I despised Nexus and Pixel phones since the beginning. But now they caught my attention being super high on Dxomark chart (both camera and display). And the smart features.
So here I am, found another home brand.
Fingerprint is OK, pretty fast, but you will do bit mistakes as nothing compares to physical fingerprint.
What I like battery is fat. Stays charged until next day evening, with 4hours SOT. All despite its constant listening to events, "hey google", 24/7 song identification, sleep noise recording, and all classic wakelocks on, and BT devices connected nonstop. Pure standby is 2 days, but this could double if i turned off all those background features.
What I tolly love is it ain't killing apps (despite above paragraph). Suddenly the absolutely horrendous frustrations are gone. No longer blocked VPN, unreachable Signal, and dead MI Home notifications. Lot of functionality is recovered. Therefore, I will be switching other Samsungs to Google. Just to make phones WORK.
Productivity is the reason i can't go with blank firmware like Sony or OnePlus. Here on Pixel there are lot of extras, maybe not as much as on OneUI, but it's solid. The text extraction everywhere is excellent. Quick phrases are promising (but not reliable!!). The list goes on. Basic apps are solid. No bloatware! My routine of writing customized startup script to debloat is gone.
Speed is good. We know GFX is on par with flagships and CPU is not. Since smart features are somehow accelerated many apps feel very fast, but some classic apps which do a lot of processing will be slower (Bitwarden, email etc).
Display is strong, zero backbleeding on low brightness. No brain piercing PWM blinking like on Samsungs. Readability is not as good as on Samsung, of course it won't push perfect brightness at dark or sunlight. Weird fonts don't help it either. But it's not mediocre like on Sony or earlier OnePluses.
Camera is good, brings way more light in dark scenes as opposed to Samsungs. Bokeh is also less crap (tho generally no bokeh is good if you view pictures on PC). I strictly like real face colors.
What I miss about the phone is some visible wow factor. Like the ability to fold or pop up camera or bring old features everyone wants "sd card / jack / notiflight / no-notch"
Ability to crack the camera glass doesn't count!