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    • I finally decided to return my Pixel 3, along with the case and stand. Pre-ordered right after the announcement, but never opened them. There are a few things I like from Pixel 3 - wireless charging is making a comeback, improved camera mode are some of the biggest reasons.

      But then the package arrived, and I looked at my receipt. I'm out $1000 for the phone, stand and case. That's quite a LOT of money. Then I looked at my OG Pixel phone and played around with it a bit. Still works. Why do I need a new phone again?

      A few days later an article surfaced that someoen pulled the camera apk from Pixel 3 and modified it to work on older version of Pixel phones. I put it on my OG Pixel, and it works pretty well. You can check out the sample result from my previous post:

      Ok what else? Wireless charging. Yes, that's nice. I've always loved the wireless charging on the older Nexus phones, until they took it away. So I was happy to see it's making a comeback. But is it really worth it?

      It's not an easy decision, but I decided to return the phone. With the older Nexus phones, it's a bit easier to upgrade every year, considering they're priced around $400-600. For Pixel 3, the cheapest one starts at $800. I guess I'll see how much longer my OG Pixel lasts, then I'll see there's a good deal for Pixel 3 (Black Friday deals, anyone?)

      For those of you upgrading from older Pixel phones, what do you think? Do you feel it's worth the upgrade?

    • I never upgrade phones on a yearly cycle. I always wait for a two-generation upgrade. The price-to-improvement ratio just isn't worth yearly upgrades. Perhaps in the US where they have upgrade plans it may be worth it, but when you buy phones outright it doesn't make much sense (unless you have money to burn).

      I used to be a Nexus Warrior. Owned the legendary Nexus 5, the OG Nexus 7, and finished off with the Nexus 6P. After the Nexus brand was replaced by the Pixel brand though, I looked elsewhere. I understand Google wanting to target the premium sector, but like you said, the price just isn't worth it in my opinion. I'm using a OnePlus 5T now and I'm very happy with it. Flagship specs, incredible software, very affordable price. Gonna be skipping the 6T, but I'll be very interested in the 7T next year.

    • That's pretty much similar to my experience. I started with Galaxy Nexus and upgrade next year until 6P. Got the first Pixel out of curiosity but skipped Pixel 2 and 3. It just makes no sense anymore, considering most of the updates are from software.

      I'm kinda hoping the Nexus line will come back someday, but not holding by breath really. Google seems fixed on developing this 'luxury' phones, trying to flex muscles with Apple.

    • Since my Note 5 with wireless charging, I will NEVER own a mobile phone that does NOT have wireless charging. NEVER. I have wireless chargers all over my house. I now drive a LG V30 and I am quite happy with it. I guess LG has had some very bad iterations over the years but, this model has been great for me.

    • I never upgrade phones on a yearly cycle. I always wait for a two-generation upgrade. The price-to-improvement ratio just isn't worth yearly upgrades.

      Absolutely agree! I've been on that game for a long time. As an Android supporter (fanboi would be a bit too much...), that seems to be a good place to be to keep on having a reasonably cutting-edge version of the OS.

      I did succumb to the Black Friday marketing hype last week, and picked up a Pixel 3. A killer deal from Big Red, but there's an ulterior motive.

      My parents refuse most technology. They've been using my hand-me-down tech for a decade. In fact, I support their cell phone as a simple backup when they go across town for shopping.

      (what convinced my father on this was not many years ago when he had a flat tire in his old beat-up truck just a few miles from home. He wasn't able to readily find a pay telephone to call home, me, AAA, for help. He still won't use the cell phone; fortunately mom has become reasonably adept at a couple of tasks.)

      So, the hand-me-down will continue; mom will get my Google Pixel later this week.

      ...and then, we'll all wait for what handsets will be out in 2019/2020 with 5G capabilities. 😄

    • Yeah those Black Friday deals sure were tempting. I also almost picked it up again with their buy one get 50% off, and split the saving with one of my friends, but in the end we decided not to. My biggest interest with the new Pixel is the night mode camera, and since it's working just fine on my Pixel 1 I think I'll hold off a bit more.

    • I did mess around a bit with Night Sight on my old Pixel, and a bit more with the 3, but the subject matter (the full moon...) was a bit much for the camera to do a lot with the image.

      On my evening walk, I need to try and take a photo of the flag a neighbor of mine has on a lighted flagpole.

    • Yea I noticed that night sight won't work well if there's a light source in the frame, since it will blow up the image. It works really well when almost everything in the frame is dark. I'm assuming it's just the same technique as long shutters in cameras, but I feel the image stabilization is quite impressive considering we're doing this handheld.

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