The Pixel 6 is still a great phone; it just has early-adopter jitters.
What you need to know
- A majority of poll responses show that our readers did not cancel their Pixel 6 orders.
- A smaller percentage have either canceled or are thinking of returning the phone.
- More than 30% of respondents never ordered a Pixel 6.
While the Google Pixel 6 series has had quite a bit of fanfare since launch, it’s also faced its share of criticism, as our Shruti Shekar points out. A lot of that has to do with the number of bugs that early buyers have dealt with. So we asked whether or not our readers ended up canceling their orders, for whatever reason.
Of more than 800 responses, 30% say that they already received their Pixels and love the device, which isn’t too surprising. Despite the early-adopter bugs that even the best Android phones deal with, the Pixels are still fantastic devices. An additional 18% say that they did not cancel their orders, as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are still hard to come by at many retailers.
A smaller percentage say that they have canceled their order, and some have even returned the phone or are considering returning it.
One Pixel 6 owner on Twitter expressed that even though the bugs are annoying, the phone is still a vast improvement over his previous phone, making it worth the trouble.
I’m not thrilled with the bugs, but will still keep my #Pixel6Pro. I think the pros for upgrading from the 2 XL outweigh the problems, which I believe are more to do with Android 12 than with the phone’s hardware.
— Douglas York II (@dryii) November 11, 2021
On Facebook, a few readers have either canceled or returned their Pixel 6 phones due to the bugginess, opting instead to stick with the Pixel 5.
Yet, despite the bugginess, our Alex Dobie points out that the phones remain some of the best after two weeks of use, and many of the problems will likely get fixed with updates. That said, it may be worth taking another look at the phones. And you may want to be on the lookout for Black Friday Pixel deals, if not for the Pixel 6 then at least for other models like the long-lasting Pixel 5a.
Google Pixel 6 Pro
$899 at Best Buy
$899 at B&H
$899 at Amazon
Hold onto this one
The new Pixel 6 Pro is Google’s best smartphone to date, thanks to its smooth 120Hz display, powerful Tensor chip, and versatile triple camera setup that gets you really close to the action without sacrificing quality. It comes running Android 12 and is guaranteed support for the next five years.