Now that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been completely called off and the IPhone 7 appears to be more like a IPhone 6s’s’, All eyes are on the Google Pixel.
The previous Nexus phones were a result of Google working with other manufacturers like HTC, LG and Huawei while the Pixel is made entirely by Google, both the software and hardware.
It is a uni body aluminium phone with chamferd edges all the way around. The back of the phone has a ‘G’ logo.
The top half of the back is a glass panel which has a fingerprint reader. It has a dual tone look on the back side as the glass panel has a deeper colour than the rest of the back.
It has a Amoled display and above the display is a cluster of sensors at a place which can be noticed as they are quite prominent on the lighter colour models of the phone.
The Google Pixel does not have a physical home button but it has a pretty big chin at the bottom which has probably been kept to maintain symmetry, It does not have capacitive keys as well, we have to use the on screen navigation bar on the phone.
The Google pixel comes in two different sizes. The smaller variant has a 5 inch screen and weighs 143 grams while the larger one has a 5.5 inch screen and weights 168 grams. Both are 8.5mm thick and have 1080p and 1440p amoled display panels respectively.
It has a USB type C port at the bottom, the speakers of the phone are also located at the bottom and ‘It does have a 3.5mm head phone jack’ at the top.
As far as the hardware powering the phone is concerned, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset with 4gb of RAM and comes in two variants of internet storage capacity 32gb and 128gb respectively.
The phone comes with Android Nougat 7.1 loaded – The first and only phone of this type
It has a 12 megapixel camera at the back which claims to be the best camera ever on a smartphone and has the highest DxOMark rating of 89. The camera has 1.55 micron pixels which are pretty big in size compared to many of its rivals, the camera has a f(2.0) aperture and does provide upto 4k video recording
One of the highlighting features of Android Nougat 7.1 is the Google Assistant, which is built in into the OS itself which replaces Google Now.
There are direct links for technical support from Google in the settings menu. The navigation bar is slightly different than in previous version of Android, the buttons are filled in which colour.
A long press of the soft home button takes us to the Google Assistant. The Pixel launcher encourages circular icons a lot and we need to swipe up at the bottom of the screen to launch it rather than having a separate app drawer icon on the home screen.
Another feature of Android 7.1 that needs to be highlighted is the emphasis on ‘Long Press’ which provides similar functionality that 3D touch provides in the new Apple Iphones, difference being, iOS took input in the form of differential pressure being put on the screen while Android 7.1 uses the action of long press for accessing it.
At the moment only Google Apps provide this functionality but with time many third party apps will also utilise the action of ‘long press’ to provide additional functionality
Few more gestures have been added, like we can twist the phone with the wriggle of a wrist to launch the camera app and we can swipe down on the finger print scanner to pull down the notification tray of the phone.
So these were our views on the Google Pixel smartphone, Let us know your opinions in the comments section down below.