A day with the Google Pixel XL

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I received the Google Pixel XL 32GB model yesterday for a replacement on my Samsung Galaxy Note7. I just thought I’d share my first thoughts on this after having this phone for a day, and on if I would recommend it for a good replacement for the Note7.

When I received the phone, I noticed the packaging it was in was nice. Google had a sleeve that the box went mostly into, with their logo on the sides. Opening the box the first thing you see is the phone, covered in all the plastic. Removing that, you see the adapter they give you to connect that phone with your old phone to transfer everything over. And it does transfer mostly everything over, even from an iPhone.

Another nice thing that the phone comes with is two charging cables. One is USB Type-C to USB Type-C, because the power brick for the phone is Type-C, not the standard USB that we are used to. The other is a USB 3, I believe, to Type-C, which will work on all standard chargers. I put this in my car for a good car charger. Worked out really well.

The phone itself is nice. Turning it on, you are greeted with the set up, which was simple and easy. The Pixel comes with Android 7.1 installed, and the updates are nice. This was my first experience with Android 7, and I am pleased. Google Assistant is nice, and actually helpful when you ask the right things.

The camera on the phone is something everyone was wondering about. It has a 12.3 megapixel back facing camera, and it takes high-def pictures and up to 4K video. The videos are stable as ever, and it’s almost eerie how stable it is. The front facing camera is an 8 megapixel camera, and takes great pictures as well. Worked with Snapchat nicely.

So far, the phone is sound, the battery life was pretty good. I charged it to 100%, around 2PM, and when I got home at 10:30PM, I still had about 65% of my battery left.
And yes, I was using it. I watched YouTube videos on my drive to where I was and when driving back home, using a dock and my car audio, of course.

All in all, I say if you are a fan of the Samsung Galaxy Note7, but are looking for something similar but different, Google Pixel XL is a fair replacement. You won’t have the S-Pen, or the waterproofing, but everything else is there and ready to go.

The price point for the Pixel XL through Verizon is $769 for the 32GB version, and $869 for the 128GB version. I will try to update this review in about a week to see if my thoughts have changed on this device.

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