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Video: Google Pixel Review

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Our written Google Pixel and Pixel XL review dropped last week, but we’ve had a number of you ask when the video review would be out. Does today work? It’s out now!

For those who weren’t interested in reading the thousands of words put down in that review, this 10-minute covers almost all of it. You’ll see the amazing camera in action, as well as Google Assistant, and some of the other standout software features. You’ll also get full hardware tours of each phone, see how battery performance has been, and whether or not these are the best Android phones you can buy today.

Enjoy and then get ready for the LG V20. It’s up next. 

  • wmsco1

    I really enjoyed the new format. It was a breath of fresh air. Very Kool. “You came along way baby. ”

  • synplex

    I glad you’re getting creative with your editing and camera shots, but please pull the camera back a bit. That close up shot is uncomfortably close and avoid Handheld/Steady cam shots if you can. It’s getting hard to watch. This is solely my request/opinion. Thx for the review.

  • Chris Bailey

    Nice review, Kellen. You guys are getting the hang of this video review sh…

  • Ant

    Getting 6 hours of screen time easily on my Pixel XL with heavy usage. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/21611c428def41f87f52dad8732bf44ed537192a55ff2d2034fe1e1e491506a6.png

  • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    no reason to drop my 6P for this. If the price was around…5-600 straight up, then I would jump on the bandwagon. But to me, the price just doesnt justify the means. I could spend the same amount of money and grab an S7 edge, get better battery life, a great camera, great screen, water proofing with wireless charging. I just think Google screwed the pooch on pricing. This is a great first attempt IMO. I think they will listen and bring it with the 2nd generation. That is what i’m going to wait for.

    • Bobby

      Nobody cares about your naive opinion.

    • Lee King Snatch

      agreed, if the price was lower….id be buying one of these in a heartbeat.

    • Cowboydroid

      Agree on the pricing. But they should have learned by now, especially after the N6. This isn’t their first foray. It seems they think they can sell based on brand, and that just really is not the case for them. They do not have the brand recognition in this market to justify their pricing.

      • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        yep, I bought into the Nexus 6 when it was released. I loved it but felt I overpaid. I love my 6P now, and feel its right there with pricing. Well worth the money. The Nexus 6 did not sell well though….makes you wonder why they would go this route. Personally, I feel they should have released this first phone at $500….then the 2nd gen, release it at $600, 3rd gen raise it again a bit, etc. after they gather a following.

        • Patricialabbott4

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  • ctk4949

    Good review, but 30% of the video is looking at you?? It should be more about the phone?? I hate it when car reviews on YouTube show the guy talking about the car instead of showing us the car.

  • Rod

    Is it me, or Kellen resembles Jeremy Renner when seen sideways?

  • T4rd

    That’s a supreme neck beard you’re working on, Kellen. Already prepping for no-shave-November, eh? =p

  • NexusMan

    Thanks for the video review Kellen. The video looks fantastic and the phone looks fantastic in it. Man, I wish they sold that Very Blue in 128gb with a Quite Black front.

    • aleubalton

      Yeah, I would definitely buy this one: https://youtu.be/qLk6FE1ZztA
      (Wouldn’t pay for a screen replacement like this guy did though…)

      • NexusMan

        Yea, I saw that. If it was 128gb, and I knew about that, I totally would have paid for the screen replacement, BUT I was put off by the fact that he said they gave it back to him with a bunch of dings on the metal frame. However, he later said, he contacted them, and they apologized and are now going to now replace the metal frame for him. That’s a little to much of a process for me. Google just should have sold it.

      • Pedro

        I think it would pretty hard to make any hardware warranty claim after doing this.
        Honest! It’s just like I took it out of the box! Yup, black screen.

    • CabbageHeadCat.

      Just a thought, why no gold version? Would look great with that back glass panel.

      • NexusMan

        Gold is too Apple. People are already claiming this phone looks identical to an iPhone despite their clear differences. Could you imagine if Google actually made the pones in all the same color schemes as Apple?

      • TheDrunkenClam

        I’m more pissed that the Blue isn’t available in 128gb

  • ddevito

    When is #Pixelmania officially over?

    • NexusMan

      Probably 6 months from now.

    • michael arazan

      Let me know when it starts. Only the blogs are interested, and it’s like half hearted, like we love the nexus, its gone, so get this it’s by Google too!

      • Jaymus Lonestar

        There’d possibly be more of a “mania” for it if they’d quit running so many commercials stating it is a Verizon exclusive or “only on Verizon”.

        There are probably many potential mainstream consumers who do not understand the phone can be bought and used on any of the networks.

        Maybe it was a concession Google had to make with advertising to get Verizon to carry the phone the way they are.

        • Sporttster

          Many consumers want nothing to do with a phone this expensive unless it’s subsidized by the carrier.

  • Turb0wned

    3 hour screen time. No wireless charging, no water resistance. I really wanna like it but way overpriced. Looking forward to the S8.

    • Godzilla

      3 hour screen time? um no. Everyone is getting 5-7

      • Turb0wned

        That’s great if you are but this isn’t the first review I see that they say 3-4 hours SOT.

        • Godzilla

          he lives in a bad signal area, in his full written review he mentions that 3 hours is pretty average no matter what phone he uses

        • Colin Huber

          Getting six SOT on mine, and I never use wifi, This battery and software performance is the best you’ll find.

      • Pedro

        Per Sarge?

      • The Doctor

        Nobody is getting 5-7 hours SoT. Anyone who claims they are is a freaking liar.

    • Rod
    • C Shwizzel

      I’ve got the regular Pixel and to me, 3-4 hours of SOT is AMAZING. I’ve had days where I haven’t had to charge my Pixel until 5pm the next (so roughly 30-35 hours of usage) with 3-4 hours of SOT. If that’s not GREAT battery life, I don’t know what is. I’m not on YouTube constantly or one who is trying to get 7-8 hours of SOT for a day.

      I tested this one time recently with a Moto X Pure Edition. Left the screen on all day long and ended up getting over 8 hours of SOT. But here’s the thing, I really didn’t use it that whole time…just wanted to prove that you could do it. To me, it’s more important that it can last longer than a day on a single charge with 2-4 hours of SOT. I’ve had a lot of Android phones and none have been this good in the battery usage department (including V10, S6, S7 Active, Moto X (all versions)) – still early in the game though…

  • allansm

    Time for the whiners who’ve never used the phone to come on up and critique and cry.

    • MicroNix

      There’s been some good photo comparisons between the Pixel, iPhone and Galaxy and while the Pixel did well in most shots, it certainly failed in some.
      Way better than I expected from Google though for sure.

      • tnt

        ^^ this. The camera is good, but it’s not better as a whole than the latest from Apple/Samsung. For example, in that “macro” flower shot in this video, the flower isn’t in focus at all. Looking close, the one of the camera isn’t very focused either. It feels like they are because of the background blur. I’ve found this to be the case with my Pixel as well – it struggles with auto-focus in a lot of situations.

  • Tyler Durden
  • Bic

    Shave or trim up next time Mr Professional

    • Godzilla

      why? its a damn website where he reviews phones.

      • Cory S

        because the neck beard is just too easy of a target

  • Djlube

    That was weird…. Very weird.

    • michael arazan

      All it it needed was some clowns doing weird stuff in the background

  • moew

    Videos keep getting better and better, thanks for putting this together!

    What Gimbal are you using with your Sony Kellen?

  • skylordusa1

    Damn Im even more torn now with this review hahahahha. Your all like its an awesome phone. But it really isnt that exciting. It could be the best phone out there. But its pretty average hahahahha. Its either this or the s7 edge now that the note7 is toast. I just cant make up my mind hahahah. I never had this tough of a time to make a decision. Good vid though man.

    • NexusMan

      As someone who owns the S7 Edge and is anxiously awaiting his Pixel, I’d recommend you get that Pixel XL bruh.

    • ultravisitor

      There’s nothing exciting about owning a phone with TouchBloat.

  • XvierX

    Great job guys. 👍

  • I love the part where Kellen be like “hey, there’s this blue Pixel on the ground right here…I’ma pick this up and use it!”

    • I thought that was funny too. Like a parody of the trend of filming phones lying on the ground. Of course, Droid Life is guilty of that as well, but that just makes it more funny somehow. Self-deprecating humor.

  • Caveman

    Haha, what does it say when we seem to be reviewing the video more than the phone in the video. Overall good job. Keep it up!

    • NexusMan

      It says he’s got videography skills.

      Everybody and their mama has already been saying how this phone is the shiznit for weeks.

      • trevorsalienarms

        Which is weird, because it offers nothing innovative or better than other devices.

        • NexusMan

          Which is weird people like you can’t see that it does.

          • tnt

            While trevoralienarm’s comment was a bit too extreme, I do tend to agree with him overall. I have a Pixel alongside a S7 and iPhone 7 and I simply can’t find a good reason to keep it. It doesn’t do anything better than either of those phones (it does beat the S7 in fluidity and updates, but not the iPhone), and has some shortcomings as well (water resistance, auto focus issues, to start). It’s VERY nice and a great all around device, but still a step below the top devices from Apple/Samsung IMHO.

          • NexusMan

            I don’t know what your use case is, and don’t know how long you’ve had each device. I don’t own the Pixel XL yet (my preferred device over the Pixel), but I do own the GS7 and have used it as my daily driver for eight months and can’t wait to get rid of it. It’s laggy, slow, runs extremely hot all the time, it’s stocked and bogged down with dumb duplicate apps that you can’t remove, it absurdly only comes with 32gb onboard storage; and many things can’t be stored on the sd card, battery life is poor, the interface of some functionality is overcomplicated and buried, aspects of the hardware is poorly designed and cheaply made, and Touchwhiz, while much improved is still poor next to stock Android. None of those things I have heard about the Pixel, from people who have actually been using it as their daily driver.

          • tnt

            I’ve had the S7 since release and the Pixel since the first deliveries were hitting. No issues with battery life on my S7 (AT&T variant). It’s on par with my Pixel. The S7 is definitely slower/laggier than the Pixel. I’m not going to disagree with you on interface, I’ve just had a lot of Samsung devices over the years next to my other phones, so it’s easy for me to know where to look and not feel like it’s overcomplicated. Not sure what you’re referring to with any of the hardware being cheaply made. I’m not aware of any cheap part on the S7. The Pixel’s earpiece guard is made of cloth, and the glass on the back scratches very easily. So one could argue those are a couple of cheaper aspects of the Pixel’s hardware as well.

            I’m 100% sure you’ll love the Pixel. There are things I love about mine. But for me, the S7 is still fast, though it’s not near as fast as the Pixel, and I’m also not having battery life issues. So the things the S7 provides over the Pixel are more valuable to me. That would include water/dust resistance, more reliable/consistent and faster camera, HD Voice, Wifi calling (though you’d get those on Verizon I believe with the Pixel).

          • NexusMan

            Below is what I’m referring to about poorly designed/cheaply made S7 hardware. Thats after 3 months usage, no mishandling, never having been dropped, and always in a case. And I discovered that tons of other users have experienced the exact same thing with their S7s. And yes, as a Verizon customer, I do get all those things as you stated. In terms of the interface, “knowing where to find” things does not justify making it unnecessarily harder to find them. Waterproofing, while nice, I’ve never actually needed it. Ever. And https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c4247229c865bf358c64d1b4792fbdc585070133778beef21c0f67a503321558.jpg for what it’s worth, I decided to whip out my S7 during a heavy rainstorm a couple days ago and text on it, just because it’s waterproof, and no one could hear my voice on a call for the next day.

          • tnt

            Wow that’s crazy, never seen anything like that. But obviously that validates your point lol.

            And honestly the fact of the matter is most phones can handle a rain shower nowadays (technically a IP53 rating should handle that I believe?), so you’re probably right… the IP68 isn’t necessary 99% of the time.

          • NexusMan

            Yea, I thought mine was an isolated incident, until I Googled it, and found tons of people across the internet complaining about the exact same thing, with pics that look just like mine; including complaints on Samsung’s own website. I was upset for obvious reasons, but even moreso, because this is an EXPENSIVE phone. This is the only time I’ve ever seen anything like this either, and it also was my most expensive phone up until that time.

          • NexusMan

            In 2017 I’m just sooooo over lag!!!!

          • tnt

            I agree with that 1,000 %!

  • Vetal

    I dont get the not looking at the camera shots in the video, its like your talking to someone else. Like someone told you not to look at the camera, acting session. Otherwise good vid. My 2 cents for what its worth.

    • Tyler Durden

      You’re not really supposed to look at the camera. It’s why you never see it in movies/TV. Also why Casey Neistat always wears sunglasses so people don’t see when he’s looking at the camera.

      • Vetal

        I understand that for movies, but this isn’t a movie, when I watch reviews I feel like the reviewer is talking to me, instead of me feeling like a fly on the wall or third wheel. All im saying is it felt awkward for a review. When I watch reviews by MKBHD for example I feel like he is talking to me, giving me info. The filming in this vid was good, the scenery was good, the info was good. The try not to look at the camera effort was noticeable and not natural. Hoping this is constructive, not trying to bash.

        • sgm182

          Totally agree, the not looking at the camera shots were a bit ‘off’ feeling. The video is definitely more engaging when the reviewer is either a voice over or looking at the camera.

          Video quality looked great. Looking forward to more video from Droid Life!

        • CabbageHeadCat.

          Agreed, the lack of eye contact with the audience gives off a distracted vibe. Try it head on and look about fifteen degrees of camera when you are expressing a thought out loud. Much more impact. Great review though and kudos for trying something a little more visual in the video. Also, why not have Tim in the video or behind the camera, so you can free up your hands.

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    • keith_ecko

      They haven’t been doing video reviews that long, right? I suspect he may not feel comfortable since he would often engage the camera but instantly look away. It’ll be alright! We are adults, I think we can agree that people are not the same and shouldn’t expect that they should be. I’m happy we got a video review. For me looking at this is more pleasing than looking at his hands or a voice over. Good job, Kellen.

    • Jessicaeandrews1

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  • Cubanito1967

    What camera did you use to shoot this video? looked really good.

    • Scott Hardy

      I was waiting for him to say “Oh and by the way, this video was shot with a Pixel”

      • MicroNix

        Might have been ok with a Pixel since there wasn’t much side to side movement. Get some side to side pans and the Pixel is too janky.

        • NexusMan
          • James_75

            That was filmed on one of these: http://www.dji.com/osmo-mobile

          • NexusMan

            I’m well aware. You think Kellen’s Pixel review was filmed holding his SONY camera in his hands?

          • James_75

            You’re video is irrelevant as a counter-argument because it’s shot using an Osmo stabilizing device. What does that have to do with Kellen’s video and another person’s comment about smooth side to side movement?

          • NexusMan

            Sometimes people on here can be slow. So let me explain exactly why my comment IS relevant and exactly what it has to do with the video I posted. Hopefully you get it this time, as I’m tired and don’t feel like responding again. My comment was in response to the original person’s comment comparing the Pixel to the camera used in this video. HE brought the Pixel into the conversation by saying the Pixel might have looked ok shooting this video since there was no side to side movement, and that if Kellen had shot this video with side to side movements and used a Pixel it would have looked janky. I’m pointing out that that is a ridiculous statement, as this video, shot on the SONY cam was NOT shot by hand, but a stabilizing device was used, so just as he used a stabilizing device with a SONY cam to shoot this, why would he NOT use a stabilizing device if he shot it with the Pixel?


            You can add on your own “interpretation” that he was referring to “unassisted Pixel camera performance,” all you want, but that’s NOT what he said. What he said was “Might have been ok with a Pixel since there wasn’t much side to side movement. Get some side to side pans and the Pixel is too janky.” He was directly placing the Pixel camera in the context of shooting this video, and I directly pointed out, that his statement was dumb, because with a Pixel you could absolutely obtain “non janky” side to side movements in the context of the way Kellen shot this video.

            So, again…. just as he used a stabilizing device to shoot the video with a SONY cam, he would have used one with the Pixel, and so there would have been no issue using the Pixel as the original person who commented tried to claim if the video had side to side movements, because as the video I posted CLEARLY shows, side to side movements can be shot with the Pixel producing the exact OPPOSITE of jank.

            Good night.

          • James_75

            Vomit all the words you want but the fact still remains that in order for your video to be a valid example of a jank free panning experience you needed to post one that doesn’t use an attachable stabilizing device. It’s not that hard gramps. 😉

          • NexusMan

            I was hoping you were intelligent enough to get it.

            Oh well. Wishful thinking.

          • James_75

            I get it.. I believe the person you responded to was refering to using the phone to shoot video (panning) by hand will result in jank and not with an external stabilizer.

          • MicroNix

            That was correct. Not sure what he went on about when he was replying to my comment on jank when panning side to side. It’s out there in videos of any hand held panning and it’s a result of inferior software stabilization over OIS. It was a problem with software stabilization in the past and still is today apparently.

          • James_75

            Right on,… yeah, he’s kind crabby with anyone who doesn’t see eye to eye with him on things. Oh well…

      • jonatansofer

        I swear me too..

  • EdubE24

    I can remember in the early Droid Life days people would comment whenever they would get a peek of what Kellen looked like. Now he’s all up in here making videos lol.