The Google Pixel remains our favorite phone, bar none — unless you’re looking for a bigger screen, in which case we’d recommend its big brother, the Pixel XL.
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The Pixel strikes a terrific balance between speed and beauty, ergonomics and straight-up usability. It’s the purest vehicle for Android Nougat 7.0, Google’s mobile operating system. It’s a relatively quick-charger. And it offers the most seamless integration with Google’s Daydream View VR headset (though the list of compatible phones continues to grow).
Of course, the Pixel isn’t perfect; the rear panel’s glass treatment may be an aesthetic misfire for some, and it’s vulnerable to cracking. It’s also not as water-resistant as others, and though its camera is superb, the iPhone 7 Plus delivers superior video quality in portrait mode (read more about how the two stack up). Still, these are mostly minor quibbles; if you’re looking for an alternative to the latest model iPhones, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are worth a serious look.
Looking ahead, Google hasn’t officially stated anything yet about the future of the Pixel line, but there are rumors swirling about innovative AR and VR developments and, possibly, a foldable display. But with the next Pixel not expected before October 2017 (a year after the original debuted), Android fans may be tempted by the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is rumored to be hitting in March or April.
Why the Pixel is one of the best Android phones right now
So what’s so great about the Pixel? Aside from the premium hardware, like the camera and processor, it packs new software features that are handy to use day-to-day. Read on to find out more.