Google mainly focuses on software, particularly the Android mobile operating system. But from time to time it releases a Google-branded Android phone intended to showcase the very best of Android. These phones are built by other manufacturers - HTC, LG or Samsung - but they carry the Google branding and run pure Android software in an unadulterated form.
The Google Pixel phone introduces Android Nougat 7, and gives you a phone that's very fast and has a great camera. But design-wise it's an ugly duckling. It's available in a choice of 32GB or 128GB versions, but misses out on a microSD card. For a phone that costs as much as the latest iPhone, it fails to match the hype.
The Google Pixel XL is a super-sized version of the Pixel, with a stunning 5.5 inch Quad HD screen. The phone runs Android Nougat 7 at lightning speed and has a great camera and good battery life. We can't get excited about Google's first attempt at styling a phone however, and the greedy pricing shoots the phone out of the water for the majority of users.
The LG Nexus 5X is a good-value phone premiering the brand-new Android Marshmallow. It's a lightweight and easily managed phone, with a 5.2 inch screen and a convenient fingerprint sensor on the back. The cameras are good, the 6-core processor fast, and it includes the new USB Type-C connector, which enables fast charging of the battery. You might need this, as battery life isn't stellar. The main issue we have with the Nexus 5S is the lack of expandable memory - don't even think about buying the base 16GB version!
Google phones reviews & articles (archived)Google Nexus 4 review - The Google Nexus 4 by LG is a simply outstanding phone. With the newest Android 4.2 operating system, an astonishingly high resolution 4.7 inch screen, a mind-blowingly fast quad-core processor and a great camera, perhaps the most surprising thing of all is its low price. It's a must-buy gadget!
Google Nexus 5 review - The LG Nexus 5 is Google's flagship smartphone for 2013, powered by the new KitKat flavour of Android and offering unbeatable value for money.
Google Nexus 6 review - The Google Nexus 6 is a phablet-style handset with a stunning 6-inch screen. Running the latest Android Lollipop, it offers very impressive performance at a fair price, but its main disadvantage is its huge bulk and weight.
Google Nexus One review - The Google Nexus One may be a great phone, but when you can buy the almost identical yet superior HTC Desire for less money, you'd be silly to buy the Nexus One!
Google Nexus S review - The Nexus S from Google is a very capable Android phone, and one of the best of its kind. With Android 2.3 pre-installed, the Nexus S is brilliant for web browsing, facebook, youtube and everything else you could want from a smartphone.
Huawei Nexus 6P review - The Huawei Nexus 6P isn't a phone for everyone. It's a phone for those seeking the latest Marshmallow version of Android in its pure form, with incredibly powerful hardware to accompany it. With an awesome screen, ultra-fast processor, solid camera, excellent battery life, and too many bells and whistles to mention in this summary, we give it 9 out of 10.