The Google Pixels, the first smartphones to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chip set ! which is incremental upgrade of Snapdragon 820, runs at higher efficiency & remains cool 🙂 resulting into prolonged battery time. Obviously Google has mingled 821 hardware into Android 7.1 taking full advantage of its capabilities like Google Assistant, quick 3D touch, App drawer giving you real feel of speed and perfection at its own.
Also real fun begins when you look at the Camera output ! With phase detection & laser auto focus the camera operates at super speed producing extraordinary images using Google’s superlative image processing. Aided by the relatively large 1.55µm pixel size it can shoot in pretty low light scenarios. In fact is supersedes performance of well know iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7 Edge in terms of true colors & capturing details. And if you have time to spend on Google’s HDR+, you can produce professional quality images, may be use of tripod gives you extra bit.
Over time, Google has graduated from its Nexus series with some premium in price to Pixel, but for sure people will keep comparing with iPhone 7 every second. Where the looks and finish of iPhone 7 supersedes the Pixel ordinary looks (compared to iPhone) I am not so sure at this point of time how much it will fight with iPhone 7 and the One Plus Three.
What’s so different in Google Pixel & Pixel XL ?
Bottom half of the back is made from a metal body & the top half from glass, which is said to maximize the antenna performance ! Also catering to the fingerprint sensor and the camera.
- Battery Life
With bigger battery, Google Pixel XL can last as long as 32 hours of talk time, compared to the Google Pixel’s 26 hours.
- Quick charging
It needs USB Type-C connector facilitating 0-30% charge [@7 hours of use] in @15 minutes, super quick charging !
- Low-light shots
Aided by the relatively large 1.55 µm pixel size delivers super low light performance.
- Google Assistant integration
Needless to say, no one but only Google can integrate best with Google’s own digital assistant, which is said to be superior than Siri ! Creating a Voice Conversation between you and Google
- Night Light
Changes the colors shown on the screen to show less blue light
- Daydream compatibility
Turns your phone into a virtual reality device, XL scores more with higher pixel density and larger screen size
- Unlocked ?
Both are sold unlocked on famous online stores as well as google stores
- Lacuna compared to iPhone !
It lacks Wireless charging and Water resistance where Apple and Samsung’s flagships score more.
Google Pixel Vs Pixel XL Compare & Review
Google Pixel XL
|Operating System||Android 7.1 Nougat with Google UI|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|
|Display||5-inch AMOLED||5.5-inch AMOLED|
|Resolution||1,080 x 1,920 pixels|
|1,440 x 2,560 pixels|
|Rear Camera||12MP f/2.0|
|Video||2,160p at 30fps|
|Battery||2,770 mAh non-removable||3,450 mAh non-removable|
|GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE|
|Bluetooth||Yes, version 4.2|
|Other sensors||Accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer|
|Storage||32 GB/128 GB|
|MicroSD card slot||No|
|Water resistant IP rating||IP53 – Pixel or Pixel XL are not waterproof, it can protect you from rain shower or splashes only.|
Protected from water spray less than 60 degrees from vertical.
+ Protected from limited dust ingress.
|Colors||Quite Black, Very Silver, Really Blue|
|Size||5.6 x 2.7 x 0.2-0.3-inches|
(143.8 x 69.5 x 7.3-8.5 mm)
|6.0 x 2.9 x 0.2-0.34-inches|
(154.7 x 75.7 x 7.3-8.5 mm)
|Weight||143g (5.0 oz)||168g (5.93oz)|
|Deals, Discount & Offer Price||Best Buy in USA||Best Buy in USA|
Looking at the technical comparison and actual performance, Pixel and Pixel XL does not differ much apart from its screen size, battery, may be the Pixel XL scores bit more marks with resolution along with screen size supported by better Battery life 🙂
Hope this helps !