In the modern tech world, as the titans of silicon valley go tit for tat, aggressively innovating on their neighbor’s good ideas in order to take a piece of their profit, we the consumers only stand to benefit from their corporate squabbling. Yet another example of this bounty was released this morning, October 4th, at the Google Pixel conference, where the nominal Pixel smart phone was unveiled to the delight of tech geeks world-wide.

Although you may have managed a good look at the Pixel and the Pixel XL before its release due to the extremely leaky pre-launch promotion, no one anticipated that this iPhone lookalike was packing the amount of innovative features and unique capabilities of which it is comprised. Here is a list of the features which set the Pixel apart from its competitors.

Pixel Camera

According to Google, as well as an incredible 89 on the industry test standard DXOMark’s camera benchmarks, the Pixel’s 12.3MP rear camera takes the top spot as the best smartphone camera on the market (yes, even better than the iPhone 7’s 12MP camera). In addition to that incredible spec, the camera also touts a 1.55μm pixel sensor which, although impressive and good for low level lighting, is the same sensor used in Google’s previous smart phones, the Nexus 5X and 6P.

But what good is a fantastic camera if you have to constantly be deleting old photos to make room for new ones? Pixel users need not worry about such archaic things since they will have access to unlimited photo and video storage, all at their original resolution, through Google Photos.

 

Daydream

The Google Daydream virtual reality platform is ready to be experienced with either Pixel Phone and will create a fully immersive experience across both games and video apps. With a motion sensing remote control that fits neatly into the headset when you’re done, you are able to flick through your movie selection or fight off hordes of bad guys when playing one of the 50+ Daydream games available by the end of the year. Also, if you pre-order a Pixel phone now, you receive a Daydream VR headset for free!

 

Google Assistant

Google is taking on Siri and Alexa with its more intuitive voice assistant, Google Assistant, which is exclusively available on Pixel phones. It can decipher requests on a more contextually deep level so the questions you are able to ask can be extremely specific. It also has the capability to interact with third-party apps like WhatsApp or Open Table.

A seamless transition

Source: madeby.google.com/phone/

Source: madeby.google.com/phone/

One of the biggest barriers to entry for any competitor in the smartphone market is the perceived hassle of switching from one phone to the next. Hauling all of your photos, videos, contacts, calendar reminders, notes, emails, music and whatever else over to a completely different operating system has always been a real chore. Or at least it used to be. The Pixel comes with an adapter chord which connects into your old iPhone or Android device and seamless transfers from one device to the other. All you have to do is connect, sign in, and let it copy.

 


 

Here is a full list of spects for these two phones:

Pixel                                                          Pixel XL

Display
5.0 inches                                                                                              5.5 inches
FHD AMOLED at 441ppi                                                                   QHD AMOLED at 534ppi
2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4                                                     2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
>75% Active Area                                                                                 >75% Active Area
Size
5.6 x 2.7 x 0.2 ~ 0.3 inches                                                                 6.0 x 2.9 x 0.2 ~ 0.34 inches
143.8 x 69.5 x 7.3 ~ 8.5 mm                                                               154.7 x 75.7 x 7.3 ~ 8.5 mm
Battery*
2,770 mAh battery                                                                               3,450 mAh battery
Standby time (LTE): up to 19 days                                                  Standby time (LTE): up to 23 days
Talk time (3g/WCDMA): up to 26 hours                                        Talk time (3g/WCDMA): up to 32 hours
Internet use time (Wi-Fi): up to 13 hours                                       Internet use time (Wi-Fi): up to 14 hours
Internet use time (LTE): up to 13 hours                                          Internet use time (LTE): up to 14 hours
Video playback: up to 13 hours                                                          Video playback: up to 14 hours
Audio playback (via headset): up to 110 hours                               Audio playback (via headset): up to 130 hours
Fast charging: up to 7 hrs use from 15 min charge                        Fast charging: up to 7 hrs use from 15 min charge