Google Pixel is the talk of the town right now. Both the Pixel and Pixel XL have received tons of accolades from various corners thanks to some really cool and amazing specs. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL offer an amazing camera, vibrant AMOLED display, the option between 5-inch and 5.5-inch display size, snappy Snapdragon 821 chipset and above all the latest stock Android experience. These should be enough to easily shift the balance in the favour of Google’s latest offering.
However, there is the other side of the coin too which should also be considered. Both the Google Pixel and Pixel XL lack in some of the very key departments which you shouldn’t overlook before locking this device for yourself. Here’re the top 5 reasons why you shouldn’t buy the Google Pixel or Pixel XL:
1. BLAND AND PLAIN DESIGN
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL have been manufactured by the Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC. HTC has done a pretty good job with the devices but it has miserably failed in the design department. The Google Pixel is definitely not an eye-turner. Although the design of the device is isn’t that bad, but it can be termed as plain and bland. Also, the device is a fingerprint magnet, especially the one in the blue colour.
2. LACK OF WATER AND DUST RESISTANCE
Both the Google Pixel and Pixel XL have an IP53 certification for water and dust resistance. IP53 is not good enough by any standard when devices like the Note7 are offering IP68 dust and water resistance. So even after shelling out hundreds of dollars, you would need to protect your smartphone from water and dust every time. This is just not done when even the Apple iPhone 7 has an IP67 rating.
3. NO STORAGE EXPANSION
This one’s a biggie, at least for me. Both the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are being made available in 32GB and 128GB storage variants. There is no SD card slot, but that shouldn’t be a surprise as even the Nexus devices never offered an SD card slot for memory expansion. But the Google smartphones never earlier cost this much too. Also, there is a staggering price difference between the 32GB and 128GB model. Google seems to be moving along the lines of Apple and it is something quite unusual on Google’s part.
4. NON-REMOVABLE BATTERY & NO WIRELESS CHARGING
This one might be a deal-breaker for many who’re very heavy users as the Google Pixel and Pixel XL offer 2770mAH and 3450mAh battery which although should be enough for most but would not last a full day for the hardcore users who enjoy heavy gaming and other heavy tasks on their smartphones. Removable battery is a very handy thing for them. Also, not to forget there is no wireless charging. You would at least expect wireless charging from a $649 phone, won’t you?
5. EXPENSIVE PRICING
The unlocked Google Pixel XL (32GB) has been priced $769 (£719, AU$1,269), while the 128GB model bears an exorbitantly high price of $869 (£819, AU$1,419). The smaller Pixel bears a pricing of $649 for the 32GB model and $749 for the 128GB model. These prices are indeed on the higher side and comparable to that of the other premium flagships like iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7. This a departure for what the earlier Google Nexus devices used to stand for.
These are few of the points worth considering before you can and order your Pixel or Pixel XL. Do let us know what you think of these smartphones by posting your comments below. Till then, stay tuned.