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Add high-end performance to your everyday life with the Google Pixel XL. A quad-core processor, a 5.5-inch LED screen and 32GB of memory ensure this phone is able to handle daily life, and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protects the screen. Easy cloud storage ensures you never run out of space on the Google Pixel XL.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
Quad-core 2.15GHz processor and 4GB of RAM deliver outstanding overall performance for opening and running applications, flipping through menus, running home screens and more.
Android 7.1 Nougat OS
Makes it easier to take action in the moment, with more personalized settings and smarter notifications.
4G LTE speed
Provides fast Web connection for downloading apps, streaming content and staying connected with social media.
5.5" AMOLED Quad HD touch screen
Extra-large screen is matched with a slim body to comfortably fit in your hand. Offers 16:9 cinema-like screen ratio that's perfect for viewing of videos, photos and games.
12.3MP rear-facing camera for pictures and 4K videos
Dual-LED flash, Phase and Laser Detection Autofocus enable the camera to capture clear and sharp pictures. Also includes a front-facing 8.0MP camera for self-portraits and video.
32GB internal memory
Provides plenty of storage space for your contacts, music, apps and more.
Your phone, never full
Never lose a memory with unlimited storage for your photos and videos, all stored at full resolution in Google Photos. And use Smart Storage to let Pixel help free up space when you need it.*
Use your smartphone as a mobile hotspot
Share your 4G data connection with other compatible wireless devices.**
Your own personal Google Assistant
Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. To start, just say "OK Google", or touch and hold the Home button. And the more you use it, the more useful it gets. It's your own personal Google, always ready to help.
Your closest friends, closer
Google Duo is a simple video calling app that brings you face-to-face with just a tap. And with the Knock Knock feature, you'll see the caller before you pick up, so you never miss a moment.
Your chats, your style
Google Allo is a smart messaging app that helps you say more and do more. Bring your personal Google Assistant into your group chats to find restaurants nearby, share videos to watch, and get answers.
Your battery, charged fast
When you need a quick charge, the reversible USB Type-C charger gets you up to 7 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes.
Your case by Google
Choose from Live Case, with designs and matching live wallpapers inspired by Google Earth and Google Trends, or the Pixel Case by Google, built for protection and bright and bold colors (sold separately).
Requires a voice plan and data package.
Early termination fee of $350.
*Unlimited backups for photos and videos taken with your Pixel phone. Requires Google account. Data rates may apply.
**Depends on device memory and network availability. Additional carrier charges may apply.
Google Pixel XL 32GB
USB-C 18W adapter with USB-PD
USB-C to USB-C cable
USB-C to USB Standard-A plug cable
Safety and Warranty information, Quick start guide
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Love this phone
Very easy to navigate! My Google assistant is the best. Love, love the camera!
This review is from Google - Pixel XL 4G LTE with 32GB Memory Cell Phone - Quite Black (Verizon)
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Premium Android Experience
Some background: My first smartphone was an iPhone 4. I currently own (and adore) an iPhone 6 and use an iPhone 5c for work. I've also used a Windows Phone for work (which I liked way more than I thought I would). I have loved and lost an iPad 1 and 2, before switching to much cheaper Android tablets. I now use a Surface 3 daily as my main computer (docked) and tablet (keyboard and pen).
I have never owned an Android phone. I have always pooh-poohed them as "cheap." Android was fine for a tablet I used sometimes to watch movies on my lap, but for a phone that I used all the time? I preferred a more durable Apple product--an investment. Even a Samsung phone didn't hold appeal... I've had Samsung tablets, which I liked, but couldn't stand their version of Android--too bloated for my tastes. I guess I just preferred the more streamlined iOS experience, walled garden and all. I don't think I'm alone.
If all Android devices worked like the Pixel, though? More people would be changing their minds.
I happened to get my phone in the mail the day before leaving for a weekend out of town trip... so I had an opportunity to try out a lot of features on this phone I might not have otherwise used right away. I'm going to try and step-by-step through my thoughts on how things worked.
Set-up was incredibly easy. A SIM card tool was included and it was a piece of cake to just move my SIM card from my old phone to the new one and turn the new phone on. My Verizon signal was recognized immediately. I was then prompted to log into my home's wifi network for the rest of the setup, so as not to kill my data for the month. How thoughtful. :) Like with any other Android device, you'll also be prompted to log into your Google account or create a new one.
Even transferring from my iPhone 6 was way simpler than I thought it would be. Google included two charging cables, one with USB-C connectors on both ends for use with a wall outlet charger (also included) and the other with a standard male USB connector. There was also a dongle which allowed you to connect another USB cable to your other device. So, I was able to plug my lightning cable from my phone into my new Pixel XL when prompted and transfer all of my contacts, music and pictures right to my new phone. The transfer took about 15 minutes, during which time I was able to continue with a couple of other setup procedures.
The setup process was somewhat lengthy--depending on how you want to set up your device (as a new device, or from a backup of an old device), it may take some time to download apps and transfer data from an old phone or the cloud. Be prepared to take this time... but once it's done, it's done.
It's also a nice touch that you get free extra cloud storage for movies and pictures that you take with your phone... No more paying for extra iCloud space! You can also allow/unallow the phone to automatically "dump" pictures from your phone to the cloud when on Wifi to open up space on your phone. This happened once on my trip, and it was actually a really helpful feature.
2. OS and Navigation
The Android OS on the Pixel phone is by far the cleanest version of Android I've ever used. It is clean, snappy and intuitive. A quick right swipe opens up essentially your "Google Now" feed. An upward swipe opens up your full app list, so you have them quickly and easily accessible, without having all of them cluttering up wallpaper space, and a right swipe takes you to the next wallpaper page where you can add more app shortcuts. You can also add and place widgets, move things around, etc. A down swipe pulls up your standard settings selections like screen brightness and airplane mode. Even coming from iPhones, I was able to pick up this phone and figure it out right away. It's really easy.
3. Speed and Ease of Use
It also just works. I've used cheap Android tablets that are all kinds of slow and hiccup-y and just no fun to use... This phone is FAST. Downloads and installations of apps are super fast, even on LTE. Apps open and load FAST. Pages reload FAST. It is way faster than my iPhone 6 and just a pleasure to use.
4. Camera and screen
It's great. I attached a photo I took... which I downloaded from my Google Drive after the phone automatically backed up my photos to save space. :) I had it set to download lower resolution photos than the original photos taken by the phone, but you get a good idea of the color. I was happy with how my pictures came out! The camera app is pretty standard fare for a phone camera, with some other little features available to explore for kicks. I generally don't use extra filters or anything though.
The screen is absolutely beautiful. The XL screen is big, but not too big, even for my tiny little kid hands. I did get a fairly grippy silicone case for my phone, if only to help keep it from slipping out of my tiny little kid hands as phones often do. I do find myself two-handing this phone, but the way they set up the OS with many of the controls and most-used apps at the bottom, I find my thumb is actually able to reach most things very easily and I don't have to think about being able to reach things too much.
5. Fingerprint Reader.
This is one of my FAVORITE things about my iPhone 6. I love that the Pixel XL has one... I am not thrilled with its placement on the back of the phone. I will be the first to say that I am probably just still getting used to it. But in practical use, there are times when my phone is sitting on the table and I just want to check for notifications, and having the fingerprint reader on the front would allow me to just press my finger to the reader and see the notifications without picking up my phone. (I know... first world problems) Having the reader on the back means I have to pick the phone up and properly hold it. I'd love to at least have a "knock to wake" feature or something (maybe there is one--I looked all over and couldn't find it) so I could just see notifications without having to pick the phone up all the way to use the power button or fingerprint reader. I'm also looking forward to more apps making use of the fingerprint reader for logins like they've been doing in the iOS ecosystem. If you build it, they will come--I know they'll be coming. Just need to be patient!
6. Third Party hardware
I have a Pebble Time Round smartwatch which uses Bluetooth LE. I found my watch stayed connected to my phone and actually got richer notifications than it ever did with my iPhone 6. I actually love my Pebble more now! I also use bluetooth headphones of varying types regularly. They all connected easily, stayed connected and worked great! The one downside is that I did not see a quick reference show of the battery level of the connected device on my Pixel like I do on my iPhone 6. Maybe that's not a feature I've figured out yet, maybe it's not available on Android at all--I'm not sure.
7. Hotspot and Tethering
If you have Hotspot/Tethering enabled on your plan, you can use this phone as a hotspot. I found it really quickly in the settings and found that it kicked on and connected with my Surface 3 more quickly than when I use my iPhone 6 as a hotspot, which was a pleasant surprise. So far I've found this feature to work really well and the speeds going through to my hotspot connected devices were good and solid.
8. Google Maps and Navigation
This was one area where maybe a software update may be coming along. I don't know if anyone else had trouble with this, but I did a lot of walking on my trip, and found that my "facing direction" when trying to follow walking directions in Google maps was pretty inconsistent, to a point where I really needed to stay aware of cross streets and make sure I was actually facing the direction Google Maps says I was. I turned the phone off and on to try and recalibrate, which helped for a short time, but the problem came back. This may be user failure in that I missed a setting that I needed to have, even after making sure all location services were on, but out of everything I love about this phone, I think this may be my one complaint. Otherwise, the Google Maps app was very fast and responsive.
9. Google Assistant
Siri and I never got along. I don't have an accent or anything... but some reason, she could never understand what I was trying to ask her. Google Assistant and I had several worthwhile little chats over the weekend and actually got things done. She's a breath of fresh air, doing things for me like setting alarms, reminding me what time my flight was going to leave, and making sure I didn't forget my hotel room number. I'm looking forward to seeing what else she can do. I love that you can speak in regular language to her and almost every time, she understands.
10. Aesthetics and Design
In terms of look and feel, this phone is very premium. It has just the right weight--heavy enough that it's got substance and won't fly out of your hand, but you won't get tired holding it. The finish is beautiful, and I really like the way they did the contrasting finishes on the back with the matte metal on the bottom and the mirror-y smooth gloss on the top. The button locations are intuitive and, even being on the back, the fingerprint reader is well-placed and a natural location for either index finger to reach. The front screen covers the entire front of the phone with no interruptions in the glass except for the earpiece. It's all very smooth and flush.
And yes--it has a headphone jack!
I think I remembered everything I wanted to say. Thanks for taking the time to read--I know buying a new (and very expensive!) phone is a big deal--I hope my feedback is helpful.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The best Android phone you can buy!
The Pixel XL has a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display that pops, its a high quality screen and matches that of other well known Amoled devices, its that good.
Rocking the new Snapdragon 821 processor and 4gb of ram you wont find anything but smoothness when using this devices, from the moment you use it you will see just how fluid everything, and credit to google for making the software to take advantage of the hardware
32gb of storage or 128gb, kinda sad we didn't get a 64gb option also as 128gb is more than ill ever need and 32gb is just not enough for me personally
Gorilla glass and like most phones its a fingerprint magnet
Finger Print sensor on the back works liek the previous Nexus with an added bonus, you can now slide your finger down the scanner to lower the notification shade on the phone
12.3mp camera with large pixels at the back and 8mp at the front, this is another place Google have nailed it, the camera is amazing. Crisp clean images to rival any other handset. For video this is where Google may just stand in a league of there own, not only is it great at capturing detail but by placing the camera with the gyroscope it has created some of the most amazing stabilization ever seen, it has to be seen to be believed
USB C with fast charging of course.
Only a single firing speaker but in my opinion the best you can get for a single fire system, it has some good sounds for what it is
At 3,450mAh, the Pixel XL's battery is among the largest we've seen in a flagship Android phone this year.
Aesthetically the Pixel XL is a little bland, with a very large chin thats there for no reason other than symmetry, it feels great in hand but lacks that visual pop you get with some of its
Not only does this device work great on Verizon, but i have also used this on T-Mobile with no issues
So to sum it up, the Google Pixel XL is the greatest phone i have ever used, its slick, its easy to hold, its a pleasure to navigate, while it may not be a looker on the outside its Googles magic on the inside that really makes this device shine and for me is a glimpse of the future. for a first generation true #MadeByGoogle device its really remarkable
Oh and Google assistant is great... and tell it "Im feeling lucky" for a really good surprise
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Pixel XL is Fresh & New! G.Assistant is brilliant!
Everything the Google advertisements have been promising has been delivered upon with the new Google Pixel XL. This phone is really fast, has a superior screen, a better than average battery life, charges very quickly and is fully loaded with the most amazing smart phone AI I've ever used, the new Google Assistant! There is room for improvement, and I wish there were some additional features and specs that you can find on other smart phones in this price category however I'm very pleased with the final product. I'm listing some of my personal pros and cons for this phone below.
Ergonomically designed fingerprint scanner conveniently located on the back of the phone. I love the placement of the scanner and it reacts very quickly.
Three microphones with noise cancellation.
The screen is beautiful! It has an AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, packing 534 pixels per inch! It really looks great, probably the best I've seen.
The Google Assistant works very well. My voice is recognized easily and it responds quickly. I have been using it for the past couple of days to set reminders, alarms, play music, make phone calls and search for phone numbers and other information. I'm looking forward to forming a working relationship with my Google Assistant!
The battery lasts very long allowing hours of on screen time. Much longer than any other phone I've had. I'm curious to see how it performs over time in the coming months to years but I'm very hopeful!
Quick charging battery is amazing! Just as advertised.
Unique design soon to be easily recognized by other Pixel users.
Is not water resistant.
No wireless charging.
No 3D touch.
Does not have duel speaker stereo sound.
The price is a bit higher than I would have expected but I think it might be because of the screen, speed, Android version and Google Assistant, but I'm just guessing.
Overall I am extremely pleased with this phone. I believe Google has made a great phone and in my opinion, the Pixel seems to be a perfect blend between other major brands. I think that users from these other brands will find Pixel to be somewhat familiar while still being fresh and new!
Good job Google.
I've uploaded a couple sample pictures taken with my Pixel XL, please do not judge them too harshly and look for other samples as I am not a very good photographer.. LOL My dog, Keiko, says hello! :)
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
THE Android Phone from Google
The Google Pixel XL is Google’s latest attempt at a pure Android device. Unlike the Nexus line before it, the Pixel XL doesn’t have any partner branding, or attempt to identify anyone other than Google as the manufacturer. This, unequivocally is the Google phone.
I’ve been a long time Nexus user, owning a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 6p. I made a jump over to the OnePlus One, but found the software experience lacking. Unfortunately when it came to the Nexus 6p my experience wasn’t quite as good as I had been used to with the Nexus 4. The OnePlus had spoiled me on battery life and unique build quality, while the Nexus had spoiled me on software support. I’ve recently switched to an iPhone 7, so I feel like I’m in a unique position to give a perspective on this phone.
The build of the Pixel XL is definitely high quality. The body feels of high quality aluminum. The front glass teardrops into the chamfered edges which is much more attractive looking and feel better in the hand than the Nexus 6p’s flat glass. The chamfering is quite a bit more pronounced on the Pixel XL than its predecessor. This makes it feel slippery compared to the Nexus 6p, however the glass back around the finger print reader adds a nice bit of grip to the phone. It still has more grip than a naked iPhone, and thus, I feel like you’d be more likely to use the phone without a case.
The bezels are embarrassingly large, a trend that has continued since the end of the LG Nexus era. Why a device with no front home button needs a bottom bezel that is this large is kind of a mystery. Even the 6p’s bezel, justified by its secondary speaker, is smaller than the Pixel XL’s. Another interesting piece is that its thickness is near identical to the Nexus 6p, but its tapered instead of having a ‘bump’ found on its older brethren.
The camera is excellent. There are plenty of comparisons out there, but essentially you get a really nice camera without an annoying bump, hump, or protruding lens. This alone makes it a winner to me. It’s a slick package, and Google should be praised for a sleek design that is a form and functional improvement over the iPhone and most of its competitors.
The phone is light, but doesn’t feel cheap. The iPhone feels heavy in comparison. I can’t comment on durability at this stage, but it isn’t probably a stretch to say it’s better than its predecessor. The materials here are all aluminum and glass, an there aren’t any stickers covering body pieces like on the Nexus 6p. The speakers are of good quality as well, even if they are bottom firing only. Up top you’ll find the 3.5mm headphone jack, a clear indication that Google doesn’t feel quite as strongly about this legacy port.
Performance wise, the Pixel XL is a screamer. Youtube videos started playing almost instantly compared to the Nexus. Side by side it was clear the Snapdragon 821 in this phone is a class above the 810. This observation is yielded also in benchmarks, with Geekbench 4 showing a huge multi-threaded improvement, even though the 810 technically has 4 more cores. Indeed even Antutu showed roughly double overall score with big boosts across the board. The Pixel XL had 137521 in Antutu, while the Nexus 6p was only 74760. The iPhone 7 plus pushed out an impressive 189382 score, but essentially all but the most discerning power user would have a hard time pushing these phones beyond their comfort zone.
Inside the box you'll find not only the power brick, but also a USB-C to USB-C cable, USB-C to USB-A male, and a short USB-C to USB-A female host adapter. That's a lot of nice cables in the box, and a great head start for anyone that doesn't have a USB-C cables or accessories. USB-C is the future, and this phone is ready for it.
Battery life is hard to gauge at this point, but I can’t say it’s bad. The biggest indicator to me is that it slowly drains on stand-by and doesn’t seem to drop too fast under heavy load. It charges quickly thanks to USB-C PD, and even gives a nice estimate to how long till it’s fully charged (which has been pretty reliable). The screen is bright, and the AMOLED shines here against the iPhone’s IPS. The whites are also whiter than the Nexus 6p - this is a superb screen in every way I observe. Obviously being an AMOLED it’s saturation is a bit over exaggerated, but most people would find that an advantage. It certainly is pleasing to look at it.
Overall Google’s ‘freshman’ attempt at a phone is pretty good. I won’t say this is their first phone, as their hand has been deeply involved in every Nexus device since the first Nexus One. There are so many similarities to previous Nexus line devices it’s hard to call this a first generation phone from Google. Regardless, this device has a higher polish than any of its predecessors, and it’s by far the fastest Android device I’ve used. If you want Android unadulterated, this is the phone to get right now, and it’s a huge improvement over the Nexus 6p.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Incredible device - I'm in Love
Packaging and First Impressions
Right away when I looked at and held the packaging, it felt like this was going to be an absolute treat. The box itself was just the right size making it compact but efficient. The excitement just kept building as I opened everything up and proceeded to unwrap the phone.
The phone is sturdy, completely solid, and smooth in the hands. Although this is not the lightest phone I’ve ever had, the weight it does possess adds to the overall premium vibe in my opinion. I was able to get a good grip in one hand, and transferring from hand to hand did not have much of a “slip” factor that some other phone enclosures. Plain and simple, this felt like a well-engineered piece of work!
Simply put: gorgeous. The colors, the clarity, and the glass are spectacular. Pictures were a pleasure to view and I found myself revisiting old pictures just to see how they view on this display (more on Google Photos later). Text while reading articles and posts were incredibly crisp and legible. The touch responsiveness and accuracy were also top notch and smooth.
Granted I haven’t had every phone out there, but out of my experiences, it is the best screen I have ever had on a phone.
I am not a professional photographer, but I 100% appreciate the art and the easier it is for me to take beautiful photos, the more I find myself taking. Having just had my first child a month ago, this was incredibly important. Here are the following things that totally got me hooked:
Speed: Opening the Camera app and snapping pics was very fast. I didn’t find myself in a panic that I would miss an opportunity
Tools: You have standard grid overlay available, HDR+ processing, environment presets (cloudy, sunny, fluorescent, etc. – for my tests I just used auto), a timer, and a very capable flash. You have the ability to do panorama and even photo sphere, but the feature that had me addicted was the Lens Blur. I could not get enough of this and was able to capture some amazing shots that put into focus the subject in a beautiful way!
Integration with Google Photos: Since I already had signed into the phone with my Google account, the phone was automatically set to sync with Google Photos. What is nice about this? Google Photos gives you unlimited photo storage support, more tools to enhance and edit the photos, and automatically syncs as you take new pictures. You then can access these photos on other devices easily enough and all the while you don’t need to retain the photos on your local storage of the phone. A huge plus if you find that local storage starts to become a problem.
Quality: The pictures were very impressive with high detail and realistic color representation. I even had pretty good success with low-light environments, which in my experience has been an absolute killer for a lot of cell phone cameras I’ve owned. I attached just a few to give an idea of how nice they can be. I found myself looking at these on my laptop in greater detail and being blown away by how it looks!
Android Nougat and Google Assistant
This has been the most pleasant version of Android that I have used to date. I believe the phone’s solid hardware specs help with that impression, but the interface was as clean as I have seen yet. The pre-installed apps were ones that I expected to be there and were useful. The transitions were very smooth when toggling through different apps, the scrolling was precise, and this is a pure example of how far Android as come throughout the years.
Google Assistant also had me impressed. Asking for directions to a restaurant worked right the first time, even though I was a little hesitant about the restaurant name confusing the voice recognition. Asking questions brought up relevant information from weather to sports, and while feeding my baby daughter, the phone picked up my voice from a distance and actually was able to hear and answer me. I can only imagine this feature will get better through time
The question of today for any device that you use. There’s nothing more disappointing than when you run out of juice, so with a 5.5” screen and the way I use my phone, I was a little nervous as to how much power I would get.
To test it out I first made sure I was at full charge. Through my level of usage, I literally was able to get through 1.5 days and still have 18% left! One of the features then I was so excited to try out was how quickly the phone charges (as is one of the features that is highly touted on the Pixel). I was able to add hours and hours of usage within 10-15 minutes of charging. This is a BIG factor for me considering I commute every day for around 3 – 3.5 hours a day. If I don’t have charge and don’t have the ability to charge fast, I’m left quickly without the use of a device.
Being on Verizon has its perks and both coverage and speed are part of that. I am in full LTE coverage and was able to enjoy speeds that were as fast as Wi-Fi throughout most of my use so far! It’s incredible how much speed and connectivity are at your fingertips now and I have nothing but high marks on the phone’s performance in this area.
Phone calls were also clear and solid. The ear piece volume more than covered my needs (and I am a little hard of hearing as it is) and I was told that my voice was sounding great on the receiving end. The speaker phone volume also was right where I needed it to be.
This review is a little long and could be a lot longer but I will try to wrap it up here. I am so happy with this phone and just ever more excited to try out more features and grow with it. The hardware makes this a pleasure to use, the newest Android OS is very awesome, and the camera really makes me question when I really even need to break out my bigger bulkier SLR. It does EXACTLY what I need in a phone, does it extremely well, and leaves a lot more room to learn and have fun. Paired with my Verizon Wireless account, I have the world at my fingertips and the ability to capture and expand my own personal life.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The purest Android/ Google experience ever!
This review is for Google Pixel XL Very Silver, Verizon version.
I want to start by saying that this phone has very simple yet, practical design. But don't let this trick you, the finishing on this phone is beyond phenomenal . it feels very elegant when holding it in your hand, its not slippery, and you won't see fingerprint smudges all over it after use.
the package of this phone has all your needs except for a headphone (but Thankfully the phone still has a headphone jack!!).
- the charger of this phone come with 5 V, 3.0 Amp output, this charger will make a huge difference in speed charging this phone. it has a USB type C input, and comes with a USB type C cable on both ends.
Also, included in the box a standard USB to USB type C cable, A dongle with Standard USB input and USB type C output to help you transfer the contents of your old android phone to your new Google Pixel phone.
also, the package contains a complimentary free 3 months subscription to Google play music and ad-free videos with Youtube Red,
the phone has 5.5 inch screen which is super responsive, dual speaker, fingerprint security, and a Snapdragon 821 processor, and off course the latest Android 7.1 version with Google assistant.
i have been playing with the phone for about 10 hours now and it is AMAZING! setting up the phone was a breeze, and Google Assistant is actually very interesting and helpful. the phone was able to connect to my 65 inch 4K smart TV withing seconds and I was able to cast all kinds of content directly from my phone.
all in all this phone is all I need for now, and I also can't wait to get a chance to try out the Daydream VR.
a final note: although the phone was a Verizon only phone, fortunately enough, there was absolutely no junk-ware installed on the device.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great phone, INCREDIBLE camera
I've had this phone for a little more than a week and I love it. The case is very stylish, almost iPhone-ish, it's very simple to use, and the screen is gorgeous.
The most outstanding feature, at least for me, is the camera. The design of the case avoids the usual lens bump that you find on most cameras, but the first picture I took truly amazed me. The colors were much more accurate than my slightly older Samsung phone and the camera app is MUCH smoother than what I'm used to with my other phones; most noticeably the lack of shudder lag. As usual, there are tons of features/settings for the camera, but my favorite is the panoramic mode; it's extremely easy to use and the results are absolutely fantastic, so much so I'm including one for the review. The other nice thing about the phone is the clarity of the speaker phone. The first time I used the feature, the person I was talking to was unaware I had him on speaker. Compared to my other phone, he said the difference was very noticeable. The sound from the phone is good, but the odd thing is that although there are holes at the bottom of the case that appear to be speakers, only the left is an actual speaker... I assume the other one is just there for a symmetrical look. The battery life is quite good. I don't watch a ton of videos, but I do stream music quite often, and so far the battery lasts about 2 days before I have to recharge it.
Now for the things that I didn't really like. The first, there is no SD expansion slot. Why? I have no idea. The second, I didn't really care for the fact that the USB plug is not the same as my other devices... not a huge deal, but that means that I now have to carry another cable when I travel. The last thing that is that there is no physical 'home' button at the bottom of the case. There's plenty of room for it, so I'm not sure why they didn't include one. If they planned on not having one, I think they should have increased the size of the screen and made the border one the top and bottom smaller. All of these things are not big issues, so overall, I think the phone is incredible, and I would definitely recommend it for someone who is looking for a 'premium' phone.
A:AnswerI really cannot believe the amount of people who will answer questions but have ABSOLUTELY no idea what they are talking about. Here it is, plain and simple. You can buy this phone, pop in any SIM from any of the major carriers and it WILL work, period. The phone only comes with 3 apps from Verizon and they are all user removable, Period. The ONLY difference between this version and the Google Store version is the bootloader. The Verizon version is locked and the Google Store version is not. If you just plan on using the phone for day to day use and not planning on installing custom ROMs you will be fine and have no idea what a bootloader is. Chances are every phone you have ever used or purchased had a locked bootloader and you had no idea because you never cared to install any custom ROMs. This is the answer, this is the real answer and something that ANYONE can find using a very basic tool called Google Search.
A:AnswerSadly me too. I'm pretty disappointed in Best Buy and Google. A pre-order use to mean you were guaranteed to get the item the day it released. unfortunately now it doesn't mean that at all, actually no idea what a pre-order means.
A:AnswerThe short answer is no.
Verizon has an exclusive as a "retail" partner from a carrier perspective. Obviously you can get a Pixel at Best Buy which is another retailer but you can add this phone onto any carrier.
Things to consider:
If you buy it from Google, the phone is unlocked and available at full price or through financing. You will get the security and OS updates from Google.
If you buy it from Project Fi, it is also available unlocked despite the Fi sim at full price or through financing. You will get his security and OS updates from Google.
If you buy it Verizon, you can buy it on contract, full price, or through financing. If you buy it from Verizon, Google will handle the monthly security updates but Verizon will handle the larger OS updates "in partnership" with Google. (This sounds like a repeat of the Galaxy Nexus.) But the bootloader is encrypted and the phone is unlockable.
A:AnswerIt doesn't. Per previous nexus phones, it depends on the sim card installed upon first boot. If you have the verizon sim card (it comes preinstalled) it will download just 3 apps, @@however they are uninstallable@@. If you remove the verizon sim card, and use another sim (the phone is sim unlocked by the way) from another carrier and turn it on, it will not download the 3 verizon apps.
A:AnswerI called Customer Service and was told it could take up to 30 days to receive the $100 e-gift card. I was told this is a new policy, because they don't want anyone getting the gift cad and then returning the phone.