Google Pixel - What You Need To Know
29 Nov 2016
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.
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!
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!