What is a Google Phone?! Reviewing Every Pixel/Nexus Ever! [Video]
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Pixel 8 And Google Pixel Phone Line
The Google Pixel 8 Pro is Google’s most advanced and visually pleasing Pixel yet. While its vibrant display stands out among competitors in its price range, it’s the AI-enhanced photography features that truly set it apart. Google’s focus on machine learning is evident, introducing pioneering AI features, some of which like the call-screening assistant, enhance user experience, while others, like certain photo editing tools, seem intrusive or superfluous.
This device’s software experience, though unmistakably Android, has its challenges, with an often overwhelming user interface filled with perpetual setup screens and deep settings layers. However, the standout promise Google offers is seven years of software updates and support, surpassing even Apple in terms of device longevity.
While the Pixel 8 Pro may not be a contender seven years from its release date, its extended support ensures resale value. Users can confidently sell their device, knowing the next owner will still have years of support. Despite its unique features and potential, it still lags behind its Apple counterpart in terms of software refinement. For Android enthusiasts, it’s an excellent buy, but for those undecided, waiting for discounts might be wise.
Google’s commitment to long-term support is a game-changer in the smartphone market, especially in the Android realm. With most brands ceasing support after a few years, Google’s seven-year pledge makes the Pixel 8 Pro an attractive long-term investment.
Performance-wise, it might not be top-tier, but its durability is enhanced by Google’s backing. Its brilliant display outshines rivals like iPhone 15 Pro Max and Galaxy S23 Plus. Plus, its battery longevity matches Google’s claims, and the camera advancements, especially with AI tools, are both fascinating and formidable.
To conclude, the Pixel 8 Pro epitomizes Google’s vision for the future of Android, offering a pristine Android experience bolstered by a promise of prolonged support.
About Google’s Pixel Line of Phones
Google’s Pixel line of phones represents the company’s vision for Android, with the devices intended to provide a pure Android experience, direct from Google. Here’s a brief history of the Pixel phones up to my last update in October 2023:
|Pixel • Pixel XL||Launched||October 2016|
|Features||Introduced the Google Assistant, unlimited Google Photos storage, and the Pixel Camera. Came with Android 7.1 Nougat|
|Display||5-inch for Pixel and 5.5-inch for Pixel XL|
|Pixel 2 • Pixel 2 XL||Launched||October 2017|
|Features||Improved camera with machine learning-enhanced portrait mode. Active Edge (squeeze to activate Assistant), and no headphone jack|
|Display||5-inch for Pixel 2 and 6-inch for Pixel 2 XL|
|Pixel 3 • Pixel 3 XL||Launched||October 2018|
|Features||Wireless charging, dual front-facing cameras for wide-angle selfies, Call Screen feature|
|Display||5.5-inch for Pixel 3 and 6.3-inch for Pixel 3 XL|
|Pixel 3a • Pixel 3a XL||Launched||May 2019|
|Features||Mid-range variants of the Pixel 3 series, offering a similar camera experience at a reduced price|
|Display||5.6-inch for Pixel 3a and 6-inch for Pixel 3a XL|
|Pixel 4 • Pixel 4 XL||Launched||October 2019|
|Features||Introduced radar-based Motion Sense for gestures and faster face unlock. Enhanced Night Sight for astrophotography. Did not include the fingerprint sensor|
|Display||5.7-inch for Pixel 4 and 6.3-inch for Pixel 4 XL|
|Pixel 4a||Launched||August 2020|
|Features||A budget-friendly variant with a similar camera to the Pixel 4 but without Motion Sense and the wide-angle selfie camera|
|Pixel 4a 5G||Launched||November 2020|
|Features||Combined elements of both the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5, with 5G capabilities.|
|Pixel 5||Launched||October 2020|
|Features||Mid-range specs with a premium build, including a metal body, wireless and reverse wireless charging. Introduced 5G support and returned to a rear fingerprint sensor.|
|Pixel 5a||Launched||August 2021|
|Features||Similar to the Pixel 4a 5G, but with a slightly larger battery and some added features|
|Pixel 6 • Pixel 6 Pro||Launched||October 2021|
|Features||Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro inspired by you and powered by Google Tensor— the brand new chip designed by Google, custom-made for Pixel|
|Display||6.4-inch for Pixel 6 and 6.7-inch for Pixel 6 Pro|
|Pixel 6a||Launched||July 2022|
|Features||Excellent performance for its price – thanks to its flagship-grade Tensor chipset|
|Pixel 7 • Pixel 7 Pro||Launched||October 2022|
|Features||From new call settings like Clear Calling to advanced camera features like Photo Unblur and Macro Focus|
|Display||6.3-inch for Pixel 7 and 6.7-inch for Pixel 7 Pro|
|Pixel 7a||Launched||May 2023|
|Features||Improves upon its predecessor with a 90Hz display refresh rate, more memory, wireless charging, and face unlock|
|Pixel 8 • Pixel 8 Pro||Launched||October 2023|
|Features||All powered by Google Tensor G3. And they’ll get seven years of software updates|
|Display||6.2-inch for Pixel 8 and 6.7-inch for Pixel 8 Pro|
Both phones, Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 were flagship devices that offer Google’s own hardware and software, with some improvements and new features over their predecessors, with Google’s own custom-designed “Tensor” SoC, a new camera system, and more.
Google has typically launched Pixel phones in October, with a few exceptions. The Pixel series has been known for offering a clean Android experience with quick updates, impressive camera capabilities, and tight integration with Google services.