Performance: 8.5 / 10
With a top end chipset such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 paired with 4GB of RAM, there are barely any areas where the Google Pixel XL does not deliver. The phone is fast. The integration of the hardware and software is top notch. I did not notice any sort of lag or random shutdown of apps. Google has clearly delivered in the performance segment.
Call quality is good, but I noticed that at times I had to press hard onto the earpiece speaker to hear the person on the other end properly. The loudspeaker on board the Pixel XL isn’t great at all. The sound output is muffled and there is definite audio clipping at higher volume levels. I would much rather prefer using the bundled earphone, which is relatively better, but certainly nothing great.
The fingerprint scanner works well and it doesn’t matter which orientation your registered finger is in. I liked the gesture on the finger print scanner that helps you slide down the notification shade, but just swiping your finger from top to bottom on the scanner. Scrolling through web pages, photo galleries is really speedy. The OS is quite responsive. Assistant gets Indian accents quite well and the contextual responses were impressive. Since it is a self learning system, I did face some issues with some follow up queries. The Assistant still does not get the Indian names correctly four out of five times. The more you use it, the better it will get. Think of the early days of Google Now, that’s at what state Assistant is at. There is a lot of scope for improvement.
The Pixel XL runs pretty much everything you throw at it without breaking into a sweat. High end games were handled well without any frame drops. The load temperatures after 20 minutes of intense gaming session was hovering around the 40 degrees C mark, which is quite decent heat management.
Publish date: November 8, 2016 9:18 am| Modified date: November 9, 2016 9:36 am
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