Five things that would've made the Google Pixel phones better than they are

So, the new Pixels are out and we've got the full scoop. Well, the rumor mill was mostly right on the devices, which kind of took the excitement out of the event, but at least now we have Google's official word on what the phones are and what they are not.

Presented as entirely designed and built by Google, it's safe to say that the Pixels are the company's fist flagships. Yes, the Nexus line before that was kind of the same thing, but it was built in partnerships with OEMs, which injected their own DNA into the mix. And even though the Pixel and Pixel XL were built by HTC, Google made sure to emphasize that the phones are entirely designed by the search giant, and mentioned no other names.

So, what are the Pixels? Powerful smartphones with flagship-grade hardware, the purest possible version of Android on board, and the first phone with the Google Assistant on it out of the box. Designed with looks to fit its premium aspirations, and with a price-tag to match (starting at $650), it's a pretty respectable smartphone. But it lacks a few things that would've given it that “extra awesome!”.

Related phones

  • 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)
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)



1. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

no OIS?..the worse premium phone amongst top phones

23. Rich123

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 30, 2014

PhoneArena specs just above say OIS.

29. swarai

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

Read it again

30. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Why didn't Google just let Apple make the Pixel and let consumers choose? /S ( 1 device 2 ecosystems iOS or Android !! :)

46. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i can't take a company that wants to claim their phone is premium while not supporting something has simple as OIS. camera humps is not that big of a deal...

54. Sealblaighter

Posts: 429; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Sony does not use OIS, still their videos are better. :))

2. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016 that the hype has died down, I think I'll stick with my HTC 10/iPhone 7+ combo. Nothing really compelling for me besides updates unfortunately. Side Note: WU-TANG CLAN AIN'T NOTHIN' TO f**k WIT!!!!!! (Just felt like yelling that for some reason)

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Same here... ain't getting it. But I am switching to the OP3. Won't sell my S7E just yet, see how the OP3 treats me. If it does, I'm going to give the Samsung to my dad and sell the Nexus 5X (since the OP3 has dual-sim, I no longer need 2 phones)

32. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

@PA: " ... yet the super-premium Pixels seem to forgo the idea altogether." And you forgot the letter T

40. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Forgo:. To omit or decline to take (something pleasant or valuable); go without. It is spelled right, they didn't mean forgot.

45. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Thank you.

3. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Ois is not needed they got some new type of setup And it looks like it's worked going by this review, also did you see the video demo

4. cgraham8

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

I could care less about wires charging or bezel size but the other 3 points are the exact reason I wouldn't consider this device. There is no excuse in 2016 for a phone to NOT have OIS or water resistance. Stereo speakers are just a bonus.

8. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I am the exact opposite. Lol Just goes to show different strokes for different folks. Once you use wireless charging, it's so inconvenient to use a cable.

5. Rich123

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 30, 2014

What do you mean no O.I.S? All the specs say O.I.S. DxOMARK says best camera and O.I.S. Just some autofocus problems Phone Arena please explain yourselves! Does it or does it not have O.I.S?

12. Harambe unregistered

It doesn't have OIS. Can you point me to where it says it has OIS?

16. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Harambe is absolutely right. The Pixels are NOT equipped with OIS. Side Note: I'm sorry for what happened to you that day at the zoo. We HAD TO SAVE THE CHILD!!!

39. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Kiko.. Your side comments are hilarious

21. Rich123

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 30, 2014

Just above this "COMMENTS" section are the specs for the Pixel and Pixel XL. The specs say OIS. DoxMARK mentioned OIS.

6. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Uh oh. Iphonearena has just opened Pandora's box and paved the way for a new set of blatant double standards in favour of Apple. Just watch. Pixel review. Cons Huge bezels, outdated design Minus 2 points total score of 7.9 iPhone 7s review Pros just enough bezels to comfortably hold. Tried and true tested for 4 generations design. No points docked. 9.3 Book it. That's how the reviews will shake down.

10. waqarzec

Posts: 75; Member since: May 09, 2013

Exactly bro's iPhonearena

13. nej_simon

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

If they don't give the iphone a good score they may not recieve another review sample next time.

9. manzer

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

1. No removable SD card. Unless I missed something

22. Rich123

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 30, 2014

No SD card.

11. iliketech

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

No Wireless Charging? What? Why bother Google... I'll just stick with my Galaxy note 5 that HAS WIRELESS CHARGING... Thank you for trying Google... Why wouldn't they put wireless charging into this.... so lame

14. Harambe unregistered

Any phone with metal back can't have wireless charging for obvious reasons.

17. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Is that back panel at the top made of glass? Surely it could've gone in that area and it would've made sense as consumers would known where to place the device

53. Harambe unregistered

Yes, but that would have made quite difficult since the whole coil would need to be placed there and the wireless charger would need to be precisely placed in the glass area. Also there is the camera and other stuff interfering.

20. tezzz

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Not true, read about qualcomm wireless charging on metal phones, plus the huge block of glass would be fine for other wireless charging technologies.

33. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Nexus phones have had it since the Nexus 4 in 2012

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