Google’s Pixel Phone puts a new twist on the smartphone game

pixelsmallThe iPhone 7 launch and the Note 7 battery issue has put the smartphone wars at an interesting point.

Samsung is sure to reel from loss of the Note7 for a while and with the Pixel phone from Google just launched, Android lovers may have found themselves a great new phone to get.

With its camera that rivals the iPhone 7 Plus, the Pixel is elegantly designed and Google’s Assistant has a an approach to answering your voice much like Siri does.

The Pixel and Pixel XL are the two models.  Assembled by HTC, the phones were designed, engineered and branded by Google. Telus has them listed at 200 on a 90 dollar a month plan and 400$ on an 80 dollar a month plan on their website. Be sure and check with your wireless carrier.

The camera is a 12.3 megapixel on the back and the front-facing camera is excellent, too. It has a wide enough lens to fit a lot of content in each frame. The camera can shoot 4K video as well.

The camera is really key here as that is often a major selling point for more users when buying or upgrading their phone. LG tried some innovative camera ideas with its G5 and modular components. For a great comparison of the 7Plus Camera and the Pixel, check out this article from CNET.

The Pixel is deeply integrated with Google’s search services as well as the Google Assistant. Assistant uses machine learning and Google’s vast search database to answer all kinds of questions. This is a very cool feature of the phone. I have never loved Siri and the thought of access to Google’s search database is a feature a lot of phones could use.

The Pixel like all premium smartphones these days has a fingerprint reader for added user security and Android Pay. It works quickly and as a bonus you can use it to slide down notifications on the screen.

The Pixel and Pixel XL are nearly identical, but the latter has a bigger, sharper display and a bumped-up battery. Other than that, they’re pretty much the same. Full marks to Google for putting the Pixel together. It will be interesting to see how it sells as we approach Black Friday and Christmas.

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