Google Pixel XL | Review
Google has long been on the scene, trying to spread the Android by holding back on the mobile device for a long time. Google Pixel XL, with Google sign in every detail, is remarkable with its features.
Android, which first appeared in 2009, has appeared on numerous brand smartphones to date. Android, which has come to life with a different interface in each model, began to show its true potential with Nexus One in 2010. Nexus devices, which offered pure Android experience, have come to life in different companies each year. Nexus series devices were always one step ahead of other phones with updates. However, the technology giant was not able to have a word on those devices because it was not exactly Google’s phone, no matter what. This was precisely how Google could compete with iOS. It has been said for many years that Google will develop its own phone, but these claims do not come to an end. Finally, Google made the expected breakthrough and drove to the first phone market with its own finger in every field. Google Pixel needs to accept a milestone for the technology giant to move competition to a new dimension. Does Google Pixel meet expectations, the most important step in Google’s smartphone field? That’s the question that needs to be asked.
Before the touchscreen phones were shipped to the market, the phones were separated by sharp lines from each other in design. But after touchscreen phones were put on the market, it became much more difficult to differentiate in a design sense. Even the slightest similarity between the devices is enough to attach to the clipper’s wrist. This is why it is so difficult to differentiate. Although Google Pixel does not make much effort to differentiate, there are details that distinguish it from other devices. When we look at the front, it’s difficult to find a distinctive detail in Pixel’s design. With a 5.5-inch QHD screen, Pixel’s front side is left blank. It’s surprising that Google moved the menu keys to the bottom of the screen virtually, leaving this place blank. The volume buttons and the power button are on the right side.
The uneven surface is used to distinguish the power button from the volume keys. However, we would prefer to have the sound and the power keys on different sides.
When we get to the rear, Pixel’s unique design meets us. The back of the device is divided into two parts, bright and matte. At the top is a fingerprint reader and camera. The matte bottom does not have anything except antenna stripes and the Google Pixel logo. The shiny structure of the top makes it easy to scratch. The fact that the phone is thick makes it possible to put the camera within the body, without sticking out like in most of the phones. Though the thickness is a minus, we can say a positive detail for those who do not like camera bump. The charger is on the bottom and the headphone jack is on the top.
Located on the bottom part, the volume and the quality are sufficient. But it must be said that there are some distortions in the upper level sounds.
Google Pixel XL does a good job in terms of presentation and material quality. The box design also gives a premium feel when at least as successful as the device itself is. The dull part can be shifted due to its structure. It leaves a fingerprint on the bright spot. If such things are bothering you, it’s a good idea to use a sheath.
Android’s purest and strongest form
The phones that were put on the market this year have entered a competing position in terms of performance. Google Pixel XL is not far behind the competition with its powerful features. The phone, powered by the Snapdragon 821 processor, is thus leaves many flagships behind. When combined with powerful hardware, a pure Android interface, it’s a pretty fluid experience. While navigating between menus, or opening applications are not overwhelmed by animations, actions take place very quickly. The games also perform well in anticipation. we have witnessed the games played smoothly in the tests we did in Asphalt 8 and FIFA Mobile. Of course, the processor occasionally overheats when it is overloaded, but it is noted that these overheats do not reach disturbing dimensions. In the AnTuTu test we did, we reached 134.808, while in Geekbench we reached 1.547 in single core and 4.100 in multi core.
With this score, Google Pixel XL, who has not been in front of the excitement of galaxy s7, is not giving any question in the mind about performance.
The fingerprint reader on the back of the device performs well. The sensor works very fast, and it works great in a big way. Just reading the fingerprint without having to press any key is enough to turn on the device. In addition, the fingerprint reader scrolls down to quickly access the notification panel.
The Google Pixel XL’s screen, which emphasizes ease-of-use, opens when the device is lifted up. It is also possible to access the lock screen again when the screen is touched twice. In the camera application, the phone can be switched to selfie mode by moving to the left side twice.
These details do not seem important but they are important to increase the ease of use.
The most important part of the device is Google Assistant. You can quickly access Google and Google Assistant by scrolling left on the home screen. One of the features highlighted in the Android 7.1 interface where the Application Menu portion is located in the bottom part of the drawer is the use of a similar of the 3D Touch. When a particular application is pressed on its icon, a small menu opens and some features can be accessed quickly. The actions in this menu can be attached to the main menu if desired and are always easily accessible.
With a resolution of 13 megapixels, the camera comes on the back can shoot successful photos under proper light conditions. However, in some cases, sufficient color accuracy is not achieved. But overall, the quality of the photo is satisfactory. Especially in the photos, we see that the details are not lost much. It is certainly not possible to say that the best camera in the world takes place in the device, but it still meets the expectations in terms of video capture. We can say that there are much better competitors in terms of color accuracy and image quality. The 8 megapixel front camera allows you to capture successful frames that meet the expectations of the selfie enthusiasts.
The device with USB-C input provides fast charging support. The phone, which claims to provide 7 hours use after 15-minute charge, can reach to 50 percent in a half-hour. Highly efficient processor and the new version of Android’s power-saving capabilities combined, Google Pixel XL easily completes a day. The effect is great when the display is not fully turned on at the first stage and you are noticing a black probe and clock.
As a result, when we look at Pixel XL, it’s the beginning of a new era for Google. The Pixel XL is not perfect, of course, but it does manage to get ahead of the competition, especially with the advantage of updates and high performance. If the Pixel series phones come with a more eye-catching design and close to a few other deficiencies, we can see major changes in the smartphone market. If the high price of a device is not a problem for you and you want to experience the best of Android experience, you do not need to look at another device other than the Google Pixel XL.
- Android 7.1
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
- 4 GB RAM
- 32/128 GB memory
- 5.5 inch
- 2560 × 1440 pixels (534 ppi)
- 12.3 MP ( f/2.0 ) rear camera with dual LED flash
- 8 MP ( f/2.4 ) front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.2, Type C, NFC
- 3.450 mAh
- 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.5 mm
- 168 grams
- $ 649
Why / Why Not?
Why: High performance, long battery life, great display, the most up-to-date and pure Android experience
Why not: Design could have been better, higher pricing than Nexus series, not water resistant