Google Pixel

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Google have released their first ever phones; the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. This is Google’s first attempt and they have pretty much nailed it. They have killed off the famous Nexus line, and what they have now is already looking much much better. here’s a quick overview of Goog;e’s new devices

Google Pixel:

  • 5 inch full HD AMOLED display
  • 32/128GB storage
  • 4GB RAM
  • Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 12.3MP rear camera (dual-LED)
  • 8MP front camera
  • Fingerprint
  • 2770 mAh battery
  • Gorilla Glass 4

The Google Pixel XL is similar in most aspects but has a beautiful 5.5 inch QuadHD display and a larger 3450 mAh battery to compensate for that.

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Both devices come with a smarter, more personal Google Assistant. This is an upgraded Google Now. Assistant is currently only available on the Pixel phones, and is something they are pushing to be a centrepiece of your life. It’s smarter, more useful and a whole lot more fun.

 

The Pixel is something new for Google and with it’s bright vibrant screen and excellent hardware, I can see why they are looking to rival Apple on their iPhones. It even has the high price range to match!

LG G Flex 2

LG G Flex 2

The first in the next-gen phones, the successor of the original G Flex pack the Qualcom Snapdragon 810 processor. 8 cores, Quad-core 1.5GHz and a Quad-core 2GHz. It has 3GB RAM and a 5.5 inch P-OLED (plastic-OLED) full HD screen.

This is the first time I have treated myself to a high-end phone, and I must say, I am very impressed. It was a battle between the G Flex 2 and the Nexus 6, with the Nexus and its screen size loosing out. I have never been happier with my choice and with the device I have.

The Flex, as its name states, has a unique curve to the phone making it have one of very few stand out designs. It sits perfectly in the palm of your hand, with your index finger resting on the power button located on the back of the phone. Having the volume and power buttons on the Back of the device also allows for a clean stylish look on the sides. The device also has a self-healing back. Meaning, any minor scuffs will be taken care of automatically – something dare not test myself!

The LG, running Android Lollipop, is smooth and stylish. The quality of the curved screen is stunning and they have ironed out the issues they had with the first Flex and it’s screen. The colours are bright, vibrant and strong, and I could not see much difference between the full HD on the Flex and the QHD on the Nexus.

The performance on this device is nothing less than what you would expect with a top processor, and scrolling through the menus and switching apps is seamless. The device can get a little hot under intense usage, but its nothing overly worrying.

Battery life is above average. It’s 3000 mAh battery can last at minimum of two days with average use, and the fast charger is able to give it the extra quick juice if needed. I tend to use the phone just above average, with my Bluetooth on and connected to my G Watch R constantly, several email accounts, social media and the usual messaging and calling. This gets me very close to two days use from the device.

On to the camera. With a 13MP rear camera and its laser auto-focus technology and OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilisation), this camera can shoot some great images. The only issue i have with the camera is the basic 2.1MP front camera. It does have some cool features such as the ability to soften the image and make your skin look perfect! But in low light, the front camera isn’t much use. It does brighten the image, but it still comes out a bit grainy.

Overall, this is an incredible phone. It has a tone of great features, from the unique flex design, to the rear camera. The picture quality is great and the full HD display is more than enough, and helps prolong the battery compared to those with the QHD screens. The only minor let down, is the front camera.

Score: 8.5/10

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Moto G (1st Gen)

Moto G

This budget phone packs a 1.2 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM, and for only £90 when I got it, it does a fantastic job of doing what I need it to do.

The phone can freeze at times and it can be a bit sluggish when you have several apps open, but overall the performance of this does what I need it to do. Now running the new Android Lollipop, the only issue I have is the internal storage. I fhave the 8GB version. This also comes in 16GB. For me, 8GB is fine if your just installing limited apps and have a few pictures. But if you want to store music and have the apps you want, I feel space may become an issue.

I do not have many apps installed, and I do not have any music. On the device I have 1GB of photos and ony 1.5GB of storage left.  This can cause problems in the long term, with app updates.

The phone has a basic 5MP rear camera. The low megapixels performs well in a range of conditions, including low light. The same cannot be said for the front 1.2MP camera. I would not recommend video calling.

The 720 x 1280 resolution (326), makes for a good  720p screen. and i can not complain for the price.

Battery life on the Moto G is superb. I2,070mAh battery is non-removable, but  I still end the day on 30% with good use. Texting throughout the day, phone calls, web browsing, and social networking. This is on top of having my Wi-Fi and bluetooth on constantly to connect to my LG G Watch R and my Pebble.

Overall I do love this phone. It is something I chose to have in the short term and it has served me exceptionally well. This is, to the most part, due to the quad-core 1.;2 Ghz processor. This is a great choice for someone who wants a phone for basic every day use. It is a value for money phone.