Google Pixel

Also known as the Pixel Phone by Google


Canada: Bell, Fido, Koodo Mobile, Rogers, TELUS
US: Verizon Wireless


October 2016


  • Android 7.1 (Nougat)
  • 5-inch FHD AMOLED display
  • 12.3 MP camera with 4K video
  • Pixel Imprint Back-mounted fingerprint sensor for fast unlocking

Latest Reviews

2 Stars out of 5

Google Pixel isn't anything special, iPhone is better

Reviewed on Thursday June 8, 2017 by , Utah
I used an iPhone from 2007 until the end of last year, 2016, at which time I purchased a Google Pixel XL. It was so hyped up, and I was excited to try it; I paid in full for it. I've had it less than six months, and I'm ready to sell it and switch to just a basic iPhone SE.

The Pixel XL is clunky. It's big, and the OS doesn't compare to Apple. I'm not a huge Apple fan either. I switched because their hubris and constant bragging about user experience and such an elegant user interface (UI) was obnoxious. Now I'm going to eat my words because the fact is, their UI is MUCH MUCH better than Google Pixel's. Example: to turn off blue tooth on the pixel requires tapping the bluetooth icon and then having to manually slide the button to off, rather than just allowing you to hit it once to turn it on and off. This is one small example of MANY that make the Pixel clunky to use.

Supposedly if you tap the screen when it's asleep a certain number of times or quickly hold it up, the screen will illuminate to show you the time and if you have any notifications. This is SO inconsistent, it boggles the mind. It doesn't work half the time.

It's key feature - Google Assistant - is annoying to people like me who don't appreciate constantly being bombarded with your phone/Google trying to access every nook and cranny in your life and foist their AI features on you. It's not very intuitive turning these things off either, a testament to the poor UI.

I am frankly surprised at how clunky the OS and UI are. I worked for Google for 4 years, and love many of their other products and always thought they did a good job with user experience and interface. The Google Pixel stands in stark comparison to that.
1 Star out of 5

Google Pixel

Reviewed on Thursday May 4, 2017 by , Virginia
Absolutely terrible!!!! I have had nothing but problems with this phone ever since I bought it 2 months ago. I am kicking myself for trading in my Galaxy note. Worst phone I have ever owned. It freezes every day!!! All my apps quit working every day!!! It deletes new contacts, front camera is absolutely the worst, I had to turn off Google Assistant because when I made phone calls people complained I had a robot voice, dropped the phone once (with phone case on) and it cracked the glass on the back of the phone (who puts a random piece of glass on a phone?!?) And that automatically voided my warranty and when my phone just randomly turned off while I was taking a video and didn't turn back on, I was unable to replace it because of the crack in the glass!!! I could go on. Not having a external home button is a big issue. The phone over heats and freezes up so much, that if you try to back out or close an app, the phone won't recognize that you are clicking the home button because it's always *bleeping* frozen!! It also never registeres when you click anything.. there is always a 1/2 second delay when clicking anything!!! Worst decision I have ever made.. I miss my Galaxy so much!
1 Star out of 5

Worst phone i Have ever HAD!!!!

Reviewed on Monday May 1, 2017 by , Anon
1st of all the phone has major issues with the microphone making it impossible to conduct a phone call or do anything involving the mic! It is an intermittent problem, meaning the phone works fine one day and the next day it wont. I paid almost $1000 for this device because it was a google product! NEVER AGAIN. APPLE IT IS! btw my pixel is under warranty. I have been messaging, emailing etc for weeks now. there is no google store to do a swap. the only way they will send a replacement is if you buy another pixel and then get the reimbursement after the damaged device is received! What kind of customer service is that!!! why should I have a spare $1k in my account just incase google makes a mistake???
1 Star out of 5

Weak Battery

Reviewed on Friday March 31, 2017 by , Stickney, IL
If you are an intermodal truck driver like me, and use your phone a lot to scan your QR Codes into the kiosks at the rail terminals, then this phone is NOT for you. The battery drains in NO TIME. At least the. IPhone 5s that when it was brand new the battery lasted a couple'a DAYS not hours. What I should'a done is check on average battery life, so I don't have to keep the "portable" android cell phone plugged into my truck the whole day when I'm not using it.