Google Pixel Review

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The Google Pixel is one of the most sought after Android running smartphones of 2016 and it marks the Alphabet company’s return as a serious contender among the big dogs like Apple and Samsung.

The thing is that Google’s former Nexus line of droids was something very interesting, a melange of decent prices and excellent performance, aimed at offering the best Android experience possible for the money. The best bang for the buck, you know the drill.

Well, with the Google Pixel, things were changed radically. The Google Pixel and the Pixel XL (its bigger kin) are now boasting high end specs and premium looks and feel, and as a logical consequence, the prices skyrocketed. Basically, the Google Pixel costs just as much as an iPhone 7 if not more and that’s a bold move from Alphabet.

However, considering that Google has access to all of our metadata and internet search history, our bank accounts and all that, I bet that they planned this move pretty good, it wasn’t just a “fluke”, and I refer to the fact that despite its steep price, the Pixel line was a hit in terms of sales.

With the Pixel, Google is aiming at giving Apple’s iPhone 7 a run for its money so to speak, being a true flagship smartphone and on top of that, with the affordable Nexus line discontinued, the fans of the Google brand do not have much choice after all.

Starting at $650 (in the US) or if you want the XL model add $120 on top of the $650, the Google Pixel comes with unlimited storage space for videos and photos via cloud storage, i.e.  Google Photos and that’s pretty cool.

The Pixel is built and designed around Google’s ecosystem which is pretty vast and obviously, it will offer a Google-focused experience.

The Google Pixel comes with a sturdy chassis built from metal, featuring a premium unibody design and it boasts its 5 inches wide AMOLED display of full HD 1080p resolution and a 441 pixels per inch density.

Under the hood, you’ll find Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 821 system on chip, which makes for a quad core architecture with its Kryo CPUs clocked in pairs at 2.15 GHz and 1.6 GHz respectively.

For gaming and heavy stuff, there’s a new sheriff in town, the Adreno 530 graphics processing unit together with plenty of RAM, to the tune of 4 GB.

The main camera has 12.3 megapixels and it comes with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a 2016 flagship, the likes of laser assisted auto-focus, f/2.0 phase detection, dual LED flash, 4K video recording and all that jazz. The secondary snapper is an 8 megapixels variety while the Pixel will is available in 2 flavors, 32 GB or 128 GB of native storage capacity.

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Another interesting factoid is that the Pixel is the first smartphone to be shipped running on Android 7.1 Nougat on board, which means it’s fully optimized for the respective OS and everything will work buttery smooth, as was the case with all Nexuses in the past.

In the connectivity department, the Google Pixel has it all and then some, including LTE Cat. 12, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 2×2 MIMO and even NFC support for Android Beam and Android Play.

There’s also a bio-metric device on board obviously, Google’s Pixel Imprint authentication system, meaning that Google will have now your fingerprints too in their humongous database and I am not kidding either.

The non removable battery has a capacity of 2770 mAh and that’s quite enough for a 5 incher with AMOLED yet nothing to write home about in terms of endurance (64 hours).

The main drawbacks of the Google Pixel are its price first and foremost, and a distant second-third etc being an arguably boring design, the lack of wireless charging and/or an IR blaster, there’s no FM radio and no full water resistance.

If you want unlimited space for your pictures and videos and maybe the best camera on the market in low-lighting conditions, plus 2 years of Google updates and 3 and a half of security patches (guaranteed), well, the Pixel is an interesting option.

 

 

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