Google Pixel 2 Review
Google Pixel 2
- Excellent performance
- Impressive camera
- Stereo speakers
- Best Android experience
- Its design feels dated
- Huge bezels around screen
- No headphone jack
Google Pixel 2 Review – Ask more of your phone.
Discover a better way to capture, store, and see the world with Google Pixel 2. It features a smart camera that takes beautiful photos in any light, a fast-charging battery and the Google Assistant built-in.
Capture stunning photos with an effortless photography experience. Pixel 2 changes the way you take, save and share your moments – including new ways to dress up your photos with AR stickers.
Save all your photos and videos in original quality with free, unlimited storage in Google Photos. This means you’ll never have to delete photos again. Plus Google Photos makes it easy to find, organize, and share whatever you want.
With Google Lens you can use your camera to explore the world like never before. Simply point at words, images, posters and landmarks to get additional info.
Need help or answers? Just ask the Google Assistant, built into every Google Pixel 2. You can request a ride, reserve a table, and buy a ticket – using only your voice.
Access your Google Assistant even faster with Active Edge. Just squeeze the sides of your Pixel to start chatting.
Pixel 2 also features a striking encased glass metal unibody that’s water resistant.
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|Dimensions||145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm (5.74 x 2.74 x 0.31 in)|
|Weight||143 g (5.04 oz)|
|SIM||Nano-SIM card & eSIM|
|- IP67 certified - dust and water resistant|
|- Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes|
|Display||AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|5.0 inches, 68.9 cm2 (~67.9% screen-to-body ratio)|
|1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~441 ppi density)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|- Always-on display|
|- 95% DCI-P3 coverage|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)|
|Internal Memory||64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||12.2 MP, f/1.8, OIS, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED flash|
|1/2.6" sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected]/60/120fps, [email protected]|
|Secondary Camera||8 MP, f/2.4, 1/3.2" sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, 1080p|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|- Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector (PowerDelivery 2.0)|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery|
I find it difficult to make sweeping statements like “This is the best phone out there, period,” because such generalizations are prone to be wrong for a lot of people. That said, I can safely say the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are the best Android phones I’ve used all year (and I’ve used a lot of them). While I don’t agree with all of Google’s choices, something special is bound to happen when a company as smart as Google takes such strict control over how its vision of smartphones should be realized. The optimist in me thinks we haven’t seen Google at its best yet, either — remember, Google’s hardware team just picked up 2,000 new employees from a company that itself made some truly memorable phones over the years. I fully expect things to get even better in time, but for now, Android fans shouldn’t miss the Pixel 2 and 2 XL.
This year’s Pixel phones are a bit like a mirror, which we can hold up to see a reflection of the smartphone industry as a whole: they take the solid foundation we got with the original Pixel phones while updating the formula with very 2017 changes like the 2 XL’s 18:9 display or the disappearing headphone jack on both phones.
Performance is right in line with the rest of the flagship crop, and Google largely manages to recreate the easy-to-recommend camera experience that made last year’s Pixel so special.
Some changes are really smart: the design of the original Pixel was a bit odd, and while the Pixel 2 doesn’t abandon that look, it does tweak it enough to make the phone feel a little more palatable. Others, like the introduction of Active Edge (squeeze) to call Google Assistant, are less successful, but also don’t take much away from the overall package. And really, the only outright miss is the death of the headphone jack.
Of the two handsets, we’ve got to say that we prefer the smaller Google Pixel 2 a little more. It’s more comfortable to use, its speakers sound a tad better, and it feels like a phone that’s more comfortable being what it is. The Pixel 2 XL, meanwhile, seems like it’s trying a little too hard to offer users something new and different, without really taking full advantage of its big, super-wide display. But it’s also by no stretch a failure – just a phone that doesn’t feel as fully realized as its smaller sibling.
In the end, both phones are very solid choices. We wish they had some welcome extras like microSD expansion or wireless charging, but these features aren’t going to carry equal weight with every shopper, and we imagine that for a lot of smartphone users, both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will easily give them everything they need.
Pricing starts at about $650 for the Pixel 2, or $850 for the Pixel 2 XL; doubling storage to 128GB adds an extra $100 to either model. Considering everything we’ve said, that makes the Pixel 2 feel like the better value, and $200 might be a little much to ask for a screen upgrade. Ultimately, we’re just happy we have the choice, and whether you like your phones big or small, classic or forward-thinking, the Pixel 2 line has you covered.
A lot of phones are designed to razzle dazzle you with their first impressions. The screens on Samsung phones wrap around the edges. The iPhone X and Essential phones have screens that go so far to the edge that they have notches cut out of their screens.
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL do not razzle dazzle. It’s not just the somewhat disappointing screen on the Pixel 2 XL, it’s that Google has gone out of its way to do things that are functional instead of flashy. Instead of going bezel-less, it added front-facing speakers. Instead of a million camera effects, it focused on one or two, while making the core camera experience much better with machine learning. The list goes on.
The Google Pixel 2 has many, many things going for it. Were it not for a few problems — the screen, the slightly inelegant design, and (yes) the lack of a headphone jack — it might have received the highest score we’ve ever given a phone. As it is, it’s a great phone, but not quite a home run.
Still, there are just a lot of little things that are better on the Pixel 2. You find yourself using the Assistant more because it’s giving you better answers over time. You are able to triage your notifications a little faster. The camera makes it much easier to get great shots, even in low light.
The Pixel 2 isn’t the nice dining room table with the fancy silverware. It’s the kitchen counter where you actually eat. It’s not as impressive, but it’s much more comfortable. That’s what makes the design of this year’s Google Phones great. They’re meant to be of use, and they are.
The Google Pixel 2 is a great choice for anyone who wants to upgrade their always-on-them camera to the best among smartphones. It doesn’t have a fancy dual-lens camera or telephoto capabilities, but it does have portrait mode on both the main and selfie camera and color accuracy we just can’t find on another device.
Should I buy it?
Yes, if you’re looking to have the edge among smartphone photos, this is your new weapon. It’s not for people who carry around a DSLR or a mirrorless camera to snap great photos already, or people who couldn’t care less about taking quality pictures in the first place. This is for everyone else in that meaty middle who thinks of themselves as an amateur photographer (on Instagram) and hasn’t already been swayed from Samsung’s superior edge-to-edge screen.
The Pixel 2 is compact, runs the best version of Android and has a stunning, class-leading camera. If only it looked slightly more modern then it would be the perfect small phone.
Once you get over the boring looks you’ll have a fantastic device, and importantly one that’ll last. Google said it will get the three next big Android updates, which can’t be said for many other phones.
If you don’t fancy switching to the iPhone 8, then the Google Pixel 2 is the best similarly sized alternative. But if you’re not fussed about size, then I would suggest going for the Pixel 2 XL.
The best small Android phone you can buy. But I’d like a better design next time.
Google has, once again, made the best pair of Android phones you can buy today. If someone has at least $649 to spend, knowing nothing else about what they want from a phone, I will be able to recommend they buy a Google Pixel 2 and have no worries about them enjoying the experience.
In either phone, you get hardware that’s well-built and beautiful with all of the requisite specs and base hardware features, paired with an unrivaled software and user experience that you’ll enjoy every day. You’re also getting a smartphone that’s likely to produce the best photos you’ve ever seen come out of a phone, in just about any situation you put it in. Then you get the smaller things you only notice over time — very strong battery life, loud stereo speakers, IP67 water resistance, software that’s well hedged against slowdowns over time, and three years of guaranteed updates.
The Pixel 2 XL’s display quality is objectively not good enough to match its $849 starting price, but the smaller Pixel 2’s is more than good enough for $649. The lack of a headphone jack is troubling for many, myself included. And the software doesn’t have the massive number of specialized features you’ll find on other phones.
But those few cons are washed away in just a couple of hours of actually using either phone; and that excellent experience will stay strong for months — and even years — to come. Google has outdone itself this year. It has made the phones that everyone should be considering, even if its sales will end up being tiny in comparison to the big names.
The only question, really, is which size you should buy. The Pixel 2 XL is probably too expensive for many people, and its 6-inch display may actually be too big as well. The Pixel 2, with a very attainable price, offers excellent value for the money — it also has a better display and more manageable size. Unless you feel like you need the extra screen size or battery of the 2 XL, pick the Pixel 2. You’ll love it.
In case you skipped right to the conclusion, here’s what you need to know. There aren’t a ton of things that separate the Google Pixel 2 from the Pixel 2 XL, so the model you choose will most likely depend on whether you want a big or small screen. Just know that if you choose the bigger Google Pixel 2 XL, you may be a tad disappointed by the display. I think it’s totally fine, but you may not.
With every year it’s becoming more and more clear that you don’t buy a Pixel for its revolutionary hardware or industry-leading design. You buy the Pixel for the stellar software; for three years of OS updates; for the little tweaks that make using an Android phone truly enjoyable.
In the case of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google brought its wonderful software experience to good hardware, which makes for a great pair of Android phones. You should absolutely buy one— you won’t regret it.
Is the small Google Pixel 2 the better Pixel this year? Certainly not if you’re looking for a large display. Put that aside, however, and the Pixel 2 delivers the goods just as well as its XL counterpart while being considerably more affordable, not to mention you can actually buy one right now. Add to that the glaring lack of reported display issues on the Pixel 2 M, in stark contrast to the rocky launch of the Extra Large version, and it could mean that small is the way to go.
When you first pick up the Pixel 2, you may not feel overwhelmed with excitement, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Google has optimized both the software and hardware of its latest flagship. The software interface offers a pleasant experience, in spite of a few temporary bugs, the performance is as good as you’d expect and the camera results are excellent.
After testing both phones, it’s clear that the Pixel 2 is the safer choice of the two. Sure, you lose out on a bit of screen real estate and aesthetics, but in turn, you get a better quality display which lacks most of the (sometimes) deal-breaking issues of the Pixel 2 XL. Other than that, you get the same performance, the same great cameras, and the promise of timely updates from Google. If you’re looking for a higher resolution display and advanced features like wireless charging in the Android space, then look no further than the Samsung Galaxy S8. The iPhone 8 is also an excellent alternative to the Pixel 2, which retails around the same price as the Pixel 2.
If you’re already knee-deep in the Google ecosystem and are neurotic about updates, then the Pixel 2 is the smartphone to get.
Google’s focus for and main selling point of its latest smartphones is the combination of hardware, software, and artificial intelligence that these two constitute. The Google Pixel 2 is certainly a very good smartphone, even though the design is a little bit outdated.
Contrary to the XL model, the smartphone provides decent viewing angles. However, this display is also comparatively dark, which cannot be compensated by the excellent contrast on bright days. We cannot understand why Google dropped the MIMO technology for the 2017 models, either, because the WLAN performance is much lower as a result.
One of the highlights is the camera of the Pixel 2, which leaves a great impression in all lighting conditions and Google Lens is a great additional feature. It is also laudable that the smaller model does not get a worse camera sensor. The rating is a bit lower due to the missing Pro mode and the lack of video features, but we think the pure picture quality of the Pixel 2 is even slightly ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 models.
The long update cycle (until October 2020) of the new Pixel models is another major advantage. If you plan on using the device for a long time and want a compact smartphone with a modern OS, the Pixel 2 is hard to ignore.