My initial Google Pixel XL review

Keep on building that narrative. Build it one string of words at a time. Bring it all together to form a decent read. The smartphone saga just keeps going. New smartphones come out all the time. Producing videos reviewing and unboxing them is a cottage online industry. It is a nearly endless cycle of innovation and different hardware configurations. Every smartphone review is fleeting. The words ring new in the moment with a certain level of excitement and start fading almost instantly into obscurity as the new wave of phones arrives. That is the nature of the technology hardware industry. Everything is about the now. Every moment from the past seems perpetually overshadowed. Some of those moments might bubble up to the forefront of the public mind, but most of them will be forgotten.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with my new Google Pixel XL phone. Fresh out of the box the phone feels like a pretty decent device. It is markedly smaller than I expected. Compared to the Motorola Nexus 6 the XL almost seems small. I used the phone to record some 4K video and a couple VR photos. Reviewing the Google Daydream VR headset will have to wait until later in the week. I have used it a couple of times. Each one of those times was for about 10 minutes. That is not enough time to formulate a strong opinion about the device. The photos I have taken so far seem to be sharp. I will probably spend some time reviewing the photos in about 30 days.

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