You can no longer purchase the original Pixel smartphone from Google’s online store. Which is a shame, because the device is still a solid purchase for consumers who want an affordable Android device that gets quick software updates.
The Pixel was the first smartphone made entirely by Google, offering a plain design, decent specs, and great software. But it was the device’s camera that stood out, sparking widespread praise among consumers and media alike. We called it the best smartphone in 2016 despite its less than stellar design.
Google dropped the price of the original Pixel following the Pixel 2’s release late last year. Now, with rumors of a mid-range Pixel swirling, it’s no surprise to see the original Pixel fall by the wayside.
The timing is funny, because I was just thinking the original Pixel is still a great buy despite its age. Although the device is no longer available through Google, don’t let that stop you from finding it elsewhere, such as eBay or Amazon.
In addition to rumors of a mid-range Pixel device, there’s already evidence of a Pixel 3, which we’ll likely see launch later this fall.