Poll: so, Pixel or Pixel XL?

Poll: so, Pixel or Pixel XL?
So, Google's Pixel smartphones went like hotcakes in the pre-order stage, and are expected to become physically available in about 3 days. Mirroring, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, as well as many other high profile manufacturers, Google decided to release its Pixel flagship in two variants – a regular, 5-inch screen one, and a phablet-sized, 5.5-incher.

Android users are famously split in two categories when it comes to two screen sizes — some are irked by the fact that there are very few high-tier smartphones that have small-ish and manageable displays; others are happy to have gargantuan displays on them at all times, either for ease of viewing when in the Web, or for games and video-consumption.

So, the two Pixels should somewhat cover the needs of both groups. But we wonder — which side of the fence are you on?

Which are you getting: Pixel or Pixel XL?

Gotta have that 5-inch Pixel!
Bigger is always better - 5.5-inch Pixel XL it is!

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. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Waiting for reviews. especially on battery life -- a phone with better battery would be winner for me ;) but I might still go with XL cuz I want to try Daydream and I want a better experience

3. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Wait for a bogo deal

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The larger Pixel XL will definitely give you a better VR experience, especially in the FOV since it has a 5.5" display. Also the Pixel only has a 1920x1080 resolution display, which works out to a resolution of 960x1080 per eye. Where as the Pixel XL works out to a resolution of 1280x1440 per eye.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I agree about the battery life being a big selling point for me. Right now the Nexus 6P blows with Nougat in regards to battery life. We were promised a better Doze, but Google hasn't delivered. Though I think I would have to go with the 5" Pixel. I love the 6P, but it really is at the very limit in regards to phone size that I would find practical. I still use my 2013 Moto X and despite it being much slower, is such a pleasure to use with a 4.7" display.

10. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I'd go with the pixel too.. the compact size alone is enough to offset any disadvantages the XL will have over it which is just the battery and resolution

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Are you on the latest build? I was having some battery issues and I got an update late last week for NBD90X. It's got the October security patch plus did some bug fixing and now my battery life is much better than before.

18. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

Both are big for me... 5 inch is great but pixel's bezels are too big..

20. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yeah, I'm on NBD90X as well. I haven't noticed any changes in performance, though for the first time ever, my 6P restarted unexpectedly... I figure the 7.1 update will fix the Doze issue... at least I hope it does. If not then I'll go the route of performing a fresh install of the OS. I've read that worked for some people.... We shall see.

23. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I was just the opposite, I was on NDR90T, and had a couple reboots (that was a first for my 6p also) and had crap battery life. I got NBD90X last Thursday and it's been a night and day difference. Like my overnight with 90T was a 10-15% loss over 6 hours of just sitting there. Where with 90X it's around 2-3% in the same time period.

24. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Doze has always worked great when the phone is stationary, but it was supposed to offer better battery performance when in motion, like in your pocket. It now consumes more battery life than before during the day, but when it's motionless on my nightstand, it'll consume 3 to 4% overnight which I'm cool with.

17. R.Mohanraj

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 11, 2016

I don't like Pixel or Pixel XL. worthless..

21. sraj49

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

The initial reviews from Australia claims the battery life is as was presented at the phone Launch and it does charge fast to get 7 hrs of battery life in a5 mins. I have ordered an Pixel XL....

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Pixel #lol #s**t_pixel don't waste your money on steep priced android phone

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2675; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'd correct that to say: Don't waste your money on ANY steep priced phones. Midrange options offer so much bang for your buck these days, regardless of platform.

9. Kumar123 unregistered

$hit Chinese Patriot's Barney_stinson is jealous of Pixel success and insecure about Chinese phones success in Murica. How's your crap plus crap doing? are you already bored of crap plus crap and planning to buy another Chinese crap?

4. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Pixel XL. Waiting for hands on reviews from users and to get a test drive with the phone myself once Verizon has it in store for a demo.

6. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

If i had to choose,i would go for XL. Im using 5.5 incher even now and i like it,wont go back.

8. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I feel like its the first time a small screened phone will annihilate its bigger sibling because phone manufacturers are fond of giving the larger screened sibling all the juicy features giving us the ilkusion that big phones are catching up. Of course they would with all those eye catching features? #smallphonesftw

11. libra89

Posts: 2335; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Pixel. In the sea of big phones, having a smaller one with nice specs is refreshing.

12. Fona13A unregistered

5'' or bust, literally you'd bust through her limit with anything bigger.

13. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

How about none?

14. photo3

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Xl but i wish it was 6 inch like the nexus 6. I type better and can so much better see maps and websites on the 6. I carried my wifes note 5 and nexus 6 in my front pocket (when she didn't want to bring her purse in to dinner or a movie theatre so i guess I don't have any pocketability problems.

15. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Normally I'd go for the smaller one, but I don't think I could pass up on the added value the XL display brings to Daydream. It'll be interesting to see if Google ups the resolution on next year's Pixel, when I'll actually be in the market for a new phone.

19. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

PhoneArena. Can you please fix your polls so that they work on phones? Rather ironic that a mobile focused site doesn't properly support mobiles.

25. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

those bezels...esp the chin...like jennifer aniston chin..google big Gin

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