Online, I reserved a Pixel at a local Verizon store. Spent 3 minutes in store before walking out with a Pixel. Drove home, plugged everything in, was pretty happy with the size and feel of the device out of box at first. Swapped sim cards and gave it a run for 4 hours. Note this is me comparing this to the 6s+: Positives of Pixel: A LOT lighter than the 6s+ (weight). Speakerphone works much better than my 6s+ (clarity). Fingerprint reader is a bit faster. Love slightly pressing finger on fingerprint reader and have it instantly turn on screen (unlocked). Camera is acceptably fast. Negatives: I had no reception in several locations where I had 1-2 bars with the iPhone. At default screen/font size, the viewing space was noticeably less than the 6s+ - at first this didn't bother me, but later on (because I read a lot) it was getting unbearable. Small font setting helped but made reading uncomfortable. The phone gets hot just browsing Chrome - Chrome is noticeably laggier than 6s+ (jumps all over as it's loading). Pixel said I had 4 hours of battery life expected when browsing Chrome for an hour (Chrome being the only significant battery use). So, I returned it. Couldn't stand the screen being smaller. The price ($34/mo) ... vs iPhone $44/mo... if this phone was $300-$450 I'd live with the negatives. Surprises of Pixel Experience: Found typing on the Pixel to be comfortable and highly accurate. Found photos to be VERY VERY good. Was not happy with new USB C cables (cancelled a $40+ order of USB C cables from Amazon). Build quality is close to the iPhone. Just my opinion. Yes, Pixel XL vs iPhone 6s+ would have been a much fair'er compare. I like Google way more than Apple and was very excited to go back to Google but couldn't do it this time, yet. I would have no problem recommending the Pixel, though. It is a great Android phone - I just wish it was a lot cheaper.