If you follow us on FB or Instagram, you might already know that I was part of the Google Maps road trip in the month of December. During our road trip, we were given the new awesome Google Pixel XL for review.
To start with, Google Pixel is the first phone which is completely made by Google, starting from the hardware to the software. It is available in two variants, the Google Pixel which is a 5-inch phone and Pixel XL which is a 5.5-inch phone.
Google Pixel definitely is no Nexus or Apple. It has its own unique identity and features that stand out from the rest. Though it is heavily pitted with Apple but having used both, I believe there are few areas where Google Pixel has an edge over Apple and vice versa. The phone definitely looks promising and can give a tough competition to iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
Google Pixel XL Review & Specs
|Android 7.1 with Google UI
Gorilla Glass 4
|USB Type-C, Bluetooth 4.2
|Yes, In the rear of the phone
|154.7 x 75.74 x 8.6 mm
Here are the five features which made us fall in love with the phone.
– Battery Life –
The Google Pixel XL packs a punch when it comes to battery life. The smartphone has a 3450 mAh non-removable battery that lasts for almost 2 days with a single charge. We used it like our regular phone just to get a sense of the battery life and were impressed with the fact that it lasted for more than two days.
But more than the battery life, it was the quick charging feature that got us sold.
– Google Assistant –
The all-new Google Assistant “Allo” comes pre-loaded with Google Pixel XL. Allo is much better than Google Now or for the matter of fact even better than Siri at some of the things. Google Allo uses the Google infrastructure in the backend which makes it smarter and faster. Searching for things, setting up reminders, translating is pretty easy with Google Allo.
Nothing like having your own personal assistant.
– Performance –
I think performance wise it stands tall among other. Multitasking is a breeze and there is no lag as compared to other phones. Be it gaming, browsing high-quality videos or being active on social media sites, you can switch from one to other smoothly.
Even you don’t have to bother about storage as pictures and videos are automatically synced to cloud.
Multi-taking is a smooth sailing.
– Google Pixel Launcher –
Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL come pre-loaded with the Google Pixel Launcher which is remarkably different from all other Android launchers. The striking difference between Pixel Launcher and other launchers is the app shortcut. App shortcut is similar to the 3D touch on iOS. Long press an icon and you get a list of actions that you can perform, for example long pressing the Gmail icon brings up a menu which you can then use to compose without even opening the Gmail App. Long pressing the home button brings up the Google Allo assistant.
Another addition to this is the gesture feature, when you swipe down on the fingerprint sensor it brings up the notification panel. And swiping up on the fingerprint sensor dismisses the notification panel. The Google Search bar has been replaced with a “G” logo that is on the left side of the screen. Holding down on the Google Logo and swiping right opens the Google Now interface.
The Google Pixel Launcher has a fresh look with many useful features. It took us a while to get used to the new features but yes it was a refreshing change.
– Camera –
In terms of the camera not much has changed from the previous version of Nexus phones. The Google Pixel XL has 12 MP rear camera and 8 MP front camera. The gyroscope-based visual stabilization helps in smoother panning and shake free handheld recording.
Both the video quality and the picture quality of the Pixel XL are awesome. In fact way-way better than iPhone 7. The output of the pictures is quite crisp, bright and social media ready.
- 1/2.3” 12MP CMOS sensor with 1.55µm pixels
- F2.0 aperture
- AF with on-sensor phase detection and laser assistance
- Dual-tone LED flash
- 4K video at 30 fps
- 1080p slow motion at 120fps, 720p at 240fps
- Manual controls and Raw support with third-party camera apps
- Gyroscope-based video stabilization
- 8MP front camera, 1/3.2″ sensor, 1.4 µm pixels, F2.4, 1080p video
- Unlimited cloud storage for full-resolution images and videos
Do let us know your thoughts on the phone if you have been using one or planning to buy one.
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This post is written in collaboration with Google Pixel India.