Pixel 2

 

Phone Dates Price Purchase
LG Nexus 4 Dec 2012 – Jan 2015 $349 Google Play – BNIB
LG Nexus 5 Jan 2015 – Nov 2015 $220 Swappa – Used
LG Nexus 5X Nov 2015 – Dec 2016 $349 B&H – BNIB
Google Pixel (by HTC) Dec 2016 – Nov 2017 $649 $349 Best Buy/Verizon – BNIB
Google Pixel 2 (by HTC) Nov 2017 $649 $300 $250 Google Play Store – BNIB

I need to work on keeping my phones longer than 1 year. But granted, at the purchase prices I’ve been hitting, for a flagship phone each year, it’s hard not to swap, considering how much time we spend on our phones each day, and the all around use it has to fulfill in terms of entertainment, connectivity, and photographic uses in an all encompassing manner; I feel like this is a small price to pay for something that is such an integral part of our lives.

Anyway. Google Pixel 2. I wasn’t gonna get it. But then Google’s offering a $350 trade in value on my OG Google Pixel, which is the purchase price I paid for it. So you’re saying I got to use my phone for a year, and then trade it in for its full original price (minus taxes, but shh). And that $350 was directly refunded to me from Amex after using my N5X for 11 months because it decided to bootloop on me. This $350 from Nov 2015 is really giving stretching beyond its means lol.

Although, this year I’m really excited about 64GB as the base model. It’s kinda maddening how Google offers its memory options (16GB on the N4? I’ve been stuck on 32GB w the N5, N5X, and Pixel). I even had to delete stuff off my phone this past trip to clear up memory for more photos. More space!

Also, my OG Pixel was a Verizon one from Best Buy, so some additional unlocking/rooting options weren’t available to me (-.-). This is a fully unlocked model from Google, so no more Verizon grubby fingers messing up my freedom to access my phone!

The only thing left is to send in my OG Pixel for the trade in program; I’ve read some reports of people getting shafted (all these trade-ins area always handled by a 3rd party company), so fingers crossed it all goes smoothly.

[12.16.17 edit] USPS tracking my package went “out for delivery”, then became “delivery status not updated,” whatever that means. But Google’s 3rd party trade in partner apparently did receive my package, and I got an email 12.14.17 saying it’s been appraised and approved for the $350 trade in value. Whoo! Should post to CC in 2-3 business days.

Thennn, I found out today that Google knocked off $50 from the Pixel 2 price (holiday sale?). So I sent off a Price Protection claim to Chase (purchased on CSR) to see if I can get that credited back to me, as I purchased it about 30 days ago. So I could possibly get this for $250!? Insane. And finally saw update after repeated checking on Chase’s 3rd party claim site, and that they’re sending a $50 check my way! Whoo!

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