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EVERY TOUCH, EVERY INTERACTION, EVERY MOMENT — MADE EASY. COMES WITH A 5-INCH FHD AMOLED DISPLAY, 2770 MAH BATTERY. THE GOOGLE PIXEL COMES IN 32, AND 128GB. AVAILABLE IN QUITE BLACK, VERY SILVER, AND REALLY BLUE
After six years of partnering up with device makers to create its Nexus phones, for the first time Google has stepped out on its own. The Pixel and Pixel XL are the latest additions to its line of in-house products. And while HTC may have put the phones together, it was Google that designed, engi- neered and branded them.
The gamble paid off. Starting at $649 in the US, £599 in the UK and AU$1,079 in Aus- tralia, the Pixel is fast, with an elevated, smooth design. Heavy investments in its camera resulted in a nimble shooter too. Though its special portrait mode is poor, it otherwise takes amazing shots that rival those of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus.
It's also the first phone to have the search giant's new, thoroughly robust voice-and- search service, called Google Assistant, built in. It's the most natural voice assistant I've experienced, and comes closest to giving me that Jarvis from "Iron Man" experience all these assistants appear to be chasing.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are still the best overall Android phones, but if you're wary of Samsung, this is the pre- mium Android phone to get.
So what's so great about the Pixel? Aside from the premium hardware, like the cam- era and processor, it packs new software features that are handy to use day-to-day. Read on to find out more.
The camera is (mostly) awesome
As you can tell from its name, Google makes a big deal about the Pixel's camera, and it is superb. It takes even better shots than the already stellar iPhone 7 Plus, which I con- sider to be the reigning champion of camera phones. If you want the full scoop on how these two compare, check out CNET's fea- ture, Google Pixel vs. iPhone 7 Plus: Which camera is better?
The camera is fast, images are in focus, and colors look vibrant. Close-up shots appear especially sharp and refined. Landscape scenes retain an impressive amount of de- tail and depth, even with objects that are far away.
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