Out the box and without third party warez MIUI and Emui are pretty hard to beat.
The reason is simple why Google phones don't succeed, they marry excellent software with mediocre hardware. Whilst companies such as OPPO now produce excellent hardware but marry it with mediocre software. Samsung, Huawei (before the USA restrictions) OnePlus, all produce excellent hardware and they can all produce very good software but not the top tier that Google produces on their handsets. So Google and OPPO fail for the opposite reasons whilst the best of the rest average things out to be good enough.
Price seems great but the face unlock seems to be really a poison chalice https://www.androidguys.com/featured/opinion/opinion-its-time-to-reconsider-face-unlock-on-the-pixel-line/
Dex. BixbyThey are still playing catch-up with Samsung, STILL adding features from the S3 and trying to add deep reaching assistant features.I look at the Pixels software and all I see is monitoring and spying software, innovation equals zerro. If their version of Android was the best every single device they have put there name to wouldn't have been a sales flop. The small number of opinionated Stock enthusiasts don't even make up 5% of device sales and that is all that needs to be said. Even mighty Samsung had a S4 Google ay edition that flopped and Xiaomi have killed their one series devices, stock will always be a enthusiast thing.
I am seriously considering looking at one but the dev scene is pretty no existent after a year on the 4 XL, that has left me in two minds having a play flashing Roms will be my main reason for getting the 4XL. From my observations it would seem that the high pricing of the last two years has moved dev well and truely into Xiaomi's realm.