The Google Pixel is an amazing smartphone. But with the Samsung Galaxy S8 out is it still worth it? It's the first phone made by Google and It's been out for 6 months now. I've been using it ever since as my daily driver. How does it hold up 6 months later? Watch to find out!
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Okay jackasses. I'm telling you this not from 6 months later but from september of 2017. My Google Pixel with the Oreo Software has completly stopped taking in large data files all together. I used to be able to put massive ammounts of stuff on my pixel at one time but now... Earlier tonight I tried putting like... 600 songs on it? (When I got it it took 400 with out a sweat) and now it won't work.
Totally worth it except if you live in a hot country (30-35C). The device constantly keeps touching 40C if you use the camera or any intensive app during the day. Ofc this is not noticeable with a back cover. I absolutely love the Pixel. Just wish it had a bigger battery and gave me more than 4.5 hrs of SOT.
Pixels I find are too expensive for several reasons;
1. The are a first gen device and as such do not justify that price without building up it's phone Rep!
2. No MicroSD Card Storage which for one of the most expensive phone out is a joke, This also Applies to iPhones but we expect almost all android phones but especially the Flagships to have it did Google learn nothing by looking at the Galaxy S6 phone sales?!
3. No 64GB option is a weird and dumb mistake, Between the Storage Options, No Micro SD Card Slot and the iPhone Prices along with the iPhone feeling front makes it feel like Google is trying to hard to be Apple and not itself!
4. Unlimited Google Drive Storage which sounds great but is only for the Camera and not for downloaded content like Music or Films which is bullshit also it takes time to both upload images and then to delete them from the phone so you can continue shoot or film stuff, Also this can chew up your data!
5. Ugly Chins (Top & Bottom Bezels!) that serve no purpose as all buttons are on screen this again just makes it look to much like an iPhone and for no good reason!
6. The back looks ugly with the 1/3 glass & 2/3 metal design even 1/2 glass & 1/2 metal or full metal (which would be ok since no NFC!) or all glass would have made it look so much better!
7. No NFC on a Flagship phone is a sin but doubly so when you consider the price and the fact that it even has some glass to allow for better radio waves!
8. No really killer or unique phone features for such an expensive phone? No extra RAM, No Iris scanner, No In-Screen Print Reader, No IP 67/68 rating, No MIL Spec Drop Rating, No LiFi, No Quad DAC, No Multiple HiFi Mics, No Original Apps or OS Features (Such as Edge Tasks/Panels, Off-Screen Gestures like the Motos or 1+)?!
9. Just the Price for such a stock looking and feeling phone (Both physically and in terms of UI/UX!) phone I find the Moto G series that apart from RAM and Storage and maybe the Camera gives me a lot more for my Money net alone the Moto Z series or the 1+3T!!!
I'm actually shopping for my first smartphone (only had a Windows phone through work for 3 months) and though I like the Pixel and Google as a company I was looking to wait until the Pixel 2 since with the G6 and S8 and what seems to be probably the future aspect ratio for a phone being 2:1 which makes sense to me from a productivity standpoint (in theory from a PC only user). Unfortunately, my job now requires me to get an Android phone to play catchup in cell phone tech. I also have to shop for my first data plan ever (and say goodbye to my Brightside phone). I'm going to give Project Fi a shot and was curious between the 5x and 6p which people would recommend. I don't particularly care for the Pixel at the price of $650 (not to mention that they're out of stock at the Project Fi store). 6P is sitting at $399 (32GB -black) or $449 (64GB -silver) and the 5x at $249 for $32 GB. I figure I'll only be using this phone until fall, but am curious what others might think is the ideal phone to use as my intro to Android (outside of a Tab 2 on 4.2.2). I guess resale value and the market for these phones secondhand is something to take into account, but I know very little of those markets. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
In Bulgaria the Pixel XL (32 gb) is more expensive than the newly released Galaxy S8 +.......if this wasn't the case i would have chosen this phone over the Samsung, but 1000 euros for a 6 month old phone . Really?!
I hate pixel design and it is not as durable as iphone or galaxy phones.
Google came late with their pixel and it is not water resistant.
The positive things about pixel is screen ,camera ,and it gives the best android experience ever but you should know you won't be able to customize pixel the way other android devices can be customized.
I own a google pixel,Had ran problem with mic,audio jack,Htc Service centre fixed it in 4 days by replacing motherboard,now everything work fine,Never experienced a single lag except those problems i mentioned above.
I owned the Pixel XL for a little while and ended up trading it in for an iPhone 7 Plus. During my time I had an extremely buggy Bluetooth experience where the Pixel would forget my devices & there was an audible popping noise in between tracks. My other reason for switching back is iMessage. For my job, I don't always have a cell phone connection, but I do always have wifi, so I can still send and receive messages through iMessage. I know there are instant messaging apps that will do the same, but trying to get my friends and family to download an app to text is worse than pulling teeth.
First time checking you out, nice video. I was one of the people who's microphone and headphone jack stopped working but Google took care of me and got me a replacement right away. So far this one has been doing very well and I love my Pixel phone. As for the price drop, if people don't mind buying used Swappa has some for less than what Google is charging.
Love the software, hate the design. I'm due an upgrade in a couple of months on my Android device, I'm not doing anything yet until I see the Pixel 2. The S8 and LG 6 are sexy, but I'm just not itching for them just yet. I guess you could say I'm like a woman in a shoe store, I want to see all of them first!
Brian Mills pixel 2 is probably going to be the same phone. In order for them to go bezel less or water resistant they would have to completely redesign the phone which I don't think is practical in the second iteration.
Also the software will still be optimized for the OG pixel specs. They created the entire OS for this phone.
You could hope for a faster fingerprint scanner, and MAYBE ffs. But ffs is also questionable, along with wireless charging because they would have to make a major commitment to the redesign.
835 would be nice though
I think that it should be on all Android Phones I mean Dual Front Facing Stereo Speakers also maybe an optional one or two speakers on the Side/Sides or Top & Bottom for a surround sound experience and also just add Bass!!!
But also add a advanced sound management option in setting to allow us to tweak it to our liking!
The fingerprint sensor is fine. You are the first one I've heard or read of complaining about it. My v10 fingerprint sensor didn't work and LG is known for having that tech I down pat. So it could be just your device. My daughter has the iPhone 7 plus and she has admitted that the Pixel is nicer and much smoother to use. The only benefit of an iphone is iMessage and that's it. Apple stole their design for the iPhone 6 from HTC so that's why the iPhone looks like a Pixel. This is the first review of a Pixel 3 to 6 months later that there were complaints that I have read or seen. All the ones I've read were extremely positive other than users not using a cases and having dents and dings and broken glass.
I’m using it. It's definitely a great phone especially the camera, I really like it. However, the things that I can't stand about the phone are the bottom firing speaker and the back glass panel. The speaker sounds poor and that back glass panel is a total fingerprint and scratch magnet.
Fuck yeah, it's worth it! The smaller Pixel is same price as iPhone 7 without the compromises compared to big brother except Full HD and smaller battery. But battery life is the same and so is the same amount of RAM and camera. It's one of the most compact phones featuring a great camera and 4gb of RAM next to the S7 flat.
The first true Gphone rocks for a first gen. Every Android users on YouTube uses the Pixel/Pixel XL. Matthew Moniz, Jon Rettinger, Marques Brownlee, PhoneBuff, and several more claim to use it as their daily driver.
Don't judge it by its looks, kids. Don't let your eyes and shallow-deep personality fool you. Then one more than meets the eye! Best and smoothest Android experience by far. Fast, fluid, great camera, solid battery life. That's all a simple user like me needs in a smartphone.
Question, should I get the Google Pixel XL in June for my upgrade? I don't want the S8 because I have had horrendous experience with Samsung's S3 and S6 Edge ( lag and battery) I cant really wait for the Pixel 2. My second option would be an iPhone 7 Plus.
Hey Matthew, Did you have any lens flare when taking pictures with your Pixel, as reported as an issue with the pixels, or was is fixed from an update?
and just wanted to also say nice shirt in this video, looks nice, and nice background in your video with nice lighting.
What type of video equipment and mic you use for your videos ? Cause your audio and video is awesome
Ya the lens flare issues were there when I first got the phone. You can see that in one of the pictures in this video which I took before the update. But after the update I don't have that problem anymore.
If you go to my website (www.matthewmoniz.com) and click on gear you can see all my equipment that I use! Thanks Mike!
This phone has a lot of shortcomings and is quite underwhelming TBH, but its standing in the smartphone world and its potential gets me excited for the Pixel 2. It has all the advantages that Samsung users envy about the iPhone and it runs Android which is boss and better than ever in recent years, which is the reason I'm leaning to this more than any other phone despite knowing that the Note 8 and iPhone 8 will be far more exciting.
I also have the Pixel XL and the iPhone 7 plus. I agree with your assessment of the Pixel XL.
I find myself using the 7 plus about 80%/Pixel XL 20%. I guess that speaks to my decision between the two.
Prior to these two phones, I came from an S7EDGE, and had been an Android user since leaving iOS after the iPhone 4.
P.S. You are 110% correct about the Google live cases and their almost unbelievable slipperiness. I strongly recommend against them!
Great video, thanks.
(Now, off to check out your 7 plus, 6 months later video. )
Hi Matthew. one month now with the xl. Came from note 4. checked out galaxy edge 7. nice phone. What has sold me so far on the XL is the clarity of the screen. I can read a book on it. Everything is so direct, esp copy paste which I use a lot. One serious and much hyped gripe is lack of SD card. Dave
Lester Dimaoala im stuck trying to pick one to buy S8+ or XL the mechanical new button even though its tremappable will be a annoyance then theres the fact that i dont know how well it will age probably not as good as the XL
+Justin Cashel no doubt the s8 runs Andriod and it's has better hardware. But it still not running the latest and greatest software and it probably won't ever be running the latest, because the pixel will probably be ahead with the new latest.
Samsung have certainly made great improvements to their now called "Natural UI". It is very similar to the pixel in that sense.
But the facts are the facts.
Nickoy1 Channel that is one of the most rediculace things I've read the software on both is android which is made by Google and the pixel gets the updates before all other androids in saying this having ordered a s8 the reason i did is it's display is better and it water proof and other this but not gona sit typing any longer
Arthur Byers Amen, dude.
Samsung's software experience is like graphical screen tearing in PS4 and Xbone games or dropped frames and lag playing Zelda: BotW on the Nintendo Switch. But understand that Samsung only needs to get 2D UI right. They still haven't.
I know my next phones will generally come from Google, Nokia, LG, and Motorola from now on. I consider Samsung as part of the B-team among Android players trying to disguise themselves as premium. Not with that shit software skin they have on it.
Samsung should leave Android and just use Tizen and let Android be Android without any OEM molestation thanks to Google wanting more control with it.
Every Pixel/Pixel XL owner I know loves their phone. 100% pure Android experience at its most fluid.
yogosans14 So what do people mostly do with their phones? Look at it or use it?
S8 is better to look at. Pixel is better to use. Consumers are looking for a phone. Not a trophy wife or Fabio to make love to.
Pixel has double tap to wake and raise to wake now with 7.1.1. S8 lacks either and a physical home button. Have to wear out power button or raise it to touch the rear fingerprint scanner to wake the screen. How inconvenient...
I use the Sennheiser MKH416 now. I don't hook it up to the scarlett anymore. I just use the Zoom H5 external recorder since i can move it anywhere. I mostly use the scarlett just for my studio speakers
Definitely still worth it. I find myself just appreciating different things about the experience every day. Seriously, that camera just cannot be overstated, it remains number 1 in my book. Battery life and particularly standby time consistently blow me away. And the software experience really is the Android afficianado's dream come true. Several months later I still find myself gawking from time to time at how beautifully fluid the user experience is. As someone who doesn't particularly care for the lack of water resistance or uninspired design, the only true complaint I've ever had about this work or art is a few Bluetooth troubles.
Ps, great vid as usual!
Pss, still waiting on some of your thoughts on the S8 and co.
Same feelings here. The Pixel may not be the most futuristic (bezel-less) looking phone around, it covers the basics really really well. Great software experience, fast updates, top in class camera, nice display, and good battery life. I haven't had any issues with bluetooth or mic like some other have been reporting too (knock on wood). I do really think it could use a price drop though. Especially for those of us in countries the Pixel aren't sold officially, the cost of getting it is higher. Hopefully Google will improve on those points you've mentioned in the next Pixel.
Anyway, not that far away from 100k!!! With the quality of videos you've been producing, it's inevitable!
I totally agree a slight price drop would be sweet and make a lot of sense with all the new phones coming out! I know I'm so close but yet it feels soo far away! haha.. Thanks Alex, I truly appreciate the love! You guys rock!
lapirk Rather have that chin than a curved display. The rear design is ugly at first but does kinda grow on you. At least it is kinda unique and stands out.
If the design or price is the only issue, I can live with it. Nintendo has consistently been bad with hardware design but they are reliable. The og Nokia 3310 didn't become one of the greatest phones ever because it was pretty.
Pixel excels in many basics right including screen, battery life, and camera. The biggest selling feature is the software is fast and fluid. Something that can't be said with Samsung's skin.
my Google pixel XL has been having some problems with Bluetooth connectivity. I heard of this being a problem period perhaps you would like to look into it. I understand that Google is working on a software fix.
I believe it's still worth it. Although, I've only had mine for 3 months. Love the unadulterated software, camera, screen, and 2 tone back. My dislikes are the same as Matt's, bezel and speaker. If I were to buy a phone today, or in April, it would be the Pixel or the LG G6. A flat screen and a little bezel makes a phone so much easier to handle, talking to you S8.
ytown4 Well said and good taste. Hate Samsung.
S8 is better to look at. Pixel is better to use. Most consumers are looking for a phone. Not a trophy wife or Fabio to make love to.
Pixel has double tap to wake and raise to wake now with 7.1.1. S8 lacks either and a physical home button. Have to wear out power button or raise it to touch the rear fingerprint scanner to wake the screen.
How inconvenient, Samsung. Add laggy software, glass rears, curved displays, and very low iFixit ratings. The one underrated aspect is the Pixel earned a 7/10 from iFixit. Internally it has a modular design.
So if the Pixel ever needed to be fixed and opened up, it is way easier than S edge.
I got the Pixel XL after I had to give up my Note 7. I thought I was only a Note person, but using this phone has changed my opinion. I like the Pixel XL so much that at the end of the year I will be comparing both the Note 8 and the Pixel XL 2 with each other for my next phone.
Monkey but s8 software is big let down like always so what's the point a nice screen and a laggy software, for android pixel is the best options if looking for a smooth ride 😄, waiting for the pixel 2, currently using
iphone 6s, after dumbing the s7, good luck
I'm with you on the dislikes. the speaker is my biggest complaint. I miss the front facing speakers the Nexus 6p had. I hold my phone with 1 hand with my pinkie finger on the bottom of the phone to support it. most times it blocks the speaker so the volume is muffled. water resistance would have been nice and a smaller chin on it. I've never had issues with my fingerprint only when my hand is damp or really cold. with that being said I absolutely love this phone. ive only had it for 3 months but it's still my favorite.