Gadget review: Google pixel

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As evident from the launch event in San Francisco on Tuesday, Google is positioning the Pixel smartphones against Apple’s iPhone, at the premium end of the segment, though some believe the phones may end up hurting the likes of Samsung instead.

 

Design

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The physical similarities to the iPhone are evident at first glance, but like most Android phones the screen-to-body ratio of the Pixel XL, for example, is much better than the iPhone 7 Plus, making the former – and indeed most Android phones – a much more manageable overall size, despite sporting the same display size.The phone comes with a 5.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 441 pixels per inch.

 

Hardware 

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One of the big selling points of the Pixel is definitely the 12.3MP camera. The Google Pixel is powered by 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage cannot be expanded.

 

The Google Pixel runs Android 7.1 and is powered by a 2770mAh non-removable battery. It measures 143.80 x 69.50 x 8.60 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 143.00 grams.

 

The Google Pixel is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope.

 

Google Assistant and Android

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This is the first phone with Google Assistant, the AI software that the company has spent a lot of time developing. You hold down the home button to activate it (or just say “OK Google”) and it is supposed to intelligently answer all sorts of questions, such as those about nearby restaurants, upcoming films, your calendar, information from Wikipedia, and so on.

 

You won’t have a rough transition between liking Nexus phones and enjoying the Google Pixel XL. It’s still the best way to enjoy the latest version of Android.

 

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