The new Google Pixel line was introduced earlier this month and pre-orders for the Google Pixel XL is already sold out. With only a few days left until the first batch of devices start shipping [as of 10/1716 4:16PM, all new orders will be shipped in 4-5 weeks], we thought it'd be a good time quick break down of the good and the bad for you to see if the phone is really worth getting.
- Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 821 processor chip
- Highest rated smartphone camera
- QHD AMOLED screen
- Larger battery with faster charging
- Fast finger-print scanner
- Unlimited storage for your photos and videos
- Google Assistant
- Easy-to-Switch phone software
- VR ready
- 24/7 live support
- Headphone jack (We know)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- Weak water resistance
- 32GB or 128GB storage only, no in-between
- No OIS
- No wireless charging
- Mono stereo
- Dull design
- Very pricy
- Only available through Google or Verizon
The Google Pixel is coming equipped with Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 821 processor chip, which has an estimated 10% boost from the previous 820 processor. It should be one of the snappiest phones on the market today. Bundle that with the highest rated smartphone camera on the market and you've got a solid phone. The Google Pixel has an DxOMark rating of 89 which is higher than any other phones out right now, including the new iPhone 7.
The phone also comes with other standard features you'd expect from a high end smartphone like, a larger battery with fast charging, finger-print scanner, and even the [all-holy] headphone jack. But for such a high end device, its lack of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, water-proofing, and wireless charging makes it quite disappointing, especially when these features are becoming an industry standard for flag ship smartphones.
What else is it missing?
No OIS, no stereo speakers, and no expandable storage although Google offers free unlimited cloud storage for your videos and photos.
But what is its differentiating factor?
24/7 Live Support
The Google Pixel will come with 24/7 live support built into the UI. This means if you're ever having problems with your smartphone [day or night] you'll be able to receive live customer support right through your phone. They'll be able to support you through texting, phone call, or even screen sharing.
Google Assistant Integration
The phone will also come with the new Google Assistant built right in. Think of it as an extension to OK Google. It's a very conversational virtual assistant that can help you in many ways, such as finding a place for dinner, finding a movie time, setting an alarm, and much, much more. We can expect all future Pixel phones to have this feature.
It'll be the first Daydream ready smartphone device which means it'll be built for Virtual Reality and you can expect nothing less than an extraordinary experience.
What do you think of the phone? It's missing some key features that most people would find necessary on such a premium phone. But does the pros outweigh the cons? I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Check out the catchy commercial for the Pixel here: