The Google Pixel has been one of the most anticipated smartphone releases of the year. Google has produced multiple smartphones previously, but it only ran on Google’s software, relying on the hardware of other smartphone manufacturers. I purchased the Google Pixel to replace my aging Samsung Galaxy S7.

google-pixel-xl-smartphone-reviewWhats in the Box?

  • Pixel or Pixel XL
  • USB-C 18W adapter with USB-PD
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • USB-C to USB Standard-A plug cable
  • SIM tool
  • OTG Dongle
  • Safety and Warranty information
  • Quick start guide
  • Google Play Music promo card
  • Google Assistant card
  • Google Social promo card

Google Pixel Display

  • 5.0 inches
  • FHD AMOLED at 441ppi
  • 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
  • 100000:1, super contrast ratio
  • Full 24-bits depth or 16.77 million colors

I really love the display on my Google Pixel. The crispness of the images and the vibrance of the colors really set this smartphone apart from others. Don’t get me wrong, the Galaxy S7 has a great display, the Google Pixel’s display is on another level. The other thing I really love is the Gorilla glass that comes on the Google Pixel. I dropped a TV remote directly on the screen from several feet up and feared the worst, but it took the direct, blunt force with no issue.

Google Pixel Battery Life

One of the things that was most touted about the Google Pixel was the excellent battery life. Prior to receiving my smartphone, I was skeptical about the battery, the claims about batter life and the safety of the battery after learning he fate of several Samsung Galaxy Note7 users.

After a solid month of use, I can say that the battery life is amazing on the Google Pixel smartphone. The claims about 7 hours of battery life being acquired in just 15 minutes of charging are a little misleading as the phone has to be turned off to achieve this; however, with the phone turned off, this is possible. I can take my phone to work, listen to music all day, text all day, and play games here and there and still have battery when I get home in the evening. My Samsung Galaxy S7 (albeit several years old at this point) could barely make it halfway through the workday.

Google Pixel Software

One of the things I have always hated when purchasing a new smartphone is the amount of bloatware that is loaded on the phone prior to purchasing it. The amazing thing about the Google Pixel, is all of the majority of apps you use the most are Google Apps to begin with. It was so nice not having to download and set default apps on my Google Pixel. Because I bought the Pixel directly from the Google Play Store, I didn’t have to mess around and delete a bunch of AT&T crap that was pre-loaded.

Google Pixel Hardware

  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821
  • 2.15Ghz + 1.6Ghz, 64Bit Quad-Core
  • 32 or 128GB

One thing that sets the Google Pixel apart from Google’s previous smartphones is that the hardware is solely Google. Previously, like with the Google Nexus were built (hardware) by LG and the software was Google’s.

Another key component that today’s smartphones get judged on is the camera. The Google Pixel has a main, back camera and a front facing camera.

Google Pixel Camera ReviewThe back, main camera boasts:

  • 12.3MP
  • Large 1.55μm pixels
  • Phase detection autofocus + laser detection autofocus
  • f/2.0 Aperture

The front camera has:

  • 8MP
  • 1.4µm pixels
  • f/2.4 Aperture
  • Fixed focus

Ill be honest, I have never been one to really care about the camera. I tend to live in the moment rather than take pictures of myself living in the moment. I do know, however that a large majority of the population loves selfies and Snapchat. I was impressed by the camera on the Pixel.

Google Pixel Price

The price is definitely one the most prohibitive things about the Pixel, especially because only Verizon is allowed to sell the Pixel directly. However, the Google Play Store does offer financing to help you offset the high cost of acquiring the Pixel. Similar to the AT&T NEXT plan, you can get the Google Pixel for $30-$35/month through Google Play Store Financing.

Google Pixel Smartphone

Google Pixel Smartphone

Construction / Display






        Battery / Charging





            • Great Display
            • Financing Options
            • Battery Life / Fast Charge
            • Software
            • Hardware


            • Price Barrier
            • Bluetooth Issues
            • USB-C Charging

            Adam B.

            Adam has been working in internet marketing for over 8 years. In addition to his affinity for writing reviews, he also works with website design, graphic design, and motion graphics work. When he is not working, Adam likes to watch hockey or find his way to the casino.

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