I am writing this review from a particular perspective of a Google Pixel 2XL user forced to upgrade by the limited software support.
I love the 120 Hz screen (and that it actually does run in 120 Hz mode in most cases where it would make sense). It really makes the phone feel responsive! This year's drop in resolution is not at all perceivable and the dpi is still high. The colors feel nice (after I disabled vivid colors).
The camera is pretty nice—though no huge jumps in this area. It's fine. I don't really have anything to say here beyond that.
Samsung actually managed to make the plastic back feel nice and not at all cheap. As someone who doesn't like cases, I appreciate that it's not made of glass.
The battery life is crap. I guess I need more time with the device to see if I'm doing something wrong, but so far it lasts 14 hours on a full charge. That's like half of my old Pixel 2XL, which lasted me 1.5 days. I can't imagine what it'll be like a year from now.
The phone comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable and no charging adapter, and I couldn't care less? With USB-C used for my previous phone and my girlfriend's phone and my laptops and the Switch and... you get the idea. I have nice adapters plugged in all around the apartment. So even if I got the adapter, I wouldn't use it, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Ok, but the biggest difference I'm experiencing coming from the Pixel is that... now that I have a mainstream phone, it's actually supported! I get to turn on Wi-Fi calling and VoLTE, which even though Google Pixel itself supported, the Swiss providers didn't support the Pixel. Ah, and all the integrations with Windows 10 that Microsoft made for these phones! Like the screen sharing and the gallery sync (which is different than regular camera upload). Embracing the mainstream has never felt better!
But ooof, again just three years of software support. And then more e-waste :-/…mehr