Wednesday, 2nd November, 2016 - 14:03
Google’s first home-grown smartphone, the Pixel, may be the company’s attempt to challenge the likes of Apple and Samsung. Here at Fone Wizard we decided to review it.
- Crystal clear camera – Awarded the highest ever rating for a smartphone camera by DxOMark, a leading camera testing site. When you see the sharp, stunning quality of these pictures it is very easy to see why.
It picks up colour variations perfectly, works exceptionally well in low lighting and boasts amazing processing power enabling it to enhance your photos in ways not thought possible.
- Digital stabilization – The video image stabilization is amazing, smoothing out the slightest of jerks and bumps from unsteady hands, but can struggle with maintaining white balance between lighting conditions.
- Infinite storage – Possibly one of the biggest selling points of the Pixel phones are that EVERY user gets access to unlimited Google cloud storage, freeing up space on the phone.
- Priority updates – Google have said that the Pixel will be the first to run Android 7.1 and future updates will be given to Pixel owners first before any other manufactures receive it.
- Lightning fast charge speed – Google say that with just a 15 minute charge the battery will last approximately 7 hours.
What's not so good?
- No home button – The lack of a home button makes the phone difficult to wake up, relying instead on pressing the power button.
- The design - The Pixel looks like any other phone on the market. With almost all phones having a basic rectangular shape it looks about as nice as possible.
- Annoying camera shortcut – The pixel comes with a default setting allowing the camera app to open with just two presses of the power button, which is great for taking those quick snaps but not so good when sitting in your pocket….
- Questionable fingerprint scanner – The fingerprint scanner is on the back of the phone, near the top so it can be a stretch if holding in one hand or when paying using the NFC reader.
- Average Virtual Assistant – The new Google Assistant is only a marginal improvement over Apple’s Siri, however Googling the answers yourself might be faster.
- Top mounted headphone port – Most other manufacturers place the headphone socket at the base of the phone so that when pulled out from a pocket it is the correct way up. The Pixel will be upside-down…
- No waterproofing – With Google potentially challenging leading brands you would think they would include the same basic features such as being waterproof instead of splash proof.
- High price – With the price being roughly the same as its rivals, it makes the choice between them a matter of personal preference.
Whilst many of the negatives are pretty minor, they could all add up to become quite annoying and inconvenient for the user. But if you want a phone that offers preferential updates and excellent storage capacity then maybe the Pixel could be the phone for you.