Earlier in October this year, Google officially introduced it’s very first and fresh range of smartphones the Pixel and Pixel XL– two models completely created by Google , inside out and sold directly by the company itself. And with the ongoing crisis Samsung is facing off late, this can pretty much be considered as Google’s latest masterstroke! With Pixel, we are all set to leave behind the crisis that Android or even Nexus phones have faced time and again about meeting up the expectations of users and experience a brand new and best shot at phone by Google .
The latest inclusions to Google’s in-house product family have a built-in by HTC but Google takes the full credit for it’s solo hand behind the designing and engineering, sealing it with a “Made by Google” and a Google “G“ logo on the handset rear, branding as it’s own. Post the avalanche of pre-event leaks and disclosures, The Pixel and Pixel XL finally launched, touching the stores and hands on October 20, introducing a new age of handsets.
The Pixel and Pixel XL can be distinguished substantially by the size and resolutions of their screens – 5-inch 1080p for the former and 5.5-inch 1440p for the latter. Both the models are powered by 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm latest Snapdragon 821 processor and come with a 4GB RAM and a 32GB of internal storage that cannot be expanded and runs Android 7.1 OS.
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The Pixel is powered by a non-removable Li-Ion 2770mAh battery and measures 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.50 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 143.000 grams and the Pixel XL is powered by 3450mAh non-removable battery, measures 154.70 x 75.70 x 8.50 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 168.00 grams. They are single SIM (GSM) smartphones and accept Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G and 4G and the Sensors on the phones being Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope and Barometer. Both the pair packs a 12.3-megapixel primary rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera.
As far as the hardware front is concerned, both are made out of aluminium with a big glass window at the back surrounding the camera, flash and the fingerprint sensor. What is even better is the glass shade that replaces the metal on the top third of the back of the phone and might serve the purpose of radio reception as well as align the phone in your hand properly. Along with they run a specialized version of Google’s Android software, which includes support for the ‘Daydream virtual support reality platform’ that was announced at Google input/output last summer. But besides all that mentioned above, what is more about the Pixel that makes it one of it’s kind? Continue reading on to know the major
A Google Of Your Own
Pixel is the first ever phone to have a built-in Google Assistant. All it takes to get every question of yours answered is just by holding the home button or saying “OK Google” and the assistant is ready with a conversational and chat-like interface to help you with all your personalized work on phone from looking up facts, photos, reminders to playing your desired music, setting up alarms, giving out directions or even finding out and booking restaurants for you. It works either by speaking or by tapping along the follow up chats. The Assistant’s ability to understand you is exceptional and it gets it correct almost every time irrespective of the background environment.
The rear cameras for both sets have been scored an 89 in DxOMark, which is the highest rating given to any phone till date. The 12.3-megapixel resolutions have large 1.55-micron pixels and an f/2.0 aperture and Google claims that its new camera has “the shortest capture time on any mobile camera ever” The camera app truly does open and captures very fast and also defaults to HDR automatically. The images appear in phase detect and laser auto focus and the colours are always vibrant. Landscape images have the perfect amount of depth and details even objects that are far away. Photos taken in dim lights though could have been sharper but appears to have some visual artifacts. The front camera does an amazing job as well and has a wide lens. The camera can record 4K videos and comes with a gyroscope based video stabilization option. However, for stills the optical image stabilization remains negative.
Good Looks and Great Curves
The one-piece aluminium design make both the phones appear classy and sleek. They are well crafted and smooth polished. The glass on the back might take time to grow on you but eventually it does. The edges remain somewhere between right angled and rounded and the glossy finish makes it unique with a glass flexible to scrapes and scratches.
The Amazing Android Nougat
The Android 7.1 Nougat which runs on both the devices is the first to have Allo, Google’s messaging service and Duo, the video calling app auto installed (can be uninstalled). The icons can be long-pressed to create your own additional menu with the help of launcher shortcuts. The keyboard supports GIF options and there is a Night Light Mode Setting that makes the screen yellowish to reduce eye strain from bright light at night. Pixel is also the first phone to get the support of Daydream VR which comes with a very precise motion controller. The fingerprint reader is also helpful for security conscious users. Also, the Pixel phones will have the benefit of having their software auto updated in the background before other Android phones.
Unlimited Cloud Storage
Google have also allowed endless cloud storage for pictures and videos being shot with Pixel phones. Similar to the Google Photos Backup, this stands out because of it’s ability to take off the size limit and compression.
Fast and Fantastic
The Pixel smartphones seem to work more faster and fluidly as compared to it’s Android rivals. It also provides fast charging that can get nearly 7 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging, and the battery percentage will become 70. So, with 70% of charge the phone will run about 7 hours, obviously, with only call and messaging mode.
But along all the benefits it has few drawbacks, failing to be water and dust resistant being the topmost. The camera has few flaws as well like the Lens Blur option and the auto reset of the HDR feature and less flexible price also becomes a matter of concern. Keeping that aside though, the Pixel and Pixel XL can definitely be looked upon to being one of the finest smartphones of today.
Google itself and some other selected retailers and carriers are offering the handset. In the US it can be found in Verizon with a deal of $27 per month while the Google Store is offering that at $649 cash. In the UK it is available from Google at $599 and in India through the stores, ranging from 57,000-76,000.
So, Guys if you are not an Apple Freak, then just go for Google Pixel, and I am sure you will definitely enjoy this mini powerhouse of Google which is not just a phone but a mini computer.
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