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This year, Google have abandoned their old Nexus line in favour of a new range, the Pixel. With two devices, the regular Pixel and the larger screened Pixel XL, this range is Google’s attempt to go upmarket, and to compete against the likes of Samsung. But does the combination of Google and HTC make for a genuinely competitive Android? The Pixel XL certainly seems to tick all of the boxes…
Why should you invest in a Pixel XL? Of course, it’s got great, fast performance, and that big screen too, but it’s also got some solid cameras, a longer than ever battery life, and some nice special features as well. If you’re looking for a top shelf Android, then look no further, the Pixel XL is a fantastic choice!
For the first time on a Google phone, we’re being treated to a full glass and metal unibody design, which means the Pixel XL gets a real premium feel. It’s a sexy phone, with sharp edges, gently rounded corners, and a slim line profile. And that backplate is smooth, featuring only small indentation for the camera lens and fingerprint scanner. The XL feels very secure in the hand, and it’s robust, with little to no flex.
Aside from those looks, there is some nice internals too. There’s more power than ever, a new chipset, more RAM, a bigger battery, and better cameras, as well as access to unique features courtesy of Google.
For demanding customers looking at top end Android devices, the Pixel XL is going to be a great buy. It’s got everything you could need and then some, but it’s not going to come cheap. However, this is a more than worthy investment.
Of course, you’re going to be looking for excellent performance in a top end phone, and the Pixel XL doesn’t disappoint. Google tend not to put big processors in their phones, simply because Android is light weight enough not to need them, and here you’re getting quad core processing with 4 GB of RAM and the new Snapdragon 821 chipset. All that equals a fast and responsive device.
Of course, this is an Android phone, and you’ve got the new 7.1 Nougat version running out of the box. This means the familiar, intuitive interface and all the customisation options you’re used to. However, since this is a Google phone, you’ll also get updates and features faster than anyone else gets them.
Concerning performance you’ll hear no complaints from us. The Pixel XL is as quick and responsive as we could wish for, and whether you’re multitasking or not, it responds immediately and quickly to input.
The Pixel XL is the largest phone in the Pixel range and is verging on phablet territory with its 5.5-inch screen. That’s a lot of screen space, so typing and viewing are very comfortable indeed. However, it’s not easy to put the XL into your pocket, and one handed use is really out of the question.
Resolution numbers are very high, with full HD here. You’re getting 1440 x 2560 pixels, so around 534 PPI, resulting in a crisp, clean image that’s spectacularly well defined. This is also an AMOLED display, so you get a perfect colour reproduction as well.
Combine all of this, size, resolution, and AMOLED, and you’ve got a beauty of a display. From HD video to high-end games, the picture on the Pixel XL is fantastic, and you’re going to love looking at it.
We expect to be able to take great pictures on a smartphone these days, and when it comes to that, the XL does deliver. At the front, you’ve got an 8 MP camera, which is a pretty high resolution. And that also sports a f/2.4 aperture and a 1/3.2” sensor for extra clarity.
At the back, you’ve got a 12 MP camera, which isn’t the highest resolution around but is more than satisfactory. And this time there’s a f/2.0 aperture and a 1/2.3” sensor. You’ve also got phase detection and laser autofocus as well as a dual LED flash, and then all the other features you’d expect, like touch focus and face detection.
Long story short: you’re going to have excellent pictures. The Pixel XL takes great snaps, and whether you’re a pro or an amateur, you’re going to be more than happy with the image quality you’re getting here.
We’ve got lots of special features here, but some deserve special mention. There is a fingerprint scanner for added security, and a very reliable one too in comparison with others we’ve seen. The scanner is rear mounted too, making it easier and more convenient to use.
As a Google phone, there are some advantages. This is the first phone built around the new Google Assistant (Google’s answer to Apple’s Siri), and it’s also the first to be built for Google’s new VR project. Plus, you’ll get all those features and updates first, before other users.
And then there’s battery life. The XL sports a 3450 mAh Li-Ion battery that should give you around 32 hours of talk time per charge. And when loading time roles around there’s a reversible USB type C port for faster charging.
|Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE|
|Dimensions||154.7 x 75.7 x 8.5 mm (6.09 x 2.98 x 0.33 in)|
|Weight||168 g (5.93 oz)|
|- Splash and dust resistant|
|Display||AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.5 inches (~71.2% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1440 x 2560 pixels (~534 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|OS||Android OS, v7.1 (Nougat)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821|
|CPU||Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo)|
|Internal||32/128 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||12 MP, f/2.0, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||1/2.3" sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps|
|Secondary Camera||8 MP, f/2.4, 1/3.2" sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, 1080p|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.2, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|USB||v3.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Sensors||Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|- Fast battery charging|
|- MP4/H.264 player|
|- MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player|
|- Photo/video editor|
|- Document editor|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3450 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 552 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 32 h (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 130 h|
|Colors||Very Black, Quite Silver, Really Blue|
There are plenty of Android phones around, but the new Google Pixel XL is one of the best we’ve seen. The combination of great performance and great looks is always a winning one, but you also get nice special features and solid cameras, as well as a great display. If you’re looking at top end Androids, then the Pixel XL is going to be a stunning choice.
As far as connectivity goes you’re getting the usual suspects: WiFi, 3G, 4G, and Bluetooth. You’ll be getting 32 GB of internal memory, which isn’t a whole lot of storage, particularly when there’s no SD card slot, so you won’t be adding more memory. However, Google provide you with limitless free cloud storage for music and photos.
So, was there anything we didn’t like? Compared to earlier Google releases, the XL is a little pricey, but then you do have to pay for quality. This also isn’t a water resistant model, something we’re getting used to in top-end phones, but that probably won’t bother most people. For the most part, we love the Pixel XL and we think you will too. If you want the best Android around, then check out the Pixel XL!
by Dan Forster, Mobile Phone Expert
Dan is our mobile phone review expert helping customers make better buying decisions. With a passion for technology and taking things apart Dan single-handedly reviews all the phones listed on the TigerMobiles.com website.