Google Pixel: Apple’s Wet Dream

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Google Pixel

The folks on the other side of the wall have been laughing their heads off over the Google Pixel since the day it launched and conveniently avoiding the fact that the iPhone 6 (or 7… wait, which is it?) just received a color update. In fact, iPhone 6s owners who bought the iPhone 7 basically paid Apple to downgrade them.

Or just use this to “upgrade” if you’re using iPhone 6s:

Plugin to iPhone 6s, and voila!! iPhone 7!

However, the fad around the Darth Vader-wannabe “smartphone” faded into a black-hole (unintended pun) when Google unveiled the Pixel!

‘Nexus is dead. Pixel is King,’ so says every tech news site. And they couldn’t be more right. Pixel is the new supreme leader of the Smartphone race and is probably here to usher in an era of innovation that Apple has been choking on for the past decade.

Overview

The Pixel comes in two sizes. One for the fun-sized hands, the 5-inch version, and the Pixel XL 5.5-inch version for the elephantine hands. Both versions sport the same guts except a bigger and sweeter display on the XL and slightly better battery life. There’s nothing innovative about the sizes because Google believes in innovating where it matters, not where it shines black.

Hence, you need not look further than the Pixel’s body to see where all the game begins.

Design

What left the Google design laboratory is nothing short of amazing. The Search engine giant has probably been working on the device for a long time, and the produce is simply art.

Smartphone beauty redefined

While some companies remove an important part of a device and term their stupidity as “courage” *cough*, Google illustrated how to take a step into the unknown and be smart about it.

The curves on the phone are comfortable to hold, but it’s the back panel that steals the show. Alongside the aluminum back is a glass panel that engulfs the camera and top of the device. The glass adds a nice touch to the device and serves more purpose than just make the Pixel look beautiful, something that the fruit company should learn from.

You have three color options to choose from; Quite Black, Very Silver, and Really Blue.

Color options to invoke mass conversions

Let’s move on quickly before we feel the urge to trash the perpetrator. And if you folks from the other side of the wall are reading, then yes, it’s a dig at iPhone. It must be difficult having a pea for a brain.

The No-Joke Internals

We can’t stress enough how much Apple plays with their loyal customers. Year in year out they produce a device that is a marginal improvement over the last device and they dare call it their most advanced iPhone. Shove advancement up yours Apple.

Google Pixel has some lessons up its sleeve. Powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, the device is a beast. Backed by a healthy 4GB of RAM, the phone is simply above par any smartphone on the market as of now. Storage capacity starts at 32GB and goes up to 128GB. There’s no expandable storage, but Google does this at a time when 8 or 16GB of storage isn’t a norm.

Again, Apple should take notes.

Specification Overview:

  • Screen: 5in 1080p AMOLED (441ppi)
  • Processor: quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • RAM: 4GB of RAM
  • Storage: 32 or 128GB
  • Operating system: Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Camera: 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera
  • Connectivity: LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C and GPS
  • Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 7.3-8.6 mm
  • Weight: 143g

On the glass panel at the back is a fingerprint sensor with a winning formula: Fast, accurate, and swipeable for extra gestures.  The sensor is probably one of the best fingerprint scanners on the market, and you’ll be surprised by how zippy its performance is in the real world.

Camera

Google Pixel sports a 12.3MP rear camera, and it wouldn’t be honorable to say that it’s a good camera; because it’s the freaking best. DxoMark, the camera rating firm, has given it the highest score till date and rightfully so.

If you are a rubbish photographer with a penchant for taking rubbish pictures *iPhone owners triggered*, then your career is as good as over. You simply can’t take a bad picture with the Pixel. Low light performance is superb as well, and that’s something it accomplishes without using Optical Image Stabilization.

Apple Firing Camera Engineers Left and Right

You’d be hard pressed finding a better selfie camera for yourself in the market with Pixel’s 8mp Shooter as well. Overall, Google has done a great job in the camera department, taking away that little peace of mind Apple sheep used to console themselves with.

Price

Google Pixel starts at $649 and goes up to $749 for the 128GB version. The Pixel XL starts at $769 and retails for $869 for the bigger capacity version. The interesting thing here is that hundreds of keyboard warriors berated Google on the price. What they fail to realize is that Google is offering a product that deserves to be at that price point. With behemoth specs and beautiful design to complement the device, it deserves to be sold at a price Apple sells junk at.

All in all, Google Pixel is Apple’s wet dream. This is what they aim for every year but miss by marginally losing out on literally every damn aspect. Feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts and views. Apple thrashing is most welcome.

Oh, and one more thing:

PIXEL HAS A HEADPHONE JACK

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