Google Pixel 2 XL
Smart Software that will only get better
Highest Rated Camera
Rich Android Experience
No 3.5mm headphone port
Poor viewing angles for an OLED
Google Pixel 2 XL Review
Google Pixel 2 XL is Google’s one of the best phones yet. Its different look, a large big screen with the world’s highest-rated camera makes this phone one of the best smartphones in the world!! Google provides a rich Android experience on this phone. The latest Android Pie will be on this phone before any other.
Google Pixel 2 XL is the company’s most expensive phone. There are some issues reported on this phone as the static image remains on the OLED display for too long (Screen Burn-In problem). But this issue is small and can be resolved with the upcoming Google’s software update.
This smartphone is always gets compared with the smaller Google Pixel 2. It is cheaper than XL and costs 200$ less. However, there are some big differences like XL provides a bigger battery, large screen, slim bezels. The software experience is the same on both smartphones. If you like stock Android, large display, and different design than others then XL is perfect for you. With only a 12.2MP single camera, this phone has the highest-rated camera in the world. Recent Google’s prompt updates make images even look better.
The Google Pixel 2 XL was released on October 19 in India, the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and Germany. It comes with 64GB at US$849 (£799, AU$1,399) and 128GB variant at US$949 (£899, AU$1,549). Google offers a two-year warranty on this phone, unlimited Google Photos storage which is price worthy.
Design & Display:
Google Pixel 2 XL has a new design and a large display. There are new improvements in the phone like 3-dimensional curved edges, Gorilla 5 glass which gives a stunning look. It is an IP67 waterproof device so you don’t have to worry about rain! The backside is made up of aluminum with a texture that is better for gripping.
There is a glass section on the upper side which includes a single rear-facing camera, flash with accompanying sensors in it. There is a metal ring around the camera which can prevent damage to the camera lens.
On the front side, there are bezels with a large screen and dual front-facing speakers, a smart front camera, LED notification sensor within this bezel. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack. The sides are smooth with glossy metals. On the right side, there are a volume rocker and power button.
Google Pixel 2 XL comes with a slimmer but taller OLED display (2560 x 1440 pixels (538 PPI)). There is a problem with viewing angles. If you slightly tilt the screen, you’ll notice that brightness and colors get dull. This is really a drawback of this phone.
If you love watching movies and Google Daydream view for virtual reality, then XL provides QHD+, which makes this phone the ideal option. It has a pixel-dense display that’s perfect for watching 2K content and hopping into the Google Daydream View headset. It’s a solid display.
Google is unique so it’s a camera too!! Currently, the smartphone market is flooded with dual camera setups. But Google’s smartphones are exceptions. Google Pixel 2 XL also comes with a single-lens 12.2MP camera which gives magical results.
The 12.2MP rear camera has an f/1.8 aperture, improving over last year’s model to help bring a little more light into a dark scene. It has OIS which is a very important feature. On the front side, there is an 8MP selfie camera that is set to f/2.4 aperture. This camera has faster focus technology, wider apertures, and new features like portrait mode, motion photos.
The photos taken on both cameras are brilliant with accurate colors and not over-saturated. The HDR+ technology works brilliantly and you get the best shots with it. Lighting and focus are right on the mark. Portrait modes give accurate focus and blurring effect which will impress you. Google just proves that you don’t need dual camera lenses for portraits and blurring effects.
You can capture videos up to 4K at 30 frames per second. Videos captured by XL are also beautiful. In raw specification terms, Google Pixel 2 XL is a monster. Therefore the camera is the first reason to buy this smartphone.
Augmented Reality which debuts first in the Pixel 2 is in Pixel 2 XL also. From the camera viewfinder, you can place 3D characters from Star Wars or Stranger Things, or other licensed content. These 3D characters can be placed in your environment and they will walk around convincingly and occasionally interact with one another.
Power & Performance:
Pixel 2 XL comes with Snapdragon 835 and 4GB RAM. You can experience pure Stock Android on this smartphone. Because of Google’s smart software and hardware integrations, multi-tasking can be performed on this device. It feels as fast as the others in most tasks. The booting time is only 10 seconds which is impressive. Google also keeps things steady and speedy with future updates. You can play games without lags. It is outstanding in everyday performance.
Dual front speakers are good and give an enjoyable experience. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack so you have to use wireless reliability which is actually quite good. Google Pixel 2 XL features Android Oreo’s high-quality wireless audio codecs and Bluetooth 5.0 to make a surprisingly good and painless wireless experience.
The fingerprint sensor performs well and unlocks the phone quickly.
Google Pixel 2 XL comes with a 3,520mAh battery but still, it lasts a full day. Even sometimes it can be efficient for heavy users. Android Oreo and Android Pie have some new built-in battery optimization features. These features can help to reduce battery consumption effectively.
Should You Buy Google Pixel 2 XL?
If you want the world’s best camera in a smartphone, the Rich Android experience provided by Google itself, a pixel-dense display that’s perfect for watching 2K content and hopping into the Google Daydream View headset. Then Google Pixel 2 XL is all you need. But still, it’s not the most powerful in performance, and the price is also high.
But for photography lovers, for the smartest android experience, there’s no better Android smartphone on the market. For movie lovers who love to watch it on bigger-screen smartphones, with future-ready VR technology, and a slim bezel-clad design – Google Pixel 2 XL is the ideal smartphone.
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