Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are available for pre-order right now, but the general public won’t start to get their hands on these devices for another week or two. Tech reporters got some hands-on time at Google’s launch event on October 4th, but camera testing wasn’t allowed, and the Wi-Fi coverage at the event was too flooded for real-world performance reviews.
Some may have been bummed to learn about the omission of optical image stabilization in the new Google Pixel phones. However, Google promises that the electronic image stabilization (EIS) will be more than enough for some really great photos and 4K videos with great shaky-cam correction.
This could be a topic of debate until some real world testing could be done. Luckily, Redditor TCATS5986, AKA Matthew Glass, managed to get both the phones as review units from Google, and he’s doing an AMA to answer all questions users might have about the new device. He decided to show us how well the Google Pixel XL performs with video.
Originally uploaded to YouTube these videos were soon taken down but it stayed there for long enough that someone downloaded them and reposted the videos to Vimeo, where we can view the clips now. Just keep in mind that the resolution appears low because the video has already gone through a couple of upload-video-compressions: once when it went on YouTube and again when it was downloaded from YouTube, and then uploaded to Vimeo.
Regardless, stabilization, not resolution is what we’re interested in here. And the stabilization works quite well in the first video, while the second video shows the stabilization action while comparing the Huawei-made Nexus 6P and the Pixel XL.
If there’s one thing I can assure you of from these shorts is that with the Google Pixel, you don’t need to worry about missing the details due to the lack of OIS. If you didn’t know, Sony, has been one company that has never had OIS on any of its Xperia devices and they have been doing a pretty good job at EIS to their credit but it never was OIS.
However, these shorts just proves just how good the amalgamation of self-made software on self-made hardware can be; as you can see, in fact, last year’s Nexus 6P is clearly lagging behind, despite being the latest flagship device “released by Google”. Sure, that phone lacked OIS as well, but if I were to undergo a blind test I would almost certainly end up saying that the Pixel indeed has it.
If the above videos are any indication, the Pixel’s high DxOMark score is well-deserved but if you’re a fan of the Nexus 6P like I am, you would be like yeah how about still photos? Well, Glass delivers here, too:
If you’re not paying attention to details you might miss out the differences. Just kidding. But go ahead click the pictures to get a better view. It’s very clear that the Pixel XL’s HDR+ mode makes low-light shots a lot less grainy than other smartphone cameras.
From these early test results it is safe to say that the highest rated smartphone camera in the world sure seems to deliver.
Okay, more battery life is what smartphone users have been wanting for a long long time now. Every other aspect of a smartphone seems to have come a long way but the battery life. So should we really expect any big difference between last year’s Nexus 6P and this year’s Google Pixel? If you didn’t expect it, you might be surprised.
Glass charged up his Pixel XL to 100% this morning to do some real testing of its screen-on time (SoT), and the results so far are quite promising:
At this exact minute SOT is 4:03, and my battery is 53%
That projects out to a full eight or more hours of screen-on time!!! I’ve seen better on a Lenovo Vibe P1 (which had 9hour+ SOT, or was it the P1M?) before so it’s not unbelievable but that’s a first for a flagship. Even if further testings bring it down a notch to 6 or 7 hours, it would still make the Pixel XL an instant contender for best smartphone battery life. SoT is one of the most useful real-world battery measurements, as it depicts exactly how long you’ll be able to actively use your smartphone on a single charge.
To put that into perspective, the Nexus 6P at its very best could never cross 5 and a half hours of screen on time under normal usage.
Glass also ran Antutu benchmark tests on the Pixel XL unit he has and below is the result from that and a Nexus 6P. While the Pixel XL’s benchmark scores don’t promise a better performance than the top dogs like the iPhone it sure as hell beats the Nexus 6P
Ever since even the rumours of the Google Pixel’s pricing fans have been disappointed and complaining about it. According to this poll most of you didn’t think the Pixel or the Pixel XL deserved their price tag.
Have these comparisons convinced you to take the plunge and grab a new Pixel? Let me know in the comment section below.
Source : TCATS5986