Google Pixel XL Review

The good. The bad. The ugly.

The Google pixel; you see it all over the TV. But is it actually worth the money? I will go over my personal opinions and let you make the decision.

First off let’s look at the UI. It’s clean it’s quick and it’s all Google. Since its a Google product there’s not a modified version of Android like on HTC or Samsung phones. It’s all google all the time. A quick swipe to the left brings up Google now (the same as the Google launcher, that is what comes pre-installed). This gives you access to all sorts of cool information such as weather, sports scores, stocks, web pages based on things you’ve searched and so on. Seeing as this is Android though you’ll most likely replace the default launcher with something like Nova Launcher or Action Launcher 3.

Battery Life

The battery life is pretty solid. With a 3450 mAh battery on the XL version of the Pixel, there’s tons to do before you’re reaching for the charger. I could quote you what they say the standby time is and what the screen on time is, but all that is irrelevant. My first hand experience with the Pixel XL has me going from about 6:45am until about 9:30pm with TONS of on-screen time watching YouTube or playing games like Chronotrigger or Don’t Starve, or using apps constantly like Dododex or Google. Can’t forget about the hourly rounds on social media…

(I might have a problem)

 

Camera

The camera. Wow. What can I say? It’s 12.3 megapixel and one of the best cameras I’ve ever used on a cell phone. The key is to trust the HDR+ the phone offers up. Low light photography is easy and looks great compared to other phones I’ve had experience with. It also supports the Camera2 API which allows for manual control of things like shutter speed, exposure and things along those lines. Although the pre-installed camera app doesn’t have the depth required to use these options. You would need to use a 3rd party app such as ProShot, Camera FV-5, Manual Camera or Open Camera. Even with these apps the phone is still limited as to what it can do. The Samsung S7 Edge has a better camera in that regard as it provides much longer shutter speeds with more options. However day to day photography the Pixel is much better.

Storage

The Pixel and Pixel XL come in 32gb and 128gb. I have the 32gb Pixel, but what sold me is the unlimited storage of uncompressed image on Google Photos as long as it is uploaded from the Pixel. You can then remove them from your device and always have a backup of the photo on any of your devices that have internet access. Videos record up to 4k resolution with the same benefit of uploading to Google without limit.

There’s More Too…

I don’t really want to get into processor and screen resolution as this just waters down articles in my opinion. Although both are fantastic on all variations of the Pixel.

 

Overall First Impressions

Great phone with no bloatware that’s all Google. Great camera with unlimited cloud storage on Google Photos. Great battery life that last me (a power user) mostly all day.

 

 

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