Of course, the Pixel isn’t perfect; the rear panel’s glass treatment may be an aesthetic misfire for some, and it’s vulnerable to cracking. It’s also not as water-resistant as others, and though its camera is superb, the iPhone 7 Plus delivers superior video quality in portrait mode (read more about how the two stack up). Still, these are mostly minor quibbles; if you’re looking for an alternative to the latest model iPhones, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are worth a serious look.
Looking ahead, Google hasn’t officially stated anything yet about the future of the Pixel line, but there are rumors swirling about innovative AR and VR developments and, possibly, a foldable display. Given that Google typically delivers its new phones in May or June (and that Apple usually makes introductions in September), the Pixel is poised to remain at the top of the pile for some time to come.