When comparing Sony vs Google, the Slant community recommends Sony for most people. In the question“What are the best Android phone manufacturers?” Sony is ranked 2nd while Google is ranked 3rd. The most important reason people chose Sony is:
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Pro Easy Bootloader unlock
Pro Superb cameras
Most smartphones use Sony components in their cameras.
Pro Loud speakers
Devices are very loud.
Pro High build quality
Build quality is very good.
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 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 recommeded by Google, after 2 years you won't see any new updates.
Con No Vanilla Android
Sony added many modifications to android, it comes with its own launcher, email client and system modifications.
Phones are expensive compared to other manufacturers.
Con Limited support
Pixel phones receive only two years OS updates plus one year of security fixes.