Just came from Twitter over to give my opinion.
I am Windows Phone user since WP7 and the HTC Mozart.
Now, 7years later and a 2years old Lumia 950XL in my hands, I had to look forward.
As no new Flagship is on sight and any other device would be lower classified than my 950XL, I was like everyone else hope on a life signal of a Surface Phone.
When Joe Belfiore then recommended, to move over to Android and IOS, my disappointment was unbearable.
IOS was never an option for me, so I checked Android.
My contract renewed and my contractor offered the Google Pixel 2 XL for free.
Having the phone the first time in my hands, made me comparing it to the 950XL which losses the 950 immediately.
The haptic of the Pixel is much better, it feels like one piece like a 920 or 1020 in the past.
The UI of Android was something I changed immediately.
I searched in the Playstore for the highly recommended Launcher 10 and spent 2,69 extra for the live tile feature. As a few easy adjustments and I had my full Windows 10 Mobile UI experience with Start screen and App list!
I didn´t used the MS Launcher yet but installed manually Edge, Outlook, OneNote and OneDrive.
From that moment, it felt from the start like a new Windows Mobile flagship!
I am really enjoying the entire phone, the battery lasts nearly the double amount of time like my 950, despite the fact that both have the same Milliampere amount.
Only missing there QI charging.
The camera is outstanding and as good as the Lumia.
Plus of the Lumia, you have many manual options to adjust camera settings to play around like exposure timer, iso and other things.
For snapping pics in awesome quality, the Pixel camera beats the 950XL.
For advanced photos, I purchased the well known ProShot app which makes the job as usual
I disabled most Google services which are not really needed , using outlook with the contacts as my preferred contacts list instead of my newly created Google account.
Only minimal minus point is the binding in of OneDrive in some apps like WhatsApp, not in Facebook or Instagram.
Some make it necessary that you download manually the pic from the OneDrive app and then you can select the pic within the FB app, etc.
Currently, I do not regret my move over to Google and the outstanding Pixel 2 XL.
Truly a flagship!
Daniel Heithorn aka Schnittgemuese on Twitter