Review of the Google Pixel: aim for the bullseye
The first shock from the prices of new branded smartphones, Google has already passed, at first he felt the habit of a cheap “nexus”. To replace the shock it is understood that Pixel, in General, started – users have no strict Association “dear mobile – so iPhone”. Let Russian market to release them officially yet no plans to try Pixel in the case was not just curious, but is perhaps simply necessary – it is one of the main gadgets of the year. Because it embodies the opinion of the authors main a modern mobile OS on what should be a smartphone based on it.
Pixel and Pixel Xl only differ in displays (5-inch Full HD conventional, and a 5.5-inch Quad HD XL), the size and battery capacity (2770 mAh normal and 3450 mA·h in XL). In terms of toppings, cameras, and communication capabilities are no differences between the versions do not. Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 4 GB of RAM, 32 or 128 GB flash memory, one nano-SIM, missing a slot for memory card, the main camera 12 megapixel and front facing 8.
In terms of design, they also do not differ – represented by the same colors: black, silver, and rare blue (there must be “color dreams”, as Jet Black for iPhone 7). Find blue we simply did not come out, so we tested silver c Google Pixel 5-inch display.
|Google Pixel||Apple iPhone 7||Sony Xperia XZ||Huawei P9||Samsung GALAXY S7|
|Display||5 inches AMOLED, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 441 ppi, capacitive multitouch||4.7 inch, IPS, 1334 × 750, 326 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.2 inches, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 424 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.2 inches, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 424 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.1 inch AMOLED, 2560 × 1440 pixels, 575,9 ppi, capacitive multitouch|
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 4||Is, manufacturer unknown||Corning Gorilla Glass (version not specified)||Corning Gorilla Glass 4||Corning Gorilla Glass (version not specified) from two sides|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (Kryo two cores a clock speed of 2.15 GHz + two cores Kryo 1.6 GHz)||Apple A10 (four cores with a frequency of 2.34 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (dual core Kryo 2.2 GHz + dual core Kryo 1.6 GHz)||Huawei Kirin 955 (Quad core ARM Cortex-A57 cores, 2.5 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz)||8890 Exynos Octa (four cores ARM Cortex-A57 cores, 2.6 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex-A53, 1.6 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 530, 650 MHz||no data||Adreno 530, 624 MHz||The Mali-T880 MP4, 900 MHz||The Mali-T880 MP12, 650 MHz|
|RAM||4 GB||2 GB||3 GB||3/4 GB||4 GB|
|Flash memory||32/128 GB||32/128/256 GB||32/64 GB||32/64 GB||32/64 GB|
|Memory card support||no||no||there||there||is version Duos S7 – combined with slot for memory card and SIM card|
|Connectors||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||Lightning||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||microUSB, minijack 3.5 mm|
|SIM card||one nanoSIM||one nanoSIM||one nanoSIM/dual nanoSIM||one nanoSIM/dual nanoSIM||one nanoSIM/dual nanoSIM|
|Cellular communication 2G||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||
|HSPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps): ranges depend on the version (USA or Europe); enter the frequency, except for band 31 are supported in each version||LTE Cat. 10 (up to 450 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 9 (up to 450 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 26, 28, 29, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41||
LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 39, 40
|Support LTE Cat. 12 (600/50 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 20|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|NFC||there||Yes (Apple Pay)||there||there||there|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, sensor of the color spectrum||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, heart rate|
|The main camera||12 MP, ƒ/2.0, hybrid autofocus, led flash, record 4K video||12 MP, ƒ/1,8, phase detection autofocus, led flash, optical stabilization, record 4K video||23 MP, ƒ/2.0, hybrid autofocus, led flash, record 4K video||Leica dual module, 12MP, f/a 2.2, phase detection autofocus, led flash, record 4K video||12 MP, ƒ/1.7 m, phase detection autofocus, led flash, optical stabilization, record 4K video|
|Front camera||8 MP, fixed focus||7 Megapixel, fixed focus||13 MP, fixed focus||8 MP, fixed focus||5 MP, fixed focus|
|Food||Removable battery 10.5 W·h (2770 mAh, 3.8 V)||A removable battery of 7.45 W⋅h (1960 mA⋅h, 3,82 In)||Removable battery 11 WH (2900 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery 11.4 WH (3000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery 11.4 WH (3000 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||143,8 × 69,5 × 8.5 mm||138,3 × 67,1 × 7.1 mm||146 × 72 × 8.1 mm||145 × 70,9 × 7 mm||142,4 × 69,6 × 7.9 mm|
|Weight||143 grams||138 grams||161 grams||144 grams||152 grams|
|Protection case||no||IP67, protection against short-term immersion to a depth of 1 m||IP68, up to half an hour at depths of up to 1.5 m||no||IP68, up to half an hour at depths of up to 1.5 m|
|Operating system||Android Nougat 7.1 c shell Launcher Pixel||iOS 10||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell Sony Xperia||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, own shell EMUI 4.1||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, own shell Samsung TouchWiz|
|Current price||$649 / $749||59 990 / 65 990 / 74 990 rubles||49 990 / 50 990 rubles||34 990 rubles||49 990 rubles|
Appearance and ergonomics
Of course, the first thing that you notice when you look at the Google Pixel, is a glass section of the rear panel containing the camera module and fingerprint scanner. And immediately ask the question: why did they do it? It looks strange design decision – and someone on the move can repel. But if the designers were challenged to create something completely different from the others – Yes, they did. This glass piece is unique. Interestingly, they have not used for output antennas – aluminum in the rest of his side of the case traditionally acercan plastic inserts – although, for example, in my ASUS Zenfone Ultra could do without them.
Unfortunately, behind Google Pixel, apparently, not used tempered glass to scratch it, not even carrying in my pocket with coins and keys easy. Damage in hair thickness will cover it pretty quickly. Front hand uses Gorilla glass 4, slightly curved at the edges (2.5 D), with them I have not noticed.
Another notable feature of the appearance of the Google Pixel can be called “stepped” facets, in the manner of HTC devices – remember how the family of One, and the latest flagship HTC 10. They also recall after the first rough touch to the power button. Something different manufacturer in Pixel to insert could, despite statements by Google about sole development unit. Although perhaps it’s a phantom connection.
Also striking unexpectedly light sensor above the display and neatly ranked dual-led flash, lens, eyes laser autofocus and rear microphone. It looks, frankly, quite interesting – especially given the fact that the lens sticks out above the body. For such a chic has had, however, sacrifice an optical stabilizer and it’s sad.
Assembled the unit on conscience, the materials are great, except a little upset large frame and free space under the display – it seems that size it would be possible to control more carefully. Although Google for this, I think, was the base. In any case, you can use Pixel comfortable – even if it is very thick (8.5 mm) gadget, he can easily be operated with one hand. Although the iPhone 7 with the screen is only 0.3 inches smaller diagonally looks next to him a toddler.
But he suddenly light – metal apparatus, this thickness waiting for a few other sensations. 143 grams, only 5 grams more than the “small” iPhone 7. And it is a pleasant surprise.
The arrangement of functional elements are standard for Android-smartphone. There are only two hardware buttons – power on and volume control, both located on the right side. All three navigation keys — virtual. Mini-Jack (Hallelujah!) on the top side, USB Type-C is on the bottom. Next to the power port, we see two slots – but only one of them is hidden speaker, second microphone.
Fingerprint scanner Despouy your name – Imprint Pixel. From it it would be possible in this case to expect some originality, ultrasonic sensor, or special features. But no, it is the usual capacitive sensor, which works very quickly and accurately, while you will not scratch or stain your finger – in this case, possible errors and would again have to enter a PIN. However, one unusual software feature the scanner still is- in addition to unlock the phone or payment through Android Pay (and he will someday we have launched, it’s already there faith), it is possible to cause the notification bar by swiping from the top.
Android 7.1 Nougat
Pixel, which is quite logical, the first smartphone with Android version 7.1 on Board. But what is unexpected is the fact that the reference smartphone for Android has not received a “clean” operating system, Google, and slightly customized, with shell Pixel Launcher. Change, however, is minimal: slightly different home screen, different navigation panel on the main display, another way to open the application bar (pulling the pull tab bottom), stacked in groups of app icons, interesting live Wallpaper and a number of things. However, this shell can be downloaded on any smartphone with Android on Board. So, God bless her, shell tell you better learn more about what’s new in Android 7.1 compared to “six”.
First and foremost is, of course, Google Assistant – updated Google Now in the form of bot, giving more explicit feedback and more sharpened voice. Russian language assistant is not yet available – but when you switch the system language to English Central virtual key gets the rim. Is to delay on her finger and start a conversation with a smartphone. Very nice, by the way – will wait for Google Assistant in Russian.
By the way, if the assistant is disabled, when you hold down the virtual button displays Google Now in a condensed version. And the delay of the finger on the button “Menu open applications” screen forks – Yes, promised support for multitasking on one screen to get there and to Android with no external add-ons. Another important point is the context menu, if you hold the app icons from the navigation bar.
Changed the notification bar – it was a little more succinct and we have the ability to change the shutter elements in places. Most importantly, notifications have become more detailed, and to respond to them and adjust their output and the priority right of the same panel.
Appeared flexible font size settings and the various elements on the screen, in version 7.1 added Daydream support VR, the settings are noticeably friendlier – with a flexible system of hints.
Also many changes in the Nougat has occurred at the system level. First, it adds a Doze function 2.0, which allows to optimize the energy consumption more efficiently is to assess the effect of this add-in to Google Pixel it is impossible, then it is necessary to compare the work of one of the smartphone with different versions of Android. Second, working with video now is via Vulkan API is Open GL drivers, which in turn delinearize affect the operation of devices that support these same instructions. Google Pixel with its Snapdragon 821, of course, works with Vulkan API, like Samsung Galaxy S7 c 8990 Exynos, but on older platforms the difference feel will not succeed. Also the app is noticeably (very noticeably) faster installed and updated – here it is not to pay attention simply impossible.
Small changes really a lot: as usual, not all striking, but the system continuously and progressively improved. And without sudden movements, which is very nice. At one point to change their habits don’t have, Android OS remains democratic.