I'd like to chime in with total agreement. I recently decided to give the Pixel XL2 a try, tempted by their extended 2 yr wtty due to initial problems plus of course 3 yr guarantee of immediate OS upgrades. But using the device has been a major disappointment. I don't use my phone for important photography - an area the model surely excels at - and otherwise I'm quite turned off by "stock Android." I had an s8+ for a while and it has so many useful features, plus the phenomenal screen, that the Pixel is just plain vanilla and inferior in every way. Even if I was just considering an s9+ I would take it over the Pixel hands-down. Since owning a smartphone is a 2-year proposition I think the benefit of the fast OS updates may not be very important. There's nothing impressive about Oreo vs. Nougat. Samsung makes truly magnificent hardware. I'm tired of boring phones with few features or customizing adjustments, much less the S-Pen.