Here’s what everyone is saying about the Google Pixel

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Still on the fence about Google’s new Pixel devices? With a so-so design, a higher price point than has been traditional for Google, and this technically being a first-gen product, it’s understandable. But, maybe we can help you make the decision on whether to buy or not. Here’s what everyone is saying about the new Pixel device.

David Ruddock from Android Police seemed to really like the phone. Here’s his words:

“The Pixel does almost everything well. In fact, it does most things very well. And it does a few things exceptionally, like taking photos. So if you’ve pre-ordered a Pixel, I have a feeling you won’t be disappointed: it’s a delight to use, and I’m already deeply attached to the Pixel XL I’ve been carrying for the past five days. Even the notification sounds are just right to my ears.”

The Verge’s Dieter Bohn also praised Google’s first venture into the smartphone world with a “Phone by Google.” It’s not perfect, but it’s an incredible phone for 2016. Here’s what he said:

“This is Google’s first phone, and for a first effort it is remarkably good. By almost every metric I can think of — speed, power, camera, smart assistant, you name it — it matches or exceeds the best phones available on the market today. And though the design is far from groundbreaking, it’s certainly approachable. The whole package is pretty incredible, and if you’re not put off by the premium price, you’ll be very happy with this premium phone. I prefer the XL, which isn’t huge and seems to get notably better battery life.

Famed tech journalist Walt Mossberg also had glowing words and praise for the smartphone, saying that “Google’s first phone is first-rate.” Here are his thoughts over on Recode:

“If you’re an Android fan, willing to buy a premium phone, the Pixel is your answer. To repeat: It’s simply the best Android phone I’ve tested. If you’re an iPhone user who is thinking of switching, the Pixel will seem physically familiar, but you’ll have to overcome the sticky links you’ve developed with fellow iPhone users — things like iMessage (which Google can’t match yet) and iCloud Photo Sharing (which Google is trying to copy). You’ll also have to do without the comfort of your neighborhood Genius Bar.

But my main message, dear readers, is this: Google has come out of the gate with a top-flight phone, and suddenly there’s no longer an Apple-Samsung duopoly in premium handsets.”

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Android Central’s Alex Dobie also seemed to love the Pixel and Pixel XL. We finally have a device of what a Google Android phone should look like, he claims. And that might just be true. His words:

“With Pixel, the company finally delivers on what we’d wanted all along from a Google phone. With each cycle of Nexus handsets, it used to be a question of “What would they screw up this time?” We’re far beyond that with this new, singular vision of what a Google Android phone should be.

And I can’t think of a better phone to buy going into 2017.”

While the reviews have had nothing but praise and very minor criticisms for the Pixel, Arstechnica’s Ron Amadeo has a more down-to-earth view on the phone. It’s the best Android phone money can buy, but still a 1.0 iteration. Google has a long way to go, but if they keep at it, the Pixel line might just become something. Here’s his words:

“Android 1.0 was not an incredible piece of software, and Google Phone 1.0 is not an incredible piece of hardware. What made Android great was continual iteration and improvement over many years. Hopefully, Google’s hardware team keeps at it and one day justifies the decision to become a hardware OEM. For now, we say: welcome to the cutthroat Android hardware business, Google.”

All in all, the Google Pixel has received glowing and rave reviews. If you’re into Android, it’s the go-to phone to get, aside from maybe the Galaxy S7, though even that might be a questionable to consumers after Samsung’s recent publicity crisis. But, if you’re getting into Android, the Pixel is the best of what it has to offer.

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But, keep in mind, the Google Pixel isn’t perfect. It is a first-gen product, a 1.0 iteration and has a so-so design. As Amadeo said, what made Android great is the continuous polish and improvement over many years. It wasn’t a perfect operating system in its first year, not even close. Even Apple’s first iPhone wasn’t an incredible smartphone, but it got better over the years. Google will go through those same trials.

They might be starting late in the game, but in a few years, I think we’ll see this Apple or Samsung industry add a third player as Google creates and polishes what we hope will be the face of Android.


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • Sean Lynch

    I’m really quite surprised they didn’t go with a catchy little moniker that would continue their branding and could have spanned the whole range current and future, such as the Chrome Phone.

  • http://www.google.com/+JosephProffer theProffer

    The NYT had a lot of gripes, but it was written by a former Apple reporter, so keep that in mind.