The most recent phone we’ve partnered up with Verizon to check out is the Pixel from Google. The first Google branded phone, it started out as a strong contender to the iPhone upon its release, and while there are already a slew of comparison reviews online- quite frankly I know most iPhone users aren’t budging. This review however, is for those Android users who are interested in seeing what the Pixel is all about.
As a blogger, of course the first feature I checked out was the camera. Always on the go, I’m constantly taking photos to later be used in posts and I was excited to see the quality for myself. While I’m not a professional photographer by any means, I have an appreciation for quality photos and having a phone camera that can deliver is important.
My first chance to use the Pixel camera was at night, which gave me the perfect chance to see how artificial light is captured in the dark. My current phone had let me down over the holiday months when trying to capture all of the beautiful holiday lights and I was truly excited to see how beautifully the Pixel captured our night adventures.
Natural lighting also photographed just as amazing. I was able to capture several adventures with family and friends over the last few weeks. The zoom quality was impressive also.
Being accustomed to my previous camera, there were certain features that took some time getting used to- but quite easy to learn. For folks who have previously used the Google camera app though, you’re good to go.
Each device has it’s own quick camera launch ability, and the Pixel’s camera is launched by double pressing the power button. This will launch the camera regardless if the phone is locked, or being used by another app. This is great for being a blogger who finds myself in moments where quickly accessing the camera is needed.
When the phone is on, you can also utilize the flip camera function to toggle between the rear and front camera.
The rest of the layout and interface are what Android users are used to, of course with a bit more emphasis on Google apps.
If you’re already a Google Photos fan, then you know all about the automatically created GIFs that stem from your rapid captures. So it’s no surprise holding down the shutter button easily creates GIFs that bring your photos to life. I love GIFs as they are a great way to bring photos to life. It’s not easy to decide between a still photo and capturing a moment in video, and this is a great way to have the best of both worlds.
Overall, I really like the Google Pixel and it’s now become my favorite camera.
The phone itself is quite similar to an iPhone when it comes to the look and feel, so it can easily be the solution for folks undecided between converting over to the Apple side and staying with an Android.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the Pixel. For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com