Google Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL Taking On The iPhone X

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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 set out to take over the smartphone world in their own sort of way. Google acquired HTC, used its expertise to make Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and set out to make the best smartphones money could buy, but did they succeed?

The answer depends on what your major preferences are, but in totality, we would say, Google has exceeded our expectations to say the least. Let’s talk about the Pixel 2. It has a conventional touchscreen smartphone design with newer specs and a few neat features which Google has implemented in both its phones. We are not big fans of the Pixel’s design language. As for the specs below is a rundown of them

Google Pixel 2 Specs

  • Processor: Snapdragon 835 chipset; octa-core CPU (Kryo 280); Adreno 540 GPU
  • RAM: 4GB of RAM
  • Internal Storage: 64GB or 128GB storage (non-expandable)
  • Battery: 2,700mAh (sealed); USB Power Delivery
  • Body Material & Rating: metal and glass; IP67 dust and water resistant
  • Display: 5″ AMOLED, 1080p resolution (441ppi); Always On Display; Gorilla Glass
  • Other Features: Active Edge, stereo speakers, fingerprint reader
  • Camera: 12MP 1/2.6″ sensor; f/1.8 aperture; OIS and Dual Pixel AF; 4K recording
  • Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Price: $650 (will be available October 17)

The spec sheet has covered all major check boxes which make Pixel 2 a 2017 flagship phone. With AI implemented and Google assistant being smarter than ever, the Pixel 2 beats majority of its competition. The major flaw is at the front of the phone where there are huge bezels and the 5 inch screen size for many Android users is still considered small.

Pixel XL 2 however brings in some welcome changes. To start things off, Pixel XL 2 has a huge OLED display at the front which comes at a ratio of 18:9. It really looks like Pixel 2 XL took majority of its front queues from LG V30. Here is a rundown of the specs of Pixel XL 2

Pixel XL 2 Specs

  • Processor: Snapdragon 835 chipset; octa-core CPU (Kryo 280); Adreno 540 GPU
  • RAM: 4GB of RAM
  • Internal Storage: 64GB or 128GB storage (non-expandable)
  • Battery: 3,520mAh (sealed); USB Power Delivery
  • Body Material & Rating: metal and glass; IP67 dust and water resistant
  • Display: 6″ AMOLED 18:9, QHD+ resolution (537ppi); Always On Display; Gorilla Glass
  • Other Features: Active Edge, fingerprint reader, stereo speakers
  • Camera: 12MP 1/2.6″ sensor; f/1.8 aperture; OIS and Dual Pixel AF; 4K recording
  • Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Price: $850 (will be available in mid-November)

The cameras on the Pixel 2 devices are simply amazing. The devices score a DxOMark rating of 98, which is the highest ever achieved by any phone camera. There is only a single camera at the back of both the phones but it is good enough to beat all current phone cameras. The aperture is wider on the phones as well coming at f/1.8 along with HDR+ technology, Google has created something astonishing.

Google had to include an HTC exclusive feature just to make their product more unique and what better way was there than to include the squeeze feature where the user squeezes the phone from the sides to summon the Google assistant. Sadly, you can’t remap the squeeze feature.

Google is also offering unlimited storage to the Pixel 2 users as well on Google photos which is a huge plus considering you will never be running out of space to save your photos or videos. Google lens is another feature that will help you save time. Google lens can scan an object, product, picture or landmark and give you details about it. This is a pretty neat feature especially for people who like to travel a lot.

Pixel 2 has an OLED display which has an always-on feature as well. It means, you will be able to see your notifications and time whenever you want without having to wake your phone up. Google phones are always listening as well and whenever there is a song playing, the always-on display will also show you the name of the song. You can also tap on the song’s name and the assistant will take you to the web from where you will be able to watch the YouTube video, add it to your music library or add it to your Spotify playlist. Always listening feature is also helpful in asking your phone questions on the go without having the need to start the Google assistant feature step-by-step.

Pixel 2 also comes with AR technology and with Google ARCore, it is just a matter of time when we will get to see lots of AR applications. Take that Apple! The best part about Google phones is that you will be getting updates for 3 years. That is a lot considering the current update cycles by most Android OEMs.

Pixel 2 devices don’t include a headphone jack either

Now coming to the bad part. The phone has a bland design which it not at all attractive. We prefer more sexy designs like that of the iPhone X, Google S8 and Note 8 series. Its time Google invests in better designs as well.

The Pixel 2 devices don’t include a headphone jack either. Seems like Google is following Apple’s footsteps now. Lastly, Pixel 2 devices will not come with wireless charging. We really need wireless charging as a 2017 mainstream feature. Although, true wireless charging will be handy but for now we really feel it was about time that Google should’ve included wireless charging.

All-in-all Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are devices that can’t be written off anyone’s wish list. Let us know what you guys think about Google’s latest hardware offerings.

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Max has been writing for tech blogs since 2008. He always had a knack for tech and pursued it professionally. After graduating from Fordham University, Max has been writing for top newspapers and blogs. If Max is not found anywhere around gadgets he would be gone hiking or surfing.

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