- Battery: 3450 mAh
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 2.15Ghz + 1.6Ghz 64Bit Quad-Core
- Front Camera: 8 MP
- OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
- OS Upgradable to: Android 7.1 Nougat
- RAM: 4 GB LPDDR4
- Rear Camera: 12.3 MP f/2.0 aperture
- Screen size: 5.5 inches
- Storage: 128gb,32gb
The Pixel XL is a “made by Google” phone launched in 2016 as flagship model built to showcase just what Android is capable of. The XL model is the big screen edition, launched alongside the smaller Pixel phone.
The Pixel XL attracts a hefty price tag and competes directly with the Apple iPhone plus size, big screens are in, just make sure you have a big pocket and a big wallet to pay for it.
Pixel XL Review
Like the Pixel, the XL version has received plenty of praise from professional critics and fans alike. The camera has been the real star with its best in class performance and welcome 4K video recording.
The Android 7.1 experience has also been attracting praise, and whilst this won’t be exclusive to the new Pixel phone it is the only way to now get fast updates now that the Nexus line has been retired.
On the downside, the price is going to be hard for some. With successive phone iterations offering smaller incremental jumps in innovation it might be difficult to justify swapping out your existing flagship phone for one of these.
Small criticisms include the lack of stereo speakers or waterproofing, perhaps not deal breakers for most but at this price I want my phone to come with all the mod cons!
The overall design, fast processor and AI from Google assistant make this the Android phone of 2016, and possibly beyond.
- TechRadar "The iPhone 7 killer made by Google" (4/5)
- CNET "Just like the Pixel, only bigger" (4.5/5)
- Engadget "Everyone else making Android phones should be a little worried." (86/100)
Pixel XL Buyers Guide
You can get the Pixel XL from the Google Play store, unlocked and ready for your existing SIM. I’ve bought from the Play Store before with no problems but with previous launches they have proved to be slow to dispatch and the delivery was not cheap. I hope things have changed since then.
You can also get the Pixel XL from Carphone Warehouse here in the UK.
Should I buy the Pixel or the Pixel XL? For a start the only real difference here is the size. The XL does have a larger battery but the larger screen needs more power! So is the extra screen size worth it the extra money, it’s not cheap remember.
On the plus side, watching TV is just going to look better on the bigger screen. Browsing the web will also always be easier with more space to let your favourite websites breath. On the other hand, the phone is heavier and harder to hold in one hand. Oh, and you’ll need big pockets!
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