My First Week with a Google Pixel

When my Galaxy Note 7 was recalled I decided to replace it with a Google Pixel. My first thought was finally a pure Android phone that is free of bloatware. Though following the note 7screenshot_20161102-123100 my initial reaction was a bit underwhelming. I decided to go with the smaller version rather than the XL. Granted the bigger screen and battery were attractive but in my hand the phone felt too cumbersome. Also, contrary to what I’d like to tell myself, cost is an option and I wanted more storage than a bigger screen.

So what do I think after a week? I love it. This phone is slick, fast, and does everything I throw at it. Google has certainly made some wise design choices with the phone and it truly is the first Android iPhone. That doesn’t mean it is a good replacement for an iPhone because, let’s face it, you either want an iPhone or you don’t. What it means is, like an iPhone, everything works the way you’d expect. The fingerprint scanner on the back makes opening your phone fast and seamless. Add in some gestures that allow you to pull down notifications and or the app drawer and you’ll wonder how you did things the old ways. Even the Google Assistant works really well for me. Contrary to initial reports you do not have to put every search query in the form of a question, just a touch of the G icon will bring up the tried and true search bar. However just picking up the phone and saying, “Okay Google, play some B.B. King from Spotify,” has its own cool vibe. Much has been said about the camera and I can say I haven’t seen better pictures from a smartphone. Battery life has been great too. After the first couple of days when you’re setting things up and loading apps you then get a feel for what the battery will do. I can turn my phone on at six in th
e morning use it for a day of social media, email, text, and a little Pokémon Go, and still shut it off at ten o’clock at night  with some 30% left on the battery. So what’s my recommendation? If you have a 2 year old phone and are ready for an upgrade you should really consider it. You can get one through Verizon or one from the Google store that will work on any carrier. You really cannot get a better Android experience on any other phone.

~ by Vinny Alascia on November 2, 2016.