Google Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

On Oct 4 Google introduced a latest ‘made by Google’ phone, a Google Pixel 2. In fact, and in suitability with expectations, Google denounced twin Pixel 2 models, a customary Pixel 2 and a new Pixel 2 XL. Both of that follow-on from final year’s Pixel and Pixel XL models, nonetheless that does not meant they as comparison as their predecessors were. If anything, a differences between a Pixel 2 and 2 XL are now distant some-more apparent and in many ways highlights what is good and what is bad about a Pixel line in general.


The Good

When it comes down to it, a Pixel 2 XL is good. It unequivocally is, and unequivocally does demeanour like an evolutionary step compared to final year’s model. One of a many important pattern changes with a new Pixel 2 XL is that Google has opted for a bezel-less display. Arguably this is not utterly as bezel-less as some inclination from other manufacturers, nonetheless is still adequate and positively when compared to a rather thick tip and bottom potions enclosed with final year’s model. Adding to that is a inclusion of an 18:9 aspect ratio that has fast turn one of a go-to facilities for smartphone manufacturers this year and it is good to see Google gripping adult with a contemporaries on pattern – something a association has been criticized on when it comes to a Pixel and Nexus lines in general.

Speaking of which, another good indicate with a Pixel 2 line is that they now come with some OTT features. Most manufacturers are now looking for ways in that they can heed their smartphones from a rest of a container and adult until now, either it be Pixel or Nexus, Google-affiliated phones have been a small lacking when it comes to additional facilities and functionality. Yes, we get a latest chronicle of Android and all that comes with it (although that also rolls out to many other flagships in due course), nonetheless in general, Pixel and Nexus phones have been a small too stock when it comes to additional features. That has now altered however as in serve to a already mentioned 18:9 aspect ratio on offer with a 2 XL, both models also underline Active Edge. While this is not accurately a new new underline (HTC U11), it is still one that we won’t find on (most) other phones and one that not usually adds to a module knowledge on offer, nonetheless also a value compared with a Pixel 2 and 2 XL.

Continuing with a experience, and a strange Pixel and Pixel XL phones were all about a camera and while it competence be a small early to lapse a outcome on a cameras on these latest models, a early indications is that a camera knowledge is second to none. This is something that already seems transparent formed on a announced DxOMark scoring as a Pixel 2 has clearly dejected a competition, and by a far-reaching margin. Something that is even some-more considerable when we cruise a Pixel 2 and 2 XL usually creates use of one behind camera – compared to a likes of a Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (the nearest rivals on DxOMark) who occupy a assistance of twin behind cameras – charity consumers a twin camera knowledge nonetheless indeed providing a twin behind cameras. So it is transparent that Google has placed a good understanding of concentration this year on a module knowledge and this is nonetheless even holding into care a likes of Google Lens (debuting on a twin Pixel 2s), a advancements of Google Assistant, a several other Pixel-specific launcher tweaks, giveaway full peculiarity print behind ups, and of course, 3 year’s value of OS updates. All offered points in their possess right, and all ones that serve prominence a user experience.

Last nonetheless not least, another really good thing is that even nonetheless there are twin models available, underneath a aspect they are roughly identical. This was a box final year and it is good to see Google stability that proceed this year. As regardless of that indication we opt for (and exclusive a likes of shade size, resolution, and battery capacity), a knowledge on offer should be really most a same. Meaning a usually genuine preference is that device distance is improved matched to your needs. Are we some-more of a 5-inch or a 6-inch person?

The Bad

One of a good points already remarkable is that there are twin models with one of them adopting a reward stance, however, this is also one of a bad aspects. As while Google is charity consumers a choice of size, they are also by default forcing that choice to be about a peculiarity of a arrangement in general. One of a best aspects of a twin new Pixels is that underneath they offer a same experience, however a same can't be pronounced for a exterior. Not usually is a Pixel 2 XL improved on paper, nonetheless it looks improved – and again, by some margin.

While a Pixel 2 XL comes with all a 2017 trending arrangement features, a standard Pixel 2 looks like it uses a accurate same bombard as a strange Pixel smartphone. Yes, a sides of a device now embody Active Edge functionality and a behind of a device looks a same as a 2 XL, nonetheless a front of a device not usually looks like a strange model, nonetheless looks distant too dated. This means that those who cite a smaller phone are forced to recompense by carrying a antiquated looking phone. If anything, it could be argued that of a twin new devices, if usually one of them was going to underline a incomparable arrangement within a smaller body, afterwards it should have been a smaller phone. As not usually are Pixel 2 buyers removing a smaller 5-inch display, nonetheless they are carrying to make use of that arrangement within a physique that does not differ in distance as most as we competence expect. For example, a 6-inch arrangement on a Pixel 2 XL formula in a device that is 6.2-inches high and 3-inches wide. By comparison, a significantly smaller 5-inch arrangement on a Pixel 2 is housed within a physique that is 5.7-inches high and 2.7-inches wide. So a sizes of these twin phones are distant some-more identical than a arrangement sizes would lead we to believe. And this is before removing into a advantages of a 18:9 aspect ratio, or a fact that a Pixel 2 XL’s arrangement uses a QHD-quality fortitude compared to a FHD fortitude on offer with a smaller display, nonetheless not so smaller body, customary Pixel 2.

So to sum up, while it is not bad that Google is charity twin variants of a a new Pixel 2, it is bad that those variants differ some-more than Google suggested during a Pixel 2 announcement. Yes, underneath they are a same and should offer a identical knowledge nonetheless that is usually half of a offered battle. The aesthetics of a smartphone has turn a large understanding in a final integrate of years and phones are now fast apropos really antiquated (sometimes in a matter of months) in terms of their looks. Unfortunately for a customary Pixel 2, this one was antiquated before it even arrived.

The Ugly

What is nauseous is a cost and positively if we wish a some-more appealing Pixel 2 XL model. The strange Pixel(s) were not accurately inexpensive when they were expelled (for example, a strange Pixel launched for accurately a same cost a Pixel 2 has), nonetheless that is not a good thing. The marketplace has altered a lot over a final integrate of years (and exponentially over a past 12 months) and now perplexing to get someone to compensate $650 or $850 (as a minimum) for a new smartphone is a tough sell. Yes, some will be happy to compensate that for a new device nonetheless when we review what we can now get for half that cost (and even a third of a $850) it starts to put a value of a Pixel 2 phones into perspective. With twin models on a go it competence have been nicer to see Google some-more aggressively plea a mid-range cost spectrum as good as a high-end, instead of seeking an entry-level high-end cost and a premium-level high-end cost for a twin phones. Something that is even some-more apparent when we cruise Google has once again partnered adult with Verizon as a ‘exclusive Pixel carrier.’ While in genuine terms this competence not meant that most – as we can buy a Pixel 2 and use it on any network – it does matter if we are not looking to bombard out a full cost of a smartphone in one go, and nonetheless carrying to go by Verizon. This is utterly approaching because Google this year started adult a trade-in module while also affording buyers a choice to financial a new Pixels. Although even with these additional remuneration measures and subsidies it is still not good to see such exclusivity during a cost point, and generally when companies seem to be branch divided from exclusives in general.

While it competence be a small too early to contend this, another nauseous looks approaching to be stock. The strange Pixel and Pixel XL became scandalous for being out of batch final year and while a expectancy is that Google has schooled from those mistakes, a existence is Google competence not have. The twin phones have nonetheless to turn generally accessible and signs are already display adult that batch is going to be an emanate again this year. At least, with some models. As of right now, a customary Pixel 2 is accessible to buy in 3 tone options nonetheless a ‘Kinda Blue’ chronicle is already listed as out of stock. More worryingly is a Pixel 2 XL, as this indication is usually accessible in twin tone options and during benefaction a ‘Black and White’ indication is also out of stock. Adding to that, a 64GB chronicle of a ‘Just Black’ indication of a Pixel 2 XL also seems to be ceaselessly popping in and out of stock. So in annoy of a phone carrying nonetheless done it to a ubiquitous sale standing (and when gripping in mind that Google is not approaching to be offered in a kinda numbers that Apple and Samsung sell in), during benefaction a Pixel 2 XL is usually really accessible in Just Black and as a 128GB indication – that coincidentally pushes a cost adult another $100, to $949 before taxation – ugly.

Wrap up

The Pixel 2 and a Pixel 2 XL do have a lot going for them, and arguably are twin of a best phones we can now buy. Well, one of them is for sure. However, as is a box with Google in general, where a Pixel 2 and 2 XL competence come dismantled is in their ability to indeed finish adult in a hands of buyers. It is one thing to try and sell a high labelled smartphone in 2017, nonetheless it is utterly another to try and sell a high labelled smartphone in 2017 when there is repeated batch issues. And let’s face it, a Pixel phone code is no longer a entrance code that it was final year – it is now time for Google to start offered in real numbers.


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