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Google has been selling smartphones directly to consumers for a while now, and I've had a Nexus 5X for a couple of years. These phones are good because they are unlocked and don't contain much (if any) bloatware like you get with Samsung or other models with customized versions of Android. And buying directly from them instead of other retailers is very convenient.

It was acting a little weird here and there for the last couple of weeks, and yesterday morning it decided to freeze and then restart like it was overheating, and then just never fully start up again.

Apparently in the last year a bunch of people with this model have had the same exact problem. I purchased the Nexus Protect Plan for $70 when I bought the phone ($350) in 2016. This plan is supposed to offer an additional year of protection against any kind of malfunctions or defects.

So I filed a claim through the plan, and the rep said "because the phone is at the end of its life," Google's options are $43 cash, or $100 credit at the Google Store. The only phone they sell there now is the $650 (starting price) Pixel 2.

Conveniently for Google, the phone is now literally obsolete and won't work, yet was working fine before I recently updated a bunch of apps. Considering how many people are having this problem this year, I have my doubts this wasn't specifically planned by the company.

In general, there's a lot of shit with high-end smartphones I don't need. Fingerprint sensor, ability to play top end games and do a lot of multitasking, NFC, etc. Due to the "new normal" pricing for top end smartphones being around $600, I'm going to try lower end options for now. All I use my phone for is texting, watching videos, browsing, podcasts, and getting a few photos and videos on vacation. It pisses me off that Google now is solely focused on competing with Apple for high-end consumers, and doesn't seem to give a shit about everyone else. This reason is why I have hated Apple since the early 2000s and have never bought an iPod or iPhone.

TLDR: I won't be buying any more of these phones, unfortunately. If they offered a decent refund for what I paid, I might reconsider. But that shit was just a slap in the face.

They can blow me.

#nexus #google #blowme #googlephone
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Learn how to talk! It's date announcement! Why do people keep doing this?! I am old man shaking fist!

#hbo
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What the fuck is the deal with singers hanging themselves this year?
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View from Daiba, Tokyo.
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It's been almost four months since the so-called release date, and this is still nearly impossible to find, and completely impossible to find for the release price of $59.99. And they've somehow sold 1.5 million.

I will not touch this until I can walk into a local store and find several on a shelf to choose from. What the fuck #nintendo?
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"They want my heart to be in the right place. But then I look down and it's on the left."
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