Google Pixel

Bought myself a Google Pixel (Silver, 128GB) for my birthday this year. 😀 Everybody’s been quite excited and asking for a review, so here’s my perspective of the device. Samsung S4 was the last Android phone I have used before switching to iPhones. My S4 battery would heat up while charging and also randomly while I’m out. I was uncomfortable with that symptom, so I switched to iPhone. But I’ve missed my S3 experience so much that I’ve been watching out for an Android phone since. I wanted to buy this phone the moment it was announced.

First Impressions

Google Pixel Box
I chuckled when I saw the box

The hardware feels like an iPhone, key difference being there’s no button at the bottom of the front of the phone, the fingerprint reader is on the back of the phone, which poses no issues for me, I swipe it with either of my index fingers just fine. There’s a tiny pokey thing in the box to help you remove your SIM card from your iPhone and insert it into the Pixel. The Pixel SIM card drawer works exactly the same way as the SIM card drawer on the iPhone.

The phone powers up like any other phone, with an animation sequence and some jingle.

What comes in the box:

  • The phone itself
  • That pokey thing for the SIM card drawer
  • Charger adapter, I got the UK one so the plug is compatible here
  • One USB C to USB C cable for use with the official plug
  • One USB A to USB C cable, so you can still use your old iPhone charger to charge this phone, if you want
  • One female USB A to USB C adapter, in case you want to convert any of your other existing cables to USB C on one end
  • Some starter kit cards a la Razer products

And then I started going through this list, you should check it out if you just got yours.

What I Love About It

Stories on Google Now
Articles I’ll Actually Read
  • The keyboard can be swiped by default (can only have that with third party keyboards on iPhone)
  • I get lesser weird auto correct errors with keyboard
  • There’s a DND profile option (great for driving! I hated when friends WhatsApp me while I was driving)
  • Google Now recommending articles I actually want to read (my personal Google account was configured as the main account in the phone)
  • Having my work schedule on a full page panel, that I can swipe to anytime, without launching my calendar app (my work account is configured in the Outlook app)

Bits That Irritated Me

  • I have 3 virtual keyboards set up (English, Chinese and Japanese), and I have to go into them individually to turn off key press sounds and vibration. Shouldn’t keyboard settings be across the board?!
  • Similarly, I have to go into individual apps to turn off in app sounds
  • Sometimes I tap on a hot spot multiple times and I still don’t select it. Most times it’s because I’m tapping slightly lower than the phone expects it
  • Battery life seems a bit suspect. I spent 10% just surfing Facebook and Google Now for 45 minutes when I wake up

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