110 Things Google Pixel 2 Needs to Compete With Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, which offer a high-end processor, big screens and next-generation designs, are sure to be big sellers when they go sale from major carriers starting April 21. They could put pressure on other major handset makers to respond with major new enhancements to their own models. Google will be one of those handset makers. The Google Pixel smartphone is generally well-regarded and Google is reportedly preparing to release the follow-on Google Pixel 2 later this year. While details about the new Pixel’s design are thin, Google is expected to position the device as a must-have this holiday season. To do that, though, Google will need to take some cues from the Galaxy S8 and try to offer something even better. Here are some ideas for the Pixel 2.
2Improve the Design
3Go Big on Screen Size
4Don’t Make the Fingerprint Mistake
5Improve Google Assistant
6Storage Still Matters
7Keep the Camera Crown
Google noted last year when it introduced the Pixel that it was delivering the best smartphone camera in the world. Many users agreed. Samsung and LG have since delivered big camera updates, and Apple is expected to as well. In our photo-, video- and selfie-obsessed world, having the best camera would be a coup.
8Give it a Big, Long-Lasting Battery
Samsung has had its fair share of battery problems, but it’s predicting battery more than a day of battery life on a single charge in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Consumers and enterprise users want a long-lasting battery and Samsung is delivering it. Google must respond with a similarly big and efficient battery in the Pixel 2.
9Win the Power Battle
10Google Application Lineup is Strong
Google could trump the Galaxy S8 on the software side. The Pixel 2 likely will be the first handset to run Google’s O operating system. Plus, Google operates some of the world’s most popular software platforms including Gmail, Google Play and Chrome. That’s a software lineup that few smartphones can surpass.
11Get the Price Down
Offering all these features means the Google Pixel 2 might be expensive. But if Google really wants to stand out, it needs to win on price. The Galaxy S8 price starts at $720 to start at Verizon and $750 elsewhere. If Google can price the Pixel 2 in the $600s, it might prove to customers that it’s a superior value.