Reviews of Alphabet's first "Made by Google" mobile phone are out, and the new handset appears to go toe-to-toe with other premium phones, though it may not outpace them.
"Google's ambitious new smartphone, the Pixel, doesn't offer a lot that's new. Yet it's still one of the best out there," The Associated Press' Anick Jesdanun concludes.
Google's new Pixel phone has a sleek design that struck reviewers as familiar, if uninspired. While the pricey phone, starting at $649.99, faces some criticism of its photo quality, battery life and speed, other reviewers were blown away by its artificial intelligence, camera and software.
With a sleek design, sharper display, good camera, and smarter voice-activated assistant, Pixel provides a compelling sell to iPhone 7 users, The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern writes. The battery life falls a bit short on the regular-sized model, but it charges faster than an iPhone, she says.
She says the biggest challenge is the software. While the apps work more fluidly than Apple's iOS or other Android versions, and the updates are automatic, Stern notes that her friends and family are already entrenched in Apple's iMessage. Plus, Google's Assistant logs queries, she writes.
"The Assistant works great but you have to be willing to let Google be Big Brother," Stern wrote.