Meet the Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, Oct 29, 2016.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] $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!
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  2. ALS

    ALS Super Moderator Staff Member

    Hi Wayne,
    When I got my Nexus 5X 32gig from Google it was $249, 16 gig was $199.

    At the time Best buy was selling the same 5X 32 gig phone for $399.

    Right now Best Buy has the Nexus 5X unlocked on sale for $332 as a clearance price.

    Comparison specs on the Pixel, 6P and 5X phones from Google.

    Remember under Google's data plans they credit your next bill on any unused data.

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  3. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Review on Gsmarena looks pretty good. However pricing is certainly an issue given it misses a few features compared to competitors and not prettiest design. Lack of microSD slot e.g.
    I'd wait for Galaxy S8 coming in February. Or there are some excellent phones in the $300 range currently...
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  4. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Google sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo a couple years ago, this phone is built by HTC. This phone is a little too expensive for my budget, I prefer the pricing they had on phones like the Nexus 5X.
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  5. thunderstruck

    thunderstruck Super Moderator

    Way overpriced for what it offers. Huge bezels. Needs a card slot. I'm not suggesting storing system apps on SD, but these monster size games and music could be. Root has been achieved, but for how long? I'll stick with my Nexus 6, which works on all carriers.
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    This is just one reason why you buy a smartphone with a good camera in it. The LG G4, G5, V10 and now V20 qualify. The Galaxy S6 and S7s, iPhone 7, Sony Xperia X, and HTC 10 do also. The brand new Pixel apears to qualify as well.

    Regarding pricing, I picked up this LG G4 for just $189 on swappa a few months back.

    While in San Francisco area this weekend, I came across this business' display. I am a sucker for throwback Neon signs.

    It was drizzling so the setup is lacking and it was a one shot wonder from my LG G4. I am going to have to go back and shoot this with the a6300 and a fast 30 mm prime lens someday.

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    This beautiful Neon marquee belongs to what has been described as one of the best steakhouse in the San Francisco area. The Broadway Grille in Burlingame, Calif. is its location. According to their website, it was a former bank turned into a restaurant with live #jazz and menu cooked on a wood fired grille. I might even need to stop in and sample their steaks too! :)

  7. Emilee Read

    Emilee Read Active Member

    It's too expensive. There are other cheaper but still good smartphones in the market.
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  8. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Certainly lot has changed already since Oct.: XZs/G6/S8/U11 (all with expandable sd slot).

    G6 super wide angle is pretty great for interior shots (around 12mm). Price is down to under $500 at T-Mobile /Verizon (I hope unlocked version will soon go to that price level and more regular updates). S8 2 for 1 deal at T-Mobile is good too.
  9. thunderstruck

    thunderstruck Super Moderator

    S8 has locked bootloader. That's just not acceptable for me. If it can't be rooted, I'm not interested.
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  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Thunderstruck:

    Just purchased an S8 and S8+ on a BOGO free deal.

    Likes: Great screen, nice camera, ton of adjustments, and it is fast.
    Dislikes: Cost, screwy form factor. Not wider than the LG G3/G4/V10/V20/6 but a lot taller.


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