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Google entered the consumer smartphone market in 2016 when it introduced Pixel phones with the “Made by Google” brand. Previously, Google had the Nexus program, which mainly produced reference devices designed to showcase the Google experience. They were mainly targeted to developers and geeks like us.

Now, the company is aggressively targeting the consumer market with Google phones, and making a fine showing for itself at the same time.

Arguably, one of the biggest selling points of Made by Google phones is the stock Android experience. Pixel phones don’t come with a heavy skin from an OEM. Rather, they come with fast, timely updates of the newest versions of Android available. So we wanted to outline Google’s current offerings in the space to help you pick the best Google phone for you.

All Google Pixel phones:

  1. Google Pixel 4 series
  2. Google Pixel 3a series
  3. Google Pixel 3 series
  4. Google Pixel 2 series
  5. Google Pixel series

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of all the Google phones released regularly as new devices launch.


1. Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL

Google Pixel 4 vs Pixel 4 XL Sprint phones

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL are Google’s latest flagships and are a mixed bag. They come with just 64GB of base storage, feature small batteries, and have a design that feels a little behind the times. There’s also no headphone jack, nor is there space for a microSD card.

That said, the Pixel 4 and its larger brother are still compelling devices in a number of aspects. As usual, Google gives us great cameras with excellent low-light performance and a new Astrophotography mode. It’s a shame there’s no wide-angle lens, but we’re happy to see the telephoto sensor. Overall, the latest Pixels are among the best if not the best phones for photography you can get. They also offer a fantastic and bloat-free software experience, as they run stock Android.

Other features also mark the Pixel 4 phones as definite flagships: things like 90Hz displays and nippy performance are on-point. The phones are powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset that can handle just about anything you throw at it. Then there’s the wonky-yet-cool radar system and 3D facial recognition. There’s no fingerprint scanner on board, though. The Pixel 4 and 4 XL really are great phones, but they aren’t for everyone.


Google Pixel 4 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 2,800mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Google Pixel 4 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL

Google Pixel 3a phone on Google Fi

Although the Pixel 3a series isn’t as powerful as the Pixel 3 or Pixel 4 series, it still packs what counts: the Google camera. The camera in Pixel devices is frequently cited as one of the best you can get in any smartphone, and with the Pixel 3a series, you’re getting that camera for very little money. Additionally, you’re going to get frequent Android security patches directly from Google and be one of the first to experience new versions of Android as they always land on Pixel devices first.

That all being said, you’re going to sacrifice some processing power in exchange for spending less cash. While the Snapdragon 670 isn’t terrible by any means, it’s certainly no Snapdragon 845 we saw in the Pixel 3, and definitely no Snapdragon 855 that powers the Pixel 4 phones.

If you don’t know how to pick between the 3a or the 3a XL, it’s pretty simple: the 3a XL is larger and has a slightly larger battery. Other than that, the devices are essentially the same.


Google Pixel 3a specs:

  • Display: 5.6-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

Google Pixel 3a XL specs:

  • Display: 6.0-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

3. Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL

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The Pixel 3 series launched in October 2018. Both phones have much of the same hardware specs, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM, and either 64 or 128GB of storage. Both also sport glass backs and support wireless charging with the Qi platform. They don’t have a headphone jack, but you get full USB Type-C earbuds in the retail box.

The Pixel 3 phones offer a great software experience and have a fantastic camera on board.

As with the rest of the Pixels, the Pixel 3 phones have excellent cameras on board. There’s a single 12.2MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture at the back and two 8MP cameras up front. There’s loads of software trick on board including the Astro mode that made its debut with the Pixel 4 phones. So despite being more than a year old, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL are still fantastic phones for photography.

Unlike the Pixel 4, the Pixel 3 handsets have a fingerprint scanner on board, which is located at the back. They ship with Android Pie but can be upgraded to the latest version of the OS. They aren’t the best-looking phones in the world, but they aren’t ugly either.


Google Pixel 3 specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front cameras: 8 and 8MP
  • Battery: 2,915mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

Google Pixel 3 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front cameras: 8 and 8MP
  • Battery: 3,430mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

4. Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

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Google’s Pixel 2 and 2 XL are still excellent phones with high-end cameras, even though they are quite old by now. As their names imply, the Pixel 2 XL is bigger, sporting a larger screen. Beyond that, though, the Pixel 2 XL adopts the 18:9 aspect ratio that became fashionable on flagships in 2017. The 5-inch screen on the Pixel 2 keeps the 16:9 aspect ratio.

Both phones feature beautiful screens with rear-mounted fingerprint sensors. Gone are the 3.5mm headphone jacks, replaced by a single USB-C data and charging port. The front and back cameras on these phones both sport single 12.2MP sensors and use machine learning to capture bokeh images.

Both phones produce great photos, earning them very high DxOMark score of 98 (same camera in both phones.) At the time of the DxOMark review, it was the highest rating ever scored. Our reviewers called the camera “stunning” and snappy — highly desirable in a camera. You can still get the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL on Amazon, although only “renewed” models are available. Click the buttons below to check their prices and other info.


Google Pixel 2 specs:

  • Display: 5.0-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 2,700mAh
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo

Google Pixel 2 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.0-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,520mAh
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo

5. Google Pixel and Pixel XL

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First-generation Google phones were no slouches. The Pixel and Pixel XL started Google’s consumer push and simultaneously ended the Nexus device program. But it was more than just a rebrand of a developer program — it was a shift into the consumer market like we hadn’t seen before.

The original Pixel and Pixel XL were true flagships in their day. Both rocked the Snapdragon 821 and the latest Android (at the time) 7.1. Both saw upgrades to Android 10 this year. The phone had 4GB of RAM and started at 32GB of onboard storage. At the time, the camera was a real story, scoring very highly on DxOMark. Both phones took outstanding photographs, rivaling the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7.

The original Pixel phones are no longer available from the Google Store, but some retailers are still selling the refurbished variants through Amazon.


Google Pixel specs:

  • Display: 5.0-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 2,700mAh
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo

Google Pixel XL specs:

  • Display: 6.0-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,520mAh
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo

That’s our look at all the phones Google made so far. We’ll update this post with the latest models once they launch.

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