Yes do buy the Pixel, just don't buy it from Verizon if you can help it. The reason i say this is that it has been confirmed that Verizon will be handling their own system updates for Pixel and Pixel XL devices they have sold. Google will handle their own system updates for unlocked versions. Google will push out security updates to all Pixel and Pixel XL devices. This was a big issue for the Galaxy Nexus. The Verizon version got its updates long after the unlocked version. Obviously Verizon will want to patch any root methods, and add their own bloatware to each update and tweak updates to their network. Maybe Verizon will surprise us with faster updates, but I wouldn't hold my breath. It is really unnecessary to buy your Pixel from Verizon now that Google offers their own 0% financing on these devices. One of the main reasons to own a Pixel device would be the ability to unlock the bootloader and run custom roms and other mods. The unlocked model also works on Verizon. This has been your official warning. For the best Pixel experience purchase the unlocked version directly from Google!