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Google Pixel Review

Google Pixel



2016, October
Available. Released 2016, October

143.8 x 69.5 x 8.5 mm (5.66 x 2.74 x 0.33 in)
143 g (5.04 oz)

- Splash and dust resistant

AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
5.0 inches (~69.0% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Android OS, v7.1 (Nougat)
Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821
Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo)
Adreno 530

32/128 GB, 4 GB RAM

12.3 MP, f/2.0, EIS (gyro), phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
1/2.3" sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps
8 MP, f/2.4, 1/3.2" sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, 1080p

Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
v4.2, A2DP, LE
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
v3.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM

- Fast battery charging
- MP4/H.264 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
- Photo/video editor
- Document editor


Non-removable Li-Ion 2770 mAh battery
Up to 456 h (3G)
Up to 26 h (3G)
Up to 110 h

Quite Black, Very Silver, Really Blue
0.92 W/kg (head)     0.58 W/kg (body)    
0.33 W/kg (head)     0.61 W/kg (body)    



As you’d expect from a premium phone, the Pixel is made from metal and glass. What’s not obvious is that the case tapers from top to bottom: it’s thicker at the top. This does avoid a camera bump, though and until someone pointed it out, we hadn’t noticed.

The front is featureless aside from the front camera and earpiece, which also houses a stealthy notification LED. The top and bottom bezels are thick like an iPhone, but it’s a shame Google didn’t put a second speaker in the bottom bezel for front-firing stereo sound. In fact, there’s only a mono speaker in the bottom edge.

Positioned in the centre is a USB-C port – that’s USB 3 rather than USB 2 as found on a lot of phones - and there’s a headphone jack off-centre in the top edge. Power and volume keys are on the right – as per usual – and a single nano-SIM tray hides in the left-hand edge. There’s no dual-SIM option and no microSD expansion.

On the back is the opinion-dividing glass panel which is a contrasting colour to the rest of the phone (no matter whether you choose Quite Black, Very Silver or - exclusive to the US - Really Blue). It surrounds the fingerprint scanner, camera, LED flash and microphone.
The 5in screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 4 and is an AMOLED panel. It’s half an inch smaller than the Pixel XL’s and has a resolution of 1920x1080, which gives a density of 441ppi. That’s fine for most people and it has great colours, contrast and viewing angles. It also looks perfectly sharp from normal viewing distances.

However, full HD isn’t so great when you look at it close up, such as when using a Google Daydream headset. The Pixel is one of just a handful of phones including the Moto Z which are Daydream ready, and it’s one reason to choose it over its Daydream-incompatible rivals. But the Pixel XL’s 534ppi display is a good reason to opt for the bigger phone if you’re planning to get a Daydream View

The Pixel does not disappoint with its specs. There’s the Snapdragon 821 (a tweaked version of the 820 that’s around 10 percent quicker), 4GB of RAM, Cat 12 LTE (up to 600Mb/s downloads when networks eventually support it), 802.11ac with 2x2 MIMO, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth 4.2. Cameras (see below) are top notch, too. Storage is either 32GB or 128GB, and it’s not expandable which is disappointing.

The battery – of course – isn’t removable, but there’s quick charge support using the USB-C specification rather than Qualcomm’s technology. You get a quick-charge mains charger in the box as well as USB-C to USB-C, plus USB-C to USB-A cables. In practice, we found the Pixel would charge rapidly even when connected to our in-wall-socket USB port, which was nice.
You can expect it to last a full day of normal use, and a couple of days of really light use. But when used as our main phone, we found there wasn’t enough juice to leave it overnight and make it into work the next morning, so a nightly charge is likely.

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