So I've had my Google Pixel Phone for a week now

Discussion in 'Internet and Technology' started by Maddox, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. Maddox

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    It's been a week now since I got my Pixel (not XL) and I have to say it is a stunning little number. It's about the same size as my Galaxy 7 Edge (traded in now) but thinner. The screen is beautiful and colours are what you would expect from an AMOLED display; sharp, clear without over exaggeration of the colour gamut. It's also super responsive needing just a light touch.

    The new android OS is Nougat 7.1 and it is slick - super smooth and fast. No stuttering, no drag or lag and everything just jumps right into place when you tap. There is definitely no bloatware at all. It's about as stock as you can get, the only exception being the Pixel Launcher, but that is sweet with no need for any real extras.

    Only two buttons on the shell - on/off and volume and they are sturdy, not flimsy like some phones and they don't rattle or move from side to side.

    Speaker is more than adequate for what you need from the phone - earphone jack is situated on the top edge of the phone if you want to use earphones. I know a few have said the speaker is not so good, but I don't see it.

    Google assistant is clever and will get better the more you use it - it's nice to just say 'remind me I need to go into town tomorrow' and it's done. Nice to say 'play my music' and it plays. Still toying with this so it's still early days, but it works great.

    The fingerprint scanner is the best I've ever used - have added two prints, one from each hand, and they work instantly every time. It's on the back of the phone so it makes it very easy to access when using the phone one-handed.

    Battery life is amazing - it's only a 2700mAh but it LASTS! I only need to charge every other day and I use it for calls, texts, internet access and using it as a mobile hotspot for my tablet. I would get even more out of it if I activated battery saver in the settings, but hell I only got a day out of S7 so this is excellent.

    Signal and call quality are top notch. Where I live is a difficult place to get a decent signal and the only phone that worked in the house was the S7, but this little beauty sucks in the signal even more and I get really good reception and call quality.

    I've not tried the camera yet, so can't say if it's any better than the S7; I'll find out this week when I can get out to take some images (been too busy this week).

    Storage is 32GB which is more than enough for me, and with unlimited cloud storage, I don't have to worry about running out of space. I've set the phone to sync only when Wifi is available so no need to worry about data usage being eaten up.

    I would have to say this is the best phone I've owned so far. It just tops the S7 so for me its price point is justified. HTC and Google have worked well together to bring this phone to market and I can see it going from strength to strength.

    If you have any questions fire away and I'll do my best to answer them.

    ;)
     
  2. BioWarfare

    BioWarfare The uphill battle

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    I'm waiting on the reviews for the Pixel 2 next year.
     
  3. Joeychgo

    Joeychgo TAZ Administrator

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    I'm just not an android fan
     
  4. radu81

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    Thanks for your review . I prefer Android phones and I always had Nexus phones (Nexus s, Galaxy Nexus , N5, N7 tablet and now Nexus 5x). I used to play a lot with custom roms , but the n5x is the first phone I keep with stock rom and android 7. I loved the Nexus phones , they offered the best quality for the price I paid .
    Too bad that this changed with Nexus 6 phone and now with pixel phones . I'm not saying are not good phones , but they are not for the target of people they used to be . To be honest I don't think my next phone will be a pixel phone
     
  5. Maddox

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    The Pixels are expensive and I'm not sure that this is a good move on Google's part after their other phone releases were more mid-market priced with high specifications. Having said that, the Pixel is a top class piece of kit and I managed to get mine on a good contract with only having to upfront £280 which I got back selling my S7, so it effectively cost nothing - I can't complain lol.

    Once I get my car sorted (damned coolant leak somewhere) I'll get off into the country and down to the beach and take some photos to test out the camera.

    :)
     
  6. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Opinionated asshat

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    Trade you a coolant leak for a front main seal leak on a tranny (E4OD).
    I've gotten where I just stick with the iPhone. It works well with my Mac and I don't have to really mess with it much any more.
     
  7. Maddox

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    I have no idea how bad that is, but I presume it's quite nasty lol. When I had my Ford Escort Mk II, I could strip it down to the chassis and do whatever was necessary; nowadays I know where the coolant goes, the oil and the windscreen washer water - oh and the petrol - anything else I call a mechanic lol.

    Good one, if it works that's great - trouble with me is I'm a technophile and just love playing with new toys lol. The only thing I've not replaced this year, so far, is my computer, but then the latest wouldn't do anything my current one can already do; there'd be no noticeable difference.

    I do use my phone a lot and when I get the chance I like to take photos, so a good camera on my phone is essential. I've got a digital camera but it's just one more thing to carry about - and potentially get lost lol.

    ;)
     
  8. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Opinionated asshat

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    Requires a drop of the transmission from the truck and rebuild of the inside. About a $1700 job locally. If I had a decent driveway that didn't look like a road up a steep mountain I'd do it myself since the truck is not a daily driver. But no room so I get to pay to have it done.
    I was at that point one time... every new phone come out I'd grab it and just have them put it on my account. May a month I had a $1500-1900 phone bill.
    As I've gotten older I don't really want to mess with the things - I just want it to work reliably. :D
     
  9. BeyBrad

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    I just got an iPhone SE, but I sense that the next time I do upgrade, it will be to whatever iteration of the Pixel is out. Can't help but feel like Apple has lost the plot, and the V1 of Pixel is already awesome. However I do hope they go for a slightly bolder design next time. I understand that it needs mass-market appeal to hit the iPhone audience, but surely many lapsed iPhone fans are also yearning for something more aesthetically fascinating after three years of aluminum soap bars from Apple.
     
  10. Maddox

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    Ouch, that is nasty. I've just had my mechanic around and taken the car away - he reckons it just needs a new water pump and fan belt to sort it out, so that's not bad considering the motor is 13 years old.

    BeyBradBeyBrad the Pixel is a really nice phone - it's not much to look at in terms of being outstanding, but what's on the inside works really well; far better than most that I've had. If I did have one criticism it is the speaker - HTC were always renowned for their amazing stereo speaker set up, so to not see that on a phone at this price point is a little (not disastrously) disappointing. But hey, if I want boom, boom, boom then I just plug in headphones and away I go lol.

    ;)
     
  11. Maddox

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    I've used the camera for a couple of shots, nothing spectacular, and the results are brilliant - sharp, detailed, defined, good colour balance and no lens flare; mind you, like most photographers (I have some professionals as friends and get tips off them) I shoot with the light behind me. I'll try a few shots with light facing me and see what happens, I'll also take the same photos with a dedicated digital camera and compare the results - will post them here when done.

    If that issue is present, then at least a fix is on the way to nullify it.

    :)
     
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  12. Creaky

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    Mine is being delivered today, looking forward to getting it up and running
     
  13. Maddox

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    Good one let us know what you think and how you get on with it.

    :tup:
     
  14. John Crane

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    I'm also planning to buy the next version of it
     
  15. BrandonSheley

    BrandonSheley loving life

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    I got mine a few days ago.
    Went from 60 a month for 2 gigs with an old plan
    to 65 with unlimited! :D

    I love the phone, especially the camera
     
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