Google Pixel vs. Google Pixel XL
Google Pixel vs. Google Pixel XL: fierce competition

Google seems to be up for some big game this fall with its two new high-end Pixel smartphones. Where one of the two is definitely not a copy of other, you might be confused to arrive on a decision. Here we have come up with this fantastic Google Pixel vs. Google Pixel XL review to help you make the final call.

It’s a very obvious question plaguing all interested buyers as they salivate over the stunning color options for the Pixel and Pixel XL model: which one’s the better? Well, we can’t simply judge the winner but we can surely help explain the wins and flops in the two. Which one’s worth bringing home is entirely the matter of your choice and contingent upon what you need from the smartphone. That’s exactly the reason we have summed up a quick, helpful guide to aid you in choosing the right one for you. Off you go.

Here’s the roundup of all main points to consider in Google Pixel vs. Google Pixel XL review

Google Pixel vs. Google Pixel XL: the main difference


In 2015, we saw two different Nexus devices developed by two different manufacturers unveiled during the Google event. This year, both the phones, Pixel and Pixel XL have been made by the Taiwan-based HTC. As a result of this, the two models seem quite alike and you won’t be really able to tell them apart, despite the difference in screen sizes.

But what make the two phones differ the most are the display and battery sizes of the two. Yeah the 5.5-inch Pixel XL isn’t too large than its 5-inch sibling, the difference feel right when you hold the two. To be more precise, the Pixel also feels much like refined, matte HTC One A9 and the Pixel XL fits your hand perfectly like OnePlus 3.

Despite the different screen sizes, both the smartphones boasts high-quality AMOLED displays that are vividly colored along with enough pixel dense for an average smartphone user.

Google Pixel vs. Google Pixel XL: which one supersedes


This one’s quite tricky to answer so let’s dig into the options to arrive at the best decision. The Pixel model features a regular 1080p AMOLED display with 2,770 mAh battery. Chances are that the phone’s battery life might be suitable for a longer day as compared to the Quad HD AMOLED display and 3,450 mAh battery in Pixel XL.

Furthermore, larger batteries do manage longer up-time. So it comes down to whether you want a smartphone suitable for one hand, or one that can double as a small tablet, best with Android Nougat’s new Multi Window mode in landscape with the two apps side by side.

Coming to processor, you will get nothing different than the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, except they will flaunt 4GB of RAM and enhanced 12-megapixel rear-facing camera along with rear-facing fingerprint sensor, fast charging, and USB Type-C support.

Both siblings are IP53 rated, so in case any of the phones gets rained on, just don’t freak out.

Google Pixel vs. Google Pixel XL: from VR perspective

If you are concerned about virtual reality capabilities of the two, both the phones will do just fine. Pixel XL features higher-resolution display, which eventually offers a better per-eye density in VR. Now this is a definite plus for current content and a semblance of future-proofing, too. The larger battery may also rake in a few more minutes to battery life while enjoying VR, which is another advantage in the larger Pixel XL.

Google Pixel vs. Google Pixel XL: price difference


The main questionable thing about the two phones yet is their high-end price tags. The Pixel starts at $649 for the 32 GB version, whereas the Pixel XL starts at a pricy $769 tag. The 128 GB model will cost you extra $100 and same amount for device protection. In short, the two devices aren’t cheap like the Nexus were.

Google Pixel vs. Google Pixel XL: list of carriers


Both the phones are sold unlocked through the official Google Store. Good news is that they are compatible with all four major carrier networks in the U.S., apart from Google’s own Project Fi. If you wish, you can get the device through Verizon too, though you would surely want to hold off on doing so immediately unless you get a subsidy by the carrier.

Talking about the Verizon variant of both the devices, they include three Verizon apps. The list also includes an encrypted bootloader, which is a bummer for tinkerers and you would have to wait on Big Red before any software updates arrive. To its contrary, you can buy it unlocked if you are a Verizon subscriber. What’s more? You will still enjoy the access to premium features like Wi-Fi calling and VoLTE.

Final words

It seems like the completion is strong and both the smartphones tends to fulfil their expectations up to great extent. Though the looks might not make you feel like the richest, yet the level of capabilities and improvements both the phones deliver are enough to make them worth buying.

Our review of Google Pixel vs. Google Pixel XL ends here. We hope it helps you decide which one is better for you.

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Ankita Gairola is an R&D Engineer at SoftwareVilla. She grew up flirting with available technologies and happens to be a dynamic writer with flair of explaining complex technologies with ease to readers from all walks of life. A gadget geek, Gairola spends a major part of each day outscoring latest technologies, playing Xbox and reading books. She learned the ropes to effective writing in her very early days and has penned over 5000 articles for different press and media sources.