Using the first Google Pixel in 2020 – Review

by birtanpublished on November 7, 2020

The first Google pixel and pixel Excel came out all the way back in 2016 and unlike most other androids released the same year the pixel actually runs Android ten hey how's it going I'm Josh from ninety one tech and today we're taking a look at the first ever Google pixel specifically here high of the first pixel excel how does it hold up in 2020 while the Google pixel is on Android 10 right now it is unfortunately no longer receiving patches from Google this shouldn't be a huge surprise though in fact the Google already gave the pixel

More support than they promised by giving it Android 10 and this phone is getting pretty old at least it did better than most of its Android brothers this phone was a huge deal when it came out a brand new Android phone finally from Google themselves replacing the Nexus line that had always been partially branded with a manufacturer like LG or HTC this phone was meant to be like the iPhone a phone and straight from the company producing the software for it and at first the pixel seemed impressive although it was missing a couple features right out of the gate

The camera was always the biggest talking point it was supposed to be amazing and for 2016 it was definitely one of if not the best smartphone camera on the market the pixel to the next year was a significant improvement but the first pixel can still produce some great photos the design of the pixel XL is very of the era being fully aluminum with thick bezels on the front there were a few color options very silver quite black or a limited edition really blue that I have here I love the blue it looks fantastic in my opinion although unfortunately it is a bit harder to find

Which is why I got mine as flawed as it is but I'll get back to that the aluminum on the back is complemented by the glass on top around the camera I'll admit it doesn't feel as premium as the newer pixels but I love the general look especially with that blue we also have a fingerprint sensor on the back there and it does a good job of letting you into your phone I don't understand why they didn't put it on the front though that was actually a complaint of mine when it came to androids back in the day a lot of them though notably not Samsung refused to put in a physical home button

But instead would just have a digital button and yet they would still have thick bezel on the bottom where the home button would be so why not just go the Apple route and stick the home button there it makes more sense don't mention it allows you to unlock your phone without having to physically pick it up it's a minor complaint in one very of veera and in all fairness the pixel to excel did reduce the bezel size although the smaller pixels who didn't which is again annoying but let's move on the pixel XL has a 5.5 inch display with a resolution of 1440 by 2560 while the

Smaller google pixel has a 5 inch display and a resolution of 1080 20 so the pixel Excel does have a higher pixel density and will be a little bit sharper that said both screens are quite decent particularly the pixel Excel or would be if mine didn't have such extreme screen burnin this is definitely something to look out for if you buy a used pixel these older OLED screens had the tendency to burn in quite easily and so as a result of that unfortunately is the case with a lot of these including mine I didn't mean to get one so bad by the way I didn't look for a phone with

Burnin the seller said that it had light to burnin that was only visible on white screens yeah okay thanks but I did get a partial refunds not enough I don't think he was very uncooperative but at least I got something out of it I could have returned it but I just love that blue so I ended up keeping it regardless the phone works and it's good enough for me to review but anyways generally speaking on a phone that isn't destroyed like this one the screen looks good and I do prefer OLED over LCD when it you know doesn't look red on a white screen those bezels are massive though and I do wish

They went with the black bezels on the blue model instead I feel like black bezels have always blended in with the phone better it makes any phone just feel sleeker even if it isn't the pixels design is again very of the era and that's just the way it is so I can't complain too much on the bottom of the phone we have USBC and on the top we have the headphone jack the jack is kind of bittersweet here because Google actually made fun of Apple when they release the phone for getting rid of the jack and then a year later with the pixel 2 they got rid of it as well yeah

Great job there Google anyways at least we do have the headphone jack on this phone as well as USB see this is very nice because micro USB was still way too common back in 2016 on the right side of the phone is the power button and a volume buttons normally I don't like it when phones put all the buttons on one side the one thing I do appreciate is the textured power button makes it easy to feel for with your thumb and it also just looks cool I wish they had kept doing this with newer pixels because it's a nice touch all in all this is buying far one of my favorite Android

Designs of all time and not even for the actual design but just that beautiful blue color I know not everyone's going to agree with me but in the world of 2016 smartphones colors were very boring you know a lot of black whites gold sometimes rose gold / pink but there wasn't very much variation so it was nice to see if flagship actually try something different and typically Google does an interesting color like every year with the pixel and so for all its flaws I do really appreciate that about the pixel line battery life is always tough to give an

Impression of because most of these phones have been well used in the last four years batteries degrade and get worse over time and unless you want to actually go to the trouble of getting a replaced which probably isn't worth the money you'll be stuck with needing to charge the phone potentially multiple times in a day my pixel XL certainly doesn't last very long for me I'm lucky to get a few hours out of it for needing a charge and that's the excel the regular pixel is smaller and has a smaller battery basically if you use one of these

Nowadays unless there's been a battery replacement I'd keep a charger nearby but hey at least that charger is USBC but I think it's about time we talk about the reason most people bought a pixel in the first place and possibly the reason you might want to buy one today and that's the camera we have a single 12 megapixel camera lens on the back this was back in the days when Google loved to say look at us we can take better photos than the competition and we only need one lens to do it and to their credit the first pixel was definitely one of the top cameras of

2016 and honestly holds up well still to today these aren't too bad photos and while newer phones definitely do a better job it is still impressive what you can do with such old hardware now to be fair yes it's a little bit over sharpened and there differently are flaws but I'm not gonna pick them apart because quite frankly this is pretty ok even for 2020 and this is a 2016 phone you can't really expect much better we don't have portrait mode on this phone unfortunately but we do have an interesting feature called a lens blur in short this really is just kind of

Like a light version of portrait mode but this photo actually turned out really really nice so color me impressed edge detection isn't perfect but don't forget this is a one lens camera from 2016 so yeah lens blur not portrait mode but also similar and still pretty cool video is bad really bad the pixel films in 4k 30 but suffers the same issue as all pixels with just not taking good video the stabilization is awkward and the exposure shifting just takes too long if you were doing still video it might be ok but with movement I'd recommend using an iPhone

Or a better Android I guess it's fine for the basic stuff I'm just disappointed with it considering how good the still photos are if Google ever figures out video it could be amazing the selfie camera is 8 megapixels and is still pretty decent really no complaints here this is not terrible for 20/20 and pretty great for a four-year-old's camera the pixel might be 4 years old but you probably want to know that from the photos if you need the best camera possible and are on a super strict budget this phone might be the one for you but we'll get back to that for now

Let's turn to the most entertaining subjects ever to grace mankind technical specifications the Google pixel and pixel excel feature the Snapdragon 820 1 chipsets and 4 gigabytes of RAM for storage we have 32 and 128 of gigabyte model options which was fairly typical for 2016 unfortunately there's no expandable memory so if you need more space than you have you're out of luck performance in today's world on android 10 is fairly mediocre but it is android 10 making this one of the only androids from 2016 on android 10 that said it's not getting any more updates so Android

10 is where it's gonna be stuck forever with this phone you're getting a pretty bare-bones google experience with a decent camera probably poor battery and mediocre everything else but that might be worth it for the right price and what is that right price well the smaller pixel goes for around $50 on ebay.com so I'd say that's pretty darn close yeah that small pixels battery is like almost guaranteed to be rough so if you want to go to the XL you're gonna have to cough up a whole twenty more dollars seriously these things are insanely cheap on eBay regardless of met performance 60 or 70

Bucks for Android 10 alone is pretty much worth it this is an insane deal if you're on an ultra tight budget you need to consider this option just don't expect the best experience no more updates it runs okay and it takes good photos for 50 to 70 dollar phone you probably don't need much more at the end of the day the pixel is not an amazing phone anymore besides the camera and software support it's essentially a mediocre 2016 hardware that we sell all the time back in the day this has been a common issue with the pixel line amazing camera and

Software but just plain uninteresting hardware it doesn't bring anything more to the table than any other 2016 smartphone but still assuming your battery is as shot the pixel can be a half-decent experience into 20 is currently good enough to get you by not that you'll necessarily enjoy yourself but it'll do the job smartphone tank when you think about it really hasn't changed the whole lot since 2016 seriously what's changed we have more cameras on the back we have thinner bezels besides that like what's different biometrics have changed in

IPhones that's something we do have more RAM now and we use glass instead of aluminum but when it comes down to it the core of 2016 smartphones really isn't that much different from what we have today because of this older phones like the first pixel or the iPhone 6s really still hold up well in terms of the basics they just look older smartphones can only get so much better and I'm interested to see where they go from here but I will say all in all the first pixel has held up quite well and it's a darn shame that Google can't seem to get one of these things right because

It really could be the Android to buy superior or at least equal hardware to the best of Samsung along with the camera and software support you get with Google that's the dream right there but I'm getting off topic here and that might be a good subject to say for another video so let's wrap this thing up you shouldn't buy one of these anymore that's pretty clear only if you're on like a ridiculous budget even then I I mean I would look into something new wear it like going for an old phone is never a great idea because you're gonna run out of software support

Well some people are okay with that I think for the majority I'd say it's better to be on the latest version of software for whatever you're using honestly the first Google pixel does still impress me it definitely is a flawed phone and it was in 2016 too but running Android 10 and the camera being as good as it is is honestly really impressive for a four-year-old phone so props to Google hopefully the other pixels hold up just as well although I think some of them may not any of you out there have the first Google pixel are you thinking about getting one let

Me know in the comments down below if you found this video interesting or even helpful somehow maybe hit that like button and consider subscribing for more content just like this you can follow me over on twitter and instagram at 91 underscore tech if you'd like to for some reason and we also have a discord channel you can check out link in the description thank you so much for watching i'm josh from 91 tech and i will see you all next time

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