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An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

After years of experimenting with Nexus devices, Google finally decided it wanted to make a phone of its own. HTC might be assembling the phones, but Google designed and developed the Pixel from end-to-end. In doing so, it crafted a truly great smartphone that sadly looks a little dull. Still, the inclusion of a speedy new Snapdragon 821 chipset and a fantastic camera make the smaller Pixel a device to be reckoned with. Now, if only it were a little cheaper.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Fantastic camera
  • Smooth performance
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Yawn-inducing design
  • Less water-resistant than rivals
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Display

93
 

Battery life

80
 

Camera

94
 

Ease of use

78
 

Design and form factor

82
 

Portability (size / weight)

84
 

Media support

80
 

Durability

57
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

90
 

How It Stacks Up

88

Engadget

88
 

Critic

81
 

User

93
 
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