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Google Pixel XL Impressions

My Nexus 6P had a defect battery where it would randomly shut off around 30%. I contacted google about the issue, surprisingly, they sent me a Pixel XL as free replacement. Over a month of owning the device, here are my impressions.

Good:

  • Has a headphone jack. Yes I bring this up first cuz of the trend that going on right now.
  • Slightly smaller than my Nexus 6P.
  • Though dated by a year, still blazing fast.
  • Great camera!
  • 4 gigs of ram helps most of my mobile gaming run smooth.
  • Timely android updates.
  • Very simple to transfer data from my previous phone.
  • Battery life is fairly decent.

 

Bad:

  • Bottom firing speaker, one is disguised as a mic. I so miss the dual front facing speakers on my Nexus 6P. The ringtone volume is awful on the Pixel XL. To reach my 6P’s level of mid volume, I have to crank up the Pixel’s volume to 90%.
  • Dangerously slippery. Case is absolutely required.
  • Android O not having a dark mode.
  • No micro SD card slot. Stop forcing us to use google drive google! Unless if data plan isn’t included in that, I ain’t doing it.
  • Quad HD display is still pointless and a battery sucker.
  • Phone boots up slow with a blinding white screen.
  • Not water resistant.

 

Ugly:

  • Google Now story feeds can’t be disabled permanently. Even with the options disabled, google programmed this to use your data. Sneaky greedy bastards.
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