Everyone's getting a special sneak preview of exactly how Google's new phone works, and it's all thanks to one lucky customer.
The Google Pixel was shipped a week early to Australian Reddit "Wooparse," who is now sharing all the details with us in one long thread.
When asked to give an initial summary of the phone, Mr. Wooparse told a commenter,
Coming from a N5 [Nexus 5]? Worth it, definitely. Didn't think the switch to USB C would be such a hassle though. Do I think it could/should have been better for the overall cost? Yes, I think so. The metal body and glass is amazing build wise but the buttons still have that loose 'wobble'. The upper and lower bezel are ~15mm in size. No wireless charging. Single speaker. All things that aren't the end of the world by any means but it's hard to say 'hey, now here's a phone that's a little different'.
That was just a general overview. Throughout the thread, Mr. Wooparse continued to answer a whole bunch of questions -- everything from the feel of the phone and the battery life to the packaging of the Pixel.
But of course, everyone knows the camera is the flashiest feature of a phone (no pun intended), and it looks like the Pixel really succeeded in this area.
Mr. Wooparse's pictures look really good, even when they're taken without the best of lighting.
The video also looks really solid as well.
As for the feel of the phone? Well, that might be a problem.
Wooparse told one commenter,
So it's slightly thinner, at least compared to my N5 in the thinnest Spigen case around. It is certainly more slippery though, which going back to the lack of cases available makes me concerned.
All in all, Mr. Wooparse's overview is pretty comprehensive, and he lists a lot of specific details in his initial post alone.
So, please, do check it out, if not for anything else other than so I can stop calling him "Mr. Wooparse."