“For years the Android fanboy argument has been that the iPhone is too expensive and that Android offers them a way to get a high-end smartphone for a fraction of the price,” Adrian Kingsley-Hughes reports for ZDNet.

MacDailyNews Take: Never mind the total lack of a coherent, usable, and secure ecosystem, of course.

“Google just destroyed that argument with the Pixel and the Pixel XL,” Kingsley-Hughes reports. “Once you start wanting custom components, that’s when things start getting expensive, and your R&D bills really start to swell. Take something as simple as the sapphire lens covering the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone. That single thing required R&D, getting a supply chain figured out for the materials, cutting the lens, quality control, assembly and testing. And this is just for a single, inanimate, simple part.”

“Now, as an example specific to the Pixel, consider that new camera,” Kingsley-Hughes reports. “Google spent a lot of money on that module.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Google’s Pixel phones are slow, overpriced, insecure, privacy-trampling iPhone-wannabes.

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