Why is Google Pixel not waterproof? No time to do it.
Same like the rest of us who can’t finish our jobs for the day. No more time. That’s also the case with Google Pixel. Not waterproof? No more time to do it.
Okay, the Google Pixel is a great phone in terms of hardware and software. It’s got the best parts driven by the best operating system Android can offer. However, there’s more about the Google Pixel that is totally not cool.
People are totally turned off by the IP rating of the Google Pixel. It is the level of resistance of the smartphone to withstand water and dust from entering the chassis. Google Pixel and Pixel XL are rated at IP53. It’s the bare minimum for low to mid-range smartphones. But the Pixel phones are not low to mid-range, it costs $600. It’s in the premium category like the iPhone 7 or the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
WIRED reported that the reason for not including IP68 rating, even IP67 to the Pixel is Google just ran out of time. The company was already in the process of manufacturing its own phone for the first time, but decided to change things up and began working on the Pixel and Pixel XL. This is way back in 2015.
It was all in the bad timing of the planning and production. In the WIRED podcast, it was explained that Google discarded its old smartphone design and plans towards the end of 2015. This means just 9 months for the company to design and make the two Google Pixel and Pixel XL that we know today.
IP ratings nowadays are not just standard features, it’s also for practical purposes. That’s why some techie consumers who know a thing or two about IP ratings, just got upset. However, it’s not the end of the road for this Nexus successor. Hopefully, the next version of the Pixel and Pixel XL will have better ratings.
For now, keep your Google Pixel and Pixel XL out of any huge bodies of water.
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