Google’s Pixel phones have a reputation for having funky design characteristics, but the Pixel 6 pair lacks that signature visual touch.
With the Pixel 6 duo, Google has removed the classic colored power button aesthetics, which is difficult to accept. The Pixel line is now primarily focused on providing a “pristine Android experience.” So say the r/GooglePixel sub-tens Reddit’s of thousands of Pixel lovers. The defense has some evidence to back it up. Pixels provide the purest Android experience, with a few exclusive gimmicks thrown in for good measure and quick upgrades and longer support. The cameras are excellent, and the firepower is primarily concentrated at the summit, except for the Google Pixel 5, which has a mid-range processor.
But there’s another feature that sets the Pixel phones apart from the competition: the bright colors. And, in particular, the power button’s unusual two-tone color scheme. Even though the iPhone 6 inspiration was obvious, the original Pixel was a gorgeous phone, and its Blue tint was a breath of fresh air in a sea of white, grey, and black slabs. With the Pixel 2, though, Google found its design stride. The two-tone scheme, which combined glass and painted metal, drew much attention. The ‘Panda’ hue, in particular, was a knockout. But it was the Pixel’s tiny power button, with its contrasting color profile of neon orange and green, that elevated the design to new heights.
The Pixel 3 carried on the trend, while the Pixel 4 took it further. The Oh So Orange was the Pixel 4 duo’s distinctive color, and the orange power button protruding from the black frame was a refreshing change of pace. However, the off-color scheme came to life on the White trim, which had a black frame with an orange button to offer a pop of vibrancy to an otherwise traditional white-black profile. When the Google Pixel 5 debuted, consumers hoping for the classic wacky power button design were left disappointed. To be clear, the Sorta Sage appears to be fantastic. However, the glossy power button, which was also a similar green tone, didn’t have the same Pixel design sense.
It Isn’t Much, But It Is An Honest Quarrel
The iconic design of the Pixel 5a was carried over to the Pixel 6, and there were hopes that Google would return to form with the Pixel 6. Google was back to normal, but not the characteristic two-tone power button. Although the Pixel 6 and its Pro brother are attractive devices, the aesthetic argument surrounding them is far from settled. The two phones are significant, and the massive camera strip on the back isn’t for everyone. As a tiny consolation, at least the hues are still a little bizarre. But that’s all there is to it. Apple, too, has gone all-in on colors, painting everything from iPhones and iPads to MacBooks in vibrant pastel hues. However, those hues are solid, as is the case with the Pixel 6 duo. The vibrant colors are appealing, but nothing in the Pixel style manages to break up the monotony.
Many a Slack and WhatsApp battle has erupted over the Pixel 6 series’ aesthetics, with Pixel aficionados vehemently defending the ‘new’ design on social media with the #TeamPixel hashtag. It’s fascinating to see how committed Pixel users are, and it’s proof that Google’s design team did a wonderful job this time around. This year, though, there is nothing to disrupt the aesthetic monotony. The colorful power button is a design element that many people remember fondly. The lovely thought of a Pixel 6 Pro with a delectable orange power button (seen above) serves as a bittersweet reminder of what may have been. Nostalgia is a strong emotion, and Pixel lovers feel it in the Reddit comments.
Debating the color of a phone’s power button may appear to be an absurd topic. For users, factors like tactile input and placement are increasingly significant. However, recalling how the Pixel’s tiny power button was a crucial design aspect, one can’t help but sigh with regret. One feature that helped it stand out in a sea of phones that experimented with everything from color-changing back panels to leather exteriors to make a statement. The power button on the Pixel stood out. It also improved the design of the Pixel. It was a fun element that added to the overall appeal. It gave the phone a more interesting appearance. And, regardless of what Google does with the Pixel series in the future, it will be dearly missed.