Google Pixel 2 & Google Pixel 2 XL
Hello, Guys! Today I’m going to do a full review on Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are finally here and there is a lot going on in these two smartphones. The Google Phones are back for another round and they might not be all that much to look at but they’re good.
This is the second year of Google making its own phones but you can already tell that the company is sticking to a few consistent themes. These are the smartphones that are more impressive to use than they are two behold. They just do dozens of little things better than you might expect given their kind of unassuming form. So, let’s start-
Design & Build: –
Google basically, made two identical pixels last year. The smaller Pixel 2 who features a 5-inch AMOLED screen while the Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch P-OLED panel that stretches across almost all of the phones face. Having two disparate designs means one will inevitably look better than the other.
The largest 2nd gen Pixel has a tall 18 by 9 display like LG’s v30 and a few other smartphones along with rounded corners and curved glass on the display. For the smaller Pixel, it’s business as usual around the front with a 16 by 9 panel and big chunky bezels top and bottom. That means from the front these two smartphones look very different. To be blunt the Pixel 2 XL looks like a phone from the future or as the Pixel 2 front faces a relic from the distant bezel we passed.
Around the back, the look and feel of these two phones are more uniform. The big glass segment up top is back, only a little shorter this time with a slight gripper finished in the slippery metal of the old Pixel. They are also a little flatter than before and chamfer fans will appreciate the sharp edge around the front of the smaller Pixel’s display.
Build quality is solid on both devices with aluminium shells making the Google Pixel 2 XL, in particular, feel nice and substantial besides that these are just metal body smartphone. The extra space is on the front accommodates dual stereo speakers. The Google Pixel 2 XL has a slight edge in volume and bass but even the smaller Pixel puts in a good showing here. Outperforming just about all bottom facing cams.
The Pixel 2 has a 1080p AMOLED panel which is good considering its size. Daylight visibility is impressive and it’s a high-quality panel that’s nice to look at. As for the Pixel 2 XL, the P-OLED panel is not great and I couldn’t really argue with you if you call that a downgrade from the Old pixel XL’s display. The Pixel 2 XL display is bright and clear and with a Quad HD+ resolution. There’s plenty of pixels to go around everything’s fine in that respect. But there are a bunch of what I will generously call quirks that no reasonable person should expect in such an expensive handset.
First of all, the colours are generally dull and washed out looking compared to AMOLED or even high-end LCD. It’s particularly noticeable in-app icons when you have both phones side-by-side. There’s a visible distracting bad looking colour shift into bluish with even the slightest lateral movement. And the shadow crushing problem that we saw in the LG V30’s P-OLED panel at low brightness levels.
I don’t hate this screens but the problem is these three main issues are just unacceptable in a phone that sells today for $850 to $950.
The first-generation Pixels blew us away with their photographic capabilities, with always-on HDR Plus that was able to suck in more colour detail than rival phones, resulting in best-in-class low-light performance and amazing dynamic range. A year on, Google has taken everything we loved about the first Pixel’s cameras, dialled it up a notch or two, and added some new features for good measure.
The 12-megapixel cameras are just endlessly interesting from a technical perspective. The Pixel, you will see it takes pictures a little bit differently from other phones. You’ve probably already noticed that there’s only one lens on the back. Google thinks that’s all that it needs do the same kinds of camera tricks that other phones do with multiple lenses.
Instead of dual cameras Google is switching called dual Pixels. Basically, each individual Pixel on the sensor that reads light is split into a left and a right Pixel which doubles the number. That gives Google more raw data to work with and makes Portrait mode possible without an extra lens.
Another major change this year is the addition of optical image stabilization which should help keep blurring down if you have shaky hands. But the most important thing that Google is doing, is constantly shooting photos while the camera app is active and then stacking a small set of them.
Between the addition of OIS and the brighter lens and the more powerful processor, the Pixel 2 takes even better photos in a really challenging situation where you need a great phone camera, shooting directly into a winter sunset or a night by street light.
The Pixel cameras continue to focus on colour detail more than just sharpness. So, it’s possible you get sharper-looking shots from the rival camera like the LG V30. The Pixel’s crazy-good electronic image stabilization fuses with OIS to once again bring us Eerily-smooth 4K video.
You can capture images in portrait mode on faces in the selfie camera even though it doesn’t have dual pixels there because of all that machine learning.
Performance & Memory: –
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 which clocked at Octa-Core processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB base storage. Meanwhile, 4 gigabytes of RAM still does the job, the only time I’ve noticed apps being aggressively bumped out of memory is while using the camera HDR+ is still a bit of a memory hog. Overall performance has been fantastic with lightning-quick touch responses and buttery smooth animations.
Performance is strong on both smartphones but the smaller Pixel 2 scores slightly higher frame rates in some tests presumably due to its lower resolution display.
The software has long been a defining characteristic for Google-branded phones and there’s a decent amount of new stuff to be found on the Pixel 2. The new Pixel UI is running on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. In particular settings up the Pixel 2 for the first time, it was really great to be able to use also filled with Google to pull in my passwords for things like Twitter and Instagram from details that were already saved in Chrome.
The Pixel launcher has been spruced up a bit with a Google search part down below. Where it’s easier to reach and a new at a glance section up top showing weather traffic or calendar events or if you don’t have any plans because you’ve blocked out a weekend to review it’ll just show you the date.
Meanwhile, there are some beautiful Google Earth Live wallpapers that build on what we saw on the first Pixel phones 3D views of natural beauty spots from above add a touch of class to your home-screen punctuated by gentle waves the occasional car or birds flying overhead.
Google Assistant: –
Google assistant is back and now accessible by squeezing sides of the phone similar to HTC’s edge sense. Google’s always given users plenty of ways to access its voice assistant and in addition to saying Okay Google or long pressing the Home Button with the Pixel 2 phone. You can now call up the Google assistant by squeezing the phone sides just like on the HTC U11 Google calls this Active Edge. Well, we didn’t love it on the U11, it’s even less useful now because all it does trigger the assistant. There’s no option to customize it to launch the app of your choice.
Water/Dust Resistant: –
Both smartphones are finally water-resistant too with an IP67 rating that means you probably won’t want to try skimming your Pixel 2 across a lake. But it’ll survive a heavy rainstorm or a dunk in the sink without any ill effects.
The Pixel 2 sound a little bit brighter than those on the Pixel XL and are also slightly louder but they’re both pretty well done. Just remember that the volume rocker is below the power button. So, you are not accidentally turning the phone off when you mean to be cranking the volume. Perhaps, part of the same HTC influence that gave us Active Edge that Pixel 2 Phones do away with their headphone jacks in favour of USB type-C audio output. These smartphones come with a USB-C headphone adapter for use with analogue headphones but don’t arrive with USB headsets of their own.
The most obvious difference aside from the looks are the batteries. The smaller Pixel 2 packs a un-removable 2700 milliamp-hours battery which is still more than enough to get me through a full day. The Pixel 2 XL larger 3520 milliamp-hours battery is much better through it routinely lasted for at least a day and a half of nearly constant use and I could have easily gotten two days out of it.
Both new Pixel 2 handsets are largely well done successful phones. They’re both powerful attractively constructed and once again deliver an amazing camera experience. Extras lie waterproofing is nice but some like Active Edge feels a little gimmicky and while opinions will differ. The absence of smartphone staples like a headphone jack or microSD support. May push some shoppers towards more full-featured alternatives.
Both the smartphones, the Pixel 2 seems slightly more successful being more comfortable to carry and use while delivering the very same functionality as the larger Pixel XL and costing $200 less starting it just $650. The Pixel 2 XL is also a very good phone you’re paying a big premium for that ultra wide-screen display. A feature we’ve seen done better on some other handsets.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Google Pixel 2||Coming Soon||Rs 61,000|
|Google Pixel 2 XL||Coming Soon||Rs 73,000|
|Google Pixel 2||Coming Soon||$ 649.00|
|Google Pixel 2 XL||Coming Soon||$ 849.00|
|Google Pixel 2||Google Pixel 2 XL|
|Launched||2017, October||2017, October|
|BODY||Dimensions||145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8mm||157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm|
|Weight||143 grams||175 grams|
|IP67-Certified Dust/Water Resistant||IP67-Certified Dust/Water Resistant|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920p (441 PPI) 16:9 Ratio||1440 x 2880p (538 PPI) 18:9 Ratio|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|CAMERA||Rear||12.2-MP, f/1.8, OIS, Phase detection & Laser autofocus, Dual LED Flash||12.2-MP, f/1.8, OIS, Phase detection & Laser autofocus, Dual LED Flash|
|Front||8-MP, f/2.4, 1080p||8-MP, f/2.4, 1080p|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, Panorama||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 8.0 Oreo|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-Core Up to 2.35GHz||Octa-Core Up to 2.35GHz|
|GPU||Adreno 540||Adreno 540|
|MEMORY||Internal||64/128GB, 4GB RAM||64/128GB, 4GB RAM|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Proximity, Compass, Gyro, Barometer, Accelerometer||Fingerprint, Proximity, Compass, Gyro, Barometer, Accelerometer|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, Hotspot, DLNA||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, Hotspot, DLNA|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 Reversible Connector||3.1, Type-C 1.0 Reversible Connector|
|Other||Bluetooth v5.0, GPS & NFC||Bluetooth v5.0, GPS & NFC|
|SOUND||Loudspeaker with Stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
|Loudspeaker with Stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 2700 mAh||Li-Ion 3520 mAh|