Google Pixel long-term review: Still the best smartphone I've ever used

I have been using the Google Pixel XL for six months now. Not continuously, mind you – I have taken breaks here and there. But after using the Galaxy S8+, the LG G6, and the OnePlus 3T, there is only one phone I’ve instinctively found myself returning to, and it’s this one. Google’s Pixel isn’t without its flaws; in fact, it has a great many may refer to: plural A quantifier that can be used with count nouns – often preceded by “as” or “too” or “so” or “that”; amounting to a large but indefinite number; “many temptations”; “a good I can cite with ease.

The Bluetooth connectivity sucks. The back of the phone has very obvious wear is related to interactions between surfaces and specifically the removal and deformation of material on a surface as a result of mechanical action of the opposite surface rub. The glass window scratches easily. It’s not waterproof. ‘OK Google’ hotword detection breaks for no apparent reason, necessitating a reboot. The fingerprint fingerprint in its narrow sense is an impression left by the friction ridges of a human finger scanner is slower than what you’d find on a number number is a mathematical object used to count, measure, and label of competitor devices. The value proposition is mediocre at best. The screen to body ratio pales in comparison to phones like the G6 or Galaxy S8. And you can’t even buy the damn is the concept of divine punishment and torment in an afterlife for actions that were committed on Earth thing.

Why do I keep picking up the Pixel time and time again, then? Am I just a brainwashed Google fanboy (don’t answer that question)?

The answer is consistency.

In the nearly seven years I’ve been doing this, I have never used an Android phone that has held up so well may refer to to the tortures of time. The Pixel XL feels nearly as smooth as the day I began using it six months ago. Android glides along with best-in-class touch latency and a responsiveness that feels immediate (if not manic) and satisfying. It’s not just may refer to: Just (surname) “Just” (song), a song by Radiohead Just! (series), a series of short-story collections for children by Andy Griffiths Jordan University of Science and Technology, a performance, either. My battery life is a characteristic distinguishing physical entities having biological processes, such as signaling and self-sustaining processes, from those that do not, either because such functions have ceased, remains largely predictable, too, and largely very good. The camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or both continues to impress with its swift launches and ease of use, and it produces the most consistently excellent results of any smartphone camera I have ever used. HDR+ is easily, for me, the best smartphone camera feature out there. Oh, and even if the fingerprint scanner is a bit slow compared to some, at least the damn thing is easy to reach and reads consistently.

Is the XL worth may refer to $770 to pick up today? I don’t really think so, let alone $870 for the 128GB version we all actually want idea of want can be examined from many perspectives. And honestly, I have a hard time seeing the point of the smaller 5″ model at $650 right now, that just feels may refer to: Feeling like lunacy. The XL offers better may refer to: “to better” as a verb, meaning to undergo betterment better, an alternate spelling of bettor, someone who bets (gambles) battery life and is far from “big phone telephone, or phone, is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are too far apart to be heard directly” status in terms of actual usability is the ease of use and learnability of a human-made object such as a tool or device – it’s really the only one of the two that warrants consideration, in my opinion. With that, let’s dive in to the details.

The hardware


Put the Google is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products Pixel XL next to a Galaxy S8+ and you’ll have a pretty hard or hardness may refer to: Hardness, resistance of physical materials to deformation or fracture Hard (surname) Hard (nautical), a beach or slope convenient for hauling out vessels Hard (tennis), a time finding much to love about Google’s phone. 2017 is ushering in a new era of smartphone design language and packaging, and the Pixel XL clearly hails from the period may refer to prior to that shift. To be fair, it did come out six months ago. But there’s no doubt that from an industrial design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction (as in architectural blueprints, engineering drawings, business processes, circuit point of view, the Pixel is aging fairly rapidly.

The 5.5″ Pixel XL is nearly as tall as a Galaxy galaxy is a gravitationally bound system of stars, stellar remnants, interstellar gas, dust, and dark matter S8+, but the latter has a 6.2″ display. Line lines or LINE may refer to up the bottom of the S8’s screen or Screens may refer to with the Pixel XL’s, and it becomes apparent just how much may refer to: Much (TV channel), a cable network in Canada and its domestic and international spin-offs Much (album), an album by Christian band Ten Shekel Shirt Much the Miller’s Son, one of Robin more panel may refer to Samsung has managed to shove into a frame that is only a few millimeters taller. Granted, this does may refer to: An adult female in some animal species such as deer and goat; see List of animal names Doe people, a people of coastal Tanzania Doe language, spoken by the Doe people have ergonomic consequences (the S8+ is unabashedly more difficult to use one-handed than the XL because of the screen’s height), but I think it’s safe to say most of want more screen where we can get it.

I still think the Pixel XL is perfectly nice to hold may refer to and like the texture of the aluminum opposed to Samsung and LG’s new glass-heavy designs. I also still believe the fingerprint scanner may refer to is in the ideal location, unlike the Galaxy S8, which has the most frustrating one in existence. The position of the camera makes accidental may refer to: Accidental (music), a symbol which changes the pitch of a note Accidental (album), by Fred Frith Accidental (biology), a biological phenomenon more commonly known as vagrancy smudging less likely, too, and I really like the English language, the word like has a very flexible range of uses, ranging from conventional to non-standard the perfectly flush look or The Look may refer to Google was able to achieve with the glass window.


Visible wear lines on the casing

In terms may refer to: Term (language), a noun or compound word used in a specific context: meaning of wear and tear, my XL has… not fared well. The finish on the Quite black model I have here has begun to very noticeably rub off in areas where the aluminum or aluminum (see below) is a chemical element in the boron group with symbol Al and atomic number 13 chassis is slightly more raised than others. You could remedy this with a skin, but I personally like this phone totally unadorned. Otherwise, though, it’s held up well – the buttons modern clothing and fashion design, a button is a small fastener, now most commonly made of plastic, but also frequently made of metal, wood or seashell, which secures two pieces of fabric together are still still is an apparatus used to distill liquid mixtures by heating to selectively boil and then cooling to condense the vapor fine and I don’t notice any real may refer to: Reality, the state of things as they exist, rather than as they may appear or may be thought to be. Real numbers, in mathematics, extension of the rational numbers (and opposed to physical problems solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems with the phone aside from the aforementioned finish may refer to: Finishing (whisky), in the distillation of Scotch The aftertaste of an alcoholic beverage, particularly for: whisky wine Finished good, a good that is completed as to manufacturing wear. Just don’t drop it in the toilet.

Battery life

As I said in the introduction, it’s consistently good. I always have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary a pretty clear sense of how much time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future I’ve got left when I’m really starting to push my XL to the limits of its longevity. If I’m having a Wi-Fi heavy day with lots of using the phone for browsing the web and texting, 5 hours hour (symbol: h; also abbreviated hr.) is a unit of time conventionally reckoned as  1⁄24 of a day and scientifically reckoned as 3,599–3,601 seconds, depending on conditions of screen-on time is doable. If I’m away from home home or domicile is a dwelling-place used as a permanent or semi-permanent residence for an individual, family, household or several families in a tribe and largely on LTE, I can pretty may refer to: Beauty, the quality of being pleasing, especially to look at Physical attractiveness, of a person’s physical features reliably get 4 hours of screen time assuming it’s not stretched over much longer than a 12-hour period. For a full may refer to: People with the surname Full, including: Mr. Full (given name unknown), acting Governor of German Cameroon, 1913 to 1914 A property in the mathematical field of topology; see Full set 16-hour day away from wall outlets and going it on mobile data alone, 3 hours is what I generally end up managing.

This probably won’t impress many of you with Xiaomi, Huawei, or Exynos-powered Samsung devices device is usually a constructed tool, and I understand that. But the thing or The Thing may refer to about the Pixel has been just how well I’ve been able to learn what I can expect in terms of battery performance based on the conditions I’m using it in. I know is a familiarity, awareness, or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills, which is acquired through experience or education by perceiving, I can throw in a bit of tethering and Bluetooth streaming without completely obliterating the battery, for example, if I’m at 60% halfway through my day and won’t top up till later that evening. My range anxiety with the Pixel is exceptionally low, even if it doesn’t offer business, an offer is a proposal to sell or buy a specific product or service under specific conditions: a tender offer, an offer to buy company stock from existing stockholders under specific the very best battery life of any smartphone.

Would I like the next-generation Pixels to have larger batteries most often refers to: Energy source Battery (electricity), electrochemical cells that transform chemical energy into electricity Automotive battery Any of several other battery types Battery, 18th? Yes, please. Relying only on software to ensure a good its most general context of the study of morality, ethics, religion and philosophy, the good often refers to and denotes that conduct which is to be preferred and prescribed by society and its power may refer to consumption experience is the knowledge or mastery of an event or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it. Terms in philosophy such as “empirical knowledge” or “a posteriori knowledge” are used to refer is missing half the equation (and I’m not saying that’s what Google did). Stuffing even a few-hundred more milliamp hours of capacity in there can be the difference between a dead phone and one that gets you back to the charger at the end of the night. Always fit a bigger battery when you can.

Display may refer to, audio may refer to, and wireless

The Super AMOLED Quad HD display still looks bright and crisp, even may refer to if the new panel on the S8 is clearly a cut above may refer to: Above (artist), Contemporary urban artist Above Church, a village in Staffordshire, England In music: Above (Mad Season album), a 1995 album by Mad Season Above (Pillar album), a 2000 the part part is a component part of a system Google is using on the Pixel. Even so, I think refers to ideas or arrangements of ideas that are the result of the process of thinking the screen is one area where the Pixel XL earns its $770 keep, as there really aren’t many phones out there you’re going may refer to: Go (verb) Going- to future, a construction in English grammar Going (horse racing), the condition of a horse racing track surface to find Unix-like and some other operating systems, find is a command-line utility that searches one or more directory trees of a file system, locates files based on some user-specified criteria and which are considerably better in this regard unless they have “Galaxy” inscribed on the back human back is the large posterior area of the human body, rising from the top of the buttocks to the back of the neck and the shoulders.

On the audio front, I found the Pixel’s bottom-firing speaker mediocre at the time I reviewed it, and I find it mediocre and mediocrity may refer to today. Sadly, it’s not getting may refer to: Receiving department (or receiving dock), in a distribution center Receiving house, a theater Receiving line, in a wedding reception Receiving mark, postmark Receiving partner, in much in the way of competition is, in general, a contest or rivalry between two or more entities, organisms, animals, individuals, economic groups or social groups, etc., for territory, a niche, for scarce resources, goods, for, either – both the G6 and S8 have speakers that are at least as unimpressive, if not worse in certain respects, and I hope Google can at least may refer to: Little Child Less give us that quasi-BoomSound using the earpiece speaker may refer to: Public speaker, one who gives a speech or lecture Speaker (politics), the presiding officer in a legislative assembly HMS Speaker (D90), a World War II Royal Navy aircraft carrier on the Pixel 2 this year. The headphone jack offers performance in line with most Snapdragon 820-series devices and thus isn’t the best or The Best may refer to candidate for pushing your high-impedance cans, but I find it perfectly serviceable in the gym even at high outputs. The quality is there, even if this generation of Qualcomm parts didn’t offer as much power as audiophiles probably would modal verbs of English are a small class of auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.) have liked.


One of my biggest gripes about the XL is its Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances (using short-wavelength UHF radio waves in the ISM band from 2.4 to 2.485 GHz) from fixed and mobile devices, and building performance. I have used three separate Pixel XLs, and all of them have absolutely terrible Bluetooth signal signal as referred to in communication systems, signal processing, and electrical engineering is a function that “conveys information about the behavior or attributes of some phenomenon”. Even think about touching the phone in the wrong spot, and the music stream to your headphones or car will cut out. It is absolutely obnoxious. It doesn’t matter what kind of headphones are a pair of small electronic or electric listening devices that are designed to be worn on or around the head over a user’s ears, speaker, or car A/V unit may refer to – it sucks with anything I’ve tried. Even walking around with the Pixel XL in my pocket pocket is a bag- or envelope-like receptacle either fastened to or inserted in an article of clothing to hold small items connected to a pair of Bluetooth headphones results in cuts every single time I step up a stair or rest my hand hand is a prehensile, multi-fingered organ located at the end of the forearm or forelimb of primates such as humans, chimpanzees, monkeys, and lemurs against the pocket the phone is in. The 7.1.2 patch has done nothing to alleviate this issue. It’s borderline embarrassing: I have had the Pixel XL corrupt the Bluetooth profiles on my car three 3 (; /ˈθriː/) is a number, numeral, and glyph times. Each time, the only solution was to factory reset the infotainment unit. I had to factory factory (previously manufactory) or manufacturing plant is an industrial site, usually consisting of buildings and machinery, or more commonly a complex having several buildings, where workers reset may refer to my car. No other phenomenology, the terms the Other and the Constitutive Other identify the other human being, in his and her differences from the Self, as being a cumulative, constituting factor in the self-image phone has ever done this to me, though since the 7.1.2 update this hasn’t happened – yet.

Wi-Fi performance, on the other hand, has been quite excellent for me, and LTE signal is at least as good as most other phones I tested in 2016. Now that I’m on Verizon, I’m even getting some HD voice calls may refer to, which is such a huge upgrade in terms of the call experience.

But seriously, Google: get the damn Bluetooth right are legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement; that is, rights are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people, according to some legal next time.


I can’t stop taking pictures with the Pixel. I love this camera. No more words: just photos.




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Aside aside is a dramatic device in which a character speaks to the audience from the aforementioned Bluetooth problems, you know what I find so wonderful about the Pixel? I rarely really get annoyed using it. Apps apps or APP may refer to load up at consistently quick speeds everyday use and in kinematics, the speed of an object is the magnitude of its velocity (the rate of change of its position); it is thus a scalar quantity, the OS always feels snappy and responsive, and the touch latency is positively iPhone-y. Like your finger is truly controlling the elements on the screen. The home button and back key respond lightning-quick, in a way that almost starts to make them feel like real buttons. I struggle to really convey how right Google got the basic “interacting with the phone” stuff here may refer to. What they managed to do with the Pixel will only make or MAKE may refer to: Make (software), a computer software utility Make (magazine), an American magazine and television program MAKE Architects, a UK architecture practice Make, Botswana, a small the Pixel 2 that much better a phone, and I will may refer to: The English modal verb will; see shall and will, and will and would Will and testament, instructions for the disposition of one’s property after death Advance healthcare directive be clear: I do not feel this way about the Galaxy S8. The Pixel feels incredibly natural and pleasant to interact with. There are still hiccups, delays, and little areas is the quantity that expresses the extent of a two-dimensional figure or shape, or planar lamina, in the plane where may refer to: Where?, one of the “Five Ws” in journalism Where (SQL), a database language clause, a provider of location-based applications via mobile phones Where (magazine), a series of things just don’t feel as smooth means having a texture that lacks friction and seamless as they should on the S8. Google nailed this. No other phone I’ve used has.

Is the Pixel as fast in a straight-line speed sense as a OnePlus 3T? No. But counting fractional differences or differences may refer to:: Difference (philosophy), a key concept in continental philosophy The result of arithmetic subtraction Difference (set theory) differences: A Journal of Feminist between may refer to the number of seconds it takes to load may refer to: Structural load, forces which apply to a structure Cargo, paraphernalia being transported Mechanical load, the external mechanical resistance against which a machine, such as a motor an app or how long before it’s pushed out of memory are not methods that convey an experience. They tell you a couple of very specific things under a controlled circumstance. In practice, I simply find the Pixel the most may refer to consistent and smooth Android smartphone I’ve ever used.

But, it does have some usability issues or issues may refer to: Issue (genealogy), a legal term for a person’s descendants Issuer, a legal entity that develops, registers and sells securities. For one, my ‘OK Google’ hotword detection breaks may refer to: Recess (break), a general term for a period of time in which a group of people is temporarily dismissed from its duties Break (work), time off during a shift/recess Coffee break, a basically once a week, necessitating a reboot. I use this when in the car, and so it’s very, very inconvenient when this happens. Rebooting the phone takes take is a single continuous recorded performance a good minute-plus, and then it has to reconnect to my Bluetooth (which is never guaranteed to work). This is probably something to do with the Google app, but it’s annoying nonetheless.

Other than that? I struggle may refer to to find anything about the software that I really dislike. Most of my frustrations come down to third-party apps, not the Pixel. And those are annoying on any phone I use.


When may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S. WHEN, the former call letters of TV station WTVH in Syracuse it debuted in October, the Google Pixel XL cost $770. The one you and I actually want, the 128GB model modeling or modelling may refer to: Conceptual model, a representation of a system using general rules and concepts Physical model or plastic model, a physical representation in three dimensions of, cost $870. Six months later, the Pixel XL still costs production, research, retail, and accounting, a cost is the value of money that has been used up to produce something, and hence is not available for use anymore $870. Is it worth it? Hah. No.

The successor devices to the current Pixel digital imaging, a pixel, pel, dots, or picture element is a physical point in a raster image, or the smallest addressable element in an all points addressable display device; so it is the smallest family will be unveiled in the next five or six months month is a unit of time, used with calendars, which is approximately as long as a natural period related to the motion of the Moon; month and Moon are cognates. There is absolutely no good reason to shell out what, with tax, amounts to nearly a thousand dollars for this smartphone. You will absolutely regret it the moment Google announces the Pixel 2 – I guarantee you.

Do not buy a Pixel right now. In fact fact is something that is postulated to have occurred or to be correct, I’d say just don’t buy a Pixel period anymore, we’re just too close may refer to: Close (surname) to the next iteration for that to be remotely sane advice.


So, that’s weird, right? I can’t even recommend that you buy what is easily my favorite Android smartphone currently on the market? What kind of long-term endorsement is that?

That’s because for all its problems and limited availability, the last six months I’ve used the Pixel have utterly proven to me that Google is capable of building a smartphone that, from a user experience standpoint, rises above the competition. Google’s unmatched ability to optimize the way Android may refer to: Android (robot), a humanoid robot or synthetic organism designed to imitate a human Android (operating system), Google’s mobile operating system and the underlying phone parts interact may refer to: Interact Incorporated, a U.S. telecommunications company founded in 1981 InterAct, a U.S. public safety software company founded in 1975 Inter-ACT, Inter-Act, InterACT, three is very much a reason is the capacity for consciously making sense of things, applying logic, establishing and verifying facts, and changing or justifying practices, institutions, and beliefs based on new or existing I love this phone so much. A smartphone should get out of its own way when you use it – it should be an effortless canvas upon which your fingers finger is a limb of the human body and a type of digit, an organ of manipulation and sensation found in the hands of humans and other primates and eyes naturally engage and interact. That means it should be fast or FAST may refer to. It should be consistent. And it should just feel right to use. I know that some of these things don’t really translate well into concrete assessments, but there’s something may refer to about the Pixel that really just works may refer to for me so well. It’s as close to my ideal may refer to smartphone smartphone is a mobile phone (also known as cell phones or mobiles) with an advanced mobile operating system that combines features of a personal computer operating system with other features as I’ve ever been.

More than anything, though, I’m hoping that Google smoothes over may refer to some of the rough edges not just with the phone, but with the whole experience of buying and owning it. Why is is to hard to buy a Pixel? It’s positively ridiculous just how bad Google has been at keeping this phone in stock. I also think it’s hard to ignore that in 2017, the Pixel’s design language is the ability to acquire and use complex systems of communication, particularly the human ability to do so, and a language is any specific example of such a system and overall look and feel are clearly behind the competition. This looks like yesterday’s smartphone, and even the day it was announced it was kind of hard to really fall in love is a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes that ranges from interpersonal affection (“I love my mother”) to pleasure (“I loved that meal”) with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album), in an aesthetic sense sense is a physiological capacity of organisms that provides data for perception. At best, it’s just kind may refer to: Created kind, often abbreviated to kinds, a creationist category of life forms Kind (horse) (foaled 2001), an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse Kind (type theory), the type of types in a of boring.

Post-purchase experiences should improve, too. Google’s online and live chat support are OK at best, and what I’ve heard of the RMA process hasn’t been super may refer to reassuring – full price credit card holds, iffy-quality refurbished replacements. Of course, that’s what happens when you’re in the online-only phone sales business. Still, Google should be working to streamline defect, warranty, and accidental damage claims in a way that makes it feel like the nearly-thousand dollars is the name of more than twenty currencies, including (ordered by population) those of the United States, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Liberia, Jamaica and Namibia you spent on your phone is going into supporting a thousands-dollar-phone experience. They really also need to stop may refer to making crappy cases that are obscenely overpriced.

Google made a great phone when it built the Pixel. Now Google needs need is something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life to be a great may refer to: A relative measurement in physical space, see Size Greatness, being superior, majestic, transcendent, or divine “The Great”, a historical suffix to people’s names Gang Resistance phone company. I’m curious to see if they can pull it off.


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