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Google Pixel - What You Need To Know

29 Nov 2016
Peter - amaysim blogger


amaysim's Head of IT Operations

The new Google phone has landed, but does it live up to the hype? Is the Google Pixel better than the iPhone 7?

Everyone who knows me knows I’m am a huge Google and Android fan, so when I watched the Pixel reveal I was already sold (I even tried inserting money straight into my computer screen for the new phone!).

For a long time now Apple have made beautiful and functional phones, but in terms of appearance the Android world was a few steps behind. With the Google Pixel we now finally get to see Google’s true vision for what an Android device is.

Is the Google Pixel better than an iPhone?

I’ve spent some quality time with the Google Pixel, and one of the questions I often get asked is, is it better than an iPhone? The choice really comes down to your personal preference and the features you love, so I’ve collated some of the key info on the newest smartphone to hit the market, plus some answers to commonly asked questions to help you decide if Google’s Pixel or Pixel XL should be your next phone!

Google Pixel

What are the best Google Pixel features?

The Pixel has a heap of desirable features that stack up nicely against its other smartphone competitors. Here are some of the best ones:

  • Unlimited cloud storage for photos and videos so you’ll never get caught off guard by those ‘storage full’ notifications that get you stuck between a rock and a hard place. With the Google Pixel in hand you can get snap happy and store selfies and Snapchat stories to your heart’s content.
  • Speaking of pictures, the Pixel has the best smartphone camera to date, according to some. This is one of the standout features of the Pixel, making it easier for anyone and everyone to take high quality photos.
  • Switch from your current phone to Pixel with ease. The main hurdle you face when switching over to a new phone is transferring all your data from your old device to your new one. Google have made this possible in just three super simple steps!
  • Google Assistant– if you’ve ever dreamt of having your own PA, Google Pixel is a step in the right direction. Use voice commands to get the information you need with ease and perform different functions on your phone, like adding reminders to your calendar or finding out the weather for tomorrow.
  • Top battery life and speedy charge time. It takes just 15 minutes to charge enough battery to get you up to seven hours of phone usage, perfect for when you’re in a rush to get out the front door and forgot to charge your phone. There’s also a function that preserves power while you’re not using it so you can extend battery charge – winning!
  • A reliable travel companion. Stop getting into tiffs with your mates when travelling over translations and locating your travel documents with your trusty Google companion by your side. The Pixel boasts tools that allow you to translate on the go, read signs in other languages and it even stores all your travel documents and itinerary in the one place. I love this feature since it easier to be organised while you’re on the road.

Where to buy the Google Pixel in Australia?

If you’re going to buy the Google Pixel outright and tee it up with one of amaysim’s SIM-only, no lock-in contract plans (because let’s face it, no one wants to be a slave to a mobile contract) your best bet is to head into stores like JB Hi-Fi or buy it directly from the Google store.

How much does Google Pixel cost off contract?

Coming in at pretty much the same price as the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7, the Pixel isn’t quite as cheap as we originally thought it might be. However, one look down the phone specs and you can see what you’re paying for.

The Google Pixel 32GB retails for $1,079 and the the Google Pixel XL 32GB starts at $1,269. For more information on prices and models visit the Pixel store.

What are the Google Pixel specs and how do they compare to the iPhone 7?

I’m no fence-sitter, but I truly believe that the Google Pixel is every bit as good as an iPhone 7, and that’s awesome for us consumers. I won’t bog you down in too much technical jargon but check out Digital Trends spec comparison for a more detailed side by side comparison of the two devices.

For more specifics on the Google Pixel, check out the full spec breakdown over at the Google website.

If you’re looking for the best Android smartphone on the market, the Google Pixel is it

Whether you’re an Android lover looking for an upgrader or a long-term iPhone user looking for a switch, I reckon that the Google Pixel is the phone for you.

After a few weeks of using the Pixel I’m still just as in love with it as the day I saw the reveal, and that’s probably because there is no one thing that makes it stand out – it’s just a well-built, well-designed and a well thought-out phone. It feels nice in the hand, the camera is super fast and takes amazing photos. The Google Pixel is smooth and responsive when you use it, and let’s not forget that the Google software experience and intelligence is second to none.

If you do decide on grabbing yourself the new Google Pixel, buy it off contract and pair it with one of our no contract and SIM-only mobile plans – buying your Google Pixel off contract and teeing it up with a SIM-only plan will save you money in the long run as opposed to nose-diving straight into a 12- or 24-month contract, as well as give you the freedom to switch plans if and when your needs change.

And when you get your new Google Pixel, remember to pop back and let me know in the comments what you think of it!


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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.