First and foremost, I should say that I’m a supporter of Apple products. And by that, I mean that I'll buy anything that Apple puts out. I don’t say that in a bragging manner, but more of a confession of my addiction. And admittance is always the first step. I love about Apple because they control the software and hardware, which allows for an insanely smooth and consistent user experience. And when Google announced the Pixel, phone by Google, they stated they'd be controlling the software and hardware. This piqued my interest in the Google Pixel and opened my eyes to new possibilities. And let’s face it, Google boasts endless possibilities.
The ergonomics of the phone still leave a lot to be desired. The overall build quality doesn’t match the standards put forth by the iPhone 7 or the Samsung Galaxy S7. The Pixel's beveled edges provide a nice feel in your hand. Unfortunately, you can easily accidentally scratch the glass surrounding the rear-facing fingerprint scanner. One of the redeeming qualities of the phone’s build is the included headphone jack. It’s 2016. I never imagined including a headphone jack as a redeeming quality. However, with Apple’s recent announcement to remove headphone jacks, this simple addition to the Pixel bears mentioning. Despite being unimpressed with the look of the Google Pixel, let’s face it, the real selling points of the device are found within.
Take a picture
After using the phone for the past month, I’m most impressed with the camera. Industry experts touted the state-of-the-art camera inside The Pixel, by Google, and they weren’t wrong. I carry both a Pixel and an iPhone 6s Plus. In the past month, I've found myself reaching more often for the Pixel to take photos. What I like so much about the Pixel, is its ability to successfully and clearly capture moments in low-light settings. By opening the aperture up to f/2.0, the Pixel's camera lets enough light in, while also canceling out unwanted noise. This unique combination pushes the Pixel, by Google's device above most low- to mid-level DSLRs on the market. And maybe the best part of your Pixel's camera is the unlimited storage that comes with your Google contract.
Talking to a machine
Pixel's Google Assistant is so good ... if I'd have asked it to write this blog for me, it probably would've. Other AI interfaces are left in the dust once you experience the conversational approach of the Pixel's AI. The Pixel can (for the most part) clearly understand what it is that you’re looking for. You can start a conversation by asking for directions, requesting local weather information, or even grabbing restaurant recommendations. It’s simple, and it works flawlessly.
Google has set the bar incredibly high. Apple has to work to catch up to that set bar - and so does every other phone device company. Because Google took the giant leap towards owning both the hardware and software, expect to see even greater innovation from Google over the next few years. While the Pixel may not be perfect, it is definitely injecting significant innovation in an area of business that desperately needed it.