Google Pixel review
The Google Pixel is a landmark device, signalling the first proper foray into phones by the search engine giant. And boy, has it done a good job. The Pixel is available in two sizes – the smaller one reviewed here and a larger 5.5-inch Pixel XL – and has one of the best cameras on any phone, along with a software experience that’s better than any other Android device.
WHAT IS THE GOOGLE PIXEL
Joining the ranks of the Pixel C and Chromebook Pixel are Google’s new Pixel phones. We’re reviewing the smaller 5in Pixel here, but you can read our separate Pixel XL review if you’re after a bigger phone. The new Pixel and Pixel XL take over from Google’s Nexus phone range and – like other Pixel devices – isn’t cheap. But at £599 from Google’s online store it’s no more expensive than flagships from Apple and Samsung: just don’t expect the same kind of unbelievable value you got from the Nexus 4 and 5.
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Features of Pixel
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he body is made from metal and glass – pretty much a given these days – and it tapers down ever so slightly on the rear to help avoid any unnecessary camera bumps. The sides are heavily chambered, and this helps the device to fit comfortably in your hand. This is one of the easiest phones to hold, helped by the fact it isn’t overly thin.Google has a “Really Blue” variant of the phone that looks very different if the common silver/black options seem too mundane for your taste
[dropcap]5[/dropcap]-inch displays are becoming a rarity in the Android space, but for many they provide the perfect mix of portability and size. However, the problem – aside from the dearth of choice – is that smaller phones tend to be hamstrung by weak components and a lack of features. The brightness is typically important when you use your phone outdoors in direct sunlight. The brighter the screen is and the more readable it will be. Also, starting from 600 or 700 NITs, it’s reasonable to start claiming some HDR compatibility. Overall, I’d have to agree with Lanh when he says anything you want to do on this phone, you won’t be disappointed.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Google Pixel has a 12.3 Megapixel camera equipped with a powerful new image sensor that has larger pixels than even the Galaxy S7 Series. Unfortunately, there isn’t an optical image stabilization, but you will see that this doesn’t prevent the Pixel from performing at the very best level. The Google Pixel camera leverages the power of the Snapdragon 821 computing units to perform heavy image processing.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Google phones always feature a “pure Android” experience, which means that it is the Android interface and features, exactly as Google intended. For those unfamiliar with the term, keep in mind that many other OEMs, especially big brands, will tend to create extra layers on top of Android, to make it their own. Google cares about smoothness because smoothness is a metric of user experience.
[dropcap]A[/dropcap] major difference between the Google Pixel and Pixel XL is the battery capacity. There isn’t a battery benchmark that we would consider to be reliable, so take any such tests or scores with caution. The Google Pixel can charge at a speed of ~52mAh/mn, which makes it one of the fastest charging phone, alongside the LG G5, the Galaxy S7 or the Nexus 6P. At the moment, the Huawei Mate 9 remains the fastest-charging phone with a speed of 77 mAh/mn.
[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n the hardware front, the Pixel XL definitely seems to be on par with most flagships, save for the lack of microSD card expansion. In just 10 days, I’ve managed to use up 25GB of the 29.7GB available out of the box albeit this was without having backups to Google Photos turned on. When you do run low on space, Assistant’s Free Up Space feature checks which images on your phones have been backed up and can then delete them from local storage to free up space.
There’s no doubt that if you want the Pixel or the Pixel XL, you’ll definitely be paying a premium for having access to Google’s latest experience.
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