Trying something new
I’ve been increasingly frustrated with my iPhone recently. Admittedly it was an iPhone 5 so a little out of date now, but I was becoming more and more let down by my mobile. App crashes, running out of storage and seriously slow functions were daily gripes. I had one of those maybe they deliberately wear out after a year so that we keep buying the latest model epiphanies and decided I’d had enough of iPhones altogether.
So I chose to buck the trend and try something new when upgrading my old mobile. I thought I’d give the middle finger to Apple and find out what the new Google Pixel a whirl.
The Google Pixel
Move over Apple, it’s all about the Google phone in 2017. Here’s what Google themselves have to say about the Pixel:
It has the highest rated smartphone camera. Ever. A battery that lasts all day. Unlimited storage for all your photos and videos. And it’s the first phone with the Google Assistant built in.
The highlights: Google Pixel vs iPhone 7
The Google Pixel comes with an impressive 5 inch display with a resolution of 441 PPI (pixels per inch) which dominates the iPhone 7‘s seemingly tiny 4.7 inches and only 326 pixels. The Google Pixel can last for days, too: the standby battery time is a whopping 19 days (reminiscent of my old Nokia), talk time of 26 hours and browsing and video time of 13 hours. Absolutely plenty. Gone are the days of carrying my charger in my handbag. If I do need a top up however, I can go back to a full battery in just 15 minutes. The iPhone 7 has boasted of improved battery time from previous models, when in fact it’s 10% improvement hasn’t been worth the mention. And even the fancy iPad charging block boosts battery by only 25% after 30 minutes.
Although the Google Pixel officially has a 4GB memory and a choice of 32GB or 128GB capacity, you’ll actually be benefitting from Google’s unlimited cloud storage for free too. I can download apps ’til the cows come home, and then use my online storage for all those selfies. In comparison, the iPhone 7 has doubled the capacity of the iPhone 6 to 32GB, 128GB and 256GB which might be worth it if you’re always having to delete media from your folders, but of course it all depends on how deep your pockets are…
The best bit has got to be the camera. It’s the best mobile phone camera on the market today with a 12.3MP main camera and 8MP selfie camera, compared to the iPhone 7’s respective 12 and 7 mega pixels. So there’s not that much in it, but when you look back over the specs of the two mobiles, it’s pretty much a no brainer. Check out these snaps we took using the Pixel, even Rae is impressed!
Oh, and the iPhone 7 doesn’t have a headphone port – what?! Just another excuse for Apple to rope us into buying more products if you ask me.
Appearance and Usability
The Google Pixel currently comes in “quite black”, “very silver” and “really blue”. My first choice would have been the silver, which is pretty much white with some chrome panels and looks very chic, but it was out of stock unfortunately. So my Google Pixel is the “very black” which has almost a purple-ish hue on the lower back panel which looks smart in contrast to the matte black. It’s also surpringly slim and fits nicely in the palm of my hand. A nice touch is the ability to use fingerprint recognition on both the front and the back, so no matter how I’m holding it, I can swiftly unlock and crack on.
The live wallpapers from Google Earth are a fab feature – I can hold a little slice of beach complete with gently moving shoreline right in the palm of my hand! I can’t get enough of the Google Assistant either. A quick, “OK Google” fires her up, and she will help me out with anything. My favourite party trick is saying to my phone, “OK Google, take a selfie!” which loads the front camera and starts counting down to take the shot. Who needs a selfie stick when you have a Google Assistant?! Endless fun.
Best Phone For Bloggers?
With the abundant features and impressive camera, the Google Pixel is a blogger’s dream. I can rest easy knowing Google has my back, and my lifestyle covered. Never again will I panic that I haven’t got enough battery to navigate me home from an event. Never again will I have to frantically delete media to make room for new content. And never again will I buy an iPhone.
What do you think of the new Google Pixel?