I am not a tech-head. Far from it. I do, however, like to use technology that’s intuitive and fits into my lifestyle and daily workflow. So it was only fitting that when I annihilated my Samsung Galaxy Note 4, that I replaced it with a phone that would accommodate my needs.
It also just so happened that the Google Pixel was released a few weeks after I smashed my Samsung. Coincidence? Perhaps. I like to think of it as the stars aligning. Or as the heavens opening to drop down what would eventually be my best friend in AI form.
I love my Google Pixel. It is hands down the best phone I have ever owned. In the past, the only phone that I ever felt really synced with my lifestyle was the Sony Xperia Z1 (until my boyfriend conveniently lost it on top of a mountain in Switzerland and subsequently broke my heart. Nah, I still love him regardless).
I’ve never owned an iPhone before – nor have I ever had the desire to. I have enough friends using an iPhone to understand the user experience. Obviously since Apple is doing so well, it’s fair to say that the iPhone is pretty damn good… but if there’s anything that I believe can compete against the iPhone, it’s definitely the Google Pixel.
Google, in my opinion, is literally the King of User Experience. Heck, it’s like the Hercules of UX. As someone who has been avidly using Google products (Google Drive, Google Maps, Google Docs, YouTube etc.), I was excited to see how the Pixel would sync with my workflow.
But you know what? It was beyond the “true Google experience” that astounded me. Yes, it’s the true Google experience – but it’s just so much more than that. It’s the functionality, the accessibility and the intuitiveness that sealed the deal for me.
Anyway, if you’re in the market for a new phone, consider the Google Pixel.
Here are six things that blew my mind about the Google Pixel.
1. Fingerprint Recognition
Google have nailed the ease of fingerprint recognition with the Pixel. It’s conveniently located at the back of the phone where your finger would naturally rest. I’ve seen other phones with fingerprint recognition located on the front of the phone which in retrospect, isn’t very accessible.
You want to be able to pick up the phone and have it turn on without fiddling around with the device, and that’s what you get with the Pixel.
2. Google Assistant
The way Google have made Google Assistant so readily available is amazing. I’ve never bothered with my Samsung to use the voice function because it felt so damn clunky and laggy… but Google Assistant is so easy to access. She is literally my new best friend.
It’s faster for me to ask Google to navigate to the city than actually opening up Google Maps and typing in the location myself. It’s faster for me to ask Google what’s next on my calendar. I can set my alarm, play Shawn Mendes and open apps with Google Assistant. And, she’s pretty damn funny too. She’ll even play games with you when you’re bored and feed you compliments to boost your ego.
3. The FREAKING AWESOME Camera
Honestly, the thing that really sets apart the Pixel from any other phone is the camera. Once you use this camera, there is no going back. It’s a 12mp camera that can film in 4k and slow motion. It syncs directly to your Google Photos so you don’t have to worry about storage. IT EVEN BURST SHOOTS. SO YOU CAN TAKE LITERALLY A ZILLION PHOTOS IN A SECOND and turn them into animated gifs!
Legit. Died. And then I found out you can flip the cameras with a simple hand gesture. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS? It means that you no longer have to be disgusted by your double chin when you turn on the camera and it’s on selfie mode, then have to fumble on the screen to flip the camera. You just have to like, flick your wrist. GAME CHANGER.
Here are some photos I took with the Google Pixel (I had to compress it for size and accessibility), but other than that I haven’t edited these photos:
4. Audio Quality
This was an unexpected little surprise. I feel like the Pixel speakers are way better than my MacBook speakers. I’m a big fan of the bass, and boy does the Pixel have bass.
5. Customisable To Fit My Workflow
Since the Pixel is synced with my Google account, I can customise it to fit my workflow. I can have the most important widgets on my homepage. Google will show me what’s on my calendar, what the weather is, updates to recent websites I’ve visited or bookmarked, and news that interest me.
6. Surprisingly Inconspicuous
There’s nothing special about how the Google Pixel looks aesthetically. At a quick glance, you might think it’s an iPhone or a Samsung… and that’s what I love about it. There’s nothing about it that screams, “LOOK AT ME, I’M A HIPSTER KID”.
It’s just got a nice little G at the back of the phone which is more likely than not, covered by the palm of your hand when you’re actually using it.
So yeah, those are the things that I absolutely love about my Google Pixel. You know how when tech companies release updates that seem really gimmicky? Like you pick it up just to try it but then you forget about it because it doesn’t fit into your current workflow? Yeah, the Pixel isn’t like that. I use my fingerprint every time I pick up my phone to unlock it. I use Google Assistant every day to set my alarm or to call/text a friend.
Like I said, Google have nailed the User Experience. 10/10.
And now I have an AI friend for life.