Google Pixel XL User Reviews
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This is the Android I've been waiting for!
Pinhead has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Let me just say it...Google finally nailed the best cellphone so far! The User Interface is absolutely perfect, speed is amazing, camera the best, and the phone does not go up in smoke(a little dig for you Samsung, after making me have to return my Note 7)! And this is a breath of fresh air for me after buying 6 Samsungs in a row, getting sick of their propensity for curved screens. I closely watched Google's foray into making cellphones and almost bought a Nexus 6P-but it wasn't perfect yet. The Pixel XL is.
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Pixel XL...finally, the one
Andrew5190 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
For years now, I've said the best Android phone would be an iPhone running the operating system. The Pixel XL finally delivers on that. Sure, it's a very similar design (people always ask me if it's the 7 Plus), but it's also a design that works.
Coming from a Moto X Pure Edition, this phone is lightning quick. I've had small hesitations here and there, just like any other phone would encounter, but I've not had a major issue yet.
The camera is for real. Challenging shots, low light shots, you name it; it'll shoot it. The EIS is far superior to any OIS I've ever seen.
The display is beautiful. Very comparable to Samsung displays. It could be brighter, sure, but I'll also take the fact I can see it just fine in the sun at max and that my battery life is amazing.
Speaking of battery life...WOW! I've easily gotten to 4 hour of SOT with battery to spare. Never have I had a phone do that. This is with wifi on at work, connected to my Huawei Watch constantly, and using the phone in my car for music via Bluetooth. The battery life is so good, I actually took my charger out of my car.
In short, believe the hype. This phone is finally, without question, the one that can and eventually will compete with Apple and truly drive innovation for both companies.
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Believe the hype
JeffDenver has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This is basically the best Android phone ever made as of this writing. It is not feature-rich compared to other Android phones (No stereo speakers, no water proofing), but it excels in the main things most people use their phones for. The UI is blazing fast and I was unable to cause it to lag out even when deliberately trying to do so. The camera is amazing...60fps video with EIS, which outperforms OIS. The auto focus and shutter speed are both top of the line. The Front camera captures more detail than anything else on the market right now. Battery life is comparable to the best phones out right now as well, and it has quick-charge support.
The display is better than anything else out right now except for Samsung phones (which are only slightly better IMO). The build quality is great, and it is far easier to repair than previous Nexus phones (but I would recommend a case...there are no phones out right now that can reliably survive a drop without damage IMO). Google "Pixel water resistance"...while not officially water resistant, the phone has survived submersion for 30 minutes or more without damage. It does not have stereo speakers, but the single speaker is loud, and very clear even at max volume. I use this phone for conference calls all the time for work and the sound is very good.
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Pixel XL does not disappoint
TGreg104 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This phone brings me back to when I bought the OG Moto X. The phone JUST WORKS. It does not excel in any one specific area, but instead does everything well. Everything performs and reacts exactly how you'd expect it to. This phone, while it does pack in some of the best hardware available, was so obviously built for user experience instead of looking good on paper. Take note, manufactures, Google gets it (when do they not?). I would highly recommend this phone to anyone of any age. Think of this as Googles 'iPhone'.
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again in 2019?
david_zaqariashvili has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
this phone is still acceptable in 2019. hey, google !!! when you have an ambition for the best smartphone camera. do us a favor and put proper camera features, such as full manual controls, give us freedom.
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(18 Months of use) Good phone for it's time, wish it had delivered more.
Kyote1996 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I have owned this phone for 18 Months, and feel as if I can accurately describe what's it's been like owning it long term. I got the phone a few months after release. I could have gotten a newer Galaxy phone or a LG phone that looked better on paper. Although, I liked the idea of buying a phone made by Google. I have really enjoyed the phone since day one. It's not gonna win a beauty contest by any means. It could have one best camera, or easiest Android to use at the time. It's simple yet effective approach made using the phone easy and efficient. Over time the camera started to loose it's flare by never being good in low light situations, and the flash option got really bad after I hit the year mark. Battery took a turn quicker then normal as well. Ik tye type of person that will upgrade every 2 years to the latest and greatest. Normally I am forced to do so because my old photos need becomes a glitchy peice of trash. That has not happened with the Google pixel. It still runs nearly as smooth as it did when I bought it. It's not perfect, yet nowhere near bad.
Sadly, the Google pixel XL has lost its flare, it's lack of wireless charging, big gaps on top and bottom of the phone, overall ugly appeal, and failing camera have lead me to ditch the pixel sooner then normal. It should he said that I have the power to upgrade much easier now, so that could be a factor. I need my phone for pictures, GPS, and smooth use daily at work. The pixel XL can no longer deliver at the level I...
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Good phone with very Cheap build Material
d1638 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Only 3 weeks and the body has started to show signs of wear. I'm not a construction worker. I work in the office and my phone is usually on my desk and the back of the phone has already visible wear marks. Bluetooth is also another problem. Constantly dropping the connection while connected to my Car audio system.
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Great successor to the Nexus devices.
ajzalecki has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
The 6P was perfect for the time period and Google managed to do it again with the Pixel/Pixel XL. This device is fast and doesn't suffer from the processor speed throttling issue due to overheating that plagued the Nexus 6P. The call quality is great. The screen is beautiful. The build quality is great. Battery life is phenomenal. In my opinion, Google Assistant is far superior to Alexa, Cortana, and Siri.
My only issue is that the speaker is in a place that tends to be easily covered with a finger. The design isn't that great but that's what skins are for. The design has never bothered me as long as the functionality is great.
It's more expensive than the Nexus line was but so far, it is also better all around than the Nexus line.
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Google nailed it
soldier5637 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
Google did it. Maybe people now will stop looking down at android as the "poor persons phone" as this costs more than 1k in Canada. The battery life is amazing, if I could have rated a section with an 11 that would have been it. Never had a phone with this kind of juice. It could do 2 work days with moderate use or 1 and a bit with heavy use. It charges very fast. call quality is great (as it should be on all phones by now. They are after all phones still arent they? I think Apple believes people dont call anymore judging by the quality of their calling). The screen has the darkest darks and brightest whites and is very vivid. Build quality is very durable, however the ear-speaker covering is literally just cloth. No metal mesh. You can tear it. As well, no water proofing. The bottom facing speakers really bother me though. Especially with this excess of bezel room at the top and bottom that would have been prime for front facing speakers. Very good quality of audio though. Incredibly crisp. As far as just using it goes, its as smooth as butter. Not a seconds delay to do anything. Google assistant is also proving increasingly useful. Google Daydream is OK, but as of now not worth it since theres no apps for it.
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Pixel XL is a must have
cbranch has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
If you are an iPhone® user and are ready to switch to Android, then this phone is for you! If you are an Android user, prepare yourself to be pleasantly surprised! This phone not only doesn't disappoint, but the features it has and the way it was built is the bread and butter. I am an experienced Android user and have been from day 1. I don't want to give a long laundry list of phones that I have had, but my latest phones were the Galaxy S5, and Galaxy S6 edge. I was going to keep this going (aka get the S7 edge) until I saw that Google released this phone. I purchased it the very next day after it was release and this is how my experience went:
-The first thing you will notice is that the finger print reader is on the back of the phone. You might think this is awkward, but when you start using it, you can instantly see how neat it is and how natural it feels. You will find yourself grabbing your phone and unlocking it with ease. Since the reader is a circle, it supports a 360 degree finger print, which means you can touch it from ANY angle and it will unlock it (tested!). Also, with the finger print reader, instead of waking your phone first and then unlocking it, you can simple touch the reader and it almost instantly unlock rather then waking your phone first and then unlocking it.
-The UI in this phone is unlike any other android phone that I have had. There are no jitters when going through your app drawer, scrolling through g-mail, or even looking through your gallery....
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