Why the Google Pixel Will Be a Popular Purchase This Holiday Season

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-11-21
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Why the Google Pixel Will Be a Popular Purchase This Holiday Season

    Android Nougat, strong battery life and a high-quality camera are some features likely to make the Google Pixel a popular holiday season purchase this year.
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    There are Two Versions
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    There are Two Versions

    Google is offering two Pixel versions. The first, simply called the Pixel, comes with a 5-inch screen featuring a full-HD resolution and 441 pixels per inch. The second larger version, Pixel XL, has a 5.5-inch display with a quad-HD resolution and 534 pixels per inch. In addition to screen size, the devices differ on batteries—the Pixel XL’s battery is substantially larger than the Pixel’s and can deliver several more hours of life before it needs to be recharged.
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    Outstanding Processing Power
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    Outstanding Processing Power

    Google’s handset runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. The chip is one of the more powerful processors on the market and, according to Google, will be able to handle resource-intensive apps with ease. The Pixel also comes with 4GB of memory and outstanding graphics performance. That all adds up to the Pixel being one of the most powerful smartphones on the market.
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    Google Touts the Camera’s Features
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    Google Touts the Camera’s Features

    Google says its Pixel smartphone is “the highest-rated smartphone camera ever.” Although it has just 12.3 megapixels, they are exceedingly large, allowing the camera to take high-quality pictures in low-light conditions. The Pixel camera also has a f/2.0 aperture that makes it a useful companion in intense light. Plus, its color accuracy is best in class. In some cases, the Google Pixel’s camera could be better than lower-end digital-SLR cameras.
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    Pixel’s Impressive Design
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    Pixel’s Impressive Design

    The Google Pixel comes with an impressive design, featuring a slender chassis and small bezel around its screen. It also has a metal case to protect it from falls, and its fingerprint sensor on the back is positioned perfectly so users can unlock the handset quickly. The Google Pixel looks somewhat similar to last year’s iPhone 6s, which also had antenna lines running across its back, but it’s still one of the nicer designs in the smartphone market.
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    It Has the Security Feature Users Want
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    It Has the Security Feature Users Want

    As noted, the Google Pixel comes with a fingerprint sensor on its back plate, which Google says will deliver the security both consumers and corporate customers want. The fingerprint sensor can be used to unlock the device, limit access to sensitive apps and make payments with Android Pay. It’s a feature that rounds out the Google Pixel experience.
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    The Latest Android Flavor

    Also important to security seekers, the Google Pixel runs the company’s latest Android version, Nougat. With Nougat, users will find a slightly improved design, enhanced notification support and several security and bug fixes that make the operating system better to use.
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    Long Battery Life Will Be a Selling Point
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    Long Battery Life Will Be a Selling Point

    The Google Pixel delivers up to 26 hours of continuous talk time before its battery needs to be recharged. Those surfing the internet on WiFi can do so for 13 hours before the battery runs out. The Pixel XL can deliver up to 32 hours of talk time and can last 14 hours when users are surfing the web. Either way, users will get outstanding battery life from Google’s smartphone. And, just as important, they can get seven additional hours of battery life after just 15 minutes of charging.
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    Pick from Several Google Apps
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    Pick from Several Google Apps

    The Google Pixel comes bundled with both new and old Google apps. The device is the first smartphone to offer Google Assistant, a virtual tool that helps users manage their tasks, find photos and keep a travel itinerary. It also comes with the new video-calling service Duo. Along with YouTube, Google Chrome, Google Play and others, those apps make the Pixel a decidedly Google-dominated device.
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    An Expensive Smartphone That Justifies the Price

    Google Pixel isn’t cheap. The standard model starts at $649, but hits $749 for those who want 128GB of storage. The Google Pixel XL retails at $769 to start, but will set customers back $869 when they want additional storage. The smartphone is available unlocked through Google’s online store, and Verizon is offering it through a monthly installment plan, which start at $27.08 per month.
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    Enough Storage for Most Uses
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    Enough Storage for Most Uses

    The Google Pixel comes in the customer’s choice of 32GB or 128GB storage options. In addition, Google will allow users to store all their photos and videos on its cloud servers at no charge. Google says the combination of ample onboard storage and its cloud service means users never need to worry about running out of storage.
 

Smartphones are close to the top of holiday shopping wish lists, according to recent data from the Consumer Technology Association. As usual, Apple’s iPhone remains in high demand. But for the first time ever, a Google-designed Android smartphone also could see brisk sales this season. The Google Pixel, which was released in October, is seen by my many reviewers as one of the best Android handsets on the market. It features the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, Android Nougat, and delivers outstanding battery life. Those features, coupled with big screens, ample processing power and an outstanding camera, are making the Google Pixel a popular purchase this holiday season. Although the Google Pixel is somewhat expensive, the features are good enough to justify its lofty price better than just about any other Android smartphone. This slide show will discuss the Google Pixel's features in more detail and explain what makes the handset a smart buy this year. Read on to learn more about the Google Pixel.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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