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

Price, Value

Which finally brings us to the price. Unlike Nexus phones of the past with their flagship features and lower than flagship price, this phone has flagship features, with a price that matches. The Pixel is $649 for the 32GB smaller size and $769 for the 32GB Pixel XL. This puts it on par with iPhones, hence me comparing some of the features like the camera to it.

Pixel Price

Now, I’m well aware that no iPhone user is switching to the Pixel, so the closest Android phones to really compare it too is probably the Galaxy S7 Edge, the LG V20 maybe, and the Moto Z. If compared to these, the phone has a better camera by most comparisons which is something super important to me at least, Google Assistant built-in that will get better but isn’t quite there yet, not as nice of a design as some of those, but I think it comes down to what it doesn’t have that the others ones do.

Pixel XL vs GS7 Edge

Like the Nexus devices before it, it has stock Android and because of that the sheer experience of using it is so snappy, so crisp and won’t slow down over time and will only get better with updates from Google. In my opinion, with a camera on a pure Google device that I can be proud of and all the other things mentioned, it’s hard to not recommend the Pixel or Pixel XL if that’s the price range you were looking in and speed is something you care about.

Video Review

For those that want to watch the video review as well, you can do so below:

What do you guys think of it? Let me know below!

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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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