Google Pixel’s first edition amazed us with some good features in 2016, Example- the rear camera was stellar, Google Assistant was the best assistant on a phone, and the unlimited, uncompressed photo storage was a god-send. But that apart, the Pixel couldn’t impress much its users as they regarded it as pretty much a dull phone —not just the appearance. It is true that the focus of any phone Google has made — Nexus or Pixel — has been on deliver the best Android software practice. But it is natural for a consumer to make comparisons, especially when purchasing a phone as expensive as the Pixel or Pixel XL.
So we are presenting before you five things that the Pixel 2 should have in 2017, if it wants to be a competitor with the best of Android — like the Samsung Galaxy S8, the LG G6, and the 10th anniversary iPhone.
Better Design- Since the Pixel phone is launched, there have been two steady opinions on the Internet about the design of the Pixel phones — one is that they look a lot like the iPhone, and the other that they’re simple boring a comparison is made with the curved-glass phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. While, to this first criticism is hard to deny as if you were to look at the front side of the Pixel and an iPhone 7, the resemblance can’t be denied. Coming to the second part of the complaint, although subjective, deserves some reliability because when people are expected to shell the kind of money to buy one today, the device better not be as mild-looking.
Proper Water Resistance- Google allegedly did ‘run out of time’ to make the first Pixel phones really water and dust resistant. And this is said to be a reason why they are IP53 certified, and not IP67 or IP68. In layman terms, IP53 means the Pixel phones available today can survive casual splashes of water, but there are less chances of it surviving if curved in inside water than an IP67 or IP68 certified phone.
Stereo Speakers- What came to a surprise was the lack of stereo speakers in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, given that it’s spiritual predecessor — the Nexus 6P — had a pair of front-firing speakers. A single bottom-firing speaker is not the most ideal position, especially when you’re watching videos with the phone held sideways.
Having two speaker grilles on either sides of the display gives a efficient stereophonic effect. An issue with having two grilles on the face though is that it ruins the clean appearance that the Pixel phones of today have. To mitigate this problem, phone makers like HTC and Apple ended up using the earpiece as the second speaker grille, with the secondary speaker placed at the bottom. May not be the most ideal setup, but it at least ends up being usable for the times when you don’t have earphones handy.
Dual Rear Camera Setup- Tech giant Apple wasn’t the first to feature a two-camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus, but it sure has put the concept on the map. The dual lens setup allows for 2x zooming without losing detail. The arrangement is also used to blur the background, efficiently making the subject in a portrait stand out, popularly known as the bokeh effect.
The first Pixel phones deserve applause to go toe-to-toe with the most excellent that Apple and Samsung had to offer in terms of imaging.
Not as buggy as the first Pixel- Google Pixel and Pixel XL created a buzz by bagging many headlines in the last five months post launch but regularly for all the wrong reasons. Regularly there were reports every week about some or the other issue that Pixel owners are faced. Such as these premium smartphones were plagued with microphone failures, image distortion issues, unintended lens flare, and many, many more. It was really a blunder on HTC front, as HTC is a legendry maker of smartphone since 20 long years also Google is no outsider to hardware either — it has partnered with quite a lot of manufacturers in the past to produce the Nexus line of smartphones.
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