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Google Pixel and Pixel XL are no flagship killers

Google Pixel and Pixel XL are no flagship killers
Google Pixel and Pixel XL are no flagship killers
The new smartphones are all-around excellent, but not outstanding enough to propel them over the Galaxy S7 or iPhone 7.

Google's latest smartphones have been out for several weeks, but most press reviews echo similar results: The Pixel and Pixel XL have very few weaknesses with nothing outstanding at the same time. In fact, the two Google phones are slightly worse than the competing Apple iPhone 7 or 7 Plus or Samsung Galaxy S7.

Perhaps the biggest advantage that the two Pixel phones have over the competition is the fast firmware updates from Google. Future Android updates are expected to come swiftly for the Pixel and Pixel XL just like on the older Nexus lineup of smartphones and tablets. The Pixel phones will be the first with Google Assistant to recognize additional languages for voice commands including German. Voice commands for languages outside of English are limited to basic functions for now as the system has issues recognizing more complicated commands.

Popular German review site Warntest is claiming that the camera quality of both the Pixel and Pixel XL is behind the Apple and Samsung flagships. This is in contrast to camera tests performed by DxOMark where the Pixel smartphones have been claimed to be the best of any consumer offering.

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Allen Ngo, 2016-11-13 (Update: 2016-11-14)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.