Google Pixel review: All you need to know about new smartphones

Google Pixel review: All you need to know about new smartphones

Google is not the first or the second year engaged in production of its smartphones, but perhaps for the first time decided to take this process under more than ever, control. Where are such conclusions from?

Firstly, the new models come out a completely new name – Google Pixel. Nexus line, established back in 2010, could well continue to develop now, but there was one problem with it. From year to year, “Nexus” produced by different manufacturers. At the time, it was HTC, Samsung, LG, Huawei, Motorola, and so it turned out that each brand brings to the series some spice it away. More precisely, since it was declared on the paper, in fact, almost everyone new Google Nexus is a copy of a particular smartphone from a specific manufacturer. Here’s how it looked in the early years:

  • Google Nexus One = HTC Desire
  • Google Nexus S = Samsung Galaxy S
  • Google Galaxy Nexus = Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Google Nexus 4 = LG Optimus G
  • Google Nexus 5 = LG G2

Model Nexus 6, the situation began to change, and we can say that on the “Nexus” started to get his own face and personality. Google Nexus 6, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P has not a copy of certain smartphones from manufacturers. However, binding itself to the producer is still preserved, and if now you try to search, for example, the Google Nexus or Nexus 6, 6P, you will find Huawei Nexus 6P and smartphones Motorola Nexus 6. It would seem that nothing terrible, but the original idea of “google” for these years for a long time changed and today smartphone from Google should be exactly a smartphone from Google, which brand it produces – a completely internal history. Therefore, the rejection of the name «Nexus» and select another, «Pixel» – the correct and logical decision.

Google Pixel review: All you need to know about new smartphones

Secondly, the company produces two devices with typical parameters, characterized, by and large, only a diagonal screens and some small things. All of the platforms, memory capacity, cameras and ending with the design to Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL exactly the same. The choice comes down to the display size and the size of the smart phone, respectively.

Take a look at Google first in the history of “pixels”.

Features Google Pixel (Pixel XL)

  • Materials used: metal, glass
  • Operating system: Android 7.1 (Nougat)
  • Network: GSM / EDGE, WCDMA, LTE Cat 6 (nanoSIM)
  • Screen: AMOLED, 5 “, 1920×1080 pixels (441 ppi), automatic adjustment of the level of illumination, display the set temperature, the glass Gorilla Glass 4 (AMOLED, 5.5”, 2560×1440 pixels (534 ppi), automatic adjustment of the backlight level adjustment screen temperature glass Gorilla Glass 4)
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (MSM8996)
  • Processor: Dual Core 2.15 GHz (Kryo) and a dual-core 1.6 GHz (Kryo)
  • Graphics: Adreno 530
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Memory storage: 32/128 GB
  • Main Camera: 12MP, pixel size of 1.55 mm, f / 2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual LED flash, video recording in 4k
  • Front camera: 8 megapixels, pixel size of 1.4 mm, f / 2.4, video recording in FullHD
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi (a / b / g / n / ac) Dual-Band, Bluetooth 4.2 (A2DP, LE), connector USB Type-C (USB 3.0) for charging / synchronization, 3.5 mm headset jack, HDMI (via Type-C), DLNA, NFC
  • Navigation: GPS / A-GPS, Beidou, GLONASS
  • Extras: Fingerprint Reader
  • Sensors: accelerometer, position in space sensor, light sensor, gyroscope, barometer
  • Battery: 2770 mAh battery (3450 mAh), support for fast charging technology Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0
  • Dimensions and weight: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm and 143 grams (154.7 x 75.5 x 8.6 mm and 168 grams)

New smartphones Google Pixel Google Pixel XL and manufactured by HTC, actually, at this mention of the Taiwanese brand will end. Draw a parallel here with the HTC 10 does not, as I said above, the Pixel is not something similar to the “top ten”, it is a completely different device.

Google Pixel review: All you need to know about new smartphones

The Idea of Google Pixel – an easy and intuitive smartphone for everyone. The company itself identifies five main advantages of “pixels”:

  1. This is the first smartphone with a pre-service Google Assistant
  2. These smartphones are very well photographed
  3. With these smartphones you get unlimited storage Google Photos
  4. Pre-installed services Google Duo and Allo
  5. Support Daydream VR

What we have in practice?

Design Google Pixel – controversial. This is not just another Samsung, which can criticize except for the copy itself does not Meizu and Xiaomi, who can criticize for imitation Apple and also copying itself, not HTC or Sony. In all these cases, the design has a claim, but it is hardly controversial and ambiguous, everywhere there is a balance and a sense of beauty, a kind of universality. In Google Pixel none. Smartphone or like you and will look terrific, or does not like at all. Hardly be neutral evaluation here. Pixel absentia I do not like. He has a strange “patch” glass half body behind his huge margins at the top and bottom of the screen where there are no elements, and it is unclear what they are due, he did not have raisins. Apart from such controversies described above, of course.

Google Pixel review: All you need to know about new smartphones

Materials used – everything is fine. The combination of metal and glass Gorilla Glass 4, what could be better?

Screen – Pixel used in AMOLED diagonal 5 ” and a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The Pixel XL – AMOLED with a diagonal of 5.5 ” and a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. About as I can not judge.

The platform – everything is good, the Snapdragon 821, 4 GB of RAM, 32 or 128 GB of internal.

The moment with the cameras is not clear to me, to be honest. On the representation of “pixel” it has been said about the highest estimates of the smartphone camera to DxOMark portal, which is a bad sign. At different times for top-end camera on were Sony Xperia Z5, and Moto X Style, and it’s all in the presence of current at that time Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4, remind. So I do not know. The characteristics of the camera in Google Pixel does not excite the imagination: 12 megapixels and an increased pixel size, but that’s it. Optical stabilization is not, there is a laser focus. The value of the aperture – f / 2.0, also quite ordinary and undistinguished for the second half of 2016. Front 8 megapixel camera with an aperture of f / 2.4, nothing special here either. Perhaps in Google have made every effort and the camera is able to produce masterpieces thanks to the software, but, frankly, is hard to believe.

Google Pixel review: All you need to know about new smartphones

About the time I will not say a fertile topic for debate. In the Google claim of 13 hours of work in the Internet or video mode. There are fast charging, powerful charging station (18 W) supplied to it, it’s good.

Frankly, at the time of preparation of this text, I find myself thinking that I’m trying to think of what else to tell this in relation to Google Pixel. And I do not find, in addition to the emergence of prehistory «Pixel» of the brand. The devices do not have nothing that can be hooked, and it afflicts. $ 650 for Google Pixel and 770 dollars for Google Pixel XL – it is quite “flagship” price, about the level of Apple and Samsung. But why buy Google Pixel, when there is a proven Apple and Samsung?

Google Pixel review: All you need to know about new smartphones

Yeah, used to be a good reason – the new version of Android, the ability to put developer version of the OS, the “game” with the device. Together with the release of Pixel Google the company abandoned the idea of smartphones for developers. Furthermore, on the official website in the Google Pixel characteristics is marked with “Operating system updates for 2 years.” Of course, this does not mean that exactly 4 October 2018 “pixels” will cease to receive the latest version of Android, but the fact that such a comment telling. This is not a smart phone for the elite, the Google fans and developers, this is a smartphone for the masses. From the point of view of Google.

Google Pixel review: All you need to know about new smartphones

C my view, Google Pixel – a strange smart phone for everyone and no one. There are no two cameras, there is a curved glass, there is some “smart” multi-function keys, ultra slim design, elegant design, incredibly capacious battery and so on. It’s just a sturdily built for performance smartphone in a clean OS Android. And choose it will be just for Android, it seems to me, because no other “wow-features” is not here.


Google Pixel review: All you need to know about new smartphones was last modified: October 5th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby