The Pixel series isn’t as well-known as the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy series. However it is a top performer with a sleek appearance, and some of the most advanced camera features for smartphones. The most recent model is the Pixel 7 Pro, with an impressive display, a lot of AI features and all-day battery life.

The Google Pixel lineup is also the best option if you prefer a clean Android experience. Other phone manufacturers add additional features and apps that are not available in stock Android with custom skins. For example, Samsung’s One UI and OnePlus’ OxygenOS add features like gesture navigation, a better gallery app, and a built-in VPN.

A Pixel phone is nearly always an enjoyable experience, with very little or no lag when running multiple apps. The Pixel phones also come with the most storage capacity of any phone in their price range. We’ve been using our Pixels open for hours and running everything from Slack and Twitter to Reddit and YouTube with no indication of slowdown or crashing.

Another advantage of Pixel phones is that they’re generally more efficient than Android phones when it comes to updating their software. Pixel phones are typically among the first phones to receive significant Android updates as well as quarterly Pixel Features. This is a great benefit for people who want an efficient, well-optimized and reliable phone that’s updated with the latest security patches. The only drawback to the Pixel phones is that they’re not as user-friendly as other Android flagships.