Is the Pixel an iPhone killer?
Google just released its first flagship smartphone: the Pixel. It is the first time Google has designed all aspects of a phone: software, hardware and the cloud ecosystem. The Pixel comes in two sizes: a 5-inch model and the Pixel XL, which comes in 5.5 inches. The overall design of the phone is quite simple and oddly similar to that of an iPhone. With competitive pricing starting at $649 and going up to $869, Google is finally taking on Apple directly with the Pixel.
Unlike the iPhone, the Pixel is not waterproof. However, it has kept the traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack. The Pixel is also really fast. It has a Snapdragon 821 processor and has 4GB of RAM. It also offers two storage options: 32G or 128 GB. The Pixel uses a USB-C jack and has great battery life that beats the iPhone 7 by about two hours. The Pixel also has an OLED screen, which has boasts a richness of color never before seen. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back and a two-tone/two-texture back design. It comes in three different colors, which are (perhaps mockingly) named: quite black, very blue and really silver.
Since this is a smartphone truly made by Google, it comes with the new Google assistant, which is incredibly smart. It can remember what you are talking about and recognize what is on your screen when you ask about it. The Pixel also has a new launcher and round icons that differ from previous Android phones. Google is also claiming that the Pixel has the best camera on the market. The camera received a DxOMark Mobile score of 89, which is the highest of any smartphone that has ever come out. It has a 12-megapixel shooter on the back, face-detecting autofocus, and is great in low light. The camera is also really fast and has virtually no lag. The best thing about the Pixel’s photo and video abilities is that it stores everything you shoot on the cloud at full resolution for free.
The Pixel is also the first smartphone to work with Daydream VR and integrates itself seamlessly with all of Google’s other new hardware products. With the chaos surrounding Samsung’s exploding Note 7, Google’s Pixel is standing out as the best Android phone currently on the market. Not only that but it is also the first phone that has the ability to compete head-on with the iPhone. This competition will be incredibly exciting in the world of smartphones in the next few years as the big competitors will be forced to innovate with more pressure than ever before.