Google Pixel– New Android Phone from Google
Google has done it; they created a phone that has convinced me to finally change from the iPhone. Google Pixel
has awesome processing power, an amazing battery, beautiful display and a plethora of new features that I am just loving as a consumer. It is the best Android Phone ever built. You can buy the phone outright or run with an exclusive plan via Telstra.
Google Pixel is built by HTC but is a complete Google Phone with no other branding on it. The design of the Pixel is quite average at 8mm thick with an older industrial generation design. This, however, does not take away from what is packed inside.
Google Pixel is powered by 1.6GHz Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM and the Adreno 530 GPU which allows the Google Pixel to be one of the smoothest Android phones on the market. This can also be attributed to the Android 7.1 software on the phone. The phone comes with either 32GB or 128GB of internal storage that cannot be expanded with an additional SD card.
As far as the cameras are concerned, the Google Pixel
has a 12.3-megapixel primary camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel forward facing camera for selfies. The 12.3-megapixel rear camera has amazing image capture capabilities while using the HDR+ processing, allowing for the beautiful High Dynamic Range (HDR) with detailed shadows and clear blue skies and overall amazing colour. The camera also has 4K video capabilities. There is no optical stabilisation but it does an amazing job with electronically stabilisation in the software which can sometimes give the impression of using a tripod but it can only take so much shaking.
There are two variations, the 5” Google Pixel and the 5.5” Google Pixel XL, which come in either black or white. The Google Pixel 5” has a 1080p display with a 2770mAh battery whereas the Google Pixel XL 5.5” has a 2560p display with a 3450mAh battery. The AMOLED display on both versions is one of the best on the market but it’s the battery life that makes the difference. The battery life is amazing with 5 hours of consistent use each day with the brighter screen setting on the phone. The battery life can extend to over 7 hours with average use. You can compare prices but the battery life and screen size are the only difference between the phones and there are no extras in upgrading to the XL version as the internal processors and RAM are exactly the same. The battery is the best reason to upgrade as the extra Milliamp Hours (mAh) will give you extra use in your day regardless of the extra screen size. The charge rate is far quicker than its competitors, in just 15 minutes it will gain roughly 7 hours of battery life which is simply awesome!
Google Assistant is a Voice Controller similar to what we know as Apples Siri. Just saying ‘Ok Google’ activates this feature but also holding your finger down on the home button achieves the same. Google's Assistant is just like having a chat interface with your phone because you interact as if you are having a conversation with Google Assistant. It remembers these interactions and therefore can answer any follow up questions you have without you having to restate any specifics from previous questions. This is an advancement to other Voice Control systems as they can only answer one question and need all of the information in one command. An example would be asking ‘who is playing Footy this weekend?’ and when you get a specific team as an answer, you can directly ask who the captain is without having to restate the name of the team.
I did find that the phone has some issues. The first is that it has bad speaker, it can be blocked with a finger almost completely obstructing the sound. It is amazingly loud but just fumbling around with the phone can almost completely loose sound with its poorly designed sound trap. The Google Pixel was built by HTC and this is surprising as HTC phones have some of the best sound in mobile devices on the market. Never fear, there is a headphone jack for headphones.
This phone is not waterproof. Sadly, in today’s market with competitors innovating and allowing phones to be fully submerged in a swimming pool and dropped in the toilet, the not so cheap Pixel is vulnerable even with its not so competitive price. To buy the phone outright in Australia starts at $1,079 for the 32GB 5 Inch display all the way to $1,419 for the 128GB 5.5 Inch XL version, these are not cheap phones. They can be purchased from JB Hi-Fi, Google direct or on a plan from Telstra.
What I like:
Android belongs on this phone and it runs buttery smooth with no jumpiness.
The AMOLED Screens have rich, deep blacks and bright, vivid colours.
The Camera is one of the best out there with its 12.3-megapixels and it will always capture your treasured moments in beautiful clarity.
Battery! The best thing is the battery on the Pixel giving you an additional 2 hours to its competitors. Not only that, it charges so fast that if you forgot to plug it in the night before it would be almost fully charged while getting ready for work.
What I didn’t like:
No expandable storage therefore I would recommend getting the 128GB version as the camera on the phone will probably be used quite a lot and the memory will fill up quick. If you are a vehement app user and need to have every game and application the lack of expandable storage can be limiting as almost all of the competitors allow for a Micro SD to expand for more storage.
The speaker is easily blocked and muffled.
It looks old; the design is nothing special. I don’t hold this against it but there it’s no infinity edge or has a crazy design choice that will sell the phone to someone who doesn’t know what’s there.
I would recommend this phone, YES! It is simply the best Android phone out there. The ease of use and strength of the phone is amazing. If you are looking to get a new phone soon I would definitely recommend the Google Pixel
as a top choice. You have the option to buy phone outright
or go on a plan and Google has a few different options in size, colour and memory. You can choose any one of these and I know you won’t be disappointed. For a first attempt standing up in the market, Google holds up well and this is an exciting product for consumers. I can only imagine the future of smartphones with this new powerful competitor. If you are interested in finding a new phone take a look at our interactive buying guide
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. Hope you enjoyed this short look at the Google Pixel.
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