Are you looking for a smartphone with Google Photos, Chrome, Gmail, and Drive integration? If that's the case, a Pixel might be suited for you. Google offers a number of Pixel phones in different versions, including the Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 4A, Google Pixel 5, and Pixel 5A. The Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro, Google's latest smartphones, will be released soon for the company' upcoming launch event on Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. PT.
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The Pixel can take beautiful photos as well. But it's more than just having a top-notch camera and luxurious hardware: Software and the services that bind iPhone are equally important. Let's get into a couple of these.
Unlimited storage for Google Photos with unlimited storage options.
One of the top reasons to get a Pixel is that it provides unlimited storage in Google Photos. Unlike other non-Pixel handsets, Pixel phones do not have a data cap for backing up photos to the cloud. Photos you take on a Pixel will remain in their original quality, not automatically compressed to save space. If you get the first Pixel phone in 2016, you should be able to upload photos in original quality for the life of the device.
Later Pixel phones, such as the more recently released Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G, allow unlimited photo uploads at a compressed storage-saver quality. Google has listed the rules for each Pixel phone on this support page.
Unfortunately, it seems that the 2020 Pixel phones will be the last to benefit from the unlimited storage option. According to several reports from The Verge and Tom's Guide, Google doesn't intend to extend this benefit to the next generation of Pixel phones.
No bloatware, ever.
Most Android phones subsidized by US wireless providers continue to be plagued with unapproved applications, services, and often redundant software features. Not so with Google Pixel phones. What you get is the original Android OS as Google intended it, with no strange skins, proprietary overlays or UIs.
Fresh Android OS updates for Android operating system
Google has stated that updating its Pixel phones will be a priority, in addition to unrestricted storage for photos. When a new Android OS version or security update is released, it'll be available for Pixels first. That includes new capabilities separate from full OS updates. And for the brave, Pixels have also gotten their first taste of Android in beta versions.
Google Fi is always an option. Google Fiber is also available.
While it isn't a huge force in the wireless carrier market, it does offer its own cellular service for mobile devices. Google Fi (not to be confused with Google Fiber), this MVNO-style system offers pay-as-you-go data plans. It also uses technology that allows for a seamless switching between Wi-Fi and cellular networks during voice calls.
All Pixel phones are available in versions that are specifically designed for Google Fi. These phones are also unlocked, so you can transfer them to another carrier if you'd like. When choosing a 5G Pixel like the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5GS, though, things get tangled up. Verizon, Google Fi (unlocked) and Unlocked (no 5G) are available from Google. These handsets will be compatible with all major US carriers. That said, they aren't all compatible with each carrier's 5G network.
Squash the spam! Squeeze the junk!
If you're constantly being harassed by a slew of unwelcome scams or fictitious marketing calls, you will find this Pixel feature appealing. The Pixel Call Screen function in the phone app works with Google Assistant to prevent robocalls from reaching you. Together they may either prevent unknown callers from calling your phone or screen calls for you in real time.
A sweet phone deal.
Right now, one of our favorite phones on the market is the $499 Pixel 4A 5G. This handset is compatible with 5G cellular networks and boasts an excellent ultrawide camera and a large OLED display. It also has strong software support from Google and the promise of timely updates for up to three years. At $200 less than the $699 Pixel 5, it's a surprisingly inexpensive alternative.