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Google Pixel, Pixel XL: 3 key features missing on Google’s new premium smartphones

Google is competing with premium smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Apple iPhone 7 with its new Pixel smartphones. The Pixel series comes with high-end specifications and features. But there a few features that would have made the Google Pixel ‘perfect’.

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After phasing out the Nexus program, Google is betting big on its new Pixel series smartphones. Even though Google had a say in the Nexus devices in terms of hardware, with Pixel, the company has gained a greater or full control on the hardware. In other words, the Pixel is truly a Google smartphone. Featuring top-of-the-line specifications, Google is aiming the premium smartphone segment, which has long been Apple s territory. In this segment, only Samsung has been the Android player to give Apple a run for its money. But it s not just the specifications, Google has also extensively focused on software with preloading Google Assistant, a new avatar of Google Now, which is smarter and more intelligent, and highly similar to upgraded Siri on iOS 10. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football Championship

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Along with Google Assistant, the Pixel smartphone is also preloaded with video messaging app Google Allo. For photography enthusiasts, Google is giving Pixel customers unlimited Photos storage at their original quality, virtually getting rid of the issue of limited physical storage on other smartphones. Featuring a 5-inch full HD display, the smartphone runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box, and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor along with 4GB of RAM. It comes with 12.3-megapixel rear camera. It is powered by a 2,770mAh battery. The combination of high-end hardware and unique software experience make the Google Pixel stand out from the crowd. But does it mean the Google Pixel is the perfect Android smartphone? Has it got all covered? Well, it has succeeded in getting almost everything right, but there are a few things that are a big miss on the Google Pixel. Read on. Also Read - Sundar Pichai: 5 interesting facts about Google CEO you never heard before

Optical Image Stabilization

Though Google hasn t followed the trend of dual-camera setup, it claims to deliver superior photo quality with its 12.3-megapixel camera, which comes with f/2.0 aperture, 1.55 m pixel size and 4K videos support. Google says the camera scored an impressive 89 in DxOMark test, even surpassing the iPhone 7. Competing Samsung Galaxy S7 has 12-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture, smart OIS and dual-pixel technology. The Apple iPhone 7 comes with 12-megapixel camera with f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, OIS and quad-LED dual-tone flash. ALSO READ: Google Pixel vs Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Price, specifications, features compared

You may have noticed that the Google Pixel does not come with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Instead it uses gyroscope-based video stabilization for smoother and shake-free handheld recording. Well, how good is that remains to be seen. The OIS though is tested technology for image stabilization, and lots of smartphone, even those with lesser price tag have this feature.

microSD

The Google Pixel is available in two storage variants, 32GB and 128GB. Even though Google is offering unlimited Photos storage, a lot of users may still find 32GB paltry, if they go for the base model, and crave for an expansion slot. Yes, even the iPhone 7 series has 32GB as the base variant, but storage choice goes up to 256GB. Samsung, on the other hand, has realized this issue and included microSD expansion slot in its latest flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S7 comes with microSD slot with support up to 256GB. Inclusion of the microSD allows users to go for the base model, which is priced lesser than the higher storage variants. It is worth pointing out here that with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, users can move their applications and media (photos, videos) to microSD card. A hybrid SIM slot could have allowed the Google Pixel to run two SIM cards, which is quite popular in India or have one SIM and SD card in the same slot.

Water resistance

If you are paying huge sum for a premium smartphone, you wouldn t want it be vulnerable to moisture and dust. Apple s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come with IP67 certification, allowing it to withstand being submerged in 1m (about 3.3 feet) of static water for up to 30 minutes, and dust resistance. The Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with IP68 certification. The company says the smartphone can withstand being submerged in 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) in water for up to 30 minutes. This feature is badly missed on Google s premium Pixel smartphone. RELATED: Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL hands-on: The real Google phone is here!

Do you agree that these features are badly missed on the Google Pixel smartphones, or are we just nitpicking? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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  • Published Date: October 5, 2016 5:00 PM IST
  • Updated Date: October 5, 2016 5:05 PM IST


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