Google Pixel And Pixel XL: Upper Class, But Not Top of The Class

With its pixel devices, Google stopped the nexus-era good hardware at a low price – premium prices are now announced. The test of the c’t shows, however, that not all highest level is offered.

Advancing with the pixel-phones visually strongly reminiscent of the iPhone Google in new price categories: up to 870 euros are due for the 5-inch pixel, up to 1010 euro for the XL pixel with 5.5 inches. In the test of the pixel and pixel XL c’t showed the Google phones with Android 7.1 technical level before pointing devices such as Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S7 – Trump, they could not competition but.

The Smartphone camera with 12.3 megapixels, which Google announced with superlative showed very good results, with a minimally better sharpness than with the S7 according to test. The algorithms of the camera app made but with stronger sharpening every now and then for minor defects. In comparison to the S7 showed also a slight touch of Blaustichigkeit. At least the small pixel with its AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 pixels, while suitable for everyday use – for VR applications, however, is not the best choice. Also the lack of extensibility of memory with a SD card could become a problem in somewhat lower pixel models with 32 GB.

Google Assistant still not useful

Still, the first built-in Google Assistant does not show as KillerApp. It should provide better contextual information and complement Google now. To do this, he can understand natural language and rely on information already collected. Apart from the ability to tell more or less flat jokes, the tester could elicit no information or function but the Assistant, who don’t even know now Google Android 7. Features such as the purchase of movie tickets are probably not even possible in Germany.

Total, the pixel-phones were clearly to the upper class, the added value compared to the set number of nexus is clear. However there are already 200 Euro cheaper technically worthy alternatives.