The new Pixel and Pixel XL phones from Google are phones that contain powerful, high-tech hardware. Inside they’ve got the latest, fastest processors that exist, nice OLED screens, and plenty of storage (128GB) and memory (4GB) options. And yes, they’ve both got 3.5mm headphone jacks. But one feature that’s become a deal breaker for luxury smartphones in 2016 is missing completely from Google’s Pixels: water resistance.
In today’s competitive market, both Apple’s iPhone 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Note 7 are built to withstand water in many scenarios. They’ll be good to go if you drop them in the pool or toilet and you can use them in a rainstorm without thinking twice. That’s a huge convenience for your average consumer.
Google’s Falling Short
Google’s Pixel phones, which range in price between $649 and $869, aren’t water resistant at all, a huge deal breaker. Before this year, omitting water resistance was somewhat understandable since the phones didn’t cost as much. But today with no surprises contained in the tech specs, not mentioning water safeguards is a big shortcoming.
So What’s Their Excuse?
What could be the excuse for leaving out something that is so useful in everyday, real world situations? What could have possible made the team working on this phone decide against water resistance? Looking at the phone’s design, it is clear that designing your phone around a uni-body metal structure doesn’t require sacrificing water resistance. Surely Google and its hardware partner HTC could’ve used similar adhesives and seals to keep water out.