Being a tech nerd I always have to have the best phone and computer on the market. Being a 20 year old college drop out I can’t always get the best computers, but I was able to get my hands on the Google Pixel phone. I was not completely comfortable with dropping the extra 100 dollars just for a half inch of screen, so I got the smaller phone.
My Pixel is black, 32GB small, it has Android version 7.1, and currently my up-time is 351 hours and 5 minutes. There is a glass touch screen and a small section of glass around the camera and fingerprint scanner. The rest of the phone is aluminum, and boy does it feel good in your hand. Only one downside. I feel like I am always on the brink of dropping my phone. The aluminum is so smooth that it actually slides around in my hand.
Why would I tell you the up-time of my phone? The answer is pretty simple. People are always talking about the battery life of phones. They always want to persuade you saying that if a phone has one hour of battery life more than another phone it must be better. I’m coming at it will a different angle. I am simply showing you that my phone has not hit 0 percent battery in over 2 weeks. This could mean one of two things. 1: I always have a charger on me, or 2: The battery last at least one day and I am disciplined enough to charge it when I go to bed. In this case, number 2 wins.
Much like any other smart phone on the market, you have to unlock your phone in some way. Even if you don’t have a passcode, you still have to pass through the unlock screen with a simple upward swipe. Google started implementing an easier way to do this for anyone that has a fingerprint. Starting with the Nexus phones released years earlier, Google allowed the user to turn the screen on and unlock the phone by simply placing their finger on the scanner. This may seem trivial but that is one less click of a button, thus increasing the life of that button. I chose to get the iPhone 4 when it came out. Not long after it came out people started to have problems with both the home button and the power button. They just stopped working. This is one problem Pixel users should never run into. Oh, but don’t get me wrong, the power button feels really nice to click.
Once you have unlocked the phone, the OS and UX are pretty similar to any other smart phone. Google isn’t doing anything ground breaking here, but I will say that Google has found the right balance between too many and not enough features. Upon opening the phone, you can swipe right for what I like to call my ‘News Section.’ On this screen is information that you have shown interest in. So, this could be the scores of the Pacers game and articles about Battlefield One or it can be articles about UFC and how Donald Trump is affecting the stock market. In the end it is up to you. On this screen, the phone will also keep you updated on how long the drive to work is going to be, or how long the drive home will be depending on where you are. Also, let’s say you go Black Friday shopping with your friends, the phone will show exactly where you parked for all you forgetful people (it tends to get confused in parking garages).
Out of curiosity, I found myself watching some reviews on youtube and most people say they never use the Google Assistant. I find myself using it more often than these people. One of the amazing things about the Google Assistant is that it remembers your conversation much like another human would. You can ask what the score of the Pacers game is. The assistant will answer and then you can ask, “What about the Warriors?” and it will know exactly what you are talking about and how to answer.
One of the few negatives that I have taken away from this first month was inevitable. There are many apps that are acting buggy. The makers of these apps have not tested on Android 7.1 resulting in crashes and other small annoyances. It doesn’t happen very often, but because the phone is so new, it isn’t running seamlessly.
I’m going to be honest; I have only used the camera once. It took an amazing picture and I didn’t question it any further. I can only assume that my selfies and sunset pictures would be amazing as well (given the proper lighting).
Lastly, my favorite part of the phone. It’s Google. Much like the appeal for a Mac user to want an iPhone so their music can easily be transferred. I enjoy being able to login to any app using my gmail account. I use Project Fi ( we can talk about that another day), Gmail, Wallet, YouTube, Drive, Photos, Calendar, Hangouts, Chrome, and Maps almost every day. On the Pixel, I logged into my email once upon setting up the phone and it figured out the rest.
All in all, the Pixel is the best phone on the market for someone that uses Google software every day. The phone is fast, sleek, and makes it through the day. If you have any questions regarding the phone leave it in the comments.