Google has released the two next Android smartphones under the name pixel and pixel XL. You are located with high end hardware, top camera and built-in Google Wizard in the upper class. We have tested whether that justifies the premium prices.
On self-consciousness, it seems not to lack Google: with prices from 750 to 870 euros for the 5-inch pixel phone and 900 up to 1010 euro for the 5.5 inch pixel XL include Google’s new smartphones to the most expensive Android Smartphone of all time. Over the times when the nexus devices as an insider tip for high-quality hardware at a low price were considered. Accordingly, one might expect that the two new flagship phones outdo other top Android smartphones and the iPhone 7. This doesn’t work however in all aspects – more on that later.
Opinions differ on the design of the pixel-phones: Google has be quite clearly “inspired by Apple”. The front looks especially for silver as similar to the iPhone, that many colleagues noted not to keep an Android powered device in the hands and searched desperately for the home button below the screen. And also the back of the Google Smartphone is similar to the Apple devices. The only difference: the top quarter with decorated Google with polished glass, what different well arrived in our newsroom. The opinions ranged between “Looks good.” and “ugly. Glue it there are the remains of the protective film? “.”
The build quality is, however, indisputable: the brushed aluminium housing with its rounded edges and the perfectly flush left a glass front looks very classy. Differently than many other thin smartphones will degenerate the pixels not when carrying in the Pocket, the case creaks and rattles not and the three aluminum buttons sit tight and have a very clean and defined pressure point. Also chic: The camera lens is flush with the back. The hump of the predecessor a thing of the past models nexus 6 p and 5 X. However, Google has played a little for it, because pixel-phones are slightly wedge-shaped and measure 7.3 mm at the bottom, while there are above 8.5 mm.
The hardware of both phones is no different except for the display and the battery capacity. You are the first Smartphones that are powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (MSM8996pro). The four-core processor runs at a maximum speed of 2.15 GHz, making them among the fastest smartphones. In our benchmarks, they were at a comparable level as the direct competitor of Apple iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S7 and OnePlus 3. Practice tests, that ensures smooth play and smooth VR experiences. This also liked balanced sounding audio playback. The speaker downward is placed so in the case that you often accidentally covered it with your hand.
Together with the 4 GB memory always liquid ran the pixel-phones – annoying halt of the Android interface or lame apps launch did not occur in our tests. But those who saves some photos, songs and films on the devices, comes quickly to the limit of device memory, which is rather scarce in the small trim level with 32 GByte. For stalled on lush 128 GBytes, Google requires a fee of 110 euro each. Unfortunately, an intermediate 64-Gbyte is not offered. Just missing the option to expand the memory as in the S7 with SD cards. After all, you can download unlimited photos and videos in full quality on Google photos in the cloud.
The battery in the small pixel contains 2770 mAh which pixel XL 3450 mAh. The devices should last for up to 7 hours thanks to quick charging using the USB type C connector after 15 minutes at the power supply, what we were able to confirm in our tests. The capacity provided in the video playback in our test laboratory for a period of eleven (pixel XL) and eleven and a half hours (pixels). They are in the upper midfield. For comparison: the nexus 6 p creates 14.8 hours 10.3 hours, the Galaxy S7 and the battery of the grade 7 was enough for 15.1 hours – when he previously didn’t go up in flames.
Colorful and sharp
Particularly offensive, Google has stirred the show for the camera: they should be no less than the best Smartphone camera of all time. They take photos of 8 Megapixels, at the back with dual Flash and 12.3 megapixel on the front. The Sony sensor with 1.55 µm large pixels to allow plenty of light and offer a very short tripping time. Google leads a DxOMark 89 as evidence of the qualities. This is so far best result of a Smartphone camera – even with very tight ahead of the current leader of Galaxy S7.
Our tests we certify the pixel camera measurements also very good results: the sharpness is even minimally better than when the S7 (especially at the edges of the picture). The algorithms of Google’s camera app tend the images but overall more down to reached as Samsung S7 or the iPhone 7 looming in portraits we strongly in the image, skin pores and small pleats looked unnatural. Unenlarged this not striking but small blemish.
Colors include both phones just as crisp as the S7 and iPhone 7. In direct comparison, you can see that the photos blaustichiger appear a touch as for Samsung, where photos brilliant Act total a hint but overall. Even with the Google phones, a slight and comparable with Samsung and Apple noise sneaks up in low-light conditions.
Scolding got an optical image stabilizer Google for lack, can come up with the current iPhone. In the pixel product forum spoke Google now and stated that optical stabilizers improved, the quality of photos in low-light conditions, while electronic stabilizers of the video quality would be good. Considering the photo and video quality of both smartphones can be call this discussion perhaps to wail at a high level.
The AMOLED display of pixel-phones have not the highest level. The small model resolves with 1920 × 1080 pixels. This is completely sufficient in everyday life, but interferes with the pixel structure recognizable due to the low resolution and the used PenTile matrix for VR applications. The larger pixel XL has 2560 × 1440 pixels and cuts a good figure in VR goggles.
OLED typical, both displays have a super rich black and thus a huge contrast. Both display 430 cd/m2 maximum brightness allows a good readability even in sunshine. Also, the displays are characterized by a very large color space and a so crisp and natural in appearance. Only with direct top view: due to the angle dependence, bright areas on the pixels look easily grünstichig, when a little tips your Smartphone or tilts. The a color drift in the purple gives the pixel XL. The viewing angle characteristics can not compete with the display of the iPhone. It is located other OLEDs as the Galaxy S7 or OnePlus 3 at the pixel on the level.
Although the recently released Android 7 arrived aka nougat on hardly a device, Google already delivers the pixels-phones with Android 7.1. But, the most important innovation is the so far only there available pixel Launcher, which differs from the previous Google Launcher, for example, through a new app drawer, other folder icons, and a less intrusive search bar.
Functional enhancements are the so-called app shortcuts: you can stay your finger on an app icon, it does not open, but displays a menu with some of their functions. For example, the telephony app displays the most recently selected contacts without having one extra must scroll through the entire list.
What many users will enjoy: the night mode with warmer display colors now firmly belongs to the Repertoire and must be unlocked no longer by hand with additional tools or retrofitted.
The now built-in Google Assistant better contextual information is intended to provide, and Google now has added interesting potential. As mentioned above in the chat app Allo, it understands natural language and draws on information already collected. So far, Google is silent about whether he will in future be available on all Android devices. If not, that is – at least for the time being – not a bitter loss: apart from the ability to tell more or less flat jokes we could elicit the Assistant no information or function, not controlled now Google Android 7. Announced features, such as ordering cinema tickets or reservations not at least in Germany currently still work.
Technically the pixel phones include undoubtedly the upper class. Measured in the nexus series now set they have more to offer, are chic and also a whole area more efficient. The pixel phones also by the unlimited photo and video backups in the cloud, the latest version of Android with regular and timely published updates offer added value.
But for that, Google demands absolute premium prices. It remains to be seen whether the users are actually ready to attack so deep in the Pocket – Finally you get loose 200 Euro cheaper technically worthy alternatives.
If as in the past from nexus devices fall significantly within a short time the prices or Google decide to offer a variant with 64 GB, the pixel-phones could headache for competitors, however. (spo)
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