Google Pixel XL Unboxing & Initial Review!

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Okay, let’s go ahead and unbox this bad boy. Inside the box, you will find the Google Pixel XL, wow. This looks like a solid phone. There is a pouch with a bunch of manuals and SIM ejection tool. Pixel uses USB Type C so it comes with a USB Type C cable for connecting to your computer or charging. There’s also a USB Type C OTG adapter so you can transfer data from other smartphones or use a USB flash drive with it.

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Inside the hidden compartment we find AC adapter rated for 5V 3 amps and 9V 2 amps, most likely Quick Charge 2.0 compatible. Here we find another USB Type C cable but this one is USB Type C to Type C.

That’s pretty much it inside the box. My first impressions of the Pixel XL is rather mixed. First, let’s start with the feel. The Pixel XL is a 5.5-inch device with all-metal unibody design very similar to HTC 10. It feels much heavier than my S7 Edge and indeed it is 11 grams heavier at 168 grams for weight. But the phone feels super solid, perhaps the most solid Google phone I have held. One of the biggest problems with 6P was its bend issue. With the new Pixel XL, it is very very solid. Check out JerryRigEverything’s bend test video on the Pixel XL if you don’t believe me.

On the left side you will find a nano SIM slot and unfortunately it doesn’t have a microSD card slot. However, Google does give you unlimited cloud storage of your photos and videos in original resolution including 4K videos so long as they are shot with your Pixel phone. While this is a great idea for those of us with good internet, it may not be such a good option for those of you on limited cellular plans with slow WiFi. That is definitely a bummer for those of you who grabbed 32GB version like myself but you can always grab the more expensive 128GB version or use an OTG flash drive. But on the upside, Pixel phones have GSM and CDMA radios meaning you can use it on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, or Verizon. I popped my Verizon SIM and got data and voice working right away.

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