Using the first Google Pixel in 2020 – Review

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The first Google Pixel came out in 2016 and boasted a brilliant camera, software straight from Google, and most importantly that beautiful blue color. It still runs Android 10- how does the Pixel & Pixel XL hold up in 2020?

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0:00 – Introduction
0:46 – Opening Thoughts
1:22 – Design
5:31 – Camera
7:21 – Tech Specs
8:03 – Buying the Pixel in 2020
9:12 – 2016 Smartphones
10:02 – Conclusion

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  1. Has anyone here used the Google Pixel or is still using it? What are your thoughts on the Pixel?
    Also, consider this the official petition to bring back Really Blue, please Google

  2. you can always upgrade software with custom rom [stable ones of course]. I plan to replace the battery in my pixel xl to a 3800 mah since its not longer holding a charge.

  3. swap that burned display out with a black bordered replacement! The Really Blue looks good with that dark-grey border that the first pixels had

  4. Just purchased a pixel 1 just because google wants to screw us over with them discontinuing the free high quality photos and videos on google photos and the second reason I bought it because the camera is better than iPhone by far!

  5. I had 4 pixels fail on me from 2017-18, all with the same issue, loss of sound/mic. However I've been using my last one that I got via warranty (it works fully) while my Note 9 is in for repairs and softwarewise it really holds up well. Just a shame Google had so many issues with the hardware, might've been able to keep me as a fan if 4 didn't break on me

  6. I would still have my blue pixel that I loved but unfortunately I had so many issues I kept getting replacements from Google. Finally after warranty expired the last one they replaced just died all of a sudden. Apparently the motherboard randomly died. Random but the new iPhone 12 reminds me of my OG PIXEL. 😭

  7. Honestly, they probably didn't put the physical home button on the front because they were afraid they'd be sued by Apple. The original Pixel already looks SO much like the iPhone 6, I can't blame them for diverting on that front.

  8. I was on a very tight budget ($140 or so) and wanted to replace my slow and cheap Galaxy J3 V. On a $120 LG G7 ThinQ right now, and couldn't be happier. Battery lasts through the whole day with a little to spare (6 PM right now and at 50%) and it's also got a great camera and a very impressive DAC. Apparently, LG was focused on audio. And my, is it impressive.

    You can't beat it for the $120 I paid. This blows my old Samsung and the iPhone 6S + I was considering out of the water.

  9. Sadly Google only ever shown this Pixel an iota of respect and distancing from the Nexus brand that ended on a pretty embarrassing note. Even though it had its issues, the Pixel 2 and onward just kept being one compromise after another and apparently one or more of the newer Pixel phones lack the dedicated processor for the camera, which was a huge selling point for the photography capabilities of the Pixel series. Seems like the quality control situation will never ever improve.

  10. I abused the hell out of my Pixel 1's battery, and then tried to replace it myself and ended up destroying the screen. So, including the cost of a new battery and screen, I was out $150 >_< then I just went ahead and got a 4a. I keep the pixel 1 as a spare in case the 4a gets damaged. Really, the main appeal of the Pixel line is vanilla android – no stupid awful branded Samsung/Verizon/Whatever bastardized android experience. And right up until I mangled it (and after finishing repairs), the Pixel 1 still worked great IMO.