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Google Pixel review: Every bit as good as the XL, only smaller

Jason Cross | Nov. 3, 2016
Google sacrifices very little in the smaller, less expensive version of its hot new phone.

The Pixel delivers a total experience that is simply more joyful than other Android phones, and it does this not by trying to give us more of everything, but by focusing. It’s not what the Pixel does, it’s that it does everything so damn well, and so simply, that it gives you hope for a future of Android that isn’t a scattershot cesspool of mismatched apps, interfaces, and bloat. 

The Pixel is neither worse nor better than the XL, it just gives you another option: You can pay $120 more for a bigger 5.5-inch display and a little bit more battery life, or save some money with the more pocket-friendly version.


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