Lights, Camera… Pixel! Let’s scrutinize!

Google Pixel in Africa

Whoever thought the ‘Pixel’ day would come?

Whoever believed another brand else aside Samsung who had kept up with the competition for so long, would pull a fast one on us? 

Most people wouldn’t have believed that there would come a time when Apple’s iPhone will no longer be the standard for camera quality and ability. We all remained somewhat unphased when Google announced they were about to unveil their first edition of the Pixel franchise. According to them, that was supposed to open up a new pathway after their Nexus.

Remember the Google Nexus?

The nexus was a decent phone, an actually good phone but with this announcement everyone sort of had that feeling that Google had been working on something that could actually compete on the market. During a press event on October 4, 2016, Google released their official statement to unveil the Google Pixel to serve as the first smartphone in the Google Pixel hardware line. It was to succeed the Nexus line of smartphones.

Constructing the Google Pixel

Google had help assembling this project. They officially contracted HTC to manufacture the phone. Though HTC had issues with its own brand of phones in the past they were willing to lend a helping hand to Google. The multinational firm, Google, also solicited the services of Rick Osterloh, former president of Motorola. Rick Osterloh was given an offer to join Google as its senior vice president of hardware in April 2016.  The Google Pixel had its share of mixed reviews right from the start. This was mainly because it wasn’t a phone that was about to knock Apple and Samsung off their perch instantly. The story of the Google pixel is one of determination. Unlike others who would give up on their first try, Google didn’t. They took the public’s view of their strength; their camera quality and performance potential and run with it.

1st and 2nd Generations

On October 4, 2017, the first editions of the Google Pixel were succeeded by the second-generation Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. These second-generation offsprings from Google have been a thorn in Apple’s flesh ever since they were announced. The Pixel 2, released last year, was arguably the best camera you could get on a smartphone right on through the iPhone XS that was released last month. Here’s the kicker for Apple; people upon reviewing the new releases last month went as far as saying that the latest iPhones still couldn’t match up to the Pixel 2’s prowess.

‘Siri, set a date with Destiny, because I won’t beat around the bush: winter is coming and the Pixel 3 is it’

3rd Generations are the best!

The third generation of the Pixel brand didn’t only up its camera game but made a whole lot of upgrades to other aspects that have come under scrutiny despite its apparent success. While last year’s Pixel 2 XL had one of the worst displays for a phone in its price range, that’s an issue that’s been completely squashed with the Pixel 3 XL. The screen on this year’s larger Pixel is brighter, colourful, and has less blue shift and burn-in potential compared to the 2 XL.

The reason for this?

A Samsung OLED panel. If you fancy a large screened phone or just a bigger phone, in general, you may want to check the Google Pixel XL out. The other thing to consider is colours of the phones; Google’s probably the best when it comes to naming its device colours or they just play too much. Last year Google gave us ‘Just Black’ and ‘Very White’(honestly, it’s like they aren’t even trying). New this year is a pink hue that’s been aptly named ‘Not Pink’. All three colours are available for both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL no matter where you decide to buy them.

More Goodies

For the past two years, Google has tried their hands on what they would want the back of their phones to be like and its nature. So they have tried a mixture of aluminium and glass in previous editions. This year, the Pixel 3 adopted an all-glass construction. Google also decided to integrate Qi wireless charging support and is selling a new Pixel Stand wireless charging accessory that’ll charge the Pixel 3 XL.

The Pixel 2 and 2 XL have some of the best cameras we’ve ever seen on a smartphone, and with the Pixel 3, Google’s pushing into new territories. Perhaps the biggest change includes the addition of a second front-facing camera. You now have access to a regular and wide-angle lens for all of your selfies and portrait mode. Along with all this, Google Lens is also built right into the Pixel 3’s camera app and works automatically when it detects something. If you want to pick up the Pixel 3 for yourself, Pixel 3 is going for $799 for the 64GB model and $899 if you want to grab the 128GB variant. For those same storage configurations on the Pixel 3 XL, you’ll pay $899 and $999, respectively.

These two are easily a part of the best Android phone army that you can purchase right now. And it doesn’t really matter if you go in for the regular or XL model, you’ll still be getting a great deal for a phone with a fantastic display, an excellent and sleek software experience, and arguably one of the best cameras on a smartphone.

Still lagging behind Samsung and Apple?

in 2018. Google’s Pixels aren’t the most beautiful ones outwardly. We all admit that honour belongs to both Apple and Samsung for their consistency and effort into the body of their phones, however, Google has one thing it can be proud of; their phones are the epitome of ‘the beauty within regardless what is outside’.

Kweku Diaw(CBT Level 1 Writer)

Image:Michael Mroczek @michaelmroczek


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