On the flip side, the devices get a bit of flak because they're not water resistant. But still, as I noticed in my recent trip to China, it was pretty much the best smartphone camera I have used.
Lastly, in terms of pure benchmark performance, Google's device once again appeared to lose out to Apple's latest offering. Previous Google "flagship" phones fell under the Nexus brands and were considered joint partnerships with its manufacturer allies.
The 5.5in Google Pixel XL is the company's first own-brand phablet, the bigger brother of the 5in Pixel.
One of the key features of the Pixel XL is its camera system, a single sensor module that takes 12 megapixel photos with the back camera and 8 megapixel shots with the front sensor. That's why, videos shot from the Pixel are very stable and on par if not better than the one on the iPhone 7.
There are also a bunch of games, an updated Street View app for exploring locations using Google's headset, and an updated version of the Star Chart Cardboard app called Star Chart VR.
A new Google Pixel XL phone is displayed at the new Google pop-up shop in the SoHo neighborhood on October 20, 2016 in New York City. Verizon and Best Buy are also selling the Daydream View in the U.S., and other retailers and mobile companies will carry it in Canada, the UK, Germany, and Australia.
Both these companies have a different approach to their aesthetic designs, Google has changed their classic design of their notifications in order to make notifications easier to read while Apple started bringing widgets to their devices home screen. See: this totally legitimate Assistant command. In his critique of the Pixels, Gizmodo's Michael Nunez said he found the AI system "underwhelming".
"Verizon's Pixel offer is hassle free because we simply credit your account", the carrier wrote.