Much to the happiness of the Google fans in the US, Google finally launched the Google Pixel and Pixel XL in the states just a few days back. The prices have been announced and you have the option to either get the Pixel smartphones directly from Google or purchase one from Verizon. Verizon is one of USA’s major carriers and Google has partnered with Verizon for the sales of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. However, we would never suggest you buy the Pixel smartphones from Verizon. Here’s why:
The first and foremost reason relates to the tons of crapware and bloatware that are loaded by Verizon on its devices. Even though, Verizon Pixel comes with only three pre-installed apps– My Verizon, Go90 (a mobile TV app), and Verizon Messaging, but who likes extra bloatware when you can have an absolutely clean device directly from Google. We loved the Nexus devices for the absolutely clean stock Android experience and Verizon’s bloatware absolutely defeats this purpose.
Secondly, forget the timely updates as although the security updates will be handled by Google, Verizon will take care of the system updates. Google wrote in an email to 9to5Google,
Monthly security updates will come from Google (for all models), and system updates will be managed by Verizon for Verizon models, and Google for unlocked models bought from Google Store.
This means that you can forget to get the system updates as soon as they are released. Verizon will release the updates according to its own comfort & convenience and this would basically mean that the new Android versions will probably reach you weeks after they have been officially released by Google.
The third major reason is your device’s privacy and security. The Verizon Pixel has a locked bootloader and comes with a few pre-installed apps which seek almost complete access to your device. Although aspersions shouldn’t be cast without any proof, but it is always advisable to be aware of snoopy apps and stay protected.
Both the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are being advertised as Verizon exclusive but it isn’t completely true as the unlocked Pixel devices bought directly from Google work pretty well with all the other major US carriers. Even if you’re looking after to trade off your old device with the Verizon Pixel for a price up to $300, I would suggest you instead opt for selling your device on eBay or craigslist. I don’t see any advantage in buying the Verizon specific Pixel, so I would recommend you to go for the unlocked Google Pixel instead.