$649 to start... Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Oct. 4, 2016 So what grabs you about a smartphone nowadays? How about a bright 5.0 or 5.5" AMOLED screen with true blacks and 16.77 million colors. Maybe a shimmering all-aluminum body with rounded edges encased in 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 both front and back catches your eye? How about a fingerprint sensor on the back where it should be? Or maybe it is a second to none front and rear camera? Maybe the killer of all is a smarpthone and battery that lasts all day for a power user and when it cannot, can be charged from flat to 7-hours of power up time in as little as 15-minutes? The all-new Google Pixel and Pixel XL brings to the table all of this and a whole lot more. A ton to like including a camera that "supposedly" has the best image quality (IQ) of any smartphone on the market. Pixel smartphone camera review One additional item is that it is "provider unlocked" meaning install your provider of choice SIM and it is ready for use all the while incorporating the latest OS, Google Nougat 7.1 right from the box. The Pixel comes in two sizes and three flavors, a 5” (with a 2,770 mAh battery) or an XL variant at 5.5” (with a 3450 mAh battery), and three colors, Very Silver, Quite Black, and Really Blue. Hardware Internals The latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, a Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo) chip, and an Adreno 530 GPU mated to 4 GB of RAM and either 32 or 128 GB of storage. No additional memory card slot is available with this one. The Camera(s) Out back is a 12.3 MP unit with a 1/2.3" sensor size and f/2.0 aperture, EIS (gyro), phase detection & laser autofocus with dual-LED (dual tone) flash. Up front is an 8 MP shooter with a 1/3.2" sensor and f/2.4 aperture capable of 1080p recording. On the video front, 4k at 30 fps, Hi-Def at 30, 60 and 120 fps. Pixel owners receive free unlimited storage for original quality photos and videos at full resolution in Google Photos so maybe the 32 or 128 GB of on board memory is not as limiting as first thought? You better have a large data plan however. The Pixel lineup With Google's acquisition and subsequent sale of Motorola Mobility, I guess they were not ready to offer the complete design and implementation of both the OS and their own smartphones. Beyond that sideshow, maybe this is the one smartphone that leaves the Nexus products in the rear view as an experiment and finally says we are here and are ready to take on the world. The 5" Pixel can be picked up for $649 and $749 with 32 and 128 GB of onboard storage while the larger 5.5" Pixel XL can be picked up for $769 and $869 with 32 and 128 GB onboard. Remember that few pay retail for a device that will cost half as much in as little as a year and neither should you. With a few intro giveaways however, this one makes a lot of sense for those that live on the road. Or anywhere else for that matter!