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Like the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S8, Google’s Pixel comes in two sizes: Really Big and Just Right. The latter is the Google Pixel with a 5-inch Full HD display that fits comfortably in the palm of any hand.
The Pixel is packed with a Snapdragon 821 processor and 4GB of RAM. It’s available with up to 128GB of storage space. Its 2770mAh battery might not seem like much compared to other phones its size, but with its 1080p display and Nougat’s revamped Doze mode, you’ll likely be seeing a little bit more on-screen time than other devices in its class. The Pixel’s 12-megapixel rear-facing camera is also still really impressive, even when compared to the abilities of the newer Galaxy S8.
Bottom line: If you’re looking for Google’s Android in a compact size, the Pixel is it.
One more thing: There’s a new Pixel coming soon, but that doesn’t damper our love for the original, especially since it’s getting Android O any week now.
Why the Google Pixel is the best
It’s Google in a handheld smartphone.
Google’s Nexus devices feel like a relic of the past compared to its new Pixel lineup. The 5-inch Pixel is a particularly attractive package for anyone looking for a premium Android experience without all the extra software fluff. And so what if it sort of looks like the iPhone? It also comes in a really attractive Really Blue color.
Its performance is impressive, too, especially for a stock Android device. Its rear-facing camera produces some impressive photos and you can easily back them up with unlimited Google Photo storage. What’s more: Google Assistant baked into the operating system is still awesome, not to mention it’s become quite robust over time.
Best “still great” alternative
Samsung Galaxy S7
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