Google’s First Ever Phone, Is It Worth It? (Pixel XL Video Review)


The device comes in 32GB and 128GB versions, but does have an interesting feature that other Android phones don’t get –the ability to upload all photos and videos from the phone to Google Photos at full resolution without any cost or limit. And since, for most people the largest use of their storage is photos or videos, you can tap Free Up Space and it’ll remove any of these from the device and yet you can still access them from Google Photos so long as you have an internet connection.

Google Photos

Now, if we’re honest, most people don’t need the full resolution of their photos and videos and Google Photos already has unlimited storage for these things with the same ability to free up the storage on the phone with just a limit of 16MP for stills (which the phone only has 12MP so that’s basically the same) and 1080P for videos which anything higher will be reduced to if using that plan. So really up to you if that’s a big feature for you or not and if you take a lot of 4K videos.

Battery Life

As far as battery life, it’s good. I’m not sure how people are claiming a full two days out of it or even a full day. I feel like they don’t use their phone or I’m doing something terribly wrong, but if any phone I own makes it from waking up to sleeping, I’m thoroughly impressed. The Pixel XL does get close though and most phones don’t actually make that criteria so I’d say it has a good battery life.

Rapid Charging

The nice thing though is that it does have fast charging that is properly fast and plugging it in for a little more than an hour will get a completely full charge.

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12 thoughts on “Google’s First Ever Phone, Is It Worth It? (Pixel XL Video Review)”

  1. It’s an iPhone ripoff. If I wanted an iPhone I would invest nearly a thousand dollars on an iphone. The things that make Android phones better, like expandable storage, or simply getting a solid device that does everything an iPhone does at half the price, are missing with this Pixel line. Its not the phone for me, with so many options out there that can perform as well or better than Pixel phones at far less cost. Sheesh the last Nexus phones are almost as good, for half the price.

    1. Yeah, I agree the price is a bit steep. I mean, finally a good camera on a “Nexus” device which I’m super excited about. Great processor, etc. but I have a feeling they made the price what it was just so they could be “on par” with iPhones –so they aren’t viewed as less than. We’ll see how it sells, I suppose.

  2. Simply too expensive. And double standards in reviewing phones are irritating. Htc 10 was crucified for not being watterprof and not having so called WOW factor. Pixels are glorified inspite offering the same or even less than 10. Simply disgusting. Htc 10 for 550 is much better buy.

    1. Did you watch my review? And my review of the HTC 10? Don’t compare my review to someone else’s and call it a double standard. Two different perspectives –and I try and keep mine consistent 😉

      I actually liked the way the HTC 10 looked and waterproofing wasn’t becoming a common feature back then so who cares (even now it’ll take a while for it to become a standard feature).

      1. I didn’t see you’re review of htc 10 before, and today I looked for review on this site, it doesn’t exist. Only few for rooting and one before you even had it, pre review kind. But anyway, double standards are present on most reviews of pixels I’ve seen. Reviewers just seem to be scared to criticize pixels. Their abnormal price, non existent htc audio quality, DAC, amp and htc enchantments (was google cutting edges and expenses with not requiring htc to build in their audio? Is 3.5 on them pure marketing and antiapple commercial?) Why 64gb model is missing? Did Google copied only apple iPhone look or google is copiing apple strategy completly? Is move to put glass on part of the phone that ppl will touch the most, wise? Practical? Is really fingerprint on their back better and more natural then in the front? Are pixels smoothest and fastest Android phones if op3 opens apps faster and s7 edge smoother and faster in games? Why should one pay 850$ for pixel xl if htc 10 is 550? Are fast updates, beta google assistant and few tweaks worth 300?

    1. Nexus devices were guidelines given by Google to a manufacturer and then that manufacturer designed the phone around that. The Pixel, on the other hand, was a phone the Google actually designed, then handed the specs to HTC and said build it. Does that make sense?

      1. How about the T-Mobile G1 aka (HTC Dream) ? Last I checked Google designed it, then handed it over to HTC and said build it! Pixel maybe a remake but not the first.

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