10 reasons you should consider buying a Google Pixel or Pixel XL

As expected, Google has today showcased the shiny new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones at its special event in San Francisco. The Pixel XL is the larger of the two, packing a 5.5-inch, 1440 x 2560 display compared to the 5.0-inch, 1080 x 1920 panel of the standard model. Both similarly equipped under the hood, each is powered with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 processor and 4 GB of RAM. In many respects, the Pixel series follows Samsung and Apple's blueprint of rolling out two near-identical flagships with different screen sizes and indeed, Google is clearly looking to sway iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S fans with a slew of exciting features in tow.

After several generations of Nexus, the Pixel duo sees the Big G delve into the premium smartphone space. The Pixel and Pixel XL are billed as no-compromise handsets but like all smartphones, they have their share of on-paper advantages and disadvantages. 

Here, we reel off a few reasons why buying the Google Pixel or Pixel XL might be the best decision you ever made a very good idea

There are, of course, other reasons why you may wish to grab a Pixel or Pixel XL. Aside from those mentioned above, you'll be in ownership of a piece of history; a device with which, potentially, Google finally stepped up and set the bar for other OEMs to follow. It'd be a bit of a leap to compare these smartphones with the original iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S just yet, but in years to come, we may look back on the Pixels' launch as a seminal moment for Google and Android. 

As we continue to process these two devices, will you be making the purchase? If so, which? Let us know in the comments. 

Oh, and yes -- we also have a run-down of features Google might have added to make the devices even better. 

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Pixel XL
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(32h talk time)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2770 mAh(26h talk time)



1. Unordinary unregistered

What a horrific and completely dry/stale event. I felt bad each time the audience didnt laugh at a joke.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It still doesn't change the fact that these new Pixels are awesome. Phonearena left out that Android 7 also comes with Vulkan graphics APIs, which Daydream VR uses. Of course it still comes with OpenGL 3.1. But Vulkan is the way to go, especially when you can see speed increases of up to 3 times when compared to OpenGL. Also these devices give 24/7 phone support. And the USB-C speed is USB 3.1 instead of USB 2.0.

17. Unordinary unregistered

Of course. I said it before and ill say it again, great phone.

28. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

If you want your smartphone a complete package should know the downsides of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL too. Check out these five reasons not to buy these phones http://techpathy.com/5-reasons-not-buy-google-pixel-pixel-xl/ You should know what Google is not offering with its first made smartphones.

26. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Most people don't buy a phone for mobile gaming. Sure, you have some that do, but as a whole, most don't. I do, however, like having more than 32 gb of storage, and being able to easily transfer that music/photos/etc to any new device. I don't get why google still bothers supports SD cards if they aren't going to include support in their reference devices. Plus, the device is made by HTC, and is ugly as hades. I don't see why anyone would drop this kind of money on that device.

2. parasshah100

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

Pixel phones are not for everyone, before everyone goes around shouting at the price, remember, you are probably comparing your cheaper Samsung, LG, Oneplus 'Google' phone with another 'Google' phone. The difference is Pixel is the most integrated experience of Google's software and hardware. This phone is not for spec hungry people, its for getting an experience similar to what iPhone users get.

25. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

If I wanted an iPhone, I would buy an iPhone. I don't like this argument. It's expensive for what it is. If it were... say 500, I might consider it. At 650 with no expandable storage, ugly thick bezels, and a smallish battery, I really can't justify it just to have the "google experience".

3. Kumar123 unregistered

Well, Camera and unlimited cloud storage alone makes this phone worth the price. If DXOmark's photo's of the low light shot is legit than I have no doubt it will be the best camera in the smartphone world.

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Does Google already offer unlimited uploads for images that are up to 16MP?

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

As far as I know,it's unlimited uploads for photos with a resolution of 2000x2000 pixels and lower.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

maxed at square-shaped 4MP? no thanks :-/

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Looked it up and it is indeed free up to 16MP. So no square photos. Basically most smartphones upload their photos under the unlimited storage option.

16. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

4k videos included.

19. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

That so called unlimited cloud storage is most likely misleading. They probably factored that into the price. One of the reasons why this phone is the most expensive Google phone.

23. chris3

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

I can agree on that but together with all those other features included I can definitely see why the price is that high and for me personally it is worth it. But water resistance and wireless charging would've been nice.

4. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

If you want the best android then pixel/pixel xl it is, if you want ios, then apple. Simple as that. Best camera, processor and stock android.

5. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I still don't see what is courageous about dropping headphone jacks.

11. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

willing to take the heat to move on from something that isn't needed no more.

6. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

"Best camera ever" has me intrigued. I wish this phone was better looking.

8. barrykar

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

The biggest question they didnt answer or at least I didnt hear about. Is VERIZON or GOOGLE updating the phone?????? Anyone hear anything on this?

10. Ultimodrew

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

The fact that it is a Verizon exclusive is what makes this phone dead in the water for me. It most likely wont have Google handling the updates, and this will end up being another Galaxy Nexus disaster. There is no way Verizon will give up their quality control checks to Google.

13. des9301

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 17, 2016

You can buy it unlocked from the Google Store

12. nate358

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 24, 2013

ZTE Axon 7 seems better to me!

18. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Best camera? Would have to see comparison with the Note 7 to believe that...but kudos to them earning the highest dxomark even without OIS.

20. netizen

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'd be ordering one of these for sure except it has only been 1 year since my last phone upgrade.. I try to keep a phone 2 years at least... next year it's a done deal though! My Moto X Pure is still a very good phone for now...

24. roozbeh101

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

indeed ! moto x pure is the second phone that I am happy with ,I do not see any reason for upgrade now ! probably would upgrade to pixel XL next year and will be happy for the upcoming 2 years !

22. chris3

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

This is hard. I want that phone badly but then again: No wireless charging, but I have 2 charging docks at home and also hundreds of micro-USB cables would be useless to me. Also, I would've wished for some water protection, but that yet needs to be confirmed. Then there are no stereo speakers, which would've been cool and why does it have to look like an iPhone, including those big screen bezels? On the other hand that phone has some really exciting features and, as said in the article, it might just become the next big thing like the iPhone or Galaxy, but I'm ain't no Hipster, so why would I buy that phone because of that? And if I'm getting it, the Pixel or the Pixel XL? Yes, the Pixel XL has the bigger battery but also the bigger screen with more pixels so I don't know about the advantage of the XL over the normal in that section. I would love to have the Pixel because 5" is perfect in my eyes but QuadHD in the XL is also tempting, as there are more pixels per square centimeter than in the Pixel, so the picture will be sharper. Probably I'll have to wait until I get the two phones in my hand at the local shop to test it out. But I can't wait anymore and there is the price difference...

27. barrykar

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

I just chatted with Verizon per the support staff GOOGLE WILL PUSH UPDATES!! Hopefully they know what they are talking about!!!! Verizon: Thank you for contacting the Verizon Wireless Chat Team regarding your account. How can we help you today? You: I am loooking at the new Pixel phones Verizon: All representatives are currently assisting customers. You will be connected to the next available representative. Verizon: Thank you for your patience. The next available representative will be with you shortly. You: I want to if Google will be pushing the updates to the phone or will be Verizon. Also how long untill have units in store to see. Verizon: Thank you for your continued patience. The next available representative will be with you as soon as possible. NATAVIA: Good morning :-) I'm excited to hear that you are interested in the new Google device. I will gladly go over getting the device. NATAVIA: Google will actually push out the updates on the device. The store release date has not been set. You: ok so they have no demo units in your stores to play with? NATAVIA: Correct, at this time, the demos won't be available. You're like me, I like to play around with the phone before I purchase it. You: yes very much so You: guess I will have to wait You: thank you for your time!

29. KrishnaT

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 15, 2016

Hi I have pre booked Google pixel XL. Currently I am using samsung s7 edge. My query is, is pixel xl worth buying.

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