Smartphone manufacturers release new phones each year and more so, Google refreshes its phones after a year.
While you are not under any obligation to upgrade to a new phone whenever a company refreshes the older models, some people out there enjoy playing this game. In fact, there is a huge chunk of people that rarely keep a phone for a period of one year and would jump to any new phone that comes out as long as they believe it’s a much better option than what they have now.
Lucky enough, many carriers support this small game by allowing users to get new phones by trading in their older models. But for current Google Pixel XL owners, things might be a little different this time around, even with the looming sweet upgrades to the Google Pixel 2 XL.
Released late last year, the Google Pixel XL is now approaching its first year on the market. While there are those who got lucky to have this phone a few weeks or even days following its official release, some just got their hands on the beauty a few months or even weeks ago. If you have been rocking the Pixel XL for some time now, you’ll agree that this phone is nothing close to the typical Android phones you see out there.
The Google Pixel XL has literally everything you can ever want from a phone. Apart from a few downsides here and there, especially when it comes to choice of the build material, everything else about this phone is near perfect, if not perfect. The glass section on the back is what causes some users concerns, but this can always be protected using a case.
There are those who don’t really like the bezels, but this has only come in after they saw what Samsung did with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. From my side of the table, these bezels can really be helpful when the phone accidentally falls as they will protect the screen from being easily reached by the potential damage resulting from the fall. This makes the phone durable compared to those bezel-less beauties you see around these days.
The performance levels of the Google Pixel XL are just out of this world. Opening apps, playing heavy games, streaming videos and executing any other resource-intensive tasks is a breeze to this phone. Of course, the Snapdragon 821 SoC used is now becoming old now that there is a new Snapdragon 835, however, it’s never about the hardware specs, rather, it’s always about the software optimizations, something that Google is good at.
Even with a 2016 processor, you won’t feel any lags when using the Google Pixel XL, and this is not about to get any slower anytime soon. The 4GB RAM is simply enough for doing anything you want, including whatever multitasking you wish to engage in. For some people, having 32GB of storage is not enough, but Google saves you more storage space with its cloud storage offer that comes bundled with the Pixel XL phone.
It gets even better to know that the Google Pixel XL will still be on the company’s books for a few more years to come. With the upcoming Android O set to be the first major OS upgrade, the handset still has another major upgrade coming up in 2018. After that, you will still be able to enjoy continued support for another year, where your device will be kept safe and secure through those regular monthly updates.
Who doesn’t love a device that gives them the best photos? Well, the Google Pixel XL leads the way when it comes to taking top-notch shots, something that many current owners will agree with. This is despite the fact that folks at DxOMark claim that the HTC U11 is now ahead of the Pixel in terms of rankings, but as you all know, DxO is continuously becoming irrelevant in this field.
As for the battery life, the 3450mAh unit used on the Pixel XL is more than what you’ll get on many phones out there. For instance, the Galaxy S8 has a 3000mAh unit yet it packs a monster 5.8-inch QHD+ display screen compared to the 5.5-inch QHD panel used on the XL. Basically, this means that the S8’s screen sucks more battery juice when compared to the XL’s panel, even if the former has a default setting of Full HD+.
Since 2015, Google has been using the next-gen USB-C port for charging and PC connectivity, which means you’ll have less to worry about when using the Google Pixel XL. You also get support for fast charging technology to ensure that you don’t waste a lot of time waiting for this 3450mAh unit to charge from 0 to 100%.
There are a lot of positives on the Google Pixel XL – positives that will for sure leave you more than happy to keep this phone for more than a year or even two.
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