Google Pixel Vs. Google Pixel XL: Should You Upgrade?

There’s no doubt you are wondering which phone to bring home. Both of the Google phones are available in different colors, and they also resemble in features. Is one of them a tad better than the other? Let us check out the Google Pixel vs. Google Pixel XL reviews to find out which one is the best.

What’s in the boxes?

Both Google Pixel and Pixel XL come with –

Handset, USB-C 18 W Adapter with USB-PD, USB-C to USB-C Cable, USB-C to USB Standard-A Plug Cable, SIM Tool, Headphones with Rubber Earbuds, OTG Dongle, Safety and Warranty Information, Quick Start Guide, Google Assistant Card and Google Social Promo Card.

Design and Display

The design wasn’t a strong suit in Pixel – it has a pleasant design. Things haven’t improved in Pixel XL either. Both look like siblings kept side by side, one being larger and heavier than the other. XL is at least 20 grams heavier than Pixel.

Pixel XL has a 5.5-inch screen (534 ppi) with ~71.2% screen to body ratio. The Pixel, on the other hand, features a 5-inch display (441 ppi) with ~69.0% screen to body ratio. Both phones have Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and AMOLED display. Both phones appear very similar in the display. But XL is a tad bit sharper if you look closely.

Google Pixel and XL both share quite the same in appearance. Hence there is not much to differentiate in terms of their design, apart from the little things.

Hardware and Performance

We have a tie here. Both the phones come with Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 chipset. To back it up they have Quad-core chipset and Adreno 530 GPU with 4GB RAM support. The Pixel brothers, as we like to call it, are the first to use Snapdragon 821 chipsets in the market. They have established a unique status.

Performance wise, both these phones are well improved. But the best usage comes because of Android Nougat upgrade on these phones.

Google Pixel works smoothly and does not lag. The Stock UI feels very easy to use. Now many of you might wonder why it is available in 32GB only. The reason is that the 32GBs are also a lot in this phone. Due to Nougat 7.1 Android version, it is faster than even the fastest Androids in the market. Many of the phones have not yet got Nougat update yet, let alone the latest version of Nougat. It does have a heating issue. Many have complained about the phone heating up suddenly and draining all the battery.

Overall the benchmark scores of Pixel XL are far better than Pixel. The higher end version is better. XL doesn’t even have any heating issue.

Software and UI

They have redesigned the home screen with ‘3D Touch’ feature where you get to see app shortcuts. Plus there’s a new app drawer feature that lets you scroll from the bottom to see all apps. This is where we understand why Google didn’t go overboard with its resolution. The lower resolution results in a less battery draining display – although Pixel has more advantage on this front than Pixel XL.

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A long press button will draw Google Assistant, and it will use voice recognition to send texts, book tickets for movies, reserve tables at restaurants, etc. It is just like Siri’s upgrade in Apple. Also, both phones have an improved “Doze” mode, and Android Nougat introduced split-screen app feature, making both these phones sell like hot cakes.

Camera and Battery

Both cameras feature 12MP on the rear end with f/2.0 aperture. Features like Phase detection, dual-LED dual tone flash, touch focus; HDR; geo-tagging and 1.55-micron pixels adorn the phone. The front camera isn’t bad either it comes with an 8MP f/2.4 sensor and 1.4-micron pixels.

There are also some excellent features like taking multiple photos by holding down the shutter button, the phone picking the best photo among the ones you captured, etc. there is also unlimited cloud storage and video recording of high quality. We compared the pictures taken with iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Pixel XL and Pixel gave an apparent defeat to all the other phones. The image quality in both phones is higher-end. But if you compare them, Pixel XL is a tad bit better – only slightly than Pixel.

The larger Pixel comes with a 3450 mAh battery while the smaller version comes with 2770 mAh – both are enough for a phone of this size. With just 15 minutes of charging you can last 7 hours in each of these phones. Here’s the thing – both phones will come with USB type-C port. This means your old charger may not work here. But this new port is the one which is slowly replacing the old ones in the market. So this is not becoming obsolete anytime soon.

While some people seem disappointed that Google has skipped wireless charging facility, due to its half metal back, some don’t care about this feature at all. It seems like wireless charging feature won’t be coming anytime soon.

Daydream VR compatibility

Pixel XL is a winner here. It is bigger than Pixel. Don’t get us wrong, you can run Daydream VR on both Pixel and Pixel XL, but the latter has a higher resolution display. This means you get a higher per-eye density in VR while using Pixel XL. So if you have to choose between these two for compatibility with your VR, go with XL. It has a larger battery too – which means a few more hours for you to enjoy virtual reality.

Final Verdict

Is Pixel XL better than XL? Slightly. The improved battery life and the better display are the only features we could differentiate them among. Other than this, both the phones are quite the same. If your battery is not giving you any trouble, you may not want to upgrade.

Users, however, are not satisfied with the prices. The same specs are available at a price of Rs. 15,000 or more. Only and only if you want the Google experience, go for these handsets. Otherwise, you can check out other good phones like Redmi Note 4.

 

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