Google’s Nexus devices were introduced, so that users could use Android OS in proper form. The company’s strategy was to work with a new smartphone maker every year, so that they would not feel as if they were coming out to challenge the market in Google itself. But now everything has changed. Google has become part of this competition. Apart from this, the company has developed some of its customizations in Android which are not currently shared with the rest of the companies.
By the way, all the Nexus phones are handy devices. Apart from this, they were neither too expensive nor too much premium. On the other hand, through Google pixels and Google pixel XL, the company has offered its claim in the premium segment market. It would not be wrong to say that Google has already made preparations to challenge Apple. In terms of price, design and branding, it is decided to compare the phones of both brands. It is possible that after this decision the company has lost its Nexus fans. Will he be able to change the mind of the iPhone’s supporters? Let’s have a look on the Google Pixel XL review 2018
Google Pixel XL Look and Design
At first glance, nothing is unique in pixels design. This is a mix of design introduced by Apple, Samsung and HTC. Google has whispered that this phone has been designed by it, just to make it the responsibility was made to Taiwanese company HTC. By looking at the phone, we can say that it has no separate identity.
Front panel is of glass. There is plenty of space on the top and bottom of the screen. As a specification it has 2.5D corning Gorilla Glass 4, but the curves on the edges are not very high. The sensor appeared in our Silver Review Unit, a little upset, like a black spot. However, this lack of black variants should not be there. Android navigation is on the screen, so Chin is empty.
The backpackel and most of the parts are of metal, leaving the upper part of the rear panel. It is of glass whereby, antenna can work because of this reason. The patch for antennas comes neat, which gives Google’s new phone a different identity. However, it seems a bit ominous in capturing in the hands, especially considering the presence of fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. After the initial use we found that the upper part of the pixel XL is weighty. But we got addicted to it.
The power and volume buttons are on the right side We felt a little upset about their position. On the left side there is a SIM tray in which you can insert a nano SIM card. The 3.5mm audio jack is at the top and the USB Type-C port is in the lower part.
Overall, this phone is slightly thicker and wide. Its design did not affect us too much. After using pixel xl, we thought it would be more convenient to use smaller pixels. The good thing is that in small versions, there is no major change other than the display.
Google Pixel XL Specifications
Google has left no stone unturned in the hardware department. Both phones of the pixel series have similar specifications; the difference is of screen size, resolution and battery capacity. You will get Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset giving you a maximum of 2.15 GHz clock speed. Adreno 530 GPU for graphics is integrated. Both models have 4 GB RAM and you have the option of choosing between 32 or 128 GB of storage. Our 32 GB storage unit had 29.7 GB of storage available for use. MicroSD support is not present. Keeping this in mind, the decision to buy a 128 GB variant will be more accurate.
The pixel XL has a 5.5-inch (1440×2560 pixels) screen, while the pixels have a 5-inch 1080×1920 pixel resolution. Small variants do not even know, but pixels XL is the smartest screen with the best screen ever. It’s Bright and Crisp. The colors on this are extremely natural. You will find many unique types of sensors in the phone. Apart from this there is an Android sensor hub. It is a separate processor that constantly monitors the input, even if Snapdragon 821 processor is on standby.
In the launch event, Google had said about the capacity of the phone’s camera. In pixels and pixels XL phone you will get 12.3 megapixel rear cameras equipped with laser autofocus with phase detection. At the same time, the front camera sensors are of 8 megapixels.
Due to the large space in the larger variants, the company has been able to deliver a large battery of 3450 MAH. Support for quick charging is present. You will find type-c USB cable with Type A in the box. Apart from this, there is also an OTG adapter. This adapter is very workable. With this help you can import contacts, photos, calendar data and messages by connecting your old phone to pixels.
Google pixel XL Software
Google has launched a pixel phone in the market by closing the very popular Nexus series. This means that these phones will now accurately reflect the company’s Android vision. However, you get a pixel version of this phone, not a pure version of Android. It has a different custom launcher, and many customizations have been made. At the moment, it is not clear whether any or all of these features will be allowed to be used by other smartphone maker companies.
For the first time using Android 7.1 we realized a lot of newness. From the Start Home screen, you will see a tab with the Google logo at the top left. By tapping on it you will reach the Google Search bar. Here you will find the most recently searched subject lists. Google Now appears when swiping inwards anywhere on the screen. After pressing the Home button for long, the voice search command will open. Here you will meet Google Assistant.
The settings app has been completely replaced. Now there is a new menus based system in which you will be able to make changes between sections.
Google Assistant is one of those important reasons why the pixel phone has come into being. In this, all Google attempts have been threaded in a thread. There is no doubt that in the coming time, it will be more and more part of the device.
Assistant is something you probably will not use, or do not know its full potential. This is not very different from the current search feature of the Android phone. Just this is more accurate. You can use it with Google command. With the help of Assistant, you can send a message. Launch the app. Can translate any sentence and control many functions of the phone.
Google Pixel XL Camera
If Google Assist Pixel is the first important feature of the phone, then the camera performance will be on the second run. Google knows that by developing the best camera it will be able to make sure that the premium phone model is good. And he is also successful in it.
The pixel experience will thrill you as soon as you activate the camera app. It looks like stock Android app but it has options like Photoshop mode, Burst and Slow Motion. Especially lens blur mode is even more interesting. Because there are no two cameras to capture different shots in the phone. In such a way, the app asks the user to move the phone slightly after taking the shot so that it can take a little offset shot from the same lens.
Photo resolution goes up to 12.3 megapixels. The camera of the phone rapidly autofocus and captures images in jokes, even if the light conditions are there.
Now the question is of photo quality. We can confidently say that the pixel XL is fully convincing on its claims. Its camera quality is of the level of the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7. Sharp is also accompanied by a sharp focus. Some details are very good in a close-up shot. Its performance in low light is by far the best. We are also happy with the performance of its front camera, though it is not revolutionary from anywhere.
The video came clean and sharp. The problem with recording 4’s is that it consumes too much storage. But Google has given free subscription to photos for Lifetime. You will be able to store 4’s videos in its original size. However, this is going to increase Internet consumption.
Google Pixel XL Performance
According to the expectation, there is no shortage of performance with the help of the new Snapdragon 821 processor. We did not have any problem with this phone. Whether it is to play 3D games, stream higher resolution video or record 4 The good thing is that the phone did not get too hot during these functions. It was fun to watch videos and play games on the big screen.
The sun’s bright light also does not have trouble reading on the screen. However, the voice coming from the built-in speaker disappointed us. It is appropriate to watch the video and make the experience of playing the game fun, but it gets acrid in a loud voice. And it’s not perfectly fit for the music. Fingerprint sensor worked well We have never complained about network connectivity. Overall, we enjoyed using pixel XL. Pixel XL also gave great results in the benchmark test.
Battery life is so stylish. It lasted 14 hours and 6 minutes in our video loop test. We played games, recorded 4 videos, and streamed music and video clips, despite the end of the day there was little battery left. Support for quick charging is present. The phone was charged with zero to 100 percent in about 2 hours.
We do not know why Google has stepped into the smartphone hardware business? Why has the decision to keep the pixel experience still limited? Is the company frustrated with the performance of its partners on the Android experience? With the assistant, Google did not want to take any risk, so he himself put the project in hand? All these questions will be answered in the coming time.
It is quite clear that the company has already made preparations to challenge the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus via pixels and pixels XL. In a way, now Apple fans have got the option of an Android phone like iPhone.
If you buy this phone then you get the best smartphone camera so far. Its performance is also fantastic. It is possible that many Google users may not like it, but if you want this feature then you have no choice but to buy this phone. Important Android updates are also guaranteed. It is expected that after this Samsung and other companies will be rolling out in the better Android product market.