Google Pixel vs. Pixel XL: Which should you buy?

There's no doubt that the question that's plaguing you this very moment as you salivate over the varying color options for the Pixel and Pixel XL is: Which one is even worth bringing home? Well, that will depend entirely on your need, but we've put together a quick, helpful guide so that you can choose the right phone for you.

What's the difference?

Unlike last year's Google event, which revealed two different Nexus devices developed by two entirely different manufacturers, this year's Pixel and Pixel XL are both made by Taiwan-based HTC. As a result, they both look quite similar—so much so, that from far away, you can't really tell them apart, despite their differing screen sizes.

The biggest difference between the Pixel and Pixel XL are their display and battery sizes, though the 5.5-inch Pixel XL isn't that much larger than its 5-inch sibling. The Pixel also feels more like a refined, matte HTC One A9, while the Pixel XL sits in the hand as comfortably as the OnePlus 3. But no matter which one you pick, both devices have high-quality AMOLED screens that are both vividly colored and plenty pixel dense for the average smartphone user.

More: Google Pixel review

Here's a quick specification breakdown for those of you who just want the basics:

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CategoryGoogle PixelGoogle Pixel XL
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1 with Google UIAndroid 7.1 with Google UI
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 821Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
RAM4GB4GB
Display5-inch AMOLED 1920x10805.5-inch AMOLED 2560x1440
Rear Camera12MP f/2.0
1.55-micron pixels
PDAF
12MP f/2.0
1.55-micron pixels
PDAF
Front camera8MP8MP
Battery2,770mAh non-removable3,450mAh non-removable
ChargingFast chargingFast charging
ConnectivityUSB Type-C, Bluetooth 4.2USB Type-C, Bluetooth 4.2
Fingerprint sensorYesYes
Storage32GB/128GB32GB/128GB
IP ratingIP53IP53
ColorsQuite Black, Very Silver, Really BlueQuite Black, Very Silver, Really Blue
Price$649$769

But which one is better?

Well, let's weigh the options. The Pixel features a regular 1080p AMOLED display with a 2,770 mAh battery, so chances are that its battery life might manage a longer day than the Pixel XL's Quad HD AMOLED display and 3,450 mAh battery simply because the display doesn't require as many resources. Then again, larger batteries do usually manage longer up-time.

Here's more on battery performance from executive editor Alex Dobie's initial review of the Pixel and Pixel XL:

In both cases you're likely to get a decent, full day of use out of the Pixel and Pixel XL, though the XL fares a little better on heavier days.The XL never failed to get me through a full day of regular use, with a typical day getting me 14 to 16 hours off charger with 4.5 to 5 hours of screen on time. That's with mixed use across LTE and Wi-Fi, and approaches what I've gotten out of the Galaxy S7 edge earlier in the year. Unremarkable for a high-end Android phone perhaps, but the major difference I noticed with the Pixel XL was how it weathered heavy use that much better than many rivals.

It all comes down to whether you want a phone to be usable in one hand, or one that can double as a small tablet, used with Nougat's new Multi Window mode in landscape with two apps side by side. You're still getting the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM and the improved 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as rear-facing fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C, and fast charging. Both phones are also IP53 rated, so you don't have to go into freakout mode if either phone gets rained on.

More: The Google Pixel is IP53 rated — here's what that means

Which one is better for virtual reality?

It's a good idea to buy a Pixel XL over a smaller Pixel if virtual reality is your primary concern. The Pixel and Pixel XL are both Daydream-ready, but the larger Pixel XL has a higher-resolution display, which translates to better per-eye density in VR. This gives the XL a definite advantage for current content and it helps with future-proofing as well. The larger battery may also eke a few more minutes in battery life while playing VR, which is nice.

You also probably shouldn't get a white Pixel for VR.

More: Using the smaller pixel with Google Daydream is a big compromise

What's the price difference between the two?

The Pixel starts at $649 for the 32GB version, while the Pixel XL starts at a whopping $769. If you bump up the storage to 128GB, it's an extra $100. And if you add on device protection, that's another $100. These smartphones aren't as cheap as Nexuses used to be.

Which carriers support the devices?

Both the Pixel and Pixel XL are sold unlocked through the official Google Store. They're compatible with all four of the major carrier networks in the U.S., in addition to Google's own Project Fi. You can also purchase either device through Verizon, though you'll want to hold off on doing so outright unless you've got a grandfathered subsidy that the carrier is offering you.

The Verizon variant of both devices include three Verizon apps, an encrypted bootloader — a bummer for tinkerers — and you'll have to wait on Big Red before receiving any software updates. Alternatively, if you're a Verizon subscriber and you buy it unlocked, you'll still have access to advanced features like VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling.

More: Don't buy your Pixel at Verizon

Want to know more?

Be sure to peek at our review of both the Pixel and Pixel XL for the full rundown on Google's two new smartphones. Let us know which one you're bringing home in the comments!

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Florence Ion was formerly an editor and columnist at Android Central. She writes about Android-powered devices of all types and explores their usefulness in her everyday life. You can follow her on Twitter or watch her Tuesday nights on All About Android.

280 Comments
  • At the moment, neither. Outside of the camera, IP rating, and the Pixel-specific software features, I felt that it wasn't compelling enough for me to upgrade from my Nexus 6P. The speakers going from front-facing dual to a single bottom-firing setup is a step back for instance.
  • Agree 100%, nothing special here, move along.
  • I agree there's nothing overly special about these.. But I wouldn't really know what I would want to move on to either..? (note 7 possible candidate) It's not like anything else is that much better. Plus having the latest and greatest software and security updates means more to me than having a few extra features that I would rarely use.
  • Is there anything overly special about any smartphone these days? Please share, by all means. Regardless, these phone look great and are loaded with the best hardware currently available on Android
  • Ya kinda my point.. It's not like there's anything better elsewhere and these get updated in a decent timely manner. So people should stop there wining ;)
  • I got $399- for a 128GB Pixel XL. That price will eventually arrive as it did with the Motorola N6 two years ago. Samsung S7 Edge, unlocked for USA, works on every carrier. $769 with an SD card slot. Black Friday beckons and Samsung recognizes Black Friday on their calendar.
  • This is far from N6 or any other Nexus phone. Google is starting something very different and will make sure that it sticks with that image. They can afford to sell fewer phones (by keeping firm price until 2nd gen) in order to keep the resale value high.
    They will push for unmatched customer service and support as well. As much as I don't like the design and see no reason to throw money on this phone now , pixel will be a challenge for both Apple and Samsung next October.
    Google knew about short term loss with the base, but in a long run they will appeal to larger audience and eventually get most of us back. In the end , we all want our phones to work at all times, perform well, full os support for years, excellent CS,etc. Apple is the only OEM who checks most of the boxes and Google has a shot to step in and equal quality but more user friendly device.
    To sell it for 400-500 (hardware not worth more now) they would pretty much bankrupt all struggling Android OEMs.
    This way they aim only on Apple and Samsung, who will be perfectly fine with some loss of sales.
    I can't see myself spending over $1500 for our 2 phones this year (wife's and mine), but if forced I would give it to Google over Note 7 and iPhone 7 for sure.
    For our needs now , I see more value in Z Play/Sony XZ Compact/HTC 10 and LG V10 and spend those saved $400-500 on something else :)
  • It's a little spendy for the hardware no doubt and I don't blame anyone for looking elsewhere right now.
    For me, I used to be a nexus purist and then left after the nexus 5 because I didn't like feeling like a beta tester and I didn't like the gargantuan size of the Nexus 6, and bought a Note 5 just before the 6P release. Now with the Pixel brand, the expectation is that this is a flagship level device, which should mean we aren't beta testers (I am taking that on faith) and given the fact that I spent most of my time swapping phones to get the latest Android or cursing whatever OEM I was currently using for not releasing updates in a timely manner.
    I'll pay the slightly higher price for a flagship Android device that I know will be updated in a timely manner, it's Android's biggest weakness.
  • Exactly!! I like your perspective. And I'm loving these phones. I just wish the XL was 5.7 inches. I'm gonna hold on the my 6p a bit longer unless I break it or something.
  • Yea updated with features that are already on other phones
  • Price vs hardware is something that makes certain phones very "special". In the case of the Prixel, it makes it very "un-special".
  • Prixel? Dr. Steve Brule? Just kidding ;-)
  • Note series before it's demise: S-Pen
    S7 Edge: Edge design and software
    LG G5: Removable battery
    HTC 10: Build quality + SD card
    BB Priv: Slide out keyboard
    Axon 7/ Honor 8/ 1+3: Price-Feature ratio Some or all of these unique characteristics may mean nothing to you but they are special to some. I think many people just don't see anything special in the Pixel line to justify the asking price. Assistant? 24/7 support? Full quality pic uploads? For many android enthusiasts these "secret weapons" are a yawn at best and certainly don't warrant iPhone prices.
  • + 1 million
  • For me, I realized it's all about the software these days Period.
    Sure you need to get some table stakes things covered
    Great Screen, great camera, great processing package etc. But all flagships have all of this, what makes the pixel special is the software, 7.1 and google assistant.
    Now if the software didn't impress you by all means move along, but it impressed me and I like being on the cutting edge of all things Google. PS. You can argue about front facing speakers, but the fact is that they simply haven't been big sellers, even htc moved away from them
    I like them myself, but the reality is that they are a niche feature.From what I've heard this phone has two not 1 down firing speakers
    and it gets pretty loud. that's good enough for me.
  • Agreed. It's about the software. Something that Samsung has been struggling with since the GS1. Right now i'm just torn between the XL and the OP3. I just don't know if the extra $400 is worth it though. The last time I spent that much on a phone (Gs6 edge) i deeply regretted it.
  • If it's all about software for you just buy a Nexus 6 $200 and install whatever you want on it, $900 for a phone with no unique features just a fast os update is just burning money but it's you're money so you do whatever you want.
  • The nexus 6 camera sucked in 2014 when it came out and android N is the last major os update it will get.
    I should have been more clear when I said great camera, great screen and great processing package I meant for 2016 not 2014. I want an 820 or 821, 4gb of ram and a camera that can stand toe to toe with the s7 and iPhone 7. Theirs a better argument for the 6p, but it's still not a pixel , based on the review the camera is still much slower and not as reliable and even though it will get the next major android version it won't get official assistant support or the deep software/ hardware integration. A great camera is very important to me as it's my only camera these days.
  • Software blah blah Google's software aside from security is playing catch-up compared to Sammy
  • It's a matter of preference.
    If you prefer to have every feature in the world crammed in with average performance and don't mind slow updates or a cluttered UI with duplicate apps. Touchwiz is very good these days. If you prefer blaseing fast performance, security and a clean simple UI centered around google services. And prefer to add only the additional features you need via apps.
    The Pixel interface is so much better and I prefer the pixel UI after over a year and a half using Notes.
  • I'm in agreement. It is hard to justify a phone when it costs so much and the specs and style don't match. This phone is a less stylish Apple phone with a Samsung price tag. I have been pricing out the Note 7 unlocked (battery issues aside) and that seems like a better deal than the Pixel XL.
  • Right there with you. Maybe if the xl with 128bg was in the 550-600 range I possibly would have opened up my wallet. But north of 900 after taxes is totally bonkers. No device is worth that much cheese not even an icrap
  • That is just your perspective.
  • A perspective that is shared by many. By all means am Im not saying the pixels suck, probably awesome phones. I'll just never spend stupid money on something that's not worth it. Econ 101. Of you wanna waste your money go right ahead there are numerous phones out there that offer a way better performance to cost ratio
  • I love software updates I've used dozen of Android phones but now planning to buy Iphone 7+ and Pixel XL so I get latest update when they arrive :) no more waiting. performance is one part of story and yes everyone wants different thing I want whole ;) performance, updates
  • You just nailed it. Im not saying these are bad phones. Just saying $700-$900 is too da** much in my opinion. All they've done is join the ranks of other manufacturers who (arguably) produce moderately overpriced hardware. If you think the specs justify the price, great. But I will bet you dollars to donuts these do not sell in the volumes that Google hopes.
  • Just placed an order for one from Verizon and considering it's backordered for a month I feel like your opinion is in the minority. A guy in front of me at the store was trying to buy one as well.
  • Bought mine and absolutely loving it best Android device I've ever used.
  • You're entitled to your opinion. Even if it is retarded
  • Same as yourself and your comment...
  • Honestly I've been a die hard nexus user, Galaxy Nexus, 4 and 5 and then used a Note 5 and Note 7 (which I returned for the recall)
    While I loved the Note 5, the Note 7 was a disappointment for me, first of all as hard as I tried I didn't like the curved screen.
    But the real problem was that the Note 7 actually performed slower than my Note 5,
    and playing with other 820 based phones reminded me of the lack of performance I had come to accept with a Samsung phone. After being refunded all of my money for the Note 7, because they didn't have any replacements available yet. I realized I didn't want to buy another one again. You just don't get the performance you'd expect out of a Samsung.
    They were reliable for me, but not fast.
    You can list all the extra specs in the world on a phone, which Samsung does.
    But if it runs slower, and you don't need those extra bells, is it really worth it?
  • It's a tough call. The note has more bells and whistles, but everyone knows that stock Android trumps Touchwiz any day of the week. For people like me, a fluid and lag free UI is considered a premium feature, and I'd take that over waterproofing and a stylus any day of the week.
  • The Note 7 is a better deal? Are you trolling? It explodes and won't get software updates.
  • you're kidding yourself if you think the Note 7 is sustainable even with root. nobody wants the thing, its toxic. try again.
  • Agreed! No SD card! Note 7 is the place to be!
  • What made you think they would have one?lol
  • Ehhh.. note 7's perform like crap and their users wait forever to get software updates. The Pixels are the best android has to offer overall IMO. Pixel FTW!!!
  • Wow I got a special edition Note 7 it works awesome! As for updates they tend to be pretty underwhelming any way so waiting a little longer doesn't both me.
  • Any youtube videos to prove there the best yet?
  • Talk about completely underwhelming. Of my personal "must have for my next phone" functional features (stereo speakers, wireless charging, IP67 level water resistance, fingerprint reader on the back, 5.2-ish inch screen, Google-provided (fast)software updates, 64GB+ without microsd/32GB+ with microsd), this phone doesn't even come close to covering what I need for that kind of money. I really don't think I'm asking for too much either. This phone should be great for those who sweat over which processor it has, but the current gen Nexus phones are still really fast on 7.0.
  • Sadly, I have to concur. Nexus 6P
  • Absolutely, neither. I wanted this to be a success but I don't see it at his price level for either device. I also don't get the pixel love shown by AC in the pixel podcast. It's an overpriced, iPhone design ripoff, not water resistant, Google doesn't have Apple cache to justify 32gb storage, unlimited photo and video cloud backup at full resolution is not a great advantage.. Big whoop. Give me an sd card for local storage and backups any day so I control it. And a locked down Verizon carrier exclusivity is assinine. Most Normal consumers don't even know what unlocked phones are and so won't know to get one direct from google, and won't be flocking to Verizon from other carriers. Oh, let's not forget that Verizon bloatware and no free WiFi Hotspot. I don't care if bloatware can be removed... It's there and most people don't even know it can be removed.
  • "No Free Wifi Hotspot" is such an old argument that isnt even relevant anymore unless you have a 5 year old unlimited data plan. Please stop using this as an argument because for 98% of Verizon customers out there this is not true. Bloatware however may still be a thing on the pixel. I'm crossing my fingers that the pixel doesnt ship with carrier bloat, but I'm not holding my breath.
  • Sorry you disagree, but the facts are that some Verizon plans still have charges for a wifi hotpot. Look it up. Buy an unlocked phone and there is no separate WiFi Hotspot charge because Verizon doesn't have the software installed to block it.
  • I am so sick of people comparing the Pixel Phones to Nexus.
    The only real comparison is that they should have a Nexus like update schedule.
  • It's a phone designed by Google of course were going to compare the two. Name difference aside they still represent what Google thinks Android should be. If that means alienating the Nexus fan base in the process then thats their loss.
  • Agreed.
  • This! Keeping my Nexus 6P
  • This isn't even compelling enough to upgrade from my Note 4.
  • Same here. My note 4 will not be paid off until April of next year.
    Also, when my battery degrades after so many charge cycles, I simply toss it and pop in a fresh one. And I continue to value my SD slot.
  • I agree for the most part, especially re the speakers, but there are 2 things drawing me to the Pixel XL, and they are 1) It being slightly smaller than the 6P. Yes, I know it's only slight, but the 6P is only slightly too large for me to hold comfortably. This is purely a personal preference, but I know a lot of people loved the 6P, they just wish it was a bit smaller. 2) is the improved camera. I do love the 6P camera, really. Even when compared to a Galaxy 7, but I do wish it was faster. The Pixel takes the 6P camera and charges it, and that's exactly what I want.
  • Google won't be updating the 6P, it was in their announcement
  • My review. Decent phones. However they are two (2x) times the price they should be. SHAME on Google for becoming greedy shysters. They sell your data AND charge top dollar now. This is treason against all of us Nexus loyalists. Also the obsession to prevent full experience with rooted devices by Google is disgusting. Next phone may be time to switch. No waterproofing, no IP67, no expandable storage, massive bezels and no removable battery. Pixel (non-XL) is just stupid price- over twice the price of the phone it replaces. Disappointed by a google which is getting more and more greedy and determined to fragment the Android OS until its so bad they are the only "game in town" with apple-priced devices? I spit on them for this.
  • Yep. I wonder how much money they have stashed in offshore, tax havens. That is one reason I refuse to every buy an Apple product. They have billions in offshore tax havens and don't pay their fair share of taxes.
  • Me either. I put my Nexus 6P on SWAPPA to see if there would be any interest and it sold before I could reconsider it. Down to an S7 Active and iphone 7+. May try to pick up a pixel XL once they stop the fake out of stock nonsense. After I said I was sticking with my Nexus 6P...damn.
  • That's what I'm considering too. Maybe snag one after the holidays and get my wife to switch (she's rocking a S7 edge, still peeved about having to lose her Note 7). I'm keeping my 6P and will move it over to my Fi line (I have a Nexus 6 in that spot) until the 2nd gen Pixel comes along.
  • vs. the 6P, I agree with you. vs. just about any other phone one might be upgrading from, I'd say the Pixel is a home run.
  • I don't want one. As far as I'm concerned the Pixal's are missing too many premium features. A tad overpriced for my money!!
  • Get the size you like better. If you are a diehard VR fan I would go with the XL but I don't think the diehard VR fan is probably looking at daydream at this point.
  • Neither. Both are overpriced. Google seems to be taking more than just the hardware from HTC. They seem to have also rebranded HTC's poor sales strategy. Producing phones that are 2x the cost of competitors with the same internals and dressing them up with some software enhancements, is not going to sell phones. Clearly Google is looking to have the Pixel and Pixel XL as the centerpiece of the Google Home system - A system designed to become so useful to users that they don't care that it is hoovering up every bit of sound from their home to use in targeted advertising. If Google is looking for wide adoption of their system and is trying to lock people into their ecosystem, setting the price of entry at $650+ is not a winning strategy. Look at the Amazon Fire phone for an example. The hardware assembled by HTC for the Pixel and Pixel XL is not groundbreaking, and is certainly not a $650 device. The exact same specs can be found in the Xiaomi Mi5s and Mi5s+ starting at $300. Look at the Huawei Honor 8 that starts at $350. And any other of the numerous 5"-5.7" handsets that are out there. Google Assistant is cool, but it will only be a matter of time before Google realizes that their market penetration with devices priced at $650+ is too poor to build an ecosystem around and they will make this system available to all Android OEMs. Just like the rest of the Pixel hardware line, overpriced for what it is.
  • aka I can't afford one so I will complain
  • A fool and his money soon part ways
  • Or AKA, People can afford it but fail to understand Google logic of pricing phones at greater than they're worth. 650$/£600 for a basic 1080p phone is poor pricing in my opinion. Remember how silly the pricing was for the Sony Xperia X? I think Google are making the same mistake.
  • ^It's this one, for those that are paying attention. Nexus 6P
  • Would you like to share with us what flagship phone from Samsung, Apple, or LG is any cheaper? By all means. If you wanna be cheap then go buy a flip phone or something
  • Unlocked Galaxy S7E offers no Verizon carrier BS, larger battery than either pixel, water resistance, wireless charging, SD card expansion, damn better looks,same 4gb ram and 32gb rom and can easily be found for less than $649. SD820 is still excellent.
  • And a better camera with OIS, full blown customization and a restart button.
  • Don't understand the love for these phones. You guys are like Apple fan boys. These phones are severely lacking. Lack of front firing speakers is huge, lack of water resistance is huge, huge bezels are hideous. Yes software is nice and will supposedly be updated. For only two years.. This is a huge misstep for Google. Apple is looking better in my opinion and I can't stand them. I'm waiting another year to see what the next pixel brings.
  • We're all suckers for new shiny toys but it doesn't take a rocket scientists to crunch the numbers to see we're getting hosed.
  • +1
  • your opinion and your perspective. BTW Pixel timing is wrong. in this time mostly you see is dated hardware. but in case of iPhone they brings new hardware.
    consider SoC 821 is just 820 which seems 8-9month old while A10 just came out.
    iPhone deserve that money cuz it have worth it. even after year I can get way more money from iPhone then any any Android phone.
  • Simply because people are stupid enough to pay insane money for anything apple. Buy into that cult by all means. Their laughing all the way to the bank. It's no surprise their the most profitable in the world. Every phone Android or crapple cost a fraction to manufacture. Eventually the public will stop paying 900+ bucks on something. Their charging for r&d and marketing, aka inbuilt pure profit
  • Its say like people who visit couple of times abroad for fun are stupid, its like saying people who buy expensive brand are stupid. so Android is Android and Apple is crapple wow you rocks. you looks so biased. you sounds like all company starts to make phone below 500 or even lower. Apple products are quality products. and you looking for quantity. be open minded.. iPhone have only worth cuz its expensive. if it weren't there were no value to it. just an other phone. In my early days I was HTC lover and I says Samsung sucks, I will never buy Samsung phones, they are cheap and touch wiz and about Stock android that sucks, its boring, it don't have features Now Samsung makes very beautiful phones with awesome display (not yet that great software)
    Stock android damn I love it it so awesome fast fluid and if you buy Nexus(Pixel now) fastest updates
    HTC hmm its dying company ponder at early and now as I've used more and more phones I started to think open minded so you need time money and desire then you'll understand.
  • All entitled to our own opinion. Basis or not all my points are valid. Do what you want with your money spend it irresponsibility for all I care. If the numbers don't add its always a pass for me not just for phones. The day will come when all these exorbitant prices finally settle down. And as a software engineer I can easily afford to buy all the latest flagships when ever I want. I just chose to manage my income smartly #debtfree #ownmyownhome #longlivenexus
  • you take one spec form the phone and automatically say its overpriced because of that one spec? How about the 821 processor, 4 gigs of ram, 12mp camera that is currently rated best on a smartphone from a known reliable source? How about the advertising costs? Advertising has to be paid for somehow (this is assuming they actually advertise the phone)
    Costs to get it promoted in carrier stores? This is a cost most nexus phones didnt have to recover because they werent sold through carriers. Nexus 6. Remember how much that one cost? Remember it was also offered in carrier stores?
    R&D, Google's AI development has to be paid for somehow. I'm not a huge fan of the price markup either but considering these things it kind of makes sense the price is higher.
  • That's why it's a Verizon exclusive you moron. They are fitting the bill. What are you 12? If you're solely going by specs this phone is priced to high. On top of that it's made by HTC. No HTC is worth that.
  • You killed him
  • So the Note 7 which has the same hardware (lesser processor even) as the Pixels is also over priced??? They sure do sell pretty well compared to the phones that cost half as much ;)
  • You should not compare this with other phones (outside of the current Nexus line and iPhone) they don't offer the updates that these do. May not be a big deal to you, but a deal breaker for me.
  • Might be a deal breaker for you, but for most consumers, updates are low on the list of priorities. It makes no sense to me that Google would put such a high price on their portal to the Google Home system. If they want massive uptake, in order to get many people into the ecosystem, they should be pricing these phones way lower.
  • ZTE axon 7 better deal. These people think that this pixel phone's going to shoot rainbows and magical fart darts
  • Got myself an XL and cant wait for it to arrive!
  • How dare you?
  • Both are ugly and not what I want for any price. Additionally, the price is outrageous. I will thankfully hold onto my N6, thank you.
  • Quit talking about my girlfriends
  • The 5.0" Pixel is going to be a niche product.
  • Doesn't Apple sell more of the smaller phone than the XL or whatever they call the big one? I wonder why the Android fan would choose the XL over the smaller one if the specs are the same? Personally the Nexus 5X is as big as I'll ever go but I prefer something the size of the Nexus 5. It's pretty sad that 3 years after the Nexus 5 was released the Pixel will be 6mm taller even though it has the same screen size. That's a whole lot of unused bezel on the Pixel that LG seems to know how to get rid of 3 years ago.
  • I would have considered the pixel if they'd have used that bottom bezel for a bottom (STEREO) speaker, and if it had wireless charging. Or a plastic body so I could solder in a wireless charging coil, like I did on the 5X. I dismissed wireless charging until I got it. I'm never going back.
  • This phone isn't aimed at android fan, it's aimed at taking people from apple. My brother in-law is an apple fan and occasionally we end up in that annoying conversation which often ends with "How much was your phone... well there you go mine must be better"!!
    Also google will probably missed my custom for this year and next, as I will get my next phone mid 2017 and this means I won't be due an upgrade this time next year :-(
  • Exactly
  • If you're due for an upgrade in mid 2017, wouldn't you still be eligible a few months later? You aren't forced to buy a new phone the second your upgrade is available.
  • A lot of people like the bigger screen for media consumption like YouTube and netflix. The 5.7 inch screen on the 6p is fantastic for this. I'll be trying a 5inch Pixel this time around though. While I love the 6p and the size has kind of grown on me, it also can be a real PITA to manage sometimes and with the specs being practically identical on the pixels i think its time to go back to a more manageable size. I have a Pixel C if i want big screen consumption.
  • Of the 2 I'd get the XL, but the price for the 128GB option is way too much. I'd be interested at about $200 less.