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Google Pixel XL

alaTest has collected and analyzed 280 reviews of Google Pixel XL. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the battery and design. The camera and usability also get good feedback. Many are negative about the sound and price, and comments are divided on the connectivity.

performance, usability, camera, design, battery

price, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Google Pixel XL is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Google Pixel XL

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of Google Pixel XL from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com.

34% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Google Pixel XL Phone 128GB - 5.5 inch display ( Factory Unlocked US Version ) (Quite Black)Google Pixel XL Phone 128GB - 5.5 inch display ( Factory Unlocked US Version ) (Quite Black)

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Daniel Schmidt (notebookcheck.net)

Google Pixel XL Smartphone Review

 

Bombastic? High-end specifications, an excellent camera, and a large battery are supposed to justify the steep price of the google smartphone. The Google assistant and vast storage capacity for photos should do just that. But, is this sufficient?

good display ; high-end build quality ; LTE Cat. 11 ; fast WiFi ; excellent voice quality ; great cameras ; low SAR values

no Dual-SIM ; no microSD support ; PWM ; SoC throttling

The Google Pixel XL is a very good smartphone. However, its core feature, the Google Assistant, is not a decisive reason to buy it. Above all, it does not justify the price which the manufacturer charges for its product. The Google Pixel XL brings top...

Nov, 2016

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by: Malarie Gokey (digitaltrends.com)

Google Pixel XL review

 

Google's Pixel XL is the best Android phone you can buy, hands down.

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: Chris Burns (slashgear.com)

A new Google Pixel XL Review in brief, 5-months later

 

It's been 5 months since I started using a Google Pixel XL and, like no other phone before it, I can't imagine switching to any other device. While it's quite possible the newest wave of smartphones from brands like Samsung and LG will out-style and...

Best smartphone camera on the market ; Google's software and hardware ; Seamless updates without need for tapping ; Swift, responsive UI that does not slow down, months later ; Strong, flat, standard industrial design

Could benefit from wireless charging ; Front-facing speakers would be best ; Availability should've been solid from the start ; Android File Transfer should work or be replaced

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: Matt Humrick, Brandon Chester (anandtech.com)

The Google Pixel XL Review: Life After Nexus

 

The Nexus brand has been around for nearly seven years now. As technology matured, the Nexus phones demonstrated consistent improvement from one generation to the next; however, the brand's inconsistency resulted in a series of seemingly one-off...

In the end, the Pixel XL is a decent enough phone, but it is not the ultimate Android phone that people were likely hoping for. It fails to stand out in a crowded market and cannot claim to be the best in any single category; at best it is a jack of...

Nov, 2016

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Ajay Kumar (pcmag.com)

Google Pixel XL

 

The Pixel XL has top-notch hardware, the latest Android software, and guaranteed support from Google, making it one of the best big-screen Android phones you can buy.

Fast Snapdragon 821 processor. Sharp display. Latest Android 7.1 software and guaranteed updates. Excellent camera. Promising Google Assistant functionality. 24/7 live help.

No waterproofing, expandable storage, or wireless charging

Conclusions At $769 (or $869 if you go with the 128GB model, which you should), the Google Pixel XL is priced to compete with the highest-end phones on the market. And in most regards, it's a success. The Pixel XL represents a combination of powerful...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

The bottom line: Our quick verdict on Google's Pixel and Pixel XL

 

The 5-inch Pixel is a great phone, and its big brother, the Pixel XL, is ever so slightly better. You'll get the same top-tier performance as on the smaller model, just with a bigger, crisper display and a more capacious battery to sweeten the deal....

Excellent build quality ; Fantastic camera ; Smooth performance

Expensive ; Yawn-inducing design ; Less water-resistant than rivals

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Lynn La (cnet.com)

Google Pixel XL review

 

Let's make it official: the Google Pixel XL is the best high-end, super-sized phone on the market. Like its very similar, though smaller and less expensive Pixel sibling, the Pixel XL brings together premium performance, aesthetics, and ergonomics...

The beautifully designed Google Pixel XL features a superb camera, an expansive display and the robust Google Assistant.

The XL is Google's priciest phone yet. The camera Lens Blur feature needs improvement and it's not as water resistant as its top-tier rivals.

Get Google's fantastic Pixel XL if you can cough up the cash and simply want more pure Android goodness on a bigger screen.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

Google Pixel XL Review: Android embodied, for better or worse

 

Nexus phones have always represented Google's super-focused vision of the future of Android, but for 2016 the attention to detail is getting down to individual pixels. That's pixels, plural: two Nougat flagships, distinguished only by their size, the...

Solid, high-quality construction ; Fast processor and smooth touch response ; Excellent image stabilization ; Free photos/video cloud storage ; Lengthy battery life

Uninspiring design ; Expensive compared to Nexus phones of old ; No USB-C video output ; No wireless charging support

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Victor H. (phonearena.com)

Google Pixel XL vs LG V20

 

Google stirred things up in the cozy Android high-end phone market with its Pixel lineup of phones: for years, things in the Android space have been dictated by the likes of Samsung, LG, HTC and Motorola (...well, mostly Samsung), but this year, we...

Versatile video recording ; Plentiful 64GB of storage in the base model ; Support for expandable storage ; Easily removable battery ; High-fidelity audio recording capabilities ; Fast charging

At the end of the day, Google has delivered with the Pixel XL: it is a surprisingly solid phone, especially for a first-generation product. While many would wish it was cheaper, we can definitely see justification for its flagship price: the Pixel...

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: Daniel P. (phonearena.com)

Google Pixel XL vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

 

Google's Pixel XL and Samsung's Galaxy S7 edge are the highest end 5.5-inchers with Android you can get at the moment, and, given the sizeable increase in demand for larger screens, a clash of these titans is inevitable. When comparing the S7 edge...

Very fast charging ; Expandable storage ; Compact and elegant waterproof chassis ; Feature-laden interface

If we are gentle to Google's first real effort to build its own phones with the new Pixel line, we'd say that the Pixel XL stands it ground against the equally priced Galaxy S7 edge in most areas, and that goes for the camera department, too.

Jan, 2017

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:3450
Battery performance:3450
Browsing time (4G):14
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):14
Continuous audio playback time:130
Continuous audio playback time (display off):130
Continuous video playback time:14
Standby time (4G):552
Talk time (3G):32
Video call time:14

Call Management

Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating alert:Y / Yes

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera aperture number:2.4
Front camera resolution (numeric):8
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Maximum frame rate:240 / 30
Multi-shot:Y / Yes
Rear camera aperture number:2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12.3
Rear camera type:Single camera
Self-timer:Y / Yes
Smile detection:Y / Yes
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:2160p / 720p, 1080p, 2160p
Zoom capability:Y / Yes

Design

Brand color:Quite Black / Really Blue / Very Silver
Color of product:Anthracite / Black / Blue / Silver
Fingerprint reader:Y / Yes
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):100000:1
Display Diagonal:5.5
Display number of colors:16.78 million colors / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:2560 x 1440
Display Type:AMOLED
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:534
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:N / Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):N / Y / Yes

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Barometer: Yes
GLONASS:Y
Position location:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GSM / GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G standards:CDMA,TD-SCDMA,UMTS,WCDMA / CDMA,UMTS,WCDMA
4G:Y
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.2
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:No / Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB Type-C

Performance

Flight mode:Y / Yes
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)

Processor

64-bit computing:Y / Yes
Coprocessor:Y
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1.6
Processor:821
Processor cores:4
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:2.15
Processor model:821

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:7.1

Storage

Compatible memory cards: No
Internal RAM:4
Internal RAM type:LPDDR4
Internal storage capacity:128 / 32
RAM capacity:4
RAM type:LPDDR4
USB mass storage:Y / Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Material:Aluminium

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.335
Height:2.98 / 6.09
Weight:5.93
Width:2.98 / 6.09