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Google Pixel XL


Replace: The Google Pixel 2 XL has been introduced, jacking up the display screen real-estate to 6 inches over 5.5-inches. It has trimmed away the bezels to present the show the star therapy, however the value has been boosted as much as $849 (AU$1,399, about £630).

We're at work on our remaining overview, however we'll be sure you replace this one as properly so you’ll be able to resolve which is the perfect machine for you.

Unique overview follows beneath.

The Google Pixel XL, together with the Google Pixel, are the primary telephones 'made [almost entirely] by Google', and it’s the easiest way to expertise the newest and best that Android software program has to supply.

It places the immense energy of Google search behind every part you do with the all-new Google Assistant, a context-understanding AI that’s typically smarter than Siri and Cortana. Sorry, Apple and Microsoft followers.

The Pixel XL launched with Android 7.1 Nougat, runs Android 7.1.2 and would be the first to get the Android O. Going with that newest and best theme, it was additionally the primary cellphone to get Google Daydream View VR headset powers.

Even in case you’re not into VR, this implies you're getting top-of-the-line specs adequate for power-hungry avid gamers, and that’s implausible information for anybody who desires a quick cellphone years down the highway.

The cellphone debuts the Snapdragon 821 chipset, with 4GB of RAM inside a glass-and-metal physique that's half-iPhone 7, half Samsung. The digicam is touted as 'finest in school', and the 5.5-inch Quad HD display screen appears to be like excellent.

Google is ditching its inexpensive, developer-focused Nexus model in favor of the Pixel XL and its smaller 5-inch Google Pixel counterpart. This makes these new handsets dearer, however additionally they showcase higher ambition on Google's half.

The Google Pixel XL is sized and priced to compete with the elegantly designed Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (that's the one which doesn't explode) and iPhone 7 Plus – and Google has picked the proper time to launch a model new entry on our best phones checklist.

Proper now, with Apple’s headphone jack-less iPhone 7 irritating longtime followers and Galaxy Note 7 cancellation disappointing customers, and the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus costing greater than ever, Apple and Samsung's prospects could also be trying elsewhere for the primary time in years. So let’s zoom into this Pixel XL, to see if it’s nearly as good as the entire hype claims.

What’s within the field? Discover out in our Google Pixel XL unboxing video

Value and launch date

  • Discovering the Google Pixel XL in inventory continues to be tough
  • Costlier than any Nexus handset
  • However in step with Apple, Samsung and LG telephones
  • On contract from Verizon in US and EE in UK

Consider it or not, the Google Pixel XL continues to be nearly unattainable to seek out in inventory. The official Google retailer has you be part of a imprecise waitlist greater than seven months after launching on October 20, 2016 – that's unhealthy.

It prices $769 (£719, AU$1,269) for the 32GB model, and $869 (£819, AU$1,419) for the 128GB mannequin. It’s Google’s smartphone all grown up and meaning it’s dearer than the now discontinued Nexus 6P. These are grownup costs.

You’ll discover that these are the very same costs as for the iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and LG V20 launch costs within the US, so Google is just following an unlucky pattern.

There’s additionally no 64GB in-between inside storage measurement, and no microSD slot for expandable storage to make 32GB extra tolerable. It’s a must to go huge in case you're recording quite a lot of high-resolution video.

You’ve higher shot at discovering Google Pixel XL in inventory at a service retailer. Verizon sells it on contract, and it's available right now in the US. It prices $32.08 a month over 24 months and comes with day one updates.

You’ll be able to skip the contract and pay every part up entrance for the SIM-free Pixel XL. It really works simply as properly on AT&T, T-Cell and Dash along with Verizon due to having each GSM and CDMA antennas.

Within the UK, you may get the Pixel on contract from EE, paying £9.99 upfront after which £55.99 monthly for 10GB of information and limitless calls and texts.

Design

  • Premium – however peculiar glass-and-metal – design
  • No digicam bump on the again in anyway
  • Not waterproof, and no stereo audio system

Google known as the Pixel XL design 'daring' throughout its preliminary announcement, noting that the again of the cellphone’s glass-and-metal make-up offers it “character and character."

If that appears like a backhanded praise, it’s sort of deserved. It’s nearly as if Google heard that folks like metallic telephones, but additionally like glass telephones, so it determined to throw in each supplies.

It’s an odd, two-toned combine on the again facet, making the Google Pixel XL really feel like we’re one step away from unwrapping the Neapolitan ice cream of smartphones. 

It does have relatively thick bezel on the prime and backside, regardless of having no bodily house button on the backside. It appeared okay at launch, however greater than sevn months later, with the bezel-less LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus out, we're hoping the rumors are true that there'll be a curved display screen within the Google Pixel 2.

The odd, two-toned combine on the again facet makes it really feel like we’re one step away from unwrapping the Neapolitan ice cream of smartphones.

The excellent news is that, as funky because it appears to be like, the supplies are strong: strengthened Gorilla Glass four for the highest third across the rear fingerprint sensor and digicam, and polished anodized aluminum on the underside two-thirds the place your hand wraps across the cellphone.

Clutching this phablet shouldn’t be an issue in case you may get the taller Nexus 6P in your fingers. It measures 153 x 76 x eight.58mm, and tapers off to a depth of seven.31mm across the again.

It’s barely thicker and boxier than most telephones, together with the iPhone 7 Plus at 7.3mm, however not fairly as tall or, extra importantly, vast. Regular-sized fingers will do okay right here.

Google has thrown so much into the Pixel XL design, however there’s one factor you gained’t discover: an annoying digicam bump. The rear digicam is totally flush with the glass plate on the again, a design feat that Apple and Samsung have but to realize.

Sadly, the Google Pixel XL doesn’t reside as much as these producers' waterproofing requirements. Its IP53 score means you’ll be able to’t get this one moist, by no means thoughts unintentionally dunk it within the sink, pool or bathroom. That's a deal breaker for the clumsy amongst us.

On the entrance, surrounding the 5.5-inch show is a relatively huge 'chin' for a cellphone that incorporates no bodily house button. The entire face buttons are on-screen, whereas the riveted sleep/wake button and clean quantity rocker are on the proper facet.

It does, nonetheless, use that additional room on the prime to incorporate a headphone jack. There’s a speaker on the underside, however whereas there are two speaker grilles, there’s only one firing out sound. Should you unintentionally cowl it up together with your finger (which occurs so much when taking part in video games and watching motion pictures), it kills the amount. It's extraordinarily straightforward to do holding the cellphone in panorama mode.

Displaying that it does, actually, have 'character', the Google Pixel XL colours embrace Very Silver, Fairly Black and Actually Blue, a poke at ridiculous phone-color naming conventions.

Actually Blue, a limited-edition and, thus far, US-only Google Pixel coloration, offered out inside hours of the pre-order launch. Fortunately, Google promised to restock it and it did on December 1. It's not that restricted. You will have to affix a wait checklist, relying in your cellphone configuration of alternative.

You’re in all probability going to get a Dwell Case to cowl up the peculiar glass-and-metal design anyway, so if you are able to do and not using a water resistant cellphone and stereo audio system, you’ll be effective. 

Show

  • Vivid and colourful 5.5-inch AMOLED show
  • Higher for VR than the 5-inch Google Pixel
  • No rise-to-wake or always-on display screen

The Google Pixel XL additional proves why AMOLED shows look the perfect for smartphones, due to its colourful and shiny display screen that outclasses LCD panels each time.

It’s vivid and prepared for digital actuality on a price range,  the latter being one key cause we’d counsel you improve from the normal-sized, 1080p Google Pixel. Should you’re into VR, huge telephones and extra battery life, this one’s for you. If not, save your cash.

The display screen appears to be like higher than an iPhone 7 Plus, nevertheless it’s lacking one key characteristic we like about Apple’s show and newer Samsung and LG handsets: a rise-to-wake or always-on display screen.

Having to achieve for the tiny, side-mounted sleep/wake button on this cellphone simply to mild up the lock display screen made us miss this informative show characteristic. 

The rear fingerprint sensor pad (not a button) lights up and unlocks the cellphone with authentication, too, however that's solely helpful when it's in your hand, not sitting on a desk. At the least hand over a double-tap-wake characteristic to mild up the lockscreen.

An Ambient Show modes does lights the display screen up in a black-and-white coloration palette when notifications are available, nevertheless it’s simply not the identical.

Google has lastly upgraded its new cellphone to incorporate a Night time Mild mode that matches the iOS 9.3 characteristic. It lacks the adjustable orange-to-blue ranges Apple has had from the start, and turns from blue to orange relatively abruptly at sundown, nevertheless it’s a begin.

The Google Pixel XL ushers in quite a lot of firsts: Android 7.1 Nougat, Google Assistant and the late 2016 Snapdragon 821 chipset (a chip that hasn’t launched outdoors of Asia earlier than the Pixel arrived, despite the fact that it technically debuted with the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe first globally).

That’s why you’re paying much more for a Pixel vs a Nexus cellphone: often we’re getting some new software program and six-month-old inside specs. However Qualcomm debuted its newest chip on the time proper right here.

The concept is that you simply’re going to have a long-lasting cellphone and a greater expertise within the time that you simply do have it. That’s nearly how we really feel about your entire package deal.

Google Assistant

  • Smarter than Siri, Cortana and Google Now
  • Contextually understands phrases 'it' and 'right here'
  • Can’t 'title that tune'and will get blended up by apostrophes

Google Assistant is your private AI buddy that’s one graduating class forward of classmates Siri, Cortana and Google Now for voice instructions. It holds a two-way dialog, and really understands context.

Asking “Okay Google. When is the following Presidential Debate?” brings again an accurate response within the US. Asking “what channel is it on” offers you a solution, too, regardless of the usage of the phrase “it.”

Three years in the past, Google foresaw that for voice searches to turn into really efficient, the AI would wish to grasp what “it” means, and we’re lastly seeing that play out in our telephones with easy questions and solutions.

“Okay Google. How lengthy does it take to get to Downtown LA?” comes up with a response (at all times too lengthy) and a hyperlink to Google Maps. “What if I biked there?” returns a brand new time estimate and map with the harrowing bike route. Wonderful.

“Okay Google. What’s a zebra?” adopted by “What coloration is it?” adopted by “Present me pictures” all convey again related outcomes, and it’s all baked into an overlay window within the working system. We all know so much about Zebras now.

Only for enjoyable, we requested, “What do you consider Apple?” which resulted in “They’ve good merchandise. I’m a fan.” “What do you consider Siri?” returned “She appears intelligent.” Possibly one other backhanded praise?

This is similar Google Assistant that’s coming to the Google Home speaker, to tackle Amazon Echo and the e-tailer’s Alexa AI. It’s  already a tremendous rival, however not good.

Going again to ask “When’s the following Presidential Debate?” with an apostrophe confuses the AI, which returns solely partially useful internet outcomes that you must faucet on and browse. No thanks. Studying is for chumps (apart from you, after all).

It’s additionally solely in a position to toggle among the Android system instructions (You’ll be able to’t flip Night time Mild on and off together with your voice, for instance), and it may well’t “Title that Tune but.” Siri and even Google Now can do that. That’s fundamental bot!

The nice (and scary) information is that Google controls a lot of our search knowledge that it’s prone to anticipate every part we need to know. 

It’s solely going to get smarter, and it is a intriguing begin, and we noticed a few of that at Google IO 2017. Now you can sort to Assistant, control home appliances, and, quickly, pay with Assistant.

Interface and apps

  • Limitless cloud storage for pictures and movies
  • Prepared for Google Daydream View with Android 7.1
  • Battery life info and Google Allo are too hidden

The Google Pixel XL reveals that it’s prepared for the longer term with Android 7.1 Nougat, together with the promise of operating system updates for the following two years and safety updates for 3 years. Living proof, it already has Android 7.1.2, which is usually comprised of bug fixes.

Its minimalist method to the house display screen and the notifications shade is an unassuming distinction to the depth (and actual focus) of Google Assistant.

Folks love that about inventory Android vs an interface like Samsung’s TouchWiz. You’re not going to be bombarded with too many pointless apps – what’s right here, you’ll really use.

Google Pictures is a good instance. It gives a simple backup answer for your whole media, and pictures and movies shot together with your Pixel XL get backed up at full decision with limitless cloud storage.

That’s an enormous reduction in case you solely go for the 32GB Google Pixel XL and aren’t into taking pictures with a DSLR and transferring them to your cellphone – that also counts in opposition to your cloud quota.

However this cellphone is greater than a quick go to early Google updates and a clear, easy Android interface. This yr it really debuts a second (literal) front-facing characteristic: VR.

We examined out the Google Daydream View headset with the Pixel XL, and it labored because it ought to: giving us an immersive 360-degree digital actuality expertise through a reasonable headset.

You’re not going to be bombarded with too many pointless apps – what’s right here, you’ll really use

It’s akin to the Samsung Gear VR, however Google’s software program library is simply getting underway. That ought to change as extra Android telephones start to work with the fabric-coated headset.

Google Pixel XL might also be your first probability to check out Google Allo (messaging) and Google Duo (video chat). They arrive pre-installed with the cellphone, and work okay as iMessage and FaceTime rivals.

Allo makes use of your cellphone quantity (an enormous deal within the US, the place individuals nonetheless give out their quantity for SMS and don’t use WhatsApp), as a substitute of your private Gmail deal with, which Hangouts requires. "Hello, I simply met you, what's your Gmail deal with? The place are you going? I want an iPhone once more." 

Allo fixes that. Nevertheless, each Allo and Duo want cross-platform help (on computer systems and tablets particularly), and it ought to totally exchange Messenger within the dock if it’s going to work the identical means. Folks must be onboard for it to full universally helpful.

One other factor that wants work is the battery life indicator. We nonetheless should dive into the hidden, developer-intended System UI Tuner menu to disclose battery life info within the prime system tray. 

We’ve by no means stated: “You understand what I don’t need to know? How a lot battery life I’ve left.” That’s at all times been an annoyance with Nexus telephones, and nothing has modified on the Pixel XL.

The identical factor occurs while you're charging a Pixel. Pixel and Nexus are the one telephones we've examined in recent times that refuse to show the battery life when the cellphone is off and charging. 

How has noone at Google discovered these two weird battery life points annoying yr after yr? Every thing else about its Android software program is streamlined for the higher. 

New Android O options

The Android O will launch on the finish of the summer time, and we're totally anticipating it to be known as Android Oreo.

It already has new options within the Android O beta, and the Google Pixel XL is among the first telephones to have the ability to reap the benefits of the unfinished software program.

New options embrace picture-in-picture video that permits you to multitask with movies nonetheless taking part in in a nook, contextual copy-and-paste that makes it simpler to pick cellphone numbers, addresses and emails, and notification dots on app icons.

We're additionally going to see new emoji, quicker boot occasions and higher audio with Android O on Google Pixel XL. Even higher, battery life is meant to be improved with the brand new replace.

Films, music and video games

  • Vivid 5.5-inch show to get pleasure from watching movies and taking part in video games
  • No stereo audio system, however there’s a headphone jack

We’re more and more being entertained by our telephones, even with big-screen TVs and tablets shut by. For Android video games and Fb movies briefly bursts  our cellphone is the go-to machine.

The Google Pixel XL will get the job achieved visually. It has that wonderful AMOLED show that rocks deep blacks and saturated colours. They make motion pictures and video games appear spectacular at 5.5 inches.

Nevertheless, we did run into an issue when holding the cellphone in panorama mode and making an attempt to get pleasure from nearly any two-handed recreation expertise, like futuristic racer Breakneck.

Masking up that one speaker soured our enjoyment just a bit bit. Fortunately, Google didn’t comply with Apple and Motorola’s pattern by killing off the headphone jack, so our quickest answer was a pair of earbuds.

What’s actually a disgrace is that the Nexus 6P (which was cheaper and had a much bigger 5.7-inch show) included stereo audio system – one on the prime and one on the backside. The omission of twin audio system right here looks like a step backward.

Specs and efficiency

  • Debuts the Snapdragon 821 processor
  • Similar specs because the 5-inch Google Pixel
  • Nonetheless not as quick as Samsung’s non-US telephones

Each the Pixel and Pixel XL see Google introducing new inside specs as a substitute of sticking with a six-month-old chipset, and that’s a part of the explanation you’re paying a premium this yr.

The XL delivers the quicker Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, which is a step forward of the 820 System-on-a-Chip discovered contained in the US Samsung Galaxy S7, the HTC 10 and the LG G5, for instance.

This 64-bit quad-core chip runs at 2.15Ghz with 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 530 GPU – that’s one step forward of its present Qualcomm-based competitors. 

It cracked a four,000 multi-core rating in our Geekbench exams, giving us a mean of four,077 after three rounds with the CPU benchmarking app. That’s spectacular. 

What’s attention-grabbing is that the 5-inch Pixel has the identical specs (outdoors of the larger battery and show on the XL), giving us principally the identical outcomes after one other sequence of exams: four,029.

That is a giant deal. If you would like that curved display screen from Samsung, you must ditch the 5.1-inch cellphone for five.5 inches. If you would like Apple’s dual-camera setup, you must forgo a four.7-inch handset for an enormous 5.5-inch cellphone. With Google, the selection is a bit of simpler to reside with.

We’d have cherished Google to push its phablet a bit additional, however we additionally respect the corporate together with the entire greater cellphone options for often-deprived smaller fingers. On the identical time, it feels simpler to advocate the regular-sized Google Pixel in case you’re not into VR and massive telephones.

Google’s cellphone efficiency has come a good distance in smaller packages, with strong name high quality on each Verizon and AT&T within the US, and 47-second boot occasions. That basically contrasts with the Nexus 6 from two years in the past, which had us struggling by minute-and-a-half boot occasions. Like we stated, a protracted, good distance.

Battery life

  • Pixel XL lasts a day and 1 / 4
  • Longer battery life than the Pixel
  • Charging with USB-C adapter generally is a ache

Google has packed a giant three,450mAh  battery into the Pixel XL – and that was choice, as a result of the brilliant and pixel-dense 2K decision can actually drain the cellphone in case you’re not cautious.

We discovered that we have been averaging a day and 1 / 4 of battery life throughout our week with the cellphone, utilizing it as we usually do: checking social media each hour, taking part in video games whereas ready in line and making that uncommon cellphone name.

Display-on time is what drains the battery the quickest. Watching a 90-minute looped HD video as a part of our lab testing wore it all the way down to a pathetic 68% from its 100% start line.

That’s technically worse than each different 2016 Android cellphone, which suggests two issues: 1) The display screen brightness is sufficient to burn a gap within the ozone layer and a pair of) Google’s software program, with Doze 2.zero battery-saving background options, is admittedly environment friendly after we’re not utilizing the cellphone outdoors of the lab.

Should you're an influence consumer, you’re higher off with the Pixel XL than the usual Pixel, which, regardless of its Full HD display screen, solely gave us a day earlier than we ran again to the charger. Its smaller 2,770mAh energy pack is simply that a lot much less.

In fact, you’re means higher off with both Pixel cellphone than with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which now has the battery life score of: explosion.

Watch beneath to see how the Pixel XL compares to the Google Pixel when streaming video, internet shopping and gaming.

Google, like many cellphone makers nowadays, features a quick charger, and there’s excellent news and unhealthy information right here. Its 18W adapter expenses the cellphone in a speedy one hour and 50 minutes – that’s the excellent news.

The unhealthy information is that the adapter makes use of a USB-C port to realize these speeds, that means you must lug across the USB-C-to-USB-C cable in every single place. Sounds okay, proper? 

However wait – if you wish to plug your cellphone into a traditional, non-USB-C laptop, you’ll even have to hold across the (additionally included) USB-C-to-USB-A cable. Sure, the MacBook Pro 2016 provides USB-C ports, nevertheless it’s removed from mainstream.

Carrying across the USB-C-to-USB-A cable and a Samsung (or one other related USB-A accepting charger) is an possibility, however we discovered that charging the Pixel XL with this cable to be about 25 minutes slower. But the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, with a barely greater battery and the identical precise cable and adapter, may cost in a few related one hour and 53 minutes.

Displaying the battery life ranges within the system tray (and when the ability is off) and bettering the charging interface are two areas by which the Pixel falls behind, even when its battery life is a strong day and 1 / 4.

Digital camera

  • One other new Android with an important 12MP sensor
  • Lack of optical picture stablization isn't a giant deal
  • Digital camera app is restricted vs the competitors

Yearly we’re promised a “the perfect Nexus digicam ever” by Google, and with the Pixel, we obtained teased with one thing barely totally different and much more promising: the perfect digicam in any smartphone.

Google arrived at this conclusion not simply by advertising hype, however due to evaluation by DxOMark testers, racking up the best rating but for a cellphone at 89, increased than the 88 for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Certain sufficient, our personal side-by-side digicam exams confirmed that the Pixel XL’s 12.3MP shooter is excellent, capturing among the most extremely detailed and color-accurate pictures we’ve seen on a cellphone.

Is it actually higher than the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge digicam? Sure and no. Samsung amps up its pictures with extra saturated tones in nearly each shot, and actually cranks up the brightness and deep hues.

That’s superior for blue skies and inexperienced grass, the place every part actually comes alive in opposition to white clouds. The day (and everybody in your photograph) appears to be like unnaturally good.

Our personal side-by-side digicam exams confirmed that the Google Pixel XL’s 12.3MP shooter is excellent

The Pixel XL has vivid colours, and low-light efficiency is nearly nearly as good, however the place it wins out is when issues turn into too shiny for Samsung’s in any other case main digicam.

Catch one thing that’s already too shiny in your photograph on the S7 Edge, like seaside sand on a sunny day, and the sand can turn into overblown and it actually distorts the scenic seaside photograph.

The Pixel XL captures extra pure tones, and photographs could come off as a bit duller in side-by-side match-ups, nevertheless it works properly sufficient in nearly each state of affairs. To place it merely: Samsung ups the brightness and distinction, Google stays extra constant.

What anxious us at first was the shortage of optical picture stabilization. Google’s digicam bump-less design forgoes OIS in favor of software-optimized digital picture stabilization (EIS). However we didn’t discover an absence of sharpness in pictures shot and not using a tripod, or points with video smoothness when taking part in again footage. The dearth of OIS is overblown.

We did run right into a solar flare anomaly when taking pictures outdoor. It occurred twice, as you’ll be able to see in our gallery, giving the pictures the J.J. Abrams lens flare look after we actually did not need it.

The place Google may usefully put in some work is within the default digicam app. LG and Samsung fill their cameras with extra options than you’ll be able to discover in every week. It’s the total cellular suite.

Google’s app doesn’t have fairly as many modes – it feels as if it’s simply getting by with Sluggish movement, Panorama, Photosphere and Lens Blur, with choices like timer, HDR+, temperature controls and burst pictures.

The place’s the useful gesture shot mechanic to set off the timer with a wave and even one thing as fundamental as time lapse? And you’ll overlook about handbook controls. The default digicam app feels empty and can ship you scrambling to the Google Play Retailer throughout the first 24 hours of proudly owning this cellphone.

The front-facing digicam is a special story, nonetheless. We shot among the best-looking 8MP selfies we have seen on the Pixel XL, which fortunately contains HDR+ on the entrance, too. There’s a lot much less barrel distortion than on the S7 Edge, even when the image isn’t taken at as vast an angle.

Digital camera samples

The Google Pixel XL recasts the developer-focused Nexus smartphones with bold new software program options and cutting-edge specs in an effort to achieve mainstream customers.

Its timing couldn’t be extra good. You gained’t discover a headphone jack on the brand new iPhone, and you could be doubting Samsung’s reliability after two Samsung Galaxy Be aware 7 recollects and simply earlier than the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus warmth up (in the entire proper methods).

And alongside comes the Google Pixel XL, with the useful (however still-work-in-progress) Google Assistant, highly effective Snapdragon 821 processor and an superior, top-ranking digicam.

It has nearly every part you want outdoors of a water-proof design and stereo audio system, though Google’s try at an iconic design throws a bit of an excessive amount of into the pot with a metal-and-glass look. But when it's ugly on the surface, it's removed from it on the within.

What’s extra necessary to us is that the Android interface stays minimalist and simpler to make use of than ever, and that’s actually the compelling cause to personal a Pixel cellphone, even when it prices much more than a Nexus.

Who’s it for?

Google is making an attempt to broaden its Nexus fanbase with the Pixel XL, including the newest chipset, nifty AI, and a very good digicam.

Which means you’re getting a cellphone that’s extra highly effective than any cheap Nexus handset, and it’s mixed with essentially the most streamlined consumer expertise of any Android cellphone in 2016.

It additionally means you must be somebody who’s prepared to fork over much more cash. It’s a and software program mixture that’s additionally a one-two punch to the pockets.

Ought to I purchase it?

The Google Pixel XL is among the most sure-fire bets you may make in case you’re seeking to strive a model new Android cellphone in 2016. It’s the rookie of the yr, due to Google designing it from prime to backside.

If upgrading to Android 7.1 Nougat and benefiting from its budding VR capabilities are necessary to you, that is your smartphone. If not, you could find a just-as-good digicam on a year-to-six-month-old Samsung, LG or the iPhone on the identical value, or watch for the Galaxy S8 or iPhone 8.

Competitors

iPhone 7 Plus

Apple's iPhone 7 Plus is the iOS 10 counterbalance to Google's first Android 7.1 Nougat smartphone. You'll both discover this phablet's aluminum design far more refined or fully stale in comparison with the Google Pixel XL. However with an analogous 5.5-inch show, it offers you a giant cellphone, too, just one with water-resistance and stereo audio system. We additionally discover iMessages extra seamless than any Google messaging platform, even when we miss widgets and different customizable options that Apple shies away from.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung hasn't had the perfect of luck not too long ago, with the Galaxy Note 7 recall, however don't be distracted as a result of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge continues to be one of many best phones ever made. It has a top-of-the-line digicam, water resistant design and a microSD card slot, and naturally these smooth, curved edges that actually make its 2K decision 'world's finest' smartphone show stand out. And its TouchWiz Android software program overlay isn't that unhealthy anymore, truthfully. However you're going to pay severe cash for this cellphone, much more than the already-expensive Google Pixel XL.

Moto Z and Moto Z Drive

Who would have guessed that Motorola would have found out how you can make a correct modular cellphone earlier than LG and Google. The LG G5 mods didn't do a lot with its equipment and Google's Mission Ara initiative is not any extra. Moto Z takes what's at present the world's thinnest smartphone and provides equipment to the again with magnets: trendy battery packs, highly effective speaker, a pico projector and 10x digicam add-on. It doesn't have the perfect digicam by itself in comparison with the Google Pixel, however it’s barely cheaper. 

The Moto Z Drive takes that very same modular concept and provides a little bit of thickness – simply sufficient room for prolonged battery life and a shatterproof display screen. It's a bit of dearer, too, and a Verizon unique within the US, whereas the Moto Z is now obtainable unlocked at a less expensive value.



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