Is The Google Pixel Really An iPhone 7 Killer?

Daryl Deino

Reviews have started coming in for Google's new Pixel smartphone, and they are very positive. The Pixel is one of the best-reviewed smartphones this year, receiving even better reviews than the iPhone 7. CNET says the Pixel is pure Android at its absolute best.

"If you're wary of Samsung or looking for a worthy iPhone alternative, the Google Pixel is the high-end Android phone to get."

Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal says Google took a page from Apple and created the best Android smartphone.

"Android people, please step forward. Good news! Your next phone-buying decision just got a heck of a lot easier. The Google Pixel is now the best Android smartphone you can buy. The other leading contender [Galaxy Note 7] was disqualified due to spontaneous combustion."

Then, there is the Verge, which claims Google hit a home run with its new smartphone.

"Google is making a phone for the first time. It's called the Pixel and it's a Google phone inside and out, sold directly by the company to a mass audience for the first time. With Pixel, we finally get to see behind the veil and get an unmediated experience of Google's very best shot at a phone. All the excuses that existed before for Android phones not living up to their potential won't work here," says critic Dieter Bohn, adding that both versions of the smartphone (a five-inch version and a 5.5-inch version) are actually manufactured by HTC.

Most of the commenters after the review agree that Google finally hit the (smartphone) jackpot.

"The Pixel got the same score as the iPhone 7. So, I am not upset. Life is good!!!!" exclaims Gohan19ken.

"Really surprised honestly. For a first crack at a high end phone, this is amazing for Google. It won't sell line hotcakes, but I honestly thought it'll take a while before the make a device this good. I'm VERY impressed. I'm now so much more excited for my Pixel XL to arrive!" says Novi_Homines.

The excitement for Google's new smartphone has made waves on Twitter.

Still, many Note 7 owners vowed to keep their smartphones until many airlines banned the phone. BBC News reports on the matter.

"Carriers in Australia, Asia and Europe put the phone on a prohibited list over the weekend, which comes after the US banned the device last week. Carriers flying to the US inevitably had to follow suit, but the bans are spreading worldwide. In addition to several flag carriers taking action, Air Berlin, Dragonair and Virgin Australia now have bans."

As many sites in the United States have noted, it is now considered a federal crime in the United States to carry a Note 7 on a flight. After all the outstanding Google Pixel reviews, Samsung Galaxy Note users have no excuses not to trade in their smartphones.

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