For their price, one of the biggest disappointments with the Pixel and Pixel XL is their lack of any kind of waterproofing. All other flagship phones that are priced on the same level as the Pixel and Pixel XL like the Galaxy S7 edge and iPhone 7 feature an IP67 or higher rating that makes them resistant to dust and water.
To match the high price of the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google has been focusing on providing quality after-sales service to customers of the handsets. In a bid to make sure that Pixel owners face very little downtime in case they break their screen, Google has partnered with uBreakFix in the United States and Canada to offer walk-in repairs to Pixel customers.
Time to answer a few questions. Yes, this is Google’s headline Android phone for the year. Yes, it goes under the Pixel brand rather than Nexus. Yes, Google’s marketing department has gone into overdrive trying to create a genuine consumer phone that can more obviously match the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. And yes, as a result it’s arguably at least £200 too expensive here in the UK. And similarly across the world. But is the super speedy and phenomenally well put together Google Pixel XL worth the branding premium?
With the Google Pixel and Pixel XL releasing earlier this week, it was only a matter of time before the first teardown of the handsets hit the web. Doing the deed, iFixit has posted the teardown of the HTC-made Google Pixel XL.
With the Pixel and Pixel XL going on sale in the United States, Google has released three new advertisements for the handsets. Unlike other companies that feature celebrities in their commercials, Google’s ads for the Pixel stars YouTube celebrities.
In a news that is not going to surprise customers who follow the Nexus lineup from Google closely, the Pixel and Pixel XL from Google are going to receive confirmed Android updates until October 2018. This means that the handset will receive guaranteed Android updates two years post their launch month similar to how Google has treated its Nexus devices so far.
The Google Pixel was announced earlier this month, and for any Verizon Wireless subscriber that planned on walking into a retail store on October 28 to pick up a specific model, that option may no longer be available.
The first batch of Google Pixel and Pixel XL reviews are out, and it looks like Google has a winner on its hands. Despite my initial skepticism surrounding the handsets, Google seems to have delivered a handset that is the sum of its greater goods.
Planning on buying the Google Pixel or Pixel XL, but wondering if the phone packs in a particular feature or have some other doubts about it? Check out our FAQ for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL that will help in clearing all your doubts surrounding the handsets.
Last year, after years of releasing Nexus devices that compromised on one aspect or the another, Google managed to hit a home run with the Huawei-made Nexus 6P. Sure, the handset was gargantuan with its 5.7-inch display and front-facing stereo speakers, but it had great battery life and decent camera — something which previous Nexus smartphones lacked. This year, Google is replacing the Nexus 6P with the Pixel XL. As Google puts it, the new Pixel smartphones have been completely developed and designed in-house by the company, with the OEM — HTC — having no input in it.