- Battery: 2770 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: 5.0 inches
- Storage: 128gb,32gb
The Pixel phone marks a change of course for the Google phone. Until now they have worked with other manufactures such as HTC, and LG to produce the very popular Nexus line of phones. But the Pixel is the first phone “made by Google”. This means that they have had control over the entire hardware and software design.
Whilst Nexus phones were often sold fairly cheaply, Google have followed the Apple iPhone line of pricing with its new brand. This pitches it firmly up there as a premium flagship phone that offers the best Android experience bar none.
There is also a larger model if 5″ doesn’t quite do it for you, for an additional premium price you can get the 5.5″ Pixel XL.
The Pixel has been receiving positive reviews across the board. Most independent sites are placing it above the Apple iPhone and calling the best Android phone on the market at the time of release.
Reviews are rating the software, with Android 7.1 the iOS competitor is really maturing and now offers a second to none experience. If you want the latest Android updates then there is only one place to get them first. On the downside, only 2 years of promised OS updates seems a poor offering to me. Sure, phones have a shelf life, but for the price I’d need it to last longer than that!
The price has been criticised across the board, it’s way more expensive than the old Nexus line. We know why, they are pitching themselves at Apple prices, because we’re the direct competitor, but still, Android fans have always been turned off by Apple pricing so perhaps we’ll see some price drops once Google have finished making their point.
The camera has been praised and is now a market leader. You get 4K video, and superb low light performance and fast action. Oh, and this phone also includes a headphone socket (but one suspects where Apple lead, others will eventually follow.)
- TechRadar "A breath of fresh Google air in a world of Android over-complication" (4.5/5)
- CNET "If you're wary of Samsung or looking for a worthy iPhone alternative, the Google Pixel is the high-end Android phone to get." (4.5/5)
Pixel Buyers Guide
The Pixel phone can be bought off contract through the Google Play store. I have bought through here before with no probs, although delivery was expensive and slow. Perhaps that’s now improved?
The Pixel is also available to buy at other stores online and even in physical Carphone Warehouse shops if you prefer to try before you buy.
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