I picked up my Pixel several months ago, so I've had plenty of time to get acquainted with every little feature. Overall it's a great phone and I'm happy with the purchase. Here's my review of the major features on the Google Pixel.
I could go on for pages about Pixel features I love, but I'll spare you all that and instead just hit the major points.
The most talked-about point is probably the camera, and for good reason. It's smart, versatile, and takes great pictures. There are even some situations, particularly in low or confusing light, when I prefer the Pixel camera over my $500 Nikon camera. In fact, the Pixel camera received the highest DXO Mark rating any smartphone camera has ever received.
Additionally, Google threw in an amazing feature with the Pixel to help out with all those beautiful pictures you'll be taking. Every Pixel owner gets unlimited Google Drive media storage. Also, the Pixel will intelligently back up your photos and videos as your storage fills up, but still allow you access to those photos on the fly.
Here's a quick note on the battery. I'm a pretty heavy phone user, and one charge lasts a whole day for me. Additionally, its USB-C port helps the Google Pixel charge very quickly.
However, my personal favorite feature of the Pixel isn't one that's talked about often. Google makes the Pixel and also develops Android, and I think there's a huge benefit there. Everything about Google Pixel's UI is clean, clear and intuitive.
I like the Pixel a lot, but it's not perfect. In my opinion, these negative features are minor; however, I want to include them so you can make your own choice.
First, some of the notifications are very frustrating. The phone has popup notifications (when you receive a message, for example) that cover about 15 percent of the screen. They can be quickly swiped away and usually don't pop up if you're in a full-screen app. However, notifications from certain apps still pop up no matter what, and there seems to be no way to disable them.
From what I've read, this issue is caused by a conflict between the Pixel UI and the individual app developers, which is why it's only an issue for some apps. Regardless of the why or who is to blame, it is a minor frustration that exists.
Second, for a phone that was intended to knock Apple and Samsung off their thrones, the Pixel did not keep up with the arms race on storage options. The iPhone 7, for example, comes in 32 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB. The Pixel only comes in 32 GB or 128 GB.
I picked up the 32 GB and now regret it. It's only natural for phone apps to become larger as they grow more complex, and now I find myself constantly struggling for space even with all my photos in the cloud. I'd be happier with the 128 GB option, and I'm sure some phone users would need 256 GB.
After several months of using the Pixel, its positives heavily outweigh its negatives. I can't recommend this phone highly enough. However, different people use phones for different reasons, so consider which features you prioritize before making your purchase.