Google Pixel

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86

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Pixel and Pixel XL review: Google designs its own phones

Summary

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.

from $674.51+
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Fantastic camera
  • Smooth performance
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Yawn-inducing design
  • Less water-resistant than rivals
Pixel and Pixel XL review: Google designs its own phones

Google's fascination with hardware stretches back years. Remember the early days of Android and the G1? The rise of the Nexus line? Those ill-fated Android@Home lightbulbs and those beautiful Chromebooks? It took Google a while, but that fascination turned into a sort of experimental hobby, and now into something far more serious. Software is Google's art, and the company has been working for a long time to craft the right canvases.

That's where the new Pixel and Pixel XL come in.

Google has more control over the development -- and destiny -- of these two smartphones than it ever had with any Nexus phone. It's not surprising, then, that the company has turned to close friends to help chart this new course. Former Motorola Mobility CEO Rick Osterloh is back at Google heading up hardware after the search giant sold his company to Lenovo. HTC, which most recently worked with Google on the Nexus 9 tablet, is handling the Pixel phones' production and assembly. There's a palpable sense that Google wanted to round up its A-team for this project.

It shows. These Pixel phones are a culmination on Google's part of years' worth of experimenting with hardware, and they're unsurprisingly great.

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Scores

Engadget

86
 

Breakdown

Display
9.3
Battery life
8.0
Camera
9.4
Ease of use
7.8
Design and form factor
8.2
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Specs

Pixel

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 GB
Screen size
5 inches
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Specs

Pixel

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 GB
Screen size
5 inches
View Full Specs
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