Edition: United States  
One News Page
“Probably the fastest-access news portal in the world”
> >

Pixel Phone Reviews: A 'Truly Great Camera' and a 'Home Run' for Google

MacRumours.com Wednesday, 19 October 2016 ()
The first round of reviews of Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones appeared online this morning. Most sites have come away with largely positive impressions of the devices, hailing in particular the Pixel's camera performance compared to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

The Verge called the Pixel a "home run" for Google, noting that while it looks like an iPhone from afar, "there are a lot of differences" in design details, such as the glass shade on the upper third of the back of the phone where the fingerprint ID sits, the "subtle wedge shape" of the handset, and the lack of a camera bump.

Camera performance was a standout feature, said The Verge, which claimed it "bested the iPhone in picking up detail". In terms of speed, both Pixels were rated as "fast – noticeably faster than Samsung's Galaxy S7. On performance alone, these are easily the best Android phones you can buy". Google's failure to make the Pixel range waterproof though was considered "dumb and annoying".This is Google's first phone, and for a first effort it is remarkably good. By almost every metric I can think of — speed, power, camera, smart assistant, you name it — it matches or exceeds the best phones available on the market today.

TechCrunch said Google had delivered a "terrific photo and video experience" on the Pixel, noting that its video stabilization works "astonishingly well". Testing the Pixel camera side-by-side with the iPhone 7 Plus, the latter was considered to deliver more accurate colors outdoors, but overall picture quality was said to be "so close that it's impossible to call, except by personal preference".

Wired said the Pixel's built-in AI was "the best voice assistant yet", while overall the device "has a look and competence of an iPhone, with a truly great camera and loads of innovative software and services".The immediate joke everyone, including me, made on Twitter after the Pixel launch was that Google made an iPhone. Well, that's true. As it turns out, an iPhone running Android is exactly what I've been waiting for.

CNET performed a direct comparison of the iPhone 7 and Pixel's camera capabilities, and came away with the impression that the Pixel achieved brighter colors, sharper detail in backgrounds of photos and on-par low-light photography.

In contrast to the general consensus, The New York Times was less flattering in its overall estimation of Google's phone, calling the Pixel "mediocre". Photos shot with the camera "don't look as good as the iPhone's", while Google's built-in AI personal assistant was said to be "fairly dumb".

For those interested, Pixel is available in 32GB and 128GB options as a Verizon exclusive in the United States, but is also available unlocked for $649 on the Google Store. Each phone comes in "Very Silver," "Quite Black," and "Really Blue" colorways.Tag: Google Pixel

Discuss this article in our forums
Share on
Share on
Post on 
Share by
Source: Techno Buffalo - < > Embed

News video: Google Pixel: The New Smartphone Camera King

Google Pixel: The New Smartphone Camera King 02:37

TechnoBuffalo's Ron Parida takes a look at the Google Pixel's camera and shares his thoughts on the experience and quality. What do you...

Recent related news

How Google embarrassed Apple (GOOG, AAPL)

How Google embarrassed Apple (GOOG, AAPL)
This week didn't look good for Apple. Google's new Pixel phone launched to positive reviews, largely because of the phone's new digital helper called Google...
Business Insider - Technology

Google Pixel phone: Not much new, but still a standout

The new Google-branded phone boasts an excellent camera and strong voice assistant that promises to get smarter, says one reviewer.
Seattle Times - Front PageAlso reported by •Softpediacbs4.com

Google Pixel Pre-Orders Exceeded Expectations and Caused Delays

Google Pixel Pre-Orders Exceeded Expectations and Caused Delays
Google announced its latest smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL earlier this month and pre-orders for the two devices were made live soon after that. With a...
Softpedia - TechnologyAlso reported by •engadgetcbs4.com

The 128GB version of Google's Pixel XL is sold out at Verizon

The top-of-the-line Google Pixel phone — the 5.5-inch Pixel XL with 128GB of storage memory — won't be available at Verizon on Thursday.  Verizon's head...
Mashable - InternetAlso reported by •bizjournals

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Google Pixel XL Specs, Display, Camera, Battery: Which Is Better?

Google Pixel XL is one of Google's two new flagship smartphones; the other one being Google Pixel. The search engine giant is trying to advertise these two new...
Christian Post - Religion

Fret not, Pixel owners: A fix is on the way for your camera lens flare issue

Fret not, Pixel owners: A fix is on the way for your camera lens flare issue
Google has acknowledged the camera flare issue plaguing the Pixel and Pixel XL's camera, and has said that a software update will be out soon to fix the problem...
Digital Trends - Technology

How to get the Pixel Launcher, Assistant, and more on your Android phone

How to get the Pixel Launcher, Assistant, and more on your Android phone
Envious of the many new software features on Google's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones? Don't fret. With a little bit of tinkering, you can get many of the same...
Digital Trends - Technology

You Might Like

Other recent news in Computer Industry

Apple updates Final Cut Pro X with Magnetic Timeline, redesigned UI for new MACBOOK PRO Touch BarSee which 3rd-party apps will support Apple's NEW MACBOOK Pro Touch Bar
Apple's THUNDERBOLT 2 to THUNDERBOLT 3 adapter connects legacy accessories to new MacBook Pro USB-CNew 13" MacBook Pro w/o TOUCH BAR keeps pace with higher clocked 2015 Retina model
Apple debuts affordable 13-inch MacBook Pro model to lure MACBOOK AIR upgradersXIAOMI Debuts Magical Mi Mix
QUALCOMM Buys NXP Semiconductors for $47 BillionTWITTER to Discontinue Vine Mobile App
Everything Apple Announced at Today's 'Hello Again' MAC EVENT in Under Four MinutesPersonal data of 550,000 RED CROSS blood donors was breached


Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2016 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.  |  About us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Privacy Policy  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Help  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter   FIND us on Google+