It's the Google Pixel XL's time to shine. With Samsung's $3 billion, exploding fiasco painfully out of the picture, the 5.5-inch Pixel XL is the premier high-end large-screen phone to get.
Its overall excellent camera and deep integration with Google's new Assistant software give it an edge over theand . Samsung's remains an outstanding 5.5-inch phone as well, but the Pixel XL (and smaller, somewhat cheaper ) compels us with that pure, unadulterated Android experience.
I can (and do!) heartily recommend the Pixel XL for large-screen users who want a top-notch camera and pure Android with prompt updates. To save a little cash, opt for the smaller Pixel.
This review answers your major Pixel XL questions, but because both Pixel phones are so incredibly similar, you should read my complete.
Wait, what happened to the Nexus?
For the past six years, Google partnered up with other phone makers like Motorola, Samsung, and most recently Huawei and LG, to make its Nexus phones. But Google is ditching that sub-brand and starting over. Now, it's folding these two phones into its family of in-house designed products, known as Pixel (which already includes HTC assembled the Pixel phone and Pixel XL together, Google designed and engineered it.and ). And though
What's the difference between the Pixel and Pixel XL?
Google's two new phones are nearly identical. The only hardware differences are the XL's larger, sharper display (with a higher pixel density) and bigger battery. It's also pricier, at about $120, £120 and AU$190 more than the Pixel. Everything else, including the processor, camera and design, are the same.
Because there's so little difference, choosing between the two really comes down to size -- if you like a larger phone, get the Pixel XL. Otherwise, the Pixel's just fine. Unlike the case of theand dual-camera , you won't miss any features by going smaller.
Google Pixel vs. Google Pixel XL
|Google Pixel||Google Pixel XL|
|Display size, resolution||5-inch; 1,920x1080 pixels||5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels|
|Pixel density||441 ppi||534 ppi|
|Dimensions (Inches)||5.66x2.74x0.34 (at its thickest)||6.09x2.98x0.34 (at its thickest)|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||143.84x69.54x8.58 (at its thickest)||154.72x75.74x8.58 (at its thickest)|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||5.04 oz; 143g||5.92 oz; 168g|
|Mobile software||Android 7.1 Nougat||Android 7.1 Nougat|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$649 (32GB); $749 (128GB)||$769 (32GB); $869 (128GB)|
|Price (GBP)||£599 (32GB); £699 (128GB)||£719 (32GB); £819 (128GB)|
|Price (AUD)||AU$1,079 (32GB); AU$1,229 (128GB)||AU$1,269 (32GB); AU$1,419 (128GB)|
What's so special about Google's Pixel phones?
Two things. First, it comes with "pure" versions of the Android 7.1 Nougat software out of the box, and will be the first in line for future updates. Second, the Pixels have Google Assistant, an AI bot that uses machine learning and Google's vast search database to answer all kinds of questions. It can look up facts and places to eat, schedule reminders, translate phrases and more.