti style of product and feature development – throw a lot on the walls and see what sticks.

      Same applies to Samsung’s smartphone marketing efforts, seems very disjointed to me plus a huge proliferation of different models for different regions is a marketing and management nightmare but then again, they are a heavily inbred hardware company so most things to them look like widgets.

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      October 21, 2021
  4. Samsung Group = largest chaebol in Korea, #19 Fortune 500, family-run by founder Lee Byung-chul & sons since 1938. Senior management loves their iPhones, BTW. Besides chips & smartphones, they build container ships and oil refineries and run the top life insurance firm. Opaque by design, the Group thrives on a complex web of businesses that leave them open to huge losses, which they transfer to one of their 59 subsidiaries, public and private. Apple is translucent by comparison.

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    October 21, 2021

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