Google Pixel saib

Google Pixel Review
Overall Score4
  • Tus Pixel yog tus ntaus ntawv nthuav. Ib tug xov tooj uas tsim tau rau Google, cov txiag ntawm hauv. Software sab yog sab saum toj thais ncej: lub smoothest, newest thiab zoo optimised version uas hauv muaj thaum lub caij thiab tej zaum tseem ua lub neej yav tom ntej, qhov mob ceev ceev los ncaj hauv Google tshiab.

Thawj tsim tau rau Google ntawm kos smartphone ticks ntau thawv, tab sis tsis yog heev lub ntiaj teb stellar beater ib txhia yuav xav kom


Powered by Guardian.co.ukNo tsab xov xwm hu “Google Pixel saib: tus beater iPhone tab sis kuj tsis tus hauv vaj ntxwv” yog sau los ntawm Samuel Gibbs, kev theguardian.com txog Thursday 20th kaum hli ntuj 2016 06.00 UTC

Google lawm thaum kawg launched ua nyias muaj nyias hom smartphone, tus Pixel, mus sib tw kua taub hau ntawm thiab mam li muab ib tug hwm hauv kev nrog rau cov software tshwm sim los ntawm cov neeg uas tau ua nws tus Radon..

Tus tshiab smartphone nca muab tsis tau tus Google Nexus kab pab kiag li lawm thiab lub tuam txhab thov uas lub Pixel yog tam sim no 100% Google, unlike the Nexus devices where Google provided the software and had some input into the devices but not total control. The Pixel phone joins the Pixel C Android tablet and Chromebook Pixel as Google’s first in-house devices.

But for Google, the Pixel isn’t just a smartphone, it’s a referendum on whether Google as a brand sells.

Wedge shape

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The Pixel is thicker at one end, but you might not notice unless someone pointed it out. Yees duab: Samuel Gibbs rau tus neeg saib xyuas cov

With an all-metal body, all-glass display, rock-solid build, fingerprint scanner and headphones socket, the Pixel ticks most of the boxes expected of top-end smartphone, except for a lack of waterproofing. It’s slightly different looking too, with a glass panel covering the top third of the back and a wedge-shape that’s thicker at the top and hides any camera lump. How attractive it is as a design divides opinion.

The Pixel feels great in the hand, with nicely curved edges and flat sides that make it easy to grip and hold on to. It’s also not too thick, with the wedge shape meaning the bit you hold is thin and has good weight distribution.

At the Pixel’s base it is 7.3mm thick and it weighs 143g. In comparison to the competition, namely Apple’s 7.1mm thick, 138g iPhone 7 and Samsung’s 7.9mm thick, 152g Galaxy S7, the Pixel is right in the middle. It’s thinner than last year’s 7.9mm thick Nexus 5X and but 7g heavier.

The Pixel has a 5in full HD AMOLED screen on the front, which makes it one of the smaller premium smartphones available, with most others having 5.1in or larger screens. The display is crisp and vibrant, with deep blacks and excellent viewing angles. It’s relatively easy to read in direct sunlight too, making it one of the best displays fitted to a smartphone, although not quite as good as Samsung’s best.

Specifications

  • Vijtsam: 5in 1080p AMOLED (441ppi)
  • Processor: plaubâ € ¦-ntxhais Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • RAM: 4GB of RAM
  • Cia: 32 los yog 128GB
  • Operating system: Hauv 7.1 Nougat
  • Yees: 12.3MP rear koob yees duab, 8MP txojkev pem hauv ntej lub koob yees duab
  • Connectivity: LTE, WI-nkaus, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C thiab GPS
  • Qhov ntev: 143.8 x 69.5 x 7.3-8.6 hli
  • Yuag: 143g

DayDream ready

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Google’s Pixel still has a headphone socket, but doesn’t actually come with any headphones in the box. Yees duab: Samuel Gibbs rau tus neeg saib xyuas cov

The Pixel is one of the first handsets to use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 821 processor, which is essentially a tweaked version of the 820 found in the OnePlus 3 and other smartphones.

Performance is not an issue. From Prisma images to graphically intensive games, the Pixel chewed through everything I threw at it, which you’d expect for a £600 smartphone. It’s one of the most powerful Android smartphones currently available. It’s well optimised, snappy, fast and, perhaps most impressively, it doesn’t get that hot when under load.

Most smartphones heat up considerably when downloading a lot of data, such as when setting up a phone, but the Pixel didn’t. It also ran games such as Dan the Man without heating up in the slightest, where last year’s Nexus 5 X became noticeably hot.

The Pixel is also the first smartphone to be certified for use with Google’s new DayDream virtual reality platform. Whether that means anything in reality will depend on how successful Google’s latest push for VR ends up being. It’s not yet available, so how it performs is still unknown.

A day between charges

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The USB and single speaker at the bottom (the left-side hole). Yees duab: Samuel Gibbs rau tus neeg saib xyuas cov

Using the Pixel as my primary device, it lasted just over 24 hours without charging, managing three hours of app usage and browsing, hundreds of emails and push notifications, a couple of photos, five hours of music over Bluetooth headphones and the odd game of Dan the Man during my one hour and 20-minute train commute to and from work. It means you’ll get through a day and a night out, but you’ll have to charge it overnight or it’ll most likely be dead before you get to work the next day.

The Pixel has fast charging through USB-C’s power delivery specification, not Qualcomm’s QuickCharge or any other accelerated charging system. A full charge from completely flat took one hour 45 feeb, reaching 25% capacity in about 15 feeb, 40% nyob rau hauv 25 feeb thiab 66% in about 50 feeb. It’s not the fastest charging smartphone available, but it’s considerably faster than Apple’s iPhone 7.

Hauv 7.1 Nougat

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Pixel comes installed with Google’s latest launcher complete with a new-look homescreen and app drawer. Yees duab: Samuel Gibbs rau tus neeg saib xyuas cov

The Pixel comes with the latest version of Android 7.1 Nougat and is the first smartphone to do so. Most other smartphones are still running Android 6 Marshmallow, let alone version 7 los sis 7.1.

Hauv 7.0 Nougat introduced some solid battery and time-saving features, which are all present on the Pixel. Google’s version of Nougat 7.1 introduces a few more new and useful things including the ability to block visual alerts when do not disturb is activated, such as the flashing LED notification light – handy for those that charge their smartphone overnight next to their heads.

The Pixel also has a new version of Google’s launcher – previously known as the Google Now launcher – which shipped with Nexus devices and is available for other Android smartphones and tablets on the Play Store. The Pixel’s launcher has a new-look Google search bar and home screen weather widget, neither of which can be removed limiting vertical icon space to four rows, and now hides the app drawer behind a swipe up from the five-icon-wide tray at the bottom of the screen.

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Launcher shortcuts pop-up on a tap and hold, but can be dragged from the menu to make a dedicated icon for the shortcut on the homescreen. Yees duab: Samuel Gibbs rau tus neeg saib xyuas cov

The biggest functional change for the home screen, Txawm li cas los, is the new launcher shortcuts, which mirror Apple’s 3D touch gestures on iOS, but without the need for a pressure-sensitive screen. Tapping and holding an app icon pops up a list of quick actions, from phone calls to specific people to recent text messages, options to jump straight to a selfie or video in the camera app, and other similar functions.

The launcher shortcuts can also be dragged from the main app to quick buttons on the home screen, meaning a button for jumping straight to the front-facing camera for a selfie can be placed anywhere on the home screen for one-tap access.

Most of Google’s apps support the new feature, while some third-party apps, including Evernote will soon be updated to add quick actions of their own. How much utility you get out of them will depend on which apps you use, but being able to pin launcher actions as a separate icon to the home screen could be useful for some commonly used functions.

Google’s also included a collection of attractive live wallpapers that change in real time while the screen is on. A collection of Google Earth shots pan across a view of fields in Kent or the Pantheon in Rome, while live data wallpapers display battery charge levels, the current weather conditions, or the time. There’s also the option to cycle through a collection of still images on a daily basis for various different topics such as cityscapes, aerial shots, landscapes and other themes.

Hauv 7.1 also now has a built-in night mode, which aims to reduce blue tones from the display to limit the amount of blue light shone into the eyes during the hours of darkness. Doing so is meant to help smartphone users sleep by stopping the blue wavelengths of light stimulating cells in our eyes and waking us up. Third-party apps have been doing similar for a while and Apple added a night mode to iOS 9.3, so it’s not a new feature, but it is good to see built into Android.

Google Assistant

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Google Assistant hides under the home button, ready to answer questions and perform basic functions such as setting timers. Yees duab: Samuel Gibbs rau tus neeg saib xyuas cov

The most hyped feature of Google’s new version of Android Google Assistant, formerly known as Google Now. The biggest difference is now it will talk back to you and is much more focused on conversational voice interaction. You ask a question, it answers but keeps listening for a follow-up command or further questions about the subject.

Activated by either a long press on the home button or by saying “OK, Google”, Assistant can perform quick tasks such as setting timers, sending messages and playing music, fire up searches and other standard virtual-assistant functions, but it is also the most personal Google assistant to date. It will actively learn from your preferences, either by your searches or by your explicit command.

For users or any other Android smartphone, Assistant is essentially a slightly better Google Now with a much clearer name, but it’s also one of the most capable voice assistants available and makes Apple’s Siri look a bit behind the times. Google’s voice recognition is top notch, and it has access to so much more data it’s more surprising when it can’t answer a fact-based question than when it can.

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Pixel, phone by Google. Yees duab: Samuel Gibbs rau tus neeg saib xyuas cov

It will apparently eventually be able to interact with third-party apps and services allowing users to simply say “OK, Google, order me an Uber” or similar, but they’re not available yet. You can also only directly interact with Assistant via voice from the launcher, but you can type text into the Google search bar or in Allo. It seemed an odd omission, as there were times when I wanted to silently ask it a question using the keyboard.

To get the most out of it you must give your digital life over to Google and that certainly has some privacy implications – it knows where you are, what you’re searching for, can read what’s on the screen and collates all that data – but that isn’t a new phenomenon and is simply a progression of what Google’s been doing for the last couple of years on Android. Whether that matters to you depends on whether you trust Google. You do not have to use Assistant, it can be turned off.

The real promise of Google Assistant, Txawm li cas los, is that no matter where you interact with it, it’s the same assistant. For UK users the Pixel phone and Google’s Allo app are the only two places Assistant is available for active interaction, but US users will also be able to buy Google Home, an Amazon Echo competitor. Home will also come to the UK next year.

Google Assistant isn’t a massive step forward in the AI wars, but it’s a solid start for Google in the next phase of conversational assistants. If you’re expecting it to know and be able to do everything about the phone, your life and other things a flesh-and-blood personal assistant might, you’ll be disappointed.

Tuabneeg scanner

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The fingerprint scanner on the back doubles as a pad to swipe down the notification shade. Yees duab: Samuel Gibbs rau tus neeg saib xyuas cov

Last year’s Google Nexus phones had brilliant fingerprint scanners on the back. The Pixel continues to use the same winning formula: it’s fast, accurate and can now be used to bring down the notification shade with a swipe on the pad – something other manufacturers including Huawei have been doing for a while. The Pixel Imprint scanner is arguably the best in the business, but if you use your phone on a desk, you can’t activate it without picking it up.

Yees

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The camera app has a few more bells and whistles, but doesn’t have the extensive manual controls third-party camera apps have from Samsung, Huawei, LG and others. Yees duab: Samuel Gibbs rau tus neeg saib xyuas cov

The Pixel’s 12.3-megapixel camera is cracking. Camera rating firm DxoMark ranked it slightly above all other smartphone cameras and it’s clear why, as it’s very difficult to take a rubbish photo with it.

In good light you get crisp, zoo siv cov duab uas muaj ib tug nqi nthuav dav zoo yav tom ntej. Yog tus Google HDR + feature zoo heev, yuav ua tau ib tus zoo siab ntau yam dynamic duab kuv tau pom thiab tsis muaj cov duab plooj uas tau nkag maub lwm lub.

Tsawg tsawg thiab txom nyem lub teeb kev kawm tau zoo heev thiab, dua li ntawm cov koob yees duab tsis muaj duab kho qhov muag stabilisation, thaum uas cov koob yees duab Google app tam sim no muaj ib co ntau ntxiv nta ntxiv, xws li cov muaj peev xwm hloov dawb tshuav rho nrog ib lub pob thiab ib daim phiaj golden piv ciav dej, uas pab koj xwm cov duab koj. Lub koob yees duab hauv struggled los yog nrhiav chaw ua hauj lwm fluorescent teeb pom kev zoo, Txawm li cas los, tawm hauv cov dluab nrog ib zas daj. Xaiv cov kev xaiv teeb pom kev zoo fluorescent ho muab.

Kev tswj kev ceev puv tsis cuag – koj mam li yuav ib lub app thib rau uas – tiam sis nws muaj feem ntau yuav tau dab tsi ntawm ib hnub rau ib hnub. Ib qho ib gif tawm tus stills resulting shooting tawg ntho cov duab los ntawm kev tuav mus khawm shutter txawm.

Lub koob yees duab 8-megapixel selfie no kuj zoo kawg nkaus, yuav ua tau cov dluab zoo qhov tob thiab colour. Feem koob yees duab selfie yog tog twg los muag thiab tsis muaj yam los yog ib qho nyuaj thiab ntes txhua wrinkle thiab pore ntawm lub ntsej muag, tiam sis tus Pixel treads txoj kab uas mos mos, flattering ua kom pom tseeb los tsis muaj poob ntau yam.

Tswvyim

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Tom qab muaj ib khob vaj huam sib luag hu rau peb sab saum toj ntawm tus dais. Yees duab: Samuel Gibbs rau tus neeg saib xyuas cov
  • Lub vaj huam sib luag iav nyob sab nraum aids tuav ntawm tus ntiv
  • Tsuas raug ib down-firing qhia rau hauv qab, uas yog yooj yim sim ntawm tes thaum gaming
  • Google duab ntawm lub Pixel li nrog dawb, tag nrho rooj unlimited Diam duab thiab video thaub qab, tsis yog mus 16MP thiab yees duab 1080 p
  • Tsis lub ceeb toom LED enabled los vim, tab sis yog muaj nyob hauv tej chaw ceeb toom
  • Gif tshawb fawb ua rau hauv Google tus Keyboard rau apps uas txhawb nws xws li cov tub txib SMS app
  • Hauv daim ntawv thov raws app tam sim no qhia tau hais tias yog hnub rau lub tsev tshuaj ntsuam
  • Cov ' meter ' them yog tsis muaj tseeb: ntawm 96% Nws hais plaub feeb xuab tab sis muab 17 this mus cuag 100%
  • Wallpapers feem ntau ntau yam uas kuv teev thiab tsis nco, tab sis kuv nyiam cov tshiab nyob ntiaj teb Google dluab

Nqe

Pixel nqi £599 nrog 32GB cov kua los yog £699 nrog 128GB cov kua dub los yog nyiaj. Li no kuj muaj nyob rau hauv ntsuab hauv Teb Chaws Asmeskas.

Kev sib piv, Cov kua iPhone 7 nqi £599 muaj 32GB ntawm cia, Tus Samsung Galaxy S7 cov nqi ncig £500, tus Huawei P9 nqi £449 thiab cov OnePlus 3 nqi £329.

Kev txiav txim

Tus Pixel yog tus ntaus ntawv nthuav. Ib tug xov tooj uas tsim tau rau Google, cov txiag ntawm hauv. Software sab yog sab saum toj thais ncej: lub smoothest, newest thiab zoo optimised version uas hauv muaj thaum lub caij thiab tej zaum tseem ua lub neej yav tom ntej, qhov mob ceev ceev los ncaj hauv Google tshiab.

Tab sis lub xov tooj xwb xwb ntawm par nrog raws li tas thiab tsis pob tom ntej. Tus tsim tsis yog li lub los nthuav li cov uas ua los ntawm Samsung. Yog tsis waterproof, txawm yog, thiab nws tsis muaj kua expandable. Yog cov koob yees duab zoo kawg thiab, li ntawd, yog tus npo thiab muaj zoo heev, txhua yam uas koj yuav txais los ntawm ib tug £600 smartphone nyob rau hauv 2016.

Yog hais tias tus Google tsom tau tuav kua, nws ho ua li roj teeb uas hais txog lub neej ib leeg. Yog hais tias yog cam vaj ntxwv tam sim no ntawm hauv, Tus Samsung Galaxy S7 kab, ces cov no tsis muaj tseeb.

Pros: yawm koob yees duab, zoo tshuaj ntsuam, ib hnub twg lub roj teeb lub neej, Hauv 7.1 Nougat, Google Assistant, yawm tuabneeg scanner

Cons: tsis waterproof, tsis nco expandable, tham uas muaj hauv txojkev tsis muaj, tsis muaj wireless them, kim

Xyuas cov loj Google Pixel XL nrog ib 5.5 in npo, cov smartphone competing nrog cov iPhone 7 Ntxiv thiab Samsung Galaxy S7 ntug, yuav tsum muaj xya hnub ntxiv

Lwm yam kev

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