Google Pixel Xl Đánh Giá

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Google’s Pixel XL is the Android phone we’ve always wanted. It’s as gorgeous, powerful, sliông xã, và as easily upgraded as an iPhone. It’s the best Android phone of năm nhâm thìn hands down. One question remains: Should you still entertain the thought of buying it more than six months after its initial release?

A familiar thiết kế with a bit of Google magic

Maybe it was that new phone feeling or the subtle little G for Google on the baông chồng of the phone, but the Pixel XL has a magic quality about it. This is it! The first Google Phone!

Just lượt thích the majority of Android phones these days, the Pixel’s body toàn thân is mostly aluminum. It looks lượt thích a cross between an iPhone & the Huawei Honor 8, thanks to lớn a mixed truyền thông media kiến thiết that uses metal and glass; it’s high-over with nice texture. The phone feels silky smooth against your fingers and provides an interesting contrast of materials.

Of course, there are two huge problems with glass: It picks up fingerprints and it’s very fragile. Luckily, the glass panel is small và located up at the top of the phone, so you’re not likely lớn touch it too much. It picks up fingerprints, but not as many as a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S7. The part that gathers the most smudges & starts to look funky is the fingerprint sensor, which is also coated in glass.

The glass doesn’t reach all the way up to the edge of the phone, so it shouldn’t crachồng if you drop it on its corners. However, if it falls at a weird angle or plunges to the concrete glass-face-first, it’ll crack — và probably be a pain khổng lồ replace.






We’re not really fans of glass-backed phones, so we’re glad the Pixel is mostly metal. Still, you’ll probably want a case if you’re a klutz or you hate fingerprints. Luckily, Google lets you design your own Live sầu Case with art, maps, or your own photos for $40.

As far as comfort goes, the Pixel XL may be a big 5.5-inch phone, but it is comfortable khổng lồ hold. It’s about the same kích thước as the iPhone 7 Plus, but a little thicker & shorter. The phone’s edges have a slight ridge to them for added grip, và the metal feels sturdy. The volume rocker and power button are easy khổng lồ locate & press, và the power button has a nice texture to it so you can tell which button is which.

For ports, there’s a headphone jachồng at the top of the phone, a SIM thẻ slot on the left side, & a USB Type-C port at the bottom along with the speakers. After a few months with the jackless iPhone 7 Plus, it was nice to lớn plug our trusty headphones right inkhổng lồ the 3.5milimet jaông chồng. It’s so weird khổng lồ find it at the top of the phone, though. What year is it? 2011?

Powerful specs và smooth performance

Google made one hell of a phone. After more than six months of using the phone every single day, we have yet to run inkhổng lồ any serious stutters or hiccups with the way it performs. The sharp Quad HD screen with its 5.5-inch form size & 2,560 × 1,440 px resolution looks great. It’s perfectly luminous & colorful. It looks gorgeous next to lớn the screen on the iPhone 7 Plus và less over-saturated than the Galaxy S7 Edge.

The Pixel XL runs silky smooth too. Apps open quicker than ever; moving between home screens is smooth and fast; và nội dung loads và scrolls without any stutters on apps lượt thích Twitter and Chrome. Everything just works. That’s not just thanks to lớn the Qualcomilimet Snaprồng 821 chip powering the device — it’s also thanks to the deep software optimizations. Of course, phones lượt thích the Snapdragon 835 offer slightly faster performance at this point — but that’s due to lớn the Qualcomm Snaprồng 835 chip, which is simply newer & faster.

Google’s Pixel XL is the Android phone we’ve always wanted.

When we first mix up the phone, we downloaded đôi mươi plus apps & dozens of songs for offline listening all while using the phone & setting up apps. The Pixel didn’t have sầu a single problem through all this stress testing, though it started getting pretty hot. It eventually got so hot that it stalled for a few minutes and we had khổng lồ restart it. But that only happened once. We had a similar heat episode when we first got our standard Pixel, but it also disappeared.

Since then, we’ve had zero problems with it, & it doesn’t run hot during ordinary use. That’s all thanks to the Qualcomilimet Snapdragon 821 and the 4GB of RAM. The Pixel comes with 32GB of internal storage, & there’s a 128GB variant as well — sadly, there is no MicroSD card slot. However, you get unlimited photo storage with Google Photos at full resolution on the Pixel, so you should be mix.

In case you want some benchmarks, we put the Pixel XL through a bunch of them:

3D Mark Slingshot: 2,313Geekbench 4: 3,945 multi-core, và 1,588 single-coreAnTuTu: 138,946

In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S7 scored 134,203 on the AnTuTu kiểm tra & the LG G5 managed 134,074. The Pixel XL runs slightly ahead of two big Android competitors from năm 2016. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 has an AnTuTu score of 178,397, which clearly blows every Android phone out of the water. The A10 Fusion chip from Apple is sure khổng lồ persize better, but benchmarks aren’t the end-all and be-all of performance. You’ll be more than satisfied with what the Pixel offers.

Pure Android perfection

Android O is coming! In late March, Google unveiled the Developer Pđánh giá of the next version of its điện thoại thông minh operating system. It’s not officially released yet, so consumers are best off sticking lớn the current version of Android, but intrepid enthusiasts looking for the latest & greathử nghiệm can tải về and manually install the next-gen software today.

Meanwhile, even with the current Android Nougat, there’s nothing like pure Android on a Pixel phone. Finally, we see a true marriage of hardware and software on one Google-made device. Android has never run smoother or looked better. The Pixel has a special launcher and chất lượng features that you won’t find on any other Android phone. The entire experience is very polished.

There’s no longer an ibé for the ứng dụng drawer, but you can still see all your apps with a single swipe up from the bottom of the screen. It feels smooth & intuitive sầu. The lachồng of the app drawer inhỏ unclutters the main interface, too. So all you see are the back, trang chính, and multitasking icons.

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The Google search bar is artfully hidden, too. To access it, you just tap on the colorful G logo sản phẩm in the upper corner. Out pops your search bar and the microphone for voice queries. Google Now cards are also just a swipe away, as always. It feels more like iOS than ever before, so even long-time iPhone users will feel at trang chủ.

Elegant kiến thiết tweaks continue throughout the interface, including several that won’t be available on other Android phones when Android 7.1 drops. The new caller ID screen, the blachồng notification drawer with a blue brightness slider, and the blue accents throughout the OS, like in the Settings thực đơn, are exclusive to the Pixel.

One of the more interesting additions is Quiông chồng Actions, which is similar to lớn Touch 3D on iOS. Press và hold an inhỏ & you’ll get shortcuts like “New Incognikhổng lồ Tab” on Chrome. You’ll have sầu khổng lồ wait for developers khổng lồ add shortcuts for their apps, as right now only a handful of Google apps utilize the API.

Android also now has a native night mode called Night Light. It removes xanh hues from your screen to lớn help you sleep. This is one of my personal favorite additions. It’s just lượt thích Night Shift Mode on iOS, và it works just as well lớn help your eyes rest at night. You can also turn on fingerprint gestures on the device, so you can bring down the full notification drawer with two swipes. We don’t want lớn see this feature bloated with all sorts of gestures, but it would be killer if you could scroll a webpage or ask via the sensor on the baông xã.

Android 7.0 brought better functionality to lớn the OS, và 7.1 refines on them further. Pixel offers the most fluid Android experiences we’ve seen lớn date.

Assistant is really smart, but it’s not like Her … yet

If you haven’t noticed, the navigation buttons are now solid White on the Pixel. There’s also a ring around the home button, and that’s khổng lồ let you know that Google Assistant is available. Assistant is Google’s artificially intelligent bot that can help you with almost anything: search queries, checking your emails, translating text into other languages, và more. It’s essentially a more personalized Google Now, và it learns from you the more you use it.

One of our favorite features is “My Day,” which you can trigger by saying “good morning,” once you’ve activated Assistant (say “Okay Google” or long-press the home page button). Assistant will then read out your daily schedule, the weather, và more, but the best part is that it will automatically launch a playlist of news podcasts — ours started with NPR’s morning briefing, và continued with Fox News và so on.

It’s one of those features you don’t know you need until you try it.

While at launch you could only talk with Assistant, you can also now type khổng lồ it as well, thanks to lớn the little keyboard icon on the bottom left of the screen. That’s pretty helpful — you’re not always in a position khổng lồ talk to lớn your phone, và being able to lớn type means you can still talk khổng lồ Assistant when that’s the case.

Google has been increasing Assistant’s capabilities since launch — you can now control your smart trang chính appliances with Assistant on the phone, for example, & soon you’ll be able khổng lồ get context from the images you see with Google Lens.

A killer camera

You can’t go wrong with a high-over smartphone camera these days — they’re all pretty fantastic. The Pixel XL’s 12.3-megapx camera with larger 1.55 micron pixels is outstanding. It takes splendid shots that rival the Galaxy S8 Edge, LG G6, và iPhone 7 Plus. It focuses super quickly and processes the automatic HDR+ mode with incredible speed.

We were blown away with the màn chơi of detail in photos. In one cthua trận up of a bee on a flower, you can see the detail of its tiny iridescent wings and fuzzy toàn thân when you zoom in on the picture. That’s not something we’ve sầu seen from a lot (any) phones before. We were also favorably impressed with the shots we took of an underground garden at Lowline Labs in NYC.

Like many other Android phones, the Pixel XL does tend to boost the colors và saturation in images for a more heightened effect. The resulting images are more natural looking than what you’d get with a Galaxy S7 Edge, but less natural than images taken with the iPhone 7 Plus. A few shots turned out more xanh than they really appeared in reality, but not by too much.

In low-light scenarios, images are more colorful and bright, but a little less sharp than images shot on the iPhone 7 Plus.

Several features in the camera tiện ích are exclusive sầu khổng lồ the Pixel, such as a manual exposure slider, focus loông xã, tap-to-focus, & trắng balance — more options are always a good thing, but is it too much to ask for a timelapse setting? It is noticeably absent.