Reviews of Google Pixel SmartphoneAfter months of leaks, it was no surprise the Pixel replaced the search giant's Nexus range of smartphones, now with a more premium design, the latest guts, and a higher price tag.
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We've spent the best part of a week reviewing the Pixel so far - do we think Google was right to drop the budget Nexus brand and go more upmarket? And is the Pixel a worthy competitor to the likes of Samsung, HTC, and Apple?
Google has released the Pixel in two sizes, the 5.0-inch Pixel, and the 5.5-inch Pixel XL. Unlike the iPhone 7, these phones share identical hardware and features (apart from the obvious screen and battery size), so we've reviewed them both here.
Design and ScreenThe Google Pixel is a good looking smartphone, but it's a little uninspired - it certainly doesn't evoke a deep desire to fondle and stroke it. But we do like the way it looks.
The rounded edges make it comfortable to hold, and everything about it feels very solid, definitely not cheap. We don't know what 'grade' aluminum Google has used here, but it feels less prone to scratches than the iPhone. Which is great news.
The stand out 'design' element on the Pixel is a glass panel on the rear of the device. This isn't some touch sensitive trackpad, it's just there to make it look a little different to other smartphones, and improve wireless antenna performance, probably.
In the middle of the rear glass panel is a fingerprint sensor. That's our favourite position, as your index finger naturally rests there. This fingerprint sensor also doubles as a mini trackpad - which is quite useful for the larger XL model.
Google Assistant plays a big role in the operating system. This replaces Google Now, making it more intelligent, and giving the virtual assistant more of a personality in line with Siri and Cortana.
Specs and Battery Life
Both devices have either 32GB or 128GB of storage, with no option to expand via MicroSD.
If you're worried about storage, the Pixel comes with free, unlimited Google Photo storage, which is a nice little bonus.
The 5.0-inch Pixel has a 2770 mAh battery, whereas the larger Pixel XL features a 3450 mAh battery.
Both have very solid battery lives, easily managing a full day when being used more heavily, and stretching up to a day and a half between charges with light use.