Samsung who? AC readers are ready for the Google Pixel 6.

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What you need to know

  • We asked AC readers if they were going to wait to get a Pixel 6 or 6 Pro now that the two phones have been announced.
  • The overwhelming majority of respondents said that they are very interested in the new premium Pixels.
  • Fewer than 10% said that they wanted to see what Samsung was going to announce this week before committing to the Pixels.

This past week was Google's news cycle to own, with all sorts of hot takes on the upcoming Pixel 6 and 6 Pro smartphones. However, since we don't yet have a firm release date or pricing information, and since we know that Samsung and others will be announcing and possibly releasing some of the best Android phones of the year in the coming months, we were curious if our readers would be able, or want to, hold out for the new Google phones.

Nearly 83% of our readers who participated in the weekend poll said that they are suitably intrigued by the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro; at least enough to hold off on purchasing another smartphone before those devices are widely available. A little over 7% said that for as nice as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro look, they're more likely to grab a Pixel 5a, while just over 3% (perhaps jokingly?) said that they wanted the rumored Blackberry phone. Most surprisingly, fewer than 7% were holding back based on what Samsung announces as its Unpacked event this week.

There has apparently been a lot of pent-up demand for a premium Pixel phone, at least judging by what readers like pseudoware, Sacrifice Prime, and Alex Hunt told us.

I sold my S20 FE after the first Pixel 6 Pro leaks, wanting to maximize resell, as I'm definitely interested. As a Pixel fan, there were some that were "skippable," but this doesn't appear to be one of those models. Tensor SoC is totally intriguing. Bought a 4a to hold me over, but I drowned that. I'm underwhelmed by its replacement, a OnePlus Nord N10 5g. The question now is can I be patient enough and resist buying the 5a in a few weeks? With yesterday's 5a news, it's not looking good for my wallet and bank acct.

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Despite the enthusiasm, there were plenty of Pixel party poopers, too, such as reader eddi0 who had this to say:

Hell nah. The aesthetics are horrific and I imagine the price will equate out with how ugly the phone is ($$$). They were on the right path with the 3/4/5 series offering a A series as well as a not quite premium phone at "fair" prices. Once again, they are falling in line with Apple/Samsung with extremely expensive phones that only a portion of our society can afford. Guess we better "work harder" to afford these phones, huh? 🙄

The poll is now closed, but if you didn't get a chance to participate, let us know in the comments below if you will wait to get a Google Pixel 6 or 6 Pro.

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17 Comments
  • LOL The only people interested in these garbage phones are the ones reading tech blogs. No one else likes or wants these sh*t iPhone-wanna-be's. And that's proven time and again by the constant flop of the phones.
    But sure...keep trying to convince yourselves anyone gives a flying flamingo about Google's crap devices.
  • So, what phone do you use? Genuinely curious.
  • You're blanket statement of "no one likes or wants these" is clearly wrong. But keep sitting in your soiled diaper
  • So you found all 2,658 people that are going to buy this phone! /s I have a pixel 5, and love it. Just don't know if I'm ready for the higher cost. And honestly, I'll probably wait until the second generation of their chips for bugs to get ironed out
  • I responded I'm interested in the 6pro but I'm still going to keep using the 5 until it's not supported in 2023
  • I am underwhelmed with the camera bugs, fingerprint unlock issues, lags on my S21, and more importantly Samsung's insistence to hold back eSIM. I was going to take the plunge into an iPhone for the first time in 8 years but Apple's new found privacy violations even worse than Google has me looking for the only real alternative, a Pixel. Now if P6 are wildly overpriced (I'm guessing), I will score a previous generation Pixel on the cheap and wait until Google inevitable irons out the nasty bugs that will come with this rev. The choice in good mid range phones that aren't huge is surprisingly small. I would like to see more phone vendors enter the US, its pretty sucky here unless you are an Apple diehard and Samsung can't make a decent phone period.
  • Are you serious? The s21 lags too? I thought that was a thing of the past.
  • It does in one scenario. Try taking multiple pictures back to back on the S21. The shutter lags horribly. You don't see it anywhere else on the phone though, but that alone is disappointing.
  • What "new found privacy violations even worse than Google" are coming from Apple? I can only presume you're talking about iCloud checking for hashes consistent with CSAM from a national database. If that's the case, all major tech companies that deal with photos (Google, Microsoft, Dropbox etc) directly scan your photos looking for it and have done so for years. I get having privacy concerns, but Apple's way seems to be the most privacy-preserving out of all the options. That said, I'm still excited about the upcoming Pixel devices and will likely be switching over from Apple.
  • "Samsung who?" That's your take? Um, that would be Samsung who has by far the highest marketshare of Android devices. Does it not concern you that you've apparently alienated 80% of the Android tech community? This poll has nothing to do with Pixels and Galaxies, and everything to do with your skewed readership.
  • I don't think the poll was meant to show anything other than Android Central readers are intrigued by the Pixel 6. Samsung could very well have led in the polls but it didn't, and that's ok too. Don't get too worked up over it. I've been a Galaxy Note user since 2011, and I still use a Note9 (among other devices). Guess what? I'm excited to try out the Pixel 6 Pro.
  • The poll was *meant* to show how few people participate around here?
  • Actually Xiaomi has the biggest android share but ok
  • Either way the point is the same. Apparently those people aren't reading the site either. It's not as if everyone on Earth has decided to get a pixel phone. All this poll proves is how their Android Central has a very narrow readership. I wouldn't have advertised it if I were them, I'd have looked at it internally and tried to attract more eyes.
  • Not in the US and that is a problem. Here you have mediocre Samsungs, Lenovo (Moto) - even more mediocre, and Pixels. Then you have Apple. US carriers do their best to limit OnePlus and others so good luck outside of Tmo. The US isn't even treated to the best camera phones there are to offer. This is the worst time for smartphone choice in the US, since their uprising. Hopefully Google gets it right and uses the Japanese method of choosing a product and making is better over time, not just flip-flopping every other year on some new marketing whim. Google is like old Star Trek movies.
  • I didn't answer the poll because I have zero interest in the Pixel. Figured I'd let the Pixel fans weigh in. I didn't feel it was directed to me. I'm happy with my Samsung and when I'll replace it with another Samsung.
  • 😂
    "Samsung who"?
    Oh my how quick you forget that Samsung is one of the asses y'all kissed repeatedly. Including Mr. Beno