The Pixel 7 saved the disappointing 2022
Thank you, Pixel 7. Thank you for helping to end 2022 on a fun note that would have me falling asleep, tossing and turning in bed as I tried to turn my mind to the idea that maybe 2023 would be more exciting and less frustrating.
When 2022 kicked off, things started on an unusual tone, and it likely set the tone for the rest of the year. You may remember that OnePlus was quick to announce the OnePlus 10 Pro, I just did it for China only Without any information on when it will appear in the United States. Since OnePlus was often known as a US-focused brand, this was strange.
The phone was finally launched in the US in April and I like it quite a bit. It was one of my early favorites of the year, but OnePlus initially only launched the lowest spec model and left us with a question when asked about software plans. We now know that OnePlus phones will only run OPPO’s ColorOS and nothing like the experience that once helped us really enjoy the brand.
As much as I like the 10 Pro, when we write about OnePlus phones, our readers are quick to express their displeasure at the brand’s chip-making from a compact and compact Android launcher that caters to a dedicated enthusiast audience, to a phone company that has fully embraced a larger Samsung-esque personality.
I would still let OnePlus put it all together because they make great performing devices and there are very few players the same. But man, they should change directions fast.
But with a second back up, Samsung wasn’t far behind OnePlus in announcing its first phone of the year, the Galaxy S22. This was almost a big deal, thanks to the Galaxy S22 Ultra that revived the Galaxy Note brand. And the As good as the S22 Ultra wasIt was really just another Note phone without anything groundbreaking with a few differences from the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, a phone that launched a year ago.
Look, I know this is going to annoy some people, because people love the S22 Ultra and also the old Note series. I’m just saying it wasn’t very interesting – it was a rebranding of an old brand to one that’s still alive.
As for the S22 and S22+, they were nice. S22 was not starting because Had the worst phone battery life Since the Pixel 4. The S22+ has been really solid and I used it for a while before the Pixel 7. But let’s be honest, none of the S22 phones were “new”, different, or exciting. This was the second year in a row for this design.
If we stick with Samsung, you’ll all know about the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4, two other really impressive foldable phones. It’s the best foldable device in the business, and I’ve convinced my wife to turn off her Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the Flip 4. She loves it (I think) and tells me all the time about the comments people make about how cool it is. But like the S22 series, there wasn’t much new. If I were to tell you to list the big differences from the Fold 3 and Flip 3 to this year’s models, this list wouldn’t be long.
Basically what I get with the Samsung 2022 lineup is that we’ve got a lot of improvements and not a lot of excitement.
Moving on from Samsung now, we have to talk about the biggest disappointments of 2022. There are two devices that I was looking forward to a lot because they were new. I’m talking about nothing and OSOM.
2022 was a year involving two new phone makers, a big deal in an industry that rarely sees a new name pop up. I was really excited about these two companies. I was dying to try a new phone from a company that wasn’t Samsung, Google, OnePlus, Apple, or Motorola. And then, well, you know what happened.
Nothing released the Phone (1), a mid-ranger that was below average than the other mid-range and would never make its way to the US. The phone’s launch was filled with an obnoxious level of phishing-related hype and then landed a spoofing feature on the back panel that no normal person would ever see, because normal, not-so-crazy people don’t put their phones on any surface. Its software was missing, the camera was lower tier, and again, you can’t buy one in the US.
When it comes to OSOM, the story is even sadder. For those unfamiliar, OSOM is a phone company run by a whole bunch of former Essential crew, which made one of those rare, flawed phones we vaguely loved. But since OSOM said all the right things for a few years in the lead-up to the launch of the first phone, we had high hopes. We thought this might be a revival of the Essential Phone 2 without all the essential phone hassles.
When osom really They started viewing their next phone as privacy-focusedWe were worried that cryptocurrency would become. I almost jokingly said in one of the articles that if I switched to cryptocurrency, we would never talk about it again. I think I broke my rule, but this part of the 2022 story should have been mentioned again.
In case you missed it, since we haven’t mentioned it since the news fell, OSOM went to crypto with its first phone and allowed a company called Solana to trademark it. It is now known as Solana Saga. The phone is slated to launch for $1,000 in 2023, and yes, we don’t have much to say about it anymore.
We also have a Pixel 6a there, a couple of new Motorola phones, and another OnePlus phone, and that’s sort of it. None of it was a big problem. 2022 almost ended by putting us to bed.
Fortunately, as you learned in the opening, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro saved everything. For me personally, it was the Pixel 7 that specifically made 2022 end. I love this phone. They are priced in a way that no other phone can currently match. It has an amazing camera, great performance, and software experience that tops it all. Its design has been improved this year as well, in a way that makes it feel special on top of the price I paid for it. If you want more details about all of that, You must read my review.
But how I knew the Pixel 7 really won me over was the moment I hit publish in that review. For most of the year, when I finished testing the phone, I always put it down on the spot and came up with something else. Nothing this year could catch my eye.
For example, when I finished using the S22 Ultra, I switched to the iPhone 13 Pro. When I finished the OnePlus 10 Pro, I turned it off and then back on and then on to the Galaxy S22+. Then I tested the Motorola phone before going back to the iPhone – same for the Pixel 6a. With the Flip 4 I already thought it might be the phone going forward, but then the iPhone 14 Pro dropped and I swapped out to give it some time. I haven’t touched the Flip 4 since then.
The Pixel 7 landed on my front porch for review in early October and I haven’t put it down. I finished my review a week ago, after testing it for about a month, and arrived briefly for something else before coming back in 2 to 7 hours. I’m addicted to it. I am addicted to the camera and the smoothness. It might also help that I love the Pixel Watch that came with it, but it’s also the size, its nice yellow color and the fact that the Pixel Feature Drop is coming soon. I have no complaints about the Pixel 7 today.
You might ask, “Well, what’s so exciting about this, though? Isn’t it like a Pixel 6?” You’re right in thinking about that. The Pixel 7 doesn’t reinvent or significantly change the smartphone on last year’s Pixel line. But what Google did was finally get it right. They finally made it The Phone we hope they can. This is why it is exciting. Finally we got where The The phone could go from Google instead of worrying so much about what went wrong (again).
I hope I don’t offend all the Samsung fans in the building, because the phones they released in 2022 were excellent phones, and they didn’t do anything new. I don’t know if 2023 will be different, but what I do know is that the Pixel 7 stole the show and I’m not sure anything on the horizon could steal it again.
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