Google intended for The Pixel 2 & the Pixel 2 XL to be a wonderful showcase of everything they have to offer. The performance is fantastic, the camera’s are excellent, and the software everything is what Google wants Android to be.
Google has taken the generic design of the 2016 Pixels and refined it.
Both Pixels feature an aluminium design, which Google has covered in a hybrid coating. It does make the phones feel more plasticky than other aluminium phones, but definitely not in a bad way.
When comparing the Pixel XL and the Pixel 2 XL models, there is a little difference in size, but the material on the back of the newer phone makes all the difference in terms of handling.
Google has included a fast finger sensor on the back of the Pixel 2, which sits right where your index finger lands when you’re holding it.
Both devices have an IP67 ratings for water resistance, meaning they can withstand submersion in 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes.
The Pixel displays are quite different from one another. The Pixel 2 sports a 5.0-inch 1080p OLED display with a respectable pixel density of 441 ppi. It has a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio. If you’re in the market for a small phone, this one is more manageable with one hand. The Pixel 2 XL features an LG-made 6.0-inch Quad HD+ pOLED display with a pixel density of 538 ppi. It also has an 18:9 aspect ratio with rounded corners, making the device much easier to manage in hand than last year’s Pixel XL.
In regards to display quality the Pixel 2’s display, is incredibly bright, crisp, and a joy to stare at day in and day out. It’s also easy to see in direct sunlight.
The Pixel phones excel in a few key areas, with performance being one of them. Both devices are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with the Adreno 540 GPU and 4 GB of LPDDR4x RAM.
Multitasking is an ease, with thanks to the updates found in Android Oreo. Scrolling through the user interface, multitasking, switching between apps, and playing games are all incredibly smooth on both devices.
Google has increased base storage amount up from 32 to 64 GB, with a 128 GB model available also.
Storage shouldn’t be an issue for many users, as both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are able to upload unlimited photos and videos until the year 2020. This will mean photo and video storage space is a non-issue for the Pixels, which is a huge bonus.
Google has removed the 3.5 mm headphone jack on the devices, while at the same launching of a pair of smart Bluetooth earbuds. A headphone jack adapter is also included in the box.
When it comes to external audio, Google included front-firing speakers on both devices.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are also the first two phones to support eSIM, at least for Project Fi. This means both devices actually have embedded SIMs that never need to physically be removed. Instead, if you need to switch from one carrier to another, the eSIM will allow you to do just that, right from the phone.
Pixel 2 sports a non-removable 2,700 mAh battery, and the Pixel 2 XL has a much larger 3,520 mAh cell.
The Pixel 2 XL’s battery life has been consistent and reliable. Thanks to the larger capacity, the Pixel 2 XL might be the phone that you want for longevity and constant productivity.
No matter which size Pixel you choose, you will get the same camera experience.
Some of the biggest news to come out of the Pixel 2 unveiling was the fact that DxOMark gave the devices a score of 98, which surpasses the iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8 by four points.
Both devices come with a single 12.2 MP rear sensor with 1.4 μm pixels and an f/1.8 aperture.
Google is using its Dual Pixel cameras to take the place of physical dual camera sensors. Those Dual Pixels take in as much depth data as they possibly can, while the phone bridges the gap in software processing.
Google is taking an A1 first approach to the Pixel 2, and is doing so by putting Google Assistant everywhere you could possibly want it. The long-press of the home button feature remains, but now there’s another way to get to it from every screen: by squeezing the sides of the phone.
The feature is called Active Edge and it does one thing and one thing only— open the Assistant.
Also new to the software experience is a redesigned Pixel Launcher, which now sees the Google Search bar move to the bottom of the screen, making it much easier to reach with your thumb. There’s also a static At A Glance widget on the home screen that gives you quick access to your upcoming calendar appointments and weather.
Google always excels in the software department, so it’s no surprise that the Pixel 2 has one of the best Android experiences in the current market. There are just so many little tweaks to the software that really makes this experience stand out above all other Android phones.
Pricing and availability
The Pixel 2 64 GB model, costs $1,080 outright while the 128 GB model is available for $1,248. The Pixel 2 XL pricing starts at $1,416 for the 64GB XL model and $1,560 for the 128 GB model.
Telephone Technologies has both models available on our monthly plans starting from $59 a month.
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