Oh, hello there. Welcome to 2017.

As we ease our way into the annual avalanche of overhyped device launches and overly confident tech rumors, I thought I’d take a moment to talk about the one Android phone that truly stands out at the start of this new year — yup, you guessed it: Google’s own Pixel.

You know the spiel by now, right? The Pixel excels not for any single element or feature but rather for the whole package it provides — the overall user experience, which includes everything from the hardware to the user interface and the tight integration of complementary Google services. Crucially, it also includes an unmatched commitment to timely ongoing updates and support — something that meaningfully sets the phone apart from almost every other Android option.

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