The Pixel 6 is Google'sfirst phone to have the hardware to match the software. Google's Pixel phoneshave always had the best Android software, but the Pixel 6 is the first to have the hardware to match. It boasts Google's Tensor ARM CPU, a fantastic OLED screen, and the second-best smartphone camera we've ever tested (the Pixel 6 Pro takes the top spot).
Unlimited storage inGoogle Photos is a big reason to get a Pixel. Pixel phones, unlike non-Pixelphones, do not have a data cap when backing up photographs to the cloud. Photos taken with a Pixel are saved in their original quality rather than being compressed to save space. The magnitude of this advantage changes depending on the Pixel you choose: If you can track down the original Pixel phone from 2016, you should be able to upload photos in full resolution for the rest of the device's life.
Later Pixel phones, suchas the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G, allow for unlimited picture uploads at areduced storage-saving quality. On this support page, Google defines the regulations for each Pixel phone.
Unfortunately, itappears that the Pixel phones released in 2020 will be the last to receive theunlimited storage feature. According to several reports from The Verge and Tom's Guide, among others, Google does not intend to extend this benefit to the next generation of Pixel phones.
Most Android phonessponsored by US cellular carriers continue to be plagued by the threat ofunwanted apps, services, and frequently duplicate software features. This is not the case with Google Pixel phones. What you get is the pure Android OS, as Google intended it to be, without any weird skins, proprietary overlays, or unusual UIs.
Aside from unlimitedphoto storage, Google has promised to prioritize updating its Pixel phones.Pixels will be the first to receive any new Android OS version or security patch. This adds new features that aren't part of the complete OS upgrade. Pixels also got first dibs on beta Android releases for the truly daring.
Google has its owncellular service for mobile devices, despite not being a major player in thewireless carrier industry. This MVNO-style system, known as Google Fi (not to be confused with Google Fiber), offers pay-as-you-go data plans. During voice conversations, it also incorporates technology that allows for a smooth transition between Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
Every Pixel phone isavailable in a version that is optimized for use with Google Fi. These phonesare also unlocked, allowing you to switch carriers if you so want. The Pixel 5A, for example, comes in both unlocked and Google Fi (also unlocked) models.
If you're oftenbombarded with unsolicited scams or dodgy marketing calls, this Pixel featurewill appeal to you. The phone app's Pixel Call Screen feature works with Google Assistant to prevent robocalls from reaching you. They can work together to block unknown callers from ringing your phone or to screen calls for you in real-time.