Google's unveiling of the new Pixel phones finally happened on Tuesday during the October 4 event. Now that all features are revealed, we can expect consumers to compare it with other flagship devices, specifically Apple's latest iPhones.
In a seven-point list, BGR concluded that the Pixel and Pixel XL devices "outshine the most popular flagship smartphones in the world", referring to Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The article attributed Pixel's superiority to the more advanced AI software called Google Assistant, which is Google's version of Siri. It said that while Google Assistant will become available to iPhone 7, it won't have the deep integration that is seen in an Android device.
In terms of photo storage in the cloud, the iPhone 7 can use iCloud Photo, but not without limits. The Pixel devices, on the other hand, offer unlimited and free photo storage via Google Photos. iPhone 7 owners can use Google Photos for backup storage, but would need to pay to be able to store high resolution images - something that won't apply for a Pixel user.
Probably the best thing to happen to a mobile device is Virtual Reality. The Pixel will be compatible with Google's Daydream, a VR platform which will be offered through a Daydream VR headset. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus support several VR devices, but Apple itself has not ventured into this emerging tech, which puts the Pixel a few leagues ahead.
The Pixel phones will come with Android Nougat, and its latest feature is to update the Android OS in the background. It doesn't require any action from the user, and the update will automatically apply when the device is rebooted. This may be a simple feature, but it does make updates quick and hassle-free.
Last, but certainly not the least, is that the Pixel phones come with the 3.5mm headphone jack which Apple has discontinued with the recent iPhone 7 release. Headphone jacks are extremely important, especially for audiophiles with high end headsets and speakers.
In a nutshell, Google's Pixel phone offer a lot of new things that are yet to be experienced by the public while leaving some beloved old features. That, in itself, makes the Pixel phones more exciting than its toughest competition.