Google Pixel 2 XL Review

Pros: Best Camera Phone in the Market Amazing Battery Life Waterproof and Splash-Proof (IP67 Certified) Huge Internal Memory of 64GB Quick to use and Fluid Performance
Cons: No Wireless Charging No Expendable Storage No 3.5mm Headphone Jack The “Blue Shift” display issue

A killer smartphone with an outstanding camera

Design

Size:                          157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm

Weight:                  175 g

Build:                       Glass Front, Aluminum bezels, Back Glass

LG is the original manufacturer of Google Pixel 2 XL, so you can easily guess the design and built quality of this phone. The partnership of Google and LG worked well this time. The back side of Google Pixel 2 XL is full of aluminum and partial glass. Aluminum coating makes the phone drop resistive and gives it a firm grip. The finishing is excellent, and it is amazing to use this phone without a case. One great feature to mention here is the IP67 certification that helps your phone be waterproof (up to 1 meter and 30 minutes). The powerful metal body with premium hybrid coating justifies the gorilla glass screen used in the front. A single frame of metal has been used on the phone, and this makes the Pixel 2 XL far more attractive that any metal body phone. Available in three colors; black, white and blue. The lack of glossy finishing is where Google disappointed us. Whatever color you choose, the bezels remain black.

Display

Type:                        P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size:                          6.0’ inch

Resolution:          1440 x 2880 pixels

Protection:          Corning Gorilla Glass 5

The 6inched P-OLED touchscreen display justifies the 18:9 aspect ratio and the all new “Always-on display” feature by Google Pixel 2 XL. Google opted for a more advanced Plastic OLED, and we don’t know why. The screen brightness lacks the punch and the colors are not that cool as they should be. The default color temperatures are weird, and Google doesn’t offer any option to alter them. Display becomes worse when you tilt the phone and change the viewing angles, making the Google Pixel 2 XL’s screen almost unnoticeable.

Camera

Back (Primary):  12.2 MP DUAL Camera

Front (Selfie):      8 MP

One place where Google won the bet is the camera of Google Pixel 2 XL. It has currently the most astounding camera available in the smartphone marketing. The back features a Dual 12MP camera with wider F 1.8 aperture for image stabilization, best shot in low-light conditions and the Auto HDR function that is going to take a pre-exposed picture. Be it low-light or no light, the camera of Google Pixel 2 XL didn’t disappoint. Even the front 8 MP camera truly stunning results with perfect portraits and natural looking colors. The Google Pixel 2 XL can record videos up to 4K, but you would probably want to stick up with 1080p to save space.

Hardware Performance

Chipset:                  Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835

CPU:                         Octa-core (Kryo 2.35 x 4 GHz & 1.9 x 4 GHz)

GPU:                         Adreno 540

RAM:                        4GB

Call quality is excellent, and earpiece is so loud that you will be able to hear each and every word even when in noisy environments. The speakerphone didn’t disappoint as well. The first looks of Google Pixel 2 XL gave the impression that the phone is pretty smooth and fast, all thanks to the latest Snapdragon 835 CPU with 4gigs of RAM. Google always has the advantage of using the most recent version of Android, and that is the case with Google Pixel 2 XL as well. The phone is bundled with Android Oreo (8.0) that is blazing fast and comes with new features and bug fixes. Other than that, the Wi-Fi performance is pretty decent too. We tested the phone with a Wi-Fi call from a little distance of our router and the call quality on Wi-Fi was outstanding. However, the lack of SD Card storage was not what we expected from Google.

Final Verdict 

The bottom line of the Google Pixel 2 XL is that it gives an excellent battery life and features unarguably the best camera in the market. However, the P-OLED panel is dull and that’s a shame. This phone is your best bet in $850 (if you can ignore the touchscreen dull colors). Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ($950) is a good alternative if you are ready to throw another $100.

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