Google Pixel XL Review

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL were announced earlier this year and now we take a look at the larger of the two devices to see how it stacks up. This Google Pixel Review gives you an insight into the Android-focused smartphone from Google.

 

Google Pixel XL Design

 

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The main difference between the Pixel and the Google Pixel XL, as the name suggests, is the size with the Pixel XL boasting an large 5.5-inch AMOLED display. The display is nestled within the chassis which is made from aerospace-grade aluminium and features easy to grip edges. The back casing has a smooth finish to the top half while the bottom of the case has been textured. The phone is still sleek even with the bigger screen as its tapered measurements are just 7.3mm at the edges and 8.5mm thick in the middle.

 

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The Google Pixel XL is available in three colours namely the Very Silver, Quite Black and Really Blue.

 

Pixel XL Features

 

The Google Pixel XL has a QHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels which translates into impressive vibrancy and detail whether browsing or gaming. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla glass 4and under the hood is a fast 2.15GHz Snapdragon octacore processor and 4GB RAM.

 

All the power delivers a very responsive user experience with switching between apps or running demanding apps impressively quick.

 

duo video app

 

The single speaker is placed at the bottom of the handset and this makes for good music quality and loud incoming notification sounds.

 

The latest Android Nougat is on board straight out of the box and this brings the updated Google Assistant on board. The new Assistant is designed to recognise more natural language and to offer a more conversational interaction between you and your phone. The app can complete lots of tasks including playing videos,searching galleries or checking travel itineraries along with the usual checking, creating and sending messages.

 

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The Google Duo app is pre-loaded for video chatting to friends who have the app on either an Android or iOS device and there is a fingerprint scanner mounted on the back for security. The sensor is in the place where your finger would naturally sit on the back of the phone and as well as unlocking the phone a swipe down on the sensor can access notifications.

 

The Google Pixel XL has a 3,450mAh battery on board which provides a good amount of usage between charges. The phone can be used for up to 14 hours of internet browsing, 14hours of video play back and a massive 130 hours of music play back through headphones.

 

The handset also offers fast charging using the USB Type-C charger which can give up to 7 hours of power from just a 15 minute charge.

 

Google Pixel XL Camera Features

 

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The Google Pixel XL camera has achieved the highest score of any smartphone camera tested by DxOMark that test a camera in a number of conditions. The 12.3-megapixel lens on board with large pixels captures more of the available light and performs excellently in bright conditions too.

 

The camera includes Pixel HDR+ as the default shooting mode so you no longer need to keep selecting the HDR mode when taking a snap. The camera will automatically take multiple different exposure shots and combine these to create one detailed image.

 

pixel xl camera quality

 

There are plenty of other shooting options if you want to play around with your photo results including Panorama, Fish-eye, Lens Blur and Smartburst. Video can be captured in different qualities up to 4K and with Google Photos images and videos are automatically backed up saving space on the phone memory.

The 8-megapixel camera has a f/2.4 aperture and different shooting modes as well as video for face to face chats over Duo or other video calling apps.

 

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Verdict:
For just a slight bump in monthly rental you get a whole lot more with a bigger screen and boosted battery power. The fantastic camera and performance of this smartphone will please even the most demanding user.

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