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James Shisiah

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What We Love

  • Incredible cameras.
  • Seamless glass-aluminum unibody.
  • Pixel biometric fingerprints imprint.
  • Colorful AMOLED touchscreen display.
  • Extended battery life.
  • USB-C support.
  • Android 7.0 Nougat OS

Overview

While many have questioned the direction taken by Google in regards to the Pixel and the deliberate discontinuation of the Nexus variant, it is clear that quality is the primary drive. Powered by the 821-Snapdragon quad processor, backed by 4GB of RAM and run by 7.0 Android OS, Google is trying to offer a tiny box of awesome mobile experience. Fitted with USB-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and 12.3MP camera, you can't go wrong buying out this device. Here’s a brief review of what to expect from the gadget.

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Unboxing

In a simple yet elegant inner-sliding boxing, the Google Pixel comes packed with a couple of accessories quite relevant to the trend of flagships. Wrapped in a plastic paper, the device is hoisted on a holder and underneath lie two USB cables and a fast charging adapter. The two cables consist of a standard USB and USB-C cables. The box also has an OTG adapter, users guide, and a thank you note for choosing the device. I am a fan of black, so I apparently chose the Quite Black colored one. Let us find out more.

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Design

Consistent to most flagship Android phones today, the pixel’s exterior is aluminum dominated joined with glass on the minor upper part of the device. The combo leaves a silky-smooth feel on the palm upon the Google Pixel hold. Such mix of texture is attributed to the design material contrast. 

It also borrows its premium look from these materials. Although users say glass exteriors are prone to fingerprints magnetism, the Google Pixel has a limited part of it occupied by glass to ensure fingerprints are minimized. With this phone, you can choose from the Quite Black, Very Silver, and Really Blue options. 

Let’s get to the numbers and measurements, shall we? The gadget is (143.84 x 69.54 x 7.31) mm (5.66 x 2.74 x 0.29 in) in dimensions and weighs 143g only. On the front of this dimension, a 5-inch display, onboard speaker, front camera, and sensors find abode. On the back, right at the top, you find a 12.3 MP camera, dual-LED flash, autofocus laser sensor and a fingerprints reader right below. On the top, a 3.5MM headphone jack is placed towards the left edge. Dropping to the bottom, you will find a USB-C port and speakers.

The volume rocker and power button are conspicuously located on the right edge. Only a SIM card slot is found on the left edge. A feature I couldn't fail to notice is a slight ridge on the phone’s edge that contributes to its grip in hand. Being a competitor to the equally high-end iPhone 7 Plus which has a striking absence of a headphone jack, the Google Pixel earned a few points more in this divide.

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Camera

Google pixel is arguably the ‘Android one,' Furthermore, a great gadget with another impressive optical sensor scoring a 12.3 MP camera, fitted with a phase detection and laser autofocus dual-LED flash. Featured up with geotagging, touch focus, face detection, and panorama abilities, branding this another greatest shooter title would be acceptable. Working with this camera’s saturation and toning, brightness and deep hues were an impressive experience. Its outputs were naturally toned as well as consistent through different exposures. At first, I wondered how it would perform without optical image stabilization, but I realized the electronic image stabilization(EIS) used by Google had it all covered.

As a secondary camera, the Google Pixel has an 8 MP f/2.4 HDR camera fit for all your selfie and vlogging needs. This is also a shooter at a whopping HDR+ quality. The back camera shoots at 30fps, 1080p video quality while used for recording motion pictures. This is what all these features mean to you; it is a good memories manager, from a diverse range of conditions.

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Display

Indefatigably colorful to look at, the Google Pixel further proves why AMOLED displays look awesome on smartphones. Powered by an AMOLED sharp Quad HD capacitive touchscreen (1920 x 1080 pixels) the phones display is colorful and adequately illuminated. If you are also into virtual reality, the Google Pixel is a device you should add to your spectrum of handhelds.

AMOLED is known to offer amazing color depths in visual output, consistent with such fact in this case. To say the least, I had a decent time judging images and videos I took. With its support of VR, I had to try it out and just like you would guess, the display did not disappoint whatsoever.

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Battery  

Google has bundled a 2770mAH juice box in the Google Pixel which I agree was a good decision. The 2k resolution is a potential drainer. According to Google, however, this battery will give you 456 hours for standby (3G) and Up to 26 hours of talk time as well as up to 110 hours of music playback. For my standard use that consists of intermittent social media updating, limited calls, and playing games, I managed to last a day and roughly a third with a single charge. Recharging took me approximately 2 hours on USB-C cable which I admit is not a bad performance at all.

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Storage

While with the Google Pixel you don’t get to enjoy memory expansion options, its internal memory variants will leave you satisfied. 32/128 GB variants are provided, catering to the diverse needs of the gadget lovers. I am a memory junky hence I went for the 128GB and no need to demonstrate how much space that is. All I have to say though is there’s plenty of storage space left after tucking all I had in the form of images and music videos I would rather have close to me. The device also comes with the seamless support of Googles cloud for remote and secure backup. In support of multitasking, the phone has a 4 GB RAM chip that we all love to have on our devices.

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Performance

For a quick summary, the running of Google Pixel is silky smooth. Powered by Android 7.0 Nougat, apps run without any hiccups. Moving around menus, unlocking using the fingerprints reader, content navigation, among other tests I did run, I did not experience any forms of challenges. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo) processor, 4GB RAM and an Adreno 530 GPU, such performance is expected.

Being a device designed by the founders of the Android Operating System, Google, the Pixel is the device to have if you are a diehard Android fan. Software update rollouts first hit this phone before anything else. Coupled with a significantly engineered software, the phone has some additional features to keep it as high end as it is.

After buying this device, you will have a number of sensors with you; a fingerprints sensor, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, and barometer. It is also NFC,GPS, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac enabled. It works with CDMA, HSPA, and 4G LTE networks on a nano SIM. Additionally, the device is splash and dust resistant.

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Specifications

  • Wi-Fi/4G LTE/HSPA/CDMA
  • 5-inch display (1920 x 1080 pixels) AMOLED 2k .
  • Android 7.1 Nougat.
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821  (2.15(2x) GHz Kryo & 1.6(2x) GHz Kryo).
  • Memory: 32/128 GB internal memory.
  • RAM: 4GB.
  • Battery: Li-Ion 2770mAh battery non-removable
  • Camera: 12.3 MP back and 8MP front.
  • NFC
  • GPS capability
  • USB-C

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