Google Pixel 2 + Pixel 2 XL Review

Alex reviews Google’s new flagship phones for 2017, the miniature Google Pixel 2, and the extra-large Pixel 2 XL.

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25 thoughts on “Google Pixel 2 + Pixel 2 XL Review

  1. Sure the pixel 2 xl lacks wireless charging, a headphone jack, and has that plastic coating but it also has front firing speakers, no notch like the 3 xl, that amazing camera, the updates from Google, and a bigger screen.
    In my opinion, the pixel 2 xl is the phone for me and I'm glad I waited a while to see how the phone has aged before purchasing one and I have to say not bad at all.

  2. Please tell me if this phone has photo face tag in gallery like Galaxy s5 and Note 4 if yes I will return my Galaxy S9+ right the way

  3. I want a bigger screen Like the Nexus 6. I just got the Pixel XL 2 and the screen is to small. Nexus 6 was the best Phone Google came out with. I only upgraded because they are not supporting security on the Nexus 6. But yes a big screen like the Nexus 6 and huge battery and fast ASS processor. Those are my wish list. I will trade my phone in for that.

  4. Coming back to real color and it the over blue…. that camera… that battery… that stock Android is awrsome… xl is the way to go.. who looks at there screen on angle and with the update gave the option for dynamic range.

  5. I have a Pixel 2XL. Great camera. Takes some of the best photos I have ever taken. Portrait mode works really well. Video stabilization is so good. Screen issues are overblown to the point of ridiculousness. Yes there is a bluish tint when angling the screen away but only noticeable when you have a whitish background. I only look at the screen straight on so if it shifts at an angle, doesn't bother me at all. If you have images or video on the screen, you can't see any blue shift. Screen burn in or image retention, again not an issue since it isn't visible unless you have a completely white background and even then you have to stare at the screen to see anything. The update was released to correct the color saturation. Now it can be over saturated just like a Samsung. Do you really need or want maker supplied earphones? I use bluetooth Sony MDR-XB950 headphones and Mpow Swift earphones. Don't need wired ear or headphones. I liked wireless charging on my Nexus 4 and 6 but I only had one charging pod and it would only be in one place in the house. Anywhere else, I would have to plug it in. So not a deal breaker. I like the usb-c with its quick charging and insert anyway into the port better. I have Google Music to access my music library and Google photos to store all of my photos and videos. I have unlimited LTE data with T-Mobile and as long as I have battery power or somewhere to plug in I can listen to or watch as music and video as I want on a beautiful screen.

  6. I'd go for the small one any time..we've seen it for years..'phablets' promise much, but seldom deliver. At the end of the day it's still a phone, and 5 inch is the perfect size for any hand, and more importantly.. jeans or pants pocket..my ten cents

  7. The screen is one of the most important things you interact with on a phone, but it isn't the only one. Software, one can argue, is the most important and interacted with more, as it functions in the background without direct use. That said, yes – a real shame the screen isn't a Samsung screen.

    It would be helpful if these reviews pointed out that Google phones are the only phones that run on Project Fi, which really should be any Android user's wireless service. It's the secret weapon. Also, reviewers should explore and comment on networking – both LTE and WiFi, since they cover the range of connected activity, and can make or break any smart phone experience. As it is, this review touches all the usual bases but doesn't dig too deep.

  8. There are several documented problems with the screen.

    1. Screen burn in after only 10 days. – inexcusable on a 1k phone.
    2. Dull colors and poor calibration – all the reds look dull.
    3. Lack of brightness.
    4. Graininess on white or grey screen.
    5. Uneven coloring on different parts of screen.
    6. Blue tint when you tilt.

    In sum, the screen sucks and is NOT acceptable for $1,000, I am so disappointed and am glad the Google Play site was sold out – otherwise I would have the phone right now.

    In addition, the phone is super fragile. The colored button on the side is plastic instead of metal and you can easily scratch the paint off. If the paint on the fingerprint sensor gets scratched, the sensor stops working. And you can bend the phone with ease at the antennae line.

    In addition (this is a matter of opinion of course), but the design and colors also suck IMO. It just does not compare to the Note 8, IPhone X and Essential phone in design.

    Scratch and bend test. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVKnt7H4zVc

    Google – step your hardware game up.

  9. Yes, on software. No, on hardware. The screen on the XL is horrible, and the bezel on the 5" is ridiculously large (circa 2013).
    Really wanted to get the 2 XL, but that display is a deal breaker. Unless they recall them and re-release, can't justify the price for that horrible screen.

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