Following a piece published about the design of the Pixel and Pixel XL yesterday, Google is now directly soliciting feedback about the phone’s look. In a post on the Pixel User Community, Product Lead Krishna Kumar asks what Google got right, wrong, and how it could improve future devices…
A big criticism of Google’s first wholly-made phone has been how similar it looks to the iPhone, although one aspect where the Pixel is notably different is its wedge-shape. Yesterday’s CNET piece does go into particular depth about how avoiding an “unsightly” camera bump was a special area of focus.
The wedge-shape ultimately allowed for a larger battery while also allowing the phone to rest flat on a surface. Additionally, we learned that the glass panel on the rear provides “more surface area to receive and send signals,” though Google did not mention why antenna lines are then still required.
Noting the tradeoffs in any design, the Pixel Product Lead ends the post asking several questions of owners. Specifically, “What do you hate about it?” and “What would you like to see us improve?”
Hopefully, Kumar will also be willing to answer other long-standing questions about the design, including why the Pixel has such a large and empty bottom bezel.