Yes, Google Should Stop Making Flagship Handsets (Premium)

I don’t believe rumors that the Pixel 5 will be a mid-range handset instead of a flagship. But that is exactly what Google should do.

I’ve been writing about my love/hate relationship with Pixel since the first version launched in late 2016. Unlike its Nexus 5X and 6P predecessors, the Pixel lineup has been marked most obvious by poor product quality and too-high pricing. But I’ve stuck with the phones for a variety of reasons: their incredible camera systems, their clean Android software image, and their full compatibility with the Google Fi wireless network I enjoy so much.

My preferences are my preferences. But Pixel’s reliability and pricing problems are universal, especially when combined with Pixel’s lack of brand awareness. Everyone has heard of iPhone and Gal...

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