The first phone by Google – the Pixel/Pixel XL – is all set to make its India entry come 25 October. Pixel signifies a new chapter in Google’s phone history. So far, Google had the Nexus line which was made in collaboration with partners such as HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Huawei. Google had limited or no control over the hardware and had to optimise its Android OS to suit the hardware in order to provide the best stock Android experience. But something always seemed to be off.
With the Pixel, Google has complete control over the hardware (even though the phone is made by HTC) and software. Pixel’s birth also meant the end of the road for the Nexus line. Also with Pixel, Google has departed from the mid-range segment and entered the premium segment. A rarefied atmosphere where the likes of Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxies rule.
We got our hands on the Pixel XL, the large screen variant of the Pixel. After using it for close to a day, here are our first impressions of the device.
Build and Design
First things first. Yes, the Pixel XL does resemble an iPhone on first glance. This was reiterated by every other person who first set eyes on the sleeping Pixel XL. But considering that it is made by HTC, some resemblance with the HTC 10 from the edges is also noticeable. It comes in three colour colour variants which have interesting names: Quite Black, Very Silver and Really Blue. Of these three colour variants the Really Blue will not be selling in Indian market.
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