Hands-on with Google Pixel, probably the most Googley Android phone ever
Has Google multiplied its construct high-quality? Certain. However the headline stories for the Pixel telephones are Google Assistant and a better digital camera expertise.
Fifteen minutes with Google’s new Pixel mobile don’t tells me a lot. It’s can’t tell me anything about real-world battery lifestyles. It may well’t tell me about nonetheless-photograph photograph great. Certainly, quarter-hour is handiest ample time to enhance the inchoate wisps of first impressions. However I nonetheless left the Tuesday Pixel telephone demo feeling like I discovered the replacement for my Nexus 6P everyday driver.
It comes all the way down to this, individuals: If you want pure Google in a smartphone—the all-powerful Googley expertise as Google intends it—then you want a pure Android mobilephone. For most of 2016, that’s intended a Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P. However come October 20, the story shifts to two Pixel telephones, one with a 5-inch show, and the other clocking in at 5.5 inches.
Are these two telephones earth-shattering upgrades? Probably not. However with higher build excellent, a greater digital camera expertise, and Google Assistant baked directly into their residence buttons, the Pixels maybe too beautiful for Android fans to pass up. Shoot, possibly even mainstream buyers will give the Pixels serious consideration—notably after they see what Google’s new computing device-finding out assistant can do.
I spent virtually all my demo time with the 5.5-inch Pixel XL. Like its smaller sibling, it comes with a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 12.Three-megapixel rear-facing digital camera. The one major differences are battery size (3,460mAh for the XL; 2,770mAh for the Pixel) and AMOLED show decision (2560×1440 for the XL; 1920×1080 for the Pixel). The Pixel XL has a reasonably smaller show than the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P, but the newer telephone feels greatly lighter—and possibly a wee insubstantial—within the hand.
Google killed the rectangular “bump” that surrounds the digicam on the Nexus 6P, and now within the Pixels you get a huge, rectangular expanse of glass on the higher-0.33 of the rear chassis. I certainly not minded the 6P’s bump, so i will’t say the brand new design is a vast growth. However should you like your phones as streamlined as viable, you’ll by and large prefer the Pixel’s design.