Mobile Review: A Closer Look at Google Pixel

By Raymond Valledor, Posted: 10/19/16 05:30AM EDT

Google is gearing up to take on the toughest smartphones in the industry by introducing the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones and it seems that they have a great shot at taking the throne away from their competitors.

Google has just released the Pixel and Pixel XL and though they've been in the smartphone industry for quite a while now, this is the first time they released a phone based solely on their own design.

The Verge wrote a lengthy review about the Pixel smartphone and the Pixel XL. Based on their report, Google's phone looks a lot like the iPhone. The Pixel smartphone has a 5-inch screen while the XL has 5.5-inch screen but both phones slightly resemble the iPhone.

Although that's the only similarity the Pixel phones have with Apple's iPhone. According to The Verge, the posterior of the Pixel has a different design in which the top portion of it is made of glass instead of metal.

Another design of Pixel that makes it different from others is the placement of the fingerprint sensor. For Pixel, it is located at the back and with this, some users might find it tedious to have to access their Pixel by flipping it over, if it's laid on its back.

But the Pixel is quite easy to activate. Just by placing one finger on the screen the Pixel immediately turns on and if the user adjusts its settings he/she can access the notification shade quickly by swiping the screen down.

As for the speakers, the Pixel only has one and it's located at the bottom. Although the Pixel is loud enough that anyone can listen to their music or speak to someone without having to strain to hear the sound emanating from that singular speaker.

As for the processor, the Pixel is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and it has a 4GB of RAM. According to The Verge it's one of the fastest android phones they're tried so far. They said that when they tested the Pixel it was faster than the Samsung Galaxy S7 but its battery can last longer.

But the real takeaway from Google's Pixel is its camera and according to CNet, this smartphone is a lot better at taking pictures than the iPhone 7 Plus, which says a lot. So all in all, the Pixel smartphone is currently the best android phone and it even upstages the iPhone 7 in some aspects.

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