Specs summary

Screen
5"

The Google Pixel's screen is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.15GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 pro Quad core 2.15 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/128 GB

Internal memory is 32/128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2770mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2770 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 19 days standby time, 1560 minutes (2G), 1560 minutes (3G), 780 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



Google's Pixel is the polished superphone Android fans have waited 8 years for.

- Julian Chokkattu , Digital Trends 

Despite a less-than-thrilling design, the Pixel is a crowning achievement in Google’s quest to marry software and hardware.

- Sam Rutherford , Tom's Guide 

Reviews summary

8.6/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 35 reviews

What's good  

  • Fast, detailed camera with great low-light performance
  • Built-in support for technical issues
  • All-day battery
  • Fast charging support
  • Vibrant, bright display
  • Fast performance
  • First access to Android updates

What's bad  

  • No microSD support
  • Single, weak down-firing speaker
  • Possibly bland design

Google’s Nexus series offered a mid-tier option for those looking for fastlane access to the best of Google’s Android operating system. However, Google never made their own handsets. Instead they handed the reins to other manufacturers and focused on the software. Until now that is. The Google Pixel is the first completely Google phone and they have made bold claims about what to expect.

The phone is finally out and reviews are rolling in. Does the Pixel have what it takes to compete with the big names in Android flagship phones? Let’s see what others are saying!

Reviews on the overall design of the phone are divided. One group feels the phone is bland. The other feels that it’s a perfect take on the designs of the other flagship phones this year. However, no one had issues with quality or comfortable usage. The Guardian noted, “The Pixel feels great in the hand, with nicely curved edges and flat sides that make it easy to grip and hold on to.” Android Police sided with the critics, saying, “The Pixel is a phone that seems to say "You're just going to put a case on me anyway, why should I dress up for the occasion?"

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One novel feature of the design is the wedge shape to the rear cover. This eliminates the camera bubble, allowing the phone to lie flat on most surfaces. You’ll also find a fingerprint scanner on the rear which reviews loved.

Flipping around front you’re greeted with a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED panel. Reviewers loved the color balance, noting it wasn’t prone to the color saturation of other AMOLED-equipped phones. Android Police declared, “The Pixel offers an excellent display, if not one that's going to have Samsung looking over its shoulder.”

Underneath the hood, the phone has a Snapdragon 821 processor running at 2.15GHz. There’s also 4GB of RAM to keep apps moving along during multitasking. The UK’s Telegraph tested the phone for a week and said, “The device is blisteringly quick: you can zip around menus and apps with ease. The fingerprint reader responds instantly, and in five days of testing I’ve experienced no lag across the phone.” The Verge was equally positive, saying, “On performance alone, these are easily the best Android phones you can buy.”

The phone is the first to run Google’s latest Android 7.1 Nougat operating system. New features include quick menu icons, a redesigned app drawer and baked-in gesture support. There’s also the Google Assistant. Reviews were generally positive on all fronts, though the service is still new.

The Pixel doesn’t offer microSD card support, so it’s important to consider how much space you’ll need for your apps, games and media. The stock model comes with 32GB of internal storage and the high-end tops out at 128GB. However, all Pixel phones get unlimited Google Drive storage for photos and video. This might help to conserve space.

The phone’s 2,770mAh battery might seem small on paper, but reviews had no problems getting a day of use out of a single charge. Pocket-Lint noted, “With light use, our Pixel got from 07:30 to 18:00 with 60 per cent of its capacity left. For light users, this Pixel phone could even be a two day phone.” Even power users have little to worry about with support for USB-C fast charging offering a 40% charge in roughly 25 minutes.

Google made big claims about its 12.3MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing lens. Reviews seem to back up these claims. While the rear camera lacks optical image stabilization, it does include laser and phase-detection autofocus as well as two-tone flash. Reviews were positive on picture quality, ease of use and responsiveness. Android Police praised the camera, saying, “In my opinion, the Pixel is the best smartphone camera on the market. It's not just the quality of photos, it's everything that makes the camera so capable and simple.”

One additional feature you’ll find on the Pixel versus other Android phones is the built-in support. Through the settings menu you have 24/7 access to phone and chat support--complete with screen sharing--to resolve any issues you might have. Reviewers tried the service and found it worked as expected.

Overall, the only question raised by some was pricing. While the phone is priced to compete with flagship phones, reviews agreed it doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. However, they also agree that what the phone does--it does extremely well. PC Magazine summed up opinions well, saying, “If software is of paramount importance to you, no other Android phone on the market can match the Pixel.”


Reviews (8.6/10 Avg. rating)


The Next Web

Google Pixel is Android at its best

from The Next Web
The one thing the Android ecosystem has always lacked was a cohesive hardware and software experience that was also widely accessible. The Google Pixel solves that (well, except for being sold out all the time). It may not be the Android phone for everyone, but it’s the easiest to recommend... Full review
AndroidPIT

The best Android experience around

from AndroidPIT
If you’re looking for the best Android experience, Pixel is the way to go. The system is smooth, performance is excellent and you are sure to get system updates on time and ahead of the pack. It has a remarkable camera and offers a support service that you can reach almost 24/7. Not only that, the fact that it can be easily rooted will also make modders and tweakers happy... Full review
Kevin Rose

The best Android phone I've ever used

Pure and clean Android without a ton of extra bundled bloatware. Feels just like an iPhone (in a good way)... Full review
Gadget Review

Super fast and fluid software, premium and sophisticated design

from Gadget Review
We have no reservations about deeming the Pixel one of today’s top Android smartphones, and recommending it to someone looking for the best that Android has to offer. This is the phone that Google building up to for years, and we feel that it’s a worthy device for the company to finally call its own. Android is not only now grown up but it’s smarter than ever, however all that unfortunately comes at a steep price, leaving out many Google phone fans of the reachable price that they’ve been used to... Full review
BitBitByte

Best feeling and performing Google(ish) made phone to date

from BitBitByte
If you can swing the price, don’t care about water resistance, and are agreeable to the ways in which to purchase a Pixel, I can confidently say you shouldn’t be disappointed. It is hands down the Android device to have, maybe even the only one worth owning at this very moment even a couple months after release. But as happens often in the Android world, the next flagship is just around the corner (hello Galaxy S8), bringing with it another opportunity to re-write the rulebook for Android... Full review
Pocketnow

Android at its best, on mixed hardware

from Pocketnow
If we were to judge the Google Pixel in a bubble, then it’s very easy to recommend this phone. We’ve got a device that’s really delicious to handle, with a very delightful experience in the software, lots of promise with the Google Assistant, and an Ecosystem that makes Android as popular as it is... Full review
PC Advisor

A small-screen Android phone that’s oh so close to perfection

from PC Advisor
The Pixel has plenty going for it: it’s small, well built, speedy and has excellent cameras. It also supports Google’s Daydream VR headset and runs the plain version of Android 7 – complete with Google Assistant - and will get timely updates. But it isn’t waterproof, doesn’t have a microSD slot or stereo speakers and we’d have preferred a quad-HD screen for VR use at this price. If those downsides don’t bother you, and the OnePlus 3T is too large, then the Pixel is a fine choice and a great Android phone... Full review
The Wirecutter

Best Android smartphone

from The Wirecutter
The Pixel is the fastest Android phone we’ve ever tested, it has the best camera, and it offers the best version of Android you can get, with guaranteed timely updates for two years from release... Full review
Talk Android

Google shows how it’s done

from Talk Android
Google’s first experiment at controlling the hardware in addition to the software of a phone came out really, really well. It’s not a perfect phone, and there are some subjective issues that might put users off, but if you’re looking for what you could actually consider Android’s iPhone, this is it... Full review
PC Magazine

Strong camera performance, compact build, latest Android

from PC Magazine
The Google Pixel is one of a handful of reasonably sized Android phones that, because of its hardware, can compete with flagship phablets. That makes sense, because at $649-$749, it's priced right in line with those high-end models. If software is of paramount importance to you, no other Android phone on the market can match the Pixel... Full review

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