Review: Two weeks with Pixel, a phone by Google
Posted on November 15, 2016
4 min read
Michael Eva spent two weeks with the Pixel, a phone by Google. Here’s why he’s now an Android™ convert.
The reviews for the Pixel™, a phone by Google, have been glowing with pundits labelling it the best Android phone to date and the camera being rated as the best a smartphone has seen yet. Stacked with features that include advanced video stabilisation, the Google Assistant voice recognition service with serious AI smarts and more, this is a serious smartphone from Google.
Caught up in the hype and excited by the promise of an exciting new mobile phone experience I decided to swap back to Android and give the Pixel a whirl. I’ll confess, my experiences with Android phones in the past have sometimes been patchy. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some amazing Android devices already on the market it’s just that I jumped in early on in Android’s life and was left feeling that I was experiencing an operating system that still had some maturing to do.
The Pixel has well and truly put to bed any doubts I had about Android devices. It’s incredibly fast, has one of most impressive smartphone cameras ever and is really lovely to hold and look at. That’s only the beginning though. Here’s just a few of the reasons why I love this phone:
For the record I road-tested a ‘Quite Black’ 5”, 32 Gig version of the phone. It also comes in a larger (XL) 5.5” which I’ve now set my sights on.
After two weeks of solid use, a stack of apps downloaded and used the Pixel shows no signs of slowing down. It’s such a pleasure to swipe down your notifications or click on an app and have it load almost instantaneously.
Google have done something really simple that makes a really big difference. They’ve put the fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone. For me this has turned it from being a novelty feature to something I use literally every time I turn on my phone.
The best camera:
The Pixel has transformed my shaky video and blurry photos into something worth keeping. Double-clicking the power button to pull up the camera also makes it really quick and easy to capture a snap before the moment’s gone. There’s some cool camera features too like the panoramas and photoshpere which are fun and easy to use.
If you've got any doubts about the camera's quality check out the images some of Australia's best Instagram photographers took with the phone below.
Unlimited storage for photos and videos in the cloud:
There’s not a lot to say about this except for ‘YES’!
Battery Life and Fast Charging:
The battery power is great. It easily lasts a day. The best bit is that you can get a day of charge with 15 minutes on the charger thanks to the Pixel’s fast charge technology. I can personally vouch for the value of this quick charge tech having rushed the phone onto the charger a number of times before running out of the front door.
It looks and feels good:
The aero-space grade aluminium (I kid you not) and polished glass make this phone look and feel great. I’ve had a lot of fun handing it around at barbeques and seeing people’s surprised reactions as they turn the phone over in their hands.
Because it’s the new kid on the block Pixel is still pretty special and unique. In a market full of familiar devices, it is nice to have one that feels completely new. It’s also the first device I’ve had that other people are keen to get a look at when I pull it out.
The Pixel, a phone by Google, is a big win for Google and Android in the mobile phone stakes and definitely a phone worth considering next time you are looking at upgrading.
*Android is a trade mark of Google, Inc.
# Pixel is a trade mark of Google, Inc.
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