Forget everything you know about smartphones because Google Pixel might be the last and only phone you’ll ever want to use.
If you’re still talking about how Samsung’s Note 7 phones were blowing up and about Apple’s iPhone 7 not having a headphone jack, then you should move on and take a look at the Google Pixel. Just yesterday Google announced Pixel, “the first phone made by Google inside and out“, and from what we’ve learned it might be the best smartphone of today.
Even though this is not Google’s first attempt to create the ultimate smartphone, it is the first one they designed completely by themselves. Unlike the Nexus phones, which were created through collaborations with giants like HTC, Samsung, LG, Huawei, and Motorola, the Pixel is completely created by Google. However, they are manufactured by HTC as a contract manufacturer, without them being involved in the development of the phone itself.
The design of the Google Pixel is very chic, yet modest. With 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 front display and back glass that are held together by aerospace grade aluminum rim, they come in Quite Black and Very Silver (Really Blue in limited edition for the US only). Frankly, it looks like a less cocky iPhone 7 – at least it has a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The back glass features Pixel Imprint, a fingerprint sensor exactly where your fingers usually are, on the back of the phone. It can also be used to access notifications.
And finally, someone addressed the universal “low batt” problem. The Google Pixel can charge up to 7 hours worth of battery juice in just 15 minutes. That’s what we call innovation.
When it comes to the Pixel’s main camera, Google claims that they have given it “the best smartphone camera, ever”, and they might be right. DxOMark Mobile, the smartphone camera rating website gives it an 89, while they gave iPhone 7 an 86 – ouch!
The 12.3MP camera comes with an f2.0 aperture lens and 1,55 micron pixels, meaning it captures lots of light, no matter the lighting. And features like Smart Burst, Lens Blur and exposure control, lets you capture the professional images you want, which you can store in your unlimited cloud storage (included), in full quality.
With the Pixel you can Google your way through life. It is the first phone with built in Google Assistant, making your life easier on so many levels. By saying “Ok Google” or touching and holding the home key, the Assistant can help you navigate through your phone, find answers (typical of Google to claim to know everything), schedule your day, week, month, and even find and play a certain video in YouTube.
Google Pixel runs on the newest Android operating system, Android 7.1 Nougat, and will receive updates directly from Google as soon as they are available. But the real game-changer, is that when a new Android update is available, it will download it AND install it in the background – no more staring at your screen waiting for your phone update to finish.
While your friends are still engaged in the Note 7 vs. iPhone 7 controversy, as a Google Pixel user you will be with a whole different generation of smartphones.