Google Pixel vs Pixel XL: which one is right for me?

Google Pixel vs Pixel XL: which one is right for me?

So, you've decided to grab one of Google's first-ever flagships to proudly tote the Google name? That's awesome, both the Pixel and the Pixel XL are awesome smartphones and you're likely to be happy with your purchase. But... wait... which one is the better choice for you?

If you are feeling ambivalent about which one of the two phones you'd rather buy, don't worry — since both are equally awesome and have their separate pros and cons, it's only natural. But we're here to help you out! Sure, the Pixel and Pixel XL have pretty much the same hardware and, at first look, it seems like display size is the only difference between the two. But, really, there are a few things you need to consider when making your choice. Here they are:


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Pixel
  • 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)

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11 Comments

1. speedyxvn

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 27, 2013

None, as the new chipset comes out in some weeks.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The Pixel XL caught my attention during the leaks, but once I acrually got to play with it, I was less than impressed. so yep, I pretty much share the same insight as you - None, as flagships with newer SoC at around the same price of the Pixel XL will launch in some weeks from now.

8. ozgur781sen

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Pixel Problems: 1) When you have the Night mode on you'll see pink tint on the bottom portion of the display while having a white background. (HARDWARE ISSUE). 2) When you have the battery at 100% and brightness at the lowest while having the phone plugged into the charger the screen will "Flicker."(HARDWARE ISSUE)(REGULATOR FLAW). 3) The Speaker cracking. (HARDWARE ISSUE)(REGULATOR FLAW). 4) The on-screen buttons will leave a burn in marks on the display due to them staying there ALL the TIME. (Software not optimized to hide them for certain apps(Fullscreen mode)). 5) Apps are not optimized for it generally. (personal experience). 6) The Camera Module gives you Rainbow effects while switching between modes. (HARDWARE ISSUE).

10. sgodsell

Posts: 6737; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I notice Paul K is stating that the quick charge on both Pixels is roughly the same time of 2 hours. My XL only takes 80 minutes to fully charge. So clearly he is not using the quick charger that came with the Pixel smartphones. You seem to gloss over that fact Ozgur781. But I know you don't have a Pixel smartphone, especially since you posted something about screen burn in. That was true for older displays. However Samsung's new AMOLED displays take thousands of hours in order to see any display degradation, or burn in. So how did you manage to get screen burn in on a Pixel smartphone that has only been out for roughly two months? Please document how you did this, and tell the world how you managed this. So basically right there you lost all credibility.

12. ozgur781sen

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

This is my 3rd buyers remorse exchange and all of them seem to have these problems. I used "Amoled Burn in Fix" App to detect burn ins and I noticed the the onscreen buttons are leaving marks where I can see the shape of the button on a gray background after 1 week of usage. If you ever used an S6 or 7 you know that Samsung doesn't leave anything static on the display where Google leaves the nav controls. Sorry about responding this late. &a I don't see "Paul K." Comment?

11. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I could care less about chipset. but yes htc phone design are just lame.

2. Rich123

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 30, 2014

Which one? Pixel XL is still vaporware, at least on Verizon. The 128GB XL has a ship-by date of 2/17/2016.

9. ozgur781sen

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Pixel Problems: 1) When you have the Night mode on you'll see pink tint on the bottom portion of the display while having a white background. (HARDWARE ISSUE). 2) When you have the battery at 100% and brightness at the lowest while having the phone plugged into the charger the screen will "Flicker."(HARDWARE ISSUE)(REGULATOR FLAW). 3) The Speaker cracking. (HARDWARE ISSUE)(REGULATOR FLAW). 4) The on-screen buttons will leave a burn in marks on the display due to them staying there ALL the TIME. (Software not optimized to hide them for certain apps(Fullscreen mode)). 5) Apps are not optimized for it generally. (personal experience). 6) The Camera Module gives you Rainbow effects while switching between modes. (HARDWARE ISSUE).

4. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

None of them.

6. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I played with mine for a month and a half before taking it back. The primary reason was real world performance wasn't any better than my nexus 6p on 7.0 Nougat. Battery life was also better on the 6p and I don't need daydream. If you've never owned a 6p and want something new, go for the pixel. And google is likely out of the 128gb model so when they get more in it will be a new batch. With Huawei having a major showing next week at CES, the rumored pixel 7 tablet might soon arrive.

7. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Too Too much bezel.......... Too iPhone ish......... Too costly for what it is....... Imho.

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