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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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".
    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".
    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.

    Article Link: Pixel Phone Reviews: A 'Truly Great Camera' and a 'Home Run' for Google
  2. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    If you're properly into google services I bet its a great phone.

    Like the iPhone if you're embedded with Apple Services.
  3. Amacfa macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    Took them 9 years to make a Iphone for Android. Now try to catch up to next years edge-to-edge.
  4. ginkobiloba macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2007
    "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this,"

    Steve Jobs.
  5. Polaroid macrumors 6502a

    Oct 1, 2013
    Soem reviews have said how bad the camera is compared to say iPhone 7 and the comparison photos do look very washed out.
  6. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    Congrats to Google! Good luck but I will definitely miss the low priced Nexus line.
  7. Denumerable macrumors member


    Jan 25, 2016
    I'm surprised Apple hasn't hit them with a lawsuit on this. It seriously looks just like an iPhone with a few things moved around. :p
  8. Wiesenlooser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010
    Seems to be a very good product. This is great news for both Android and iOS customers, as competition will increase future innovation.
  9. Amacfa macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    Only a matter of time before they remove the headphone jack
  10. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    This is good. Competition is healthy and spurs companies onto greater things.

    Apple and Samsung are being put on notice by Google and Huawei.

    Us consumers will benefit.
  11. one more macrumors 6502a

    one more

    Aug 6, 2015
    Good for Google & should stimulate Apple to make iPhones even better.
  12. petsk macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2009
    Northern Europe
    You know something is seriously wrong when they change the Android GUI each time a new version is released.
  13. dragje, Oct 19, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2016

    dragje macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2012
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    I buy an iPhone because of iOS and due of it's attitude towards privacy.

    I don't like to be downgraded into a Google or Microsoft extension by using an interactive commercial paper smartphone, where both companies scanning your e-mails, your behaviour online, you're interest with almost every mouse-click.

    It's rather ironic that in that regard you pay hundreds of dollars (or in my case Euro's) so you can hand over your personal profile to a tech-company. These tech companies earn lot's of money by selling these personal profiles to business, so you pay them next to working for them as well....
  14. Nr123*123 macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2014
    Like the S6 Edge, from 2015?
  15. penajmz macrumors 68040


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
    Seems like a good phone but I don't think iPhone users will find it appealing. I know I don't.
  16. shly0718 macrumors member


    Sep 28, 2012
    so what, we are going to get new macs, who cares about phones, lalalalala.......
  17. JimmyJimmyYam macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2015
    Can its music app rate songs out of 5? If so, I'm interested!
  18. otternonsense macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2016
    And an *ahem* familiar front design. That said, I do like Google's attempt, and I hope it will catch on.
  19. kidaje macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2012
    So NYT says it is mediocre and CNET & techcrunch that it is the best phone..

    who's right?
  20. RedOrchestra Suspended

    Aug 13, 2012

    attitude ... yeah, hardly reality though ... they're data mining just like everyone else.

    Why does Apple store 2 billion iMessage Pings per day for 30 days rolling? What are they doing with all that data?
  21. MaSx macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2010
    You mean couple of years old edge phone Samsung had for awhile now?
  22. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    My problem with the phone is mostly that it's from Google. Competition-wise I don't see this as putting any additional pressure on Apple. There are already decent iPhone competitor Android phones at acceptable price points. I'm not even sure how much Android and iOS are competitors are anymore. It's more like they are operating parallel to each other -- cross over at this stage of maturity is in the low single digits. People are married to their phone OS now. It's too much of a PITA to switch over.
  23. wickawicka macrumors member


    Oct 26, 2014
    I'm happy that there's finally a truly great Android phone, and I hope this is the beginning of Google creating an ecosystem similar to what Apple has, because that level of competition will benefit all of us. That said...isn't it shocking that Google was forced to go it alone to produce a flagship device that can actually compete with the iPhone? That countless successful tech companies invested billions of dollars over like a decade and produced consistently mediocre phones? And what happens to that partnership now that Google is directly competing with said partners? It's the same problem Microsoft faces. Their success was built on partnering with device manufacturers, but to produce truly great hardware they had to go solo and compete with them. It's tough to see how this plays out long-term.

    Every time it seems like Google has defined a clear vision for the future of Android they suddenly change tack and abandon everything they worked on. Take messaging, for instance. Hangouts was their first attempt at a defined strategy and it worked pretty well. Then they suddenly introduce Messenger and made that the default messaging client. And now they've got Allo, which is clearly supposed to be the future, but I can't for the life of me figure out where they're going with it.

    They do genuinely good work, they just need to do it consistently and build on their past successes, rather than constantly tearing everything down.
  24. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    You couldn't be more wrong.

    Moves like the FBI asking for phone data with a court order, and Apple not complying proves to me how much Apple does NOT want to look at people's data.

    Data mining is something completely different. If it's done without personal data to verify the users tied to it, like Apple does, it's not an invasion of privacy.

    Apple is the best company with regards to privacy. They try the hardest. They aren't perfect, but they sure try to be. If you want to dispute this, show examples of other companies and why they are better. Or, put a tinfoil hat on and think that all companies are the same.
  25. Amacfa macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009

    The Samsung edge series is a cheap cop out compared to true edge to edge displays that are soon to come

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