When comparing Sony vs Google, the Slant community recommends Google for most people. In the question“What are the best Android phone manufacturers?” Google is ranked 6th while Sony is ranked 16th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Loud speakers
Devices are very loud.
Pro Easy bootloader unlock
Pro Superb cameras
Most smartphones use Sony components in their cameras.
Pro High build quality
Build quality is very good.
Pro T line
Pro Great custom ROM support
There exist many custom ROMs for Google devices.
Pro Have some additional features
Pixel and Nexus phones have some additional features to integrate Android even more into the Google ecosystem.
Pro Open bootloader
All Pixel phones come with an open bootloader which makes it easy to use an after market OS.
Con Killing their own phone lines
Every half year a successor comes around.
Con Proprietary code and DRM-keys
Uses proprietary code and DRM-keys stored on an extra (TA) partition which will get lost if you just flash a custom rom.
Con No long-term software support
Like recommended by Google, after 2 years you won't see any new updates.
Con Terrible customer service
They do everything to refuse your 2 year guarantee.
Con No vanilla Android
Sony added many modifications to Android, it comes with its own launcher, email client and system modifications.
Con No compact line
Almost all Pixel phones are to big.
Con Limited support
Pixel phones receive only two years OS updates plus one year of security fixes.
Phones are expensive compared to other manufacturers.