4 Things That Made Us Love Google Pixel Right Off The Bat
This year has been quite eventful in terms of new smartphone launches. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 got off to a fiery start, then came the release of the much lauded iPhone 7. So when Google announced they were releasing their own smartphone in 2016 too, called Pixel, it was to the delight of tech enthusiasts the world over – us included. While Google have had their own line of devices in the past in the form of Nexus, Pixel is different because Google is in charge of everything this time – that means no HTC branding.
We were invited to the Sydney media launch and got our hands on a Pixel and Pixel XL, a day before the official release, and we’re already pretty impressed. In addition to some of the new features we’re excited to experience soon like Google Assistant and the faster charging battery, we decided to put together a quick Google Pixel review with the first four things that stood out to us right off the bat…
The Camera – Google Pixel Review
One of the most important things a smartphone needs to have these days is a sharp, quick, and truly high-quality camera. That’s exactly what the Pixel offers. Trying out the camera is often the first thing we do when we get a new phone and we were instantly impressed with this one. At 12.3 megapixels with f/2.0 aperture, images captured with the Google Pixel are crisp and bright. Furthermore, they’re taken in an instant, ensuring you don’t miss out on fleeting moments. It’s ideal for everything from capturing picturesque sceneries to your most Instagram-able brunches, as well as clear and sharp selfies.
It’s Highly Intuitive
Being Google’s own phone means Pixel will be the first to receive the latest Android updates. Furthermore, it’s purely Android, sans any other phone manufacturer’s take on it, which aren’t always the best. Loaded with the latest Nougat 7.1, it’s already really nice to use. Pixel allows for intuitive actions to access apps, the camera, and notifications.
A quick swipe to the left of the home screen takes you straight to a Google search screen. Swipe up, and you’ll find all your apps. Simple actions like this can make a big difference to the experience of using a smartphone. It’s both quicker and just a lot easier to access the things you need.
The Pixel’s fingerprint sensor, or Pixel Imprint, is found on the back of the phone. Right from the get-go this feels normal to use. As well as providing an extra layer of security, the sensor also gets you quick access to your notifications. While initially this may seem sort of superfluous, you’ll actually be surprised at how much it comes in handy. It feels a lot more secure in your hand doing this than swiping down on the screen.
Both the Pixel (5-inches) and Pixel XL (5.5-inches) are beautiful smartphones. Both available colours, Very Silver and Quite Black, are equally sleek. Though the phone does bare a slight resemblance to the iPhone 7, it is still easily distinguishable. The matte finish contrasted with the glossy panel on the back gives it a really unique touch. On the Very Silver iteration this looks especially slick, with the silver and white playing nicely together. The Pixel’s rounded edges also look really nice, plus they make it a whole lot easier to hold.
The Pixel is available in two storage variants, either 32GB or 128GB. The fact that neither supports expandable storage isn’t such a huge problem as Google is allowing for free, unlimited cloud storage of images and videos taken with Pixel. This is a lifesaver when you can’t bring yourself to delete all your holiday snaps so you can take more shots. What’s more is that Google Photos keeps everything highly organised so you can find that one photo you want to look at really easily.
Thanks for checking out our initial Google Pixel review. Head over to Google for more info on the Pixel.