The Google Pixel was released October 20, 2016. With that, comes the question: Is it worth it?

To get you your answer, you’ve got to learn about the entire device. Unfortunately, the entire device can’t be explained within this one simple blog post. However, here, you can learn about the exterior of the device, including its:


Google Pixel and Pixel XL © 2016 Maurizio Pesce

Google Pixel and Pixel XL © 2016 Maurizio Pesce

When you first glance at the back of the Pixel, the first thing that’s going to catch your eye is the big ol’ Google G in the middle. I gotta admit, I like seeing it on the phone. Over the years, Google has developed into such a reputable brand that I just instantly associate it with having a high-quality status.

Beyond just the G though, the bottom portion of the back of the Pixel has a nice metal-ly feel to it. However, the top (I wanna say 30%) of the phone on the back is a pane of glass. It’s nice ‘n all, but it sure attracts fingerprints like no one’s business. Although, I guess if you have a case on it, that’s not an issue.

Anyways, in the middle of that glass pane on the back of the Pixel is the fingerprint scanner. It’s a really good one actually. Quick, responsive, easy to use. You can’t ask for much more out of fingerprint scanner.

And lastly, the camera. The camera on the back is really nice. In regards to just the body of the phone, the nice thing about it is that it doesn’t protrude like most of the phones out there. If you put the Pixel on a flat surface, the phone will actually lay completely flat, instead of being lob-sided.


The sides of the Pixel has everything you’d expect – a sleep button and volume buttons. Nothing special.

I just wish that Google combined the fingerprint scanner and the sleep button like how LG did with the G5. It eliminates a button from the phone. But I guess the Pixel doesn’t have the tap-on/tap-of functionality that the G5 has, so you wouldn’t be able to wake the phone without picking it up if it’s laying down.


The top of the Pixel has, you guessed it, a 3.5mm headphone jack for all your headphone jack needs 😀


On the bottom of it, the Pixel is equipped with a USB-C charging port. It’s really nice actually. Compared to the “regular” android chargers, the USB-C plug doesn’t have an up-side or down-side, so you can plug it in in the dark pretty easily.


On the front of the Pixel, you’ve got no buttons. Well, none that you can see anyway. If you look at the picture below, Google used the on-screen button technique.

Google Assistant © 2016 Maurizio Pesce

Google Assistant © 2016 Maurizio Pesce

No complaints about it. I actually really like it like that. That way, there is no possibility of a button breaking there. Just one less thing to worry about 🙂


Derek Melchin & Kyle Vasas are two business partners from Lethbridge, AB. They spend their time:

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