The Pixel 9’s New Design isn’t What You Think

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The minute I saw the supposed renders of the upcoming Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro, I joked with Tim that if these turned out to be real, Google’s next phone would be phone of the decade. My second thought was Android purists would absolutely hate the iPhone-like design and completely dump it in the comments. This brought my mood down a few notches. It turns out that I was wrong.

Initial reactions to Pixel 9 (Here is a link to the articlePixel 9 Pro and Pixel 9 (Here is a link to the article) renders from earlier in the week were mostly positive. In fact, most of the reactions were ектуаленI was positive about the direction that I was going. And no, they weren’t all thankful for the phone taking on a flat-sided iPhone design, but more in the way of it looking like a proper and premium evolution on the Pixel design.

Let’s run through some of the best reactions to these rumored Pixel 9 designs.

Kicking off the event TonyThe following are some examples of how to use Our Telegram Channel called it the “Most beautiful phone I’ve ever seen.” I can’t say I’m ready to commit that hard yet, but I do agree that these renders look very lovely and if the real-deal, could make for a phone unlike any others on Android.

Several others “like” the design, think it “looks amazing,” described it as “a refreshing look,” and ran with the classic of, “Shut up and take my money!” One reader even brought up the old legend, saying it looked like the Essential PH-1. That’s a great take for those only looking to the iPhone as Google’s inspiration.

Readers should consider the possibility of future Google devices adopting a similar design language. just_eggs is hoping this design makes its way to the next Pixel Fold, saying “Please make the Fold 2 look like this and I am so in.”

Readers’ positive reactions are the final step. ceruleanblue put it the best – “It looks designed, not just thrown together, as most Pixels do.”

After all that, not everyone is a fan of the look. I think dwboston summed up plenty of people’s thoughts in saying, “So based on the comments above, what the Android ‘fans’ here really want is a Pixel that looks just like an iPhone? No thanks.” Dang, that’s kind of harsh, but maybe not completely off the mark.

Another reader added that Google was “Slowly but surely trying to make a Pixel into an iPhone” and that they would “not be touching these.”

Others weren’t fans of that hefty camera bar, with one reader just straight calling it “Thicc.” But others were quick to point out that Google’s camera design has been great for those of us who place our phones on a surface and don’t want them to wobble. Couldn’t agree more there.

My current reaction is that both designs are very similar to the current iPhone design, but also resemble the original Nothing Phone and our old favorite the original Essential phone. I like flat surfaces on a device, because they look nice and give you something to hold (when you are not using a cover). Even though you may disagree with me if you wear your Android goggles, I think the phones still look as Pixel as they ever have. Google still takes inspiration from others while making their phones unique.

I’m so ready for these.

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