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66.7%
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No stereo speakers just a single downward-firing mono speaker

"The Google Pixel phone doesn't have stereo speakers, it features a single downward-firing speaker, which means mono sound only. This is quite.."

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Camera

76.7% user satisfaction score (30 votes)
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The Google Pixel has an amazing camera. I've spent quite a lot of time inspecting and analyzing some Pixel XL sample images on dpreview.com. The camera certainly has its cons and pros. For example, I zoomed in 100% on some ISO 50 sample images, and I've noticed that there are some artifacts which...

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Google Pixel camera has shown some excellent results in low-light sample image comparison tests and I was interested to see how the Pixel phone stands out against the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge in terms of low-light performance. One of the first tests that I've seen was done by androidcentral.com and...

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Google Pixel uses the new 12MP 1/2.3-inch Sony IMX378 sensor fo its rear camera. This is the same sensor size that was found in a typical digital camera. It's a different sensor than the IMX377 that was used in the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. This sensor utilizes Sony's Stacked BSI CMOS sensor...

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Google Pixel also features the "Lens Blur" feature. This feature was introduced back in 2014 and works the same way on the Google Pixel as well. It's best used when shooting close-ups within 5 feet. Once the process has finished, you get an image with the subject in the photo looking sharp, while...

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Google Pixel main (rear) camera uses an approximately 28mm (35mm equivalent) focal length lens. The lens as the same field of view than the wide-angle lens of the iPhone 7 Plus (remember the iPhone 7 Plus has two lenses, the second one has 56mm equivalent focal length). It's still has a wider FOV...

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The Google Pixel phone features a very sharp lens. The lens optics serves an important role in determining the image sharpness and among of details the lens can resolve for a given sensor resolution. Some phones employ more aggressive sharpening in post processing to give the make it look sharper,...

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Google Pixel can record videos at up to 4K resolution. On the Pixel User Community, Isaac Reynolds who is on the Google camera product team mentioned that the Google Pixel will have an Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) when recording video clips at 4K resolution. Just in comparison, the Nexus 6P...

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The Google Pixel back camera features a large 1/2.3-inch (6.17 x 4.55 mm) camera image sensor, which is relatively large by mobile phone camera standards. The camera has 12MP and because of the relatively large sensor, each pixel size is measured in 1.55-micron pixels. The Google Pixel sensor size...

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The Google Pixel camera can produce images with impressive dynamic range. We all know about the HDR+ feature, but until I saw some real sample images, I just wasn't sure that it would work as many photographers want it to work. Isaac Reynolds posted his own series of sample photos taken with the...

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Google Pixel features an advanced autofocus system that utilizes two of the leading AF technologies: Phase detection autofocus, alongside laser detection autofocus. We've first seen the Laser Autofocus system on the LG G3 device, and then on the LG G4, LG G5, Sony Xperia XZ, OnePlus 2 and others....

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Google Pixel features an F2.0 aperture lens, which is slower than some other high-end phones. For example, the LG G4 and new the iPhone 7 have a f/1.8 lens. This is a third of a stop difference in favor of the F1.8 lens or 0.304 stops to be very precise. In other words, the iPhone 7 lens of its...

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4K video recording

The Google Pixel phone can capture videos up to 4K resolution at 30fps.

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Google Pixel phones come with software features called HDR+. HDR+ plus was designed to improve the results you get from shooting photos. What HDR Plus does it takes short multiple exposures and combines each pixel and intelligently analyzes all of the images taken at different exposures, to help...

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Google Pixel camera features a video stabilization feature that according to Google, it uses 200 readings a second sampling from its gyroscope and also compensating parts of the image to reduce Jello effect.Google has shown a video that demonstrates how well the video stabilization works to...

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The new Google Pixel smartphone features the best digital camera on the market. It has the highest rating for a smartphone with a DxOMark rating of 89, better than any other smartphone tested to date. Actually, this rating camera to me as a surprise because it wasn't there (obviously) before the...

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Google Pixel phones suffer from lens flare issue. This issue was reported by many reviewers who tested the camera, including DxOMark. The camera produces a halo effect when you shoot at a specific angle. This glaring issue brought up after some people noticed that there are not the only ones who...

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Google Pixel camera seems to have inconsistent white balance issues when shooting in artificial lighting conditions. Many of the images that I've seen taken indoors in artificial light turned out too warm with strong yellow cast color. The overall rendering tends to be warmer on the Google Pixel...

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The Google Pixel lacks a flash for the front camera. There are many phones that feature a front-facing LED flash which some say that is a must have when taking selfie shots because it makes your face stand out when shooting in very dark areas. The Huawei Honor 7, Sony Xperia XA Ultra, Motorola Mot X...

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Google Pixel features an F2.0 aperture lens, which is slower compared to what the competition offers. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge feature a f/1.7 aperture and the LG G5 and iPhone 7 come with a f/1.8 aperture. f/2.0 aperture is not slow by any means, but as more high-end...

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The Google Pixel phone lacks an optical image stabilization (OIS). It only features a digital image stabilization which is very useful when recording videos. Most of the premium smartphones on the market and the Google Pixel direct competitors, like the Samsung Galaxy S7, iPhone 7 Plus, LG G5 - all...

Performance & Hardware
100% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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The Google Pixel phone is the first to take use of the Qualcomm 821 chipset. This processor is 10% faster than the 820. It features Qualcomm's cutting-edge technologies. It was designed to support the current high-demanding apps, supports better connectivity and of course bumps up the graphics and...

Cons

Display

50% user satisfaction score (2 votes)
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Google Pixel viewing angles are among the best I've seen on any Android smartphone. I've heard that some people mentioning some green or purple tint when viewing at around 45 degree angle, but this is probably a defective display. I've read that some people say that this is an issue with some AMOLED...

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Screen is dim in outdoor sunlight

The Google Pixel display is quite dim in outdoor sunlight, which makes is sometimes harder to see what's on the screen.

Design

33.3% user satisfaction score (9 votes)
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Some people took the Google Pixel through some extensive durability tests, nothing official of course, but just testing it against scratches, fire, bending and see how it holds up. JerryRigEverything thoroughly tested the phone and found that the earpiece mesh is made of some type of a cloth, not...

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The Google Pixel comes with a premium build quality as expected from a premium smartphone at with a high price tag. Google Pixel is crafted from an aluminum unibody frame with glass panels of both sides of the device. This aluminum and glass design give the phone its classic and prestige look. It...

Cons
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The "glass shade" covering the top third part of the Google Pixel phone on its back easily catches up fingerprints. Quite ironic because this is exactly where the fingerprint sensor is, but I would have preferred a matte finish in which fingerprints aren't visible. Google added this top part to...

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Google Pixel comes is being offered in only three color variations – “Quite Black”, “Very Silver and “Really Blue”. This is a very limited range of colors, and the limited-edition 'Really Blue' will temporarily be a US exclusive. I am wondering why a color of a phone has to be exclusive to a...

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I personally found the Google Pixel phone design to be uninspiring. To be honest, most of the phones today carry somewhat the same rectangular flat design (all copied from the original iPhone). The google Pixel has a glass-aluminum body with a glass that covers the top part of the back of the...

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The Google Pixel isn't waterproof, but from what I've read on various websites, Google has confirmed both Pixel phones have IP53 rating, the same as the HTC 10. The number 3 means that the devices is protected against spraying water (not splashing water and obviously no immersion). The number 5...

Audio

25% user satisfaction score (4 votes)
Pros
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Google Pixel phones feature the Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec. This codec was developed to produce richersound and high-dynamic range and high-resolution playback up demanded by sophisticated listeners, and everyone who actually wants a phone that can deliver a high-quality listening experience. This...

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[has an unofficial fix] According to a report posted on androidheadlines.com, the Pixel and the Pixel XL has an audio hardware issue which was also confirmed by Google so it seems. There are some static distortions at high volume. This issue was first reported by Mark Buckman and this issue affected...

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The Google Pixel phone doesn't have stereo speakers, it features a single downward-firing speaker, which means mono sound only. This is quite unfortunate considering that many of the high-end smartphones come with some impressive stereo speakers setup. A stereo speaker allows better sound...

Software/Apps

100% user satisfaction score (8 votes)
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I think that in many times, the phone's hardware can distract people from giving more emphasize on the innovative software of features that exists in the device, and I think this is especially true when it comes to Google Pixel. If you compared the Google Pixel phone to other high-end devices, you...

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Verizon variant

Before Verizon released a statement about updates for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, people assume that those Verizon variant Pixel and Pixel XL phone will receive updates after tested and approved by Verizon. However, Verizon and it's also confirmed by Google said that people who bought those...

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One of the main benefits of owning the Google Pixel is because of the way the device handles OTA updates. The main problem with Android was fragmentation of its operating system. Many phone manufacturers applied updates way after they have been officially released by Google, some of them even block...

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Android 7.1 Operating System

Google Pixel phone comes with Google's latest Android 7.1 OS.

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Google Assistant is an AI software that is built into the core of the Google Pixel smartphone. One of the reasons that Google have decided to build its own phones is to have full control over the hardware components and to be able to optimize the software to the hardware and support its advanced...

Cons
Connectivity
100% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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Republic Wireless and Google's Project Fi both support the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. These are two Wi-Fi hybrid networks, that offer a cheaper alternative to consumer's phone plans. These services will seamlessly shift a user's phone service between cellular and Wi-Fi when needed. So...

Cons

Usability

100% user satisfaction score (4 votes)
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Google makes it easier to switch from your previous iPhone device or Android device to the new Pixel phone. There are many people how don't switch brands because switching between phones with different operating system, even with the same operating system is very inconvenient. Many people think...

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Google Pixel features 24/7 live customer care service built right into the phone. This allows you to easily contact Google support for the phone either by phone or by chat and the support team is available to help you out all day in every day of the week. You can use the customer care app to also...

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Google made it easier to transfer your important data from your previous iPhone or Android device to your new Google Pixel phone. This feature is part of the phone setup process, and in the official website is files under a tab called Switch. In just three steps, all your important data will be...

Cons

Battery

75% user satisfaction score (4 votes)
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Google Pixel greatly improved on battery life compared to previous Google Nexus phone. Google Pixel comes with a non-removable 2,770 mAh battery, while the Pixel XL comes with a 3,450 mAh battery. The Pixel has only 2.6% higher cell charge than the 5X, but it tops it with 8.6% better standby time,...

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Google Pixel and Pixel XL use USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) to charge the battery. You can get up to 7 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging the phone. The battery use obviously varies based on how you use your device, but Google tested it using the included USB Type-C...

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The Google Pixel lacks wireless charging. Some people might not use it if it existed, but I found wireless charging to be very comfortable and handy feature to have on a mobile phone. There are some alternatives like the one shown in the video below. It's an accessory that attached to the microUSB...

Other

40% user satisfaction score (10 votes)
Pros
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Consumers who pre-order Google Pixel from Google Store will receive a promo code that will allow them to get Daydream View VR headset without an additional cost, totally free. I did spend a bit to read the short terms and according to the pre-order terms and conditions, the offer in the United...

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Any person who buys either Google Pixel or Pixel XL gets a free and unlimited storage for storing his full resolution photos and videos. This also includes 4K videos that the Pixel phone can capture. You can say goodbye to all these "Storage Full" popups that you get on other phones (**cough**,...

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Google Pixel is a Google Daydream-ready phone. This phone was designed from the ground up to support Google's VR platform, Daydream. Google Pixel will, therefore, work with Daydream View, which is the first Daydream ready VR headset made by Google. There will be more mobile devices and more...

Cons
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This is more of a concern than an actual disadvantage, but I have a concern regarding Google Pixel is nothing related to the hardware, but I have some high degree of uncertainty about Google's long-term commitment to releasing future Google Pixel phones to follow the first iteration devices. Google...

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In my opinion and I'm sure that many of you will agree, that Google had quite a rough time in the mobile hardware business. It Motorola Moto X (which is actually the first Google phone but one that made by its subsidiary, the mobile division of Motorola) just didn't stick and even it's big ambitious...

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Google Pixel phones carry a high entry price. Google certainly has a potential to compete against Apple with its own branded phone. In order to do so, it has to come up with a phone that, like Apple, both the software and the hardware is controlled by the company. Until now, Google partnered with...

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I was really disappointed to hear that the Google Pixel doesn't have a micro SD memory card slot. Today people are shooting more and more image, recording more videos and installing a lot of apps and games. Google Pixel comes in either 32GB or 128GB internal storage capacities. The 128GB version...