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Google Pixel 2 XL vs Galaxy Note8

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Thanks to dbrand for supporting the channel: http://dbrand.com/AP The Pixel 2 XL and Galaxy Note8 are two of the most expensive Android phones on sale today. But despite being the best phones on offer from their respective manufacturers, each takes quite a different approach to the ultra-premium phone formula. Which do you think comes out on top? Want to sponsor the next Android Police video? Get in touch: videosponsor@androidpolice.com. ▶ Circle us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/+AndroidPolice ▶ Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/AndroidPolice ▶ Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AndroidPolice ▶ Subscribe to the RSS feed at http://www.androidpolice.com/feed Background Tracks by: LAKEY INSPIRED - http://bit.ly/1OAApVv
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Kenton Patterson (27 minutes ago)
Switched from the pixel after having all the previous nexus phones, the note 8 is amazing that S pen wow
Emeke Amede (21 days ago)
Well-done on the Review, great phones, but I stick to pixel 2 xl for it capable AI ability, the screen is not of a issue after the is it? #pixel.
Darren Wood (22 days ago)
ive got both and ended up selling my pixel2 XL. It's just a bit too basic for me. I prefer the screen on note 8, wireless charging and listening to music with my headphones. they're both super quick and have no lag.
I've been a Samsung guy since 2011. And now I own the S8+, Note8, and the Pixel 2XL. However because of the "we don't give two shits" attitude from Sammy regarding updating Android and almost one year later the S8+ is still on 7.0 and the Note is running 7.1.1 I'll never own another Samsung. It's Google and IOS from here on out.
Alan LaRage (2 months ago)
This is a close call tbh. Its definitely comes down to personal preference. the specs are so close to being on par its not even noticeable. The note has the s pen and dual camera which i will say wins over the pixel. However such features like the iris scanner and 6gb ram doesnt matter since touchwiz would counter the ram. I've had both phones. IF you utilize the s pen and samsung pay then thats your preference. However i intregrate everything with google. so i chose the pixel for my preference. The note 8 would be perfect if the software was intregrated better.
KDS1000 (2 months ago)
No headphone jack kills the Pixel XL 2 for me. I had the iPhone 7 Plus and after a while the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack is annoying AF. I like much of the phone but 1 year removed from making fun of Apple for getting rid of the jack and then they become a lemming and follow suit. Ridiculous....
Alan Lee (2 months ago)
anyone know that is note 8's 6GB ram is much faster than Pixel's 4GB ram or not.
Shadman Mahmud (2 months ago)
Where did you get that wallpaper?
Xassan Daxir (2 months ago)
Watching on my note 8 while I take a selfie with my pixel 2xl 😎... Pixel emojis are super ugly tho.
K_NR_D (3 months ago)
Headphone jack, pen and does more in general. Google has slightly louder sound and a better camera but damn no pen no thankyou
Lahgend Boi (3 months ago)
pixel 2 xl
Paul Summer (3 months ago)
I'm going for the Pixel 2 Xl, none of that bloatware...
Carroll Copeland (3 months ago)
I go with the Pixel
Shitij Malhotra (3 months ago)
Hi Android police. I want to buy a new good camera phone and really confused between pixel 2 xl and note 8 and iPhone 8 plus. Help me out. I don't want to buy note 8 offcourse but my fight is between iphone 8 plus and pixel 2 xl. Please help.
Alans Baburs (3 months ago)
had pixel 2xl changed to iphone 8 plus, cos of that burn in and rattling speakers
Louis Law Weize (3 months ago)
On twitter, Zach said he is ending 2017 with his sim in the Note 8. Why did you say the Pixel 2 XL on the Android Police channel?? EXPLAIN YOURSELF.
Troy Martyr (3 months ago)
im waiting out for the Galaxy S9 but if its not out by March of this year, then i need to decide between the two. The less appealing thing on the Pixel 2 is that lack of the headphone jack, i dont have wireless headphones so leaning towards the Note 8. I cherish speed, the Pixel seems quick and is guaranteed to get the updates which is nice, but that only lasts a few years. I loved my Nexus 7 tablet, i used it everyday for like 3 years, and didnt notice too much slowdowns, so if i did get a pixel i think id like it.
Kenny Lilipaly (3 months ago)
Note 8 850 euros pixel xl 1049 euros wich one
KraKen Skyware (3 months ago)
Ill get the note8 and make a setup which resembles the pixels 2 ._.
mike morabito (3 months ago)
My God I'm so sick of hearing about dbrand!!! Buy a great looking phone and put a nasty sticker on it!
Stefan Budai (3 months ago)
My previous phone was one plus 5 and it felt so much faster than note 8 but I'm getting use to note 8 I'm in love with this massive most amazing screen!
CELH26 (3 months ago)
I absolutely love my note 8 😍
Brodie Dooley (3 months ago)
I'm torn on this
hturt4 (3 months ago)
Great vid. Also, Pixel is only available on Verizon. That's a drawback for most people who lease or finance phones rather than dropping almost $1k for a phone you'll likely upgrade in a year anyway. Love my Note 8 after 6 years with iPhone. But I can tell I'd love Pixel too.
kmsharley75 (3 months ago)
I've owned 2 Notes,the 2 and the 4. And I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the Galaxy Note line,but Pixel 2 XL all the way for me. I absolutely love that phone!
boredboy eddie (3 months ago)
google pixel 2 bad mic though :(
HD .R (3 months ago)
Pixel 2 XL
Phonebucket (3 months ago)
Watching it on my pixel 2 xl
Bryan Robinson (3 months ago)
#teampixel
Diyon Fernando (3 months ago)
I hate the Stock android, I actually like Samsung Experience and thats what stopped me from going iOS.
Diyon Fernando (3 months ago)
Fun fact: Google can check if any Android phone is rooted and can check your what you're doing. Little creeped out.
Gilson Reyna (3 months ago)
#TeamPixel
Prathamesh Mutkure (3 months ago)
Pixel 2..!! Soon gonna buy it..!!
Christian Daniel (3 months ago)
Great professional review!
Hal Ozba (3 months ago)
Brahhhh! Someone please help me here.... I'm swapping my note 8 for the pixel 2 XL tomorrow! Omgahhh. Tell me I'm doing the right thing???
Mia Calhoun (3 months ago)
Hal Ozba Awesome! Thanks for the feedback! One more thing, do you know about rooting?
Hal Ozba (3 months ago)
Mia Calhoun out the box it's already sweet, no need to customise much.. you can do as you wish and make it your own. The thing is so fast and smooth!
Mia Calhoun (3 months ago)
Hal Ozba I'm soooo ready to get mine now! Haven't used Android in soooo long. Ready to customize it to the fullest
Hal Ozba (3 months ago)
Mia Calhoun the Pixel is the apple of the android world and far passes it. I'm literally never buying another phone but the pixel line up ever again. Best thing iv bought 2017.
Mia Calhoun (3 months ago)
Hal Ozba Good to know. I'm getting the Pixel 2 XL next month and quadruple checking to make sure I'm making the right choice. Coming from an iPhone 7 Plus
Gadget Gallery (3 months ago)
Is Pixel 2 XL worth the extra money or should I go for the one plus 5t....
G Tech (3 months ago)
The iPhone X, Note 8 and Pixel 2 XL are my top 3 phones of 2017 for sure
G Tech (3 months ago)
But I would love the Note 8 even more if it had the pixel’s software
G Tech (3 months ago)
Note 8
WTFx (3 months ago)
Returned my pixel 2 XL for the smaller pixel 2. Do not regret it one bit. Was worried about battery life, but I have zero issues making it through a full day. As a bonus it charges super fast. Pixel 2>note 8 for me due to better cameras and faster/more OS updates. Google is promising three years of updates. Can't beat that. Good video!
Adhi Raj (3 months ago)
pixel 2 xl
Alex Roman (3 months ago)
Watching it on my Note 8.
Himanshu Chamoli (3 months ago)
iPhone anyday
Filip Rasic (4 months ago)
I am considering note 8 or the pixel 2 smaller version. While I reaaally like the note 8 design, I love the consistent updates on google poxel phones. What do you guys think? I am new to android, I always had an iPhone, but im full of that shit I want something new and better.
Richard L. Scott (4 months ago)
Thank you for picking a side unlike a lot of other reviewers. I have been back and forth and still haven't gotten off the fence to pick one. If I made a purchase tonight it would be the Note 8, but had I made a purchase just a week ago it would have been the Pixel 2 XL. I really want to try the pure Google experience for once in my life, but the bad press has SPOOKED me on the Pixel 2 XL. Thanks for an awesome review and again thanks for actually picking a side :-)
Balthazar Prime # (4 months ago)
i love my pixel
Primetime Media (4 months ago)
i am watching google pixel2 vs galxay Note8
Simon T (4 months ago)
Excellent video. I bought the Pixel 2 XL and yes it is great. The pure Android experience is unbeatable
Game Box Hero (4 months ago)
What case do you have on the pixel 2? Looks high quality
Calvin Thomas (4 months ago)
#Note8 since launch date.. can't live without my spen
LazyGamer 155 (4 months ago)
I've been a Samsung user since the s2 and I hate the TouchWiz lag you get with Samsung I plan on getting the Google pixel 2 xl hope it's worth it
Justin Kon (4 months ago)
Pixel 2 XL all the way! If you have problems with headphone jack, it comes with an adapter. Just a little compromise, but personally it sounds better than my G6. They have improved the display, blue shift still there but does not bother me. (Who looks at their phone tilted anyway). Lastly, the camera, the pure google experience and battery life will blow you away!
TheoDeo (4 months ago)
The Op5t is just as good as the pixel 2 apart from the camera being slightly less feature rich
wolf hunter (4 months ago)
The performance will be better on Samsung after the Oreo update but I hope it comes on Samsung soon
wolf hunter (4 months ago)
Well my 200 dollars Samsung j7 prime doesn't lag so why will the 900 dollars note 8 lag
Felix S. (4 months ago)
A general phone maybe pixel 2 xl but as a productive phone note 8 it's on its own class no phone can match if it doesn't have true multitasking and S-pen
Jeremy john (4 months ago)
The note 8 can do more.. I know you guys are going to jump at me here but I have the note 8 and I've never had any issues with lag. Try and copy my message here.... on your Google pixel. Notice how it won't let you. ?? On the note 8 you can use smart select feature and extract text. My point is that the best smartphone isn't the fastest our the one with best camera. There all close . It's the one that gets the job done and efficiently. Time is money for most of us out there. I'm not saying that the pixel 2xl isn't a good phone cause yes. The battery life and speed are better. But is that all the Google has on the note 8.. I can magnify things . I can translate . Much quicker with this . Not to mention I can multitask and shrink Windows down. There's no app you can install to do those things .. I edited a spreadsheet due to my spen. I tried doing it on my friends android and we were not able too. Also. You can buy dex and turn this phone into a computer. Features are what make a phone good..
Joshua Chandler (4 months ago)
I Want The Background Photo For The Pixel XL 2
RMNSTD (4 months ago)
Pixel 2 XL all day baby 🔥
KraKen Skyware (4 months ago)
If the pixel had a better screen I would choose it immediately
Ayam Mee (3 months ago)
Dilen Skyware ooo in getting it too but the constant wait for the deliver to arrive at my home is unbearable.
KraKen Skyware (3 months ago)
Some Guy pixel 2 xl -_-
Ayam Mee (3 months ago)
Dilen Skyware the first pixel?
KraKen Skyware (3 months ago)
Some Guy ik Im now getting the pixel lol
Ayam Mee (3 months ago)
Dilen Skyware your comment was 4 weeks ago, google already fixed it in November.
Hellbent Angel (4 months ago)
FINALLY! Someone who did a proper review actually using the phone rather than just listing off the specs that everyone knows. Thank you.
sungodApollo (4 months ago)
Really love the the Pixel 2!!!
Hubert Jadczak (4 months ago)
I don't care which phone you pick if of course you select something from the Android universe.
tweezer1975 (4 months ago)
Note 8 FTW..... and, why even compare Bixby with Google assistant? All Android users already know which is superior. I use Google assistant daily on my note 8 and it works exactly the same as on the pixil 2. Somewhat misleading..... And Nova launcher can make any phone look like any other.
Thermal_Sniper X (4 months ago)
Prefer the Pixel XL
TJun Gan (4 months ago)
How about huawei mate 10?
Tabish Zaidi (4 months ago)
Note 8 It has headphone jack Better display Spen More software features Better zoom on camera Expandable storage Wireless charging Headphones in the box More ram Better design
Tabish Zaidi (4 months ago)
Note 8 is better
DuffyTech (4 months ago)
I have the note 8 and I love it! Had the note 5 and upgraded. The camera is amazing and the display is bright and crispy. Truly the best phone of 2017.
M Morales (4 months ago)
What theme is used on the Note with those blue accents in the settings app?
Garrett Losabia (4 months ago)
Such a hard decision! If the note 8 ran stock Android, then that would be awesome
allen immaraj (4 months ago)
👍👍🔥🔥
Gwrightproductions1 (4 months ago)
Pixel 2xl...Get. This. Phone. Bump what they say. I love mine. Google provides quick fixes because they care. I love it
Adrian Nostromo (4 months ago)
Just bought a pixel xl 2, Google all day.
ProWrestlingEverything (4 months ago)
I had the Samsung S8 Plus for about 7 months. Hated it. Sold it on Friday and picked up the Pixel 2 XL. Best decision I've ever made.
Red Hood (4 months ago)
Android Police and Zac are the same guy?
Gav Hastings (4 months ago)
I have both...for now. My favourite is the Pixel 2XL so I'll probably flip the Note8. Good vid.
Max Koth (5 months ago)
Android police. In this review you mentioned that "newer fresher pixel 2xl's from the factory have slightly less crummy displays compared to the first batch". Is this actually true? is google actually putting updated displays on the fresh batches of pixel 2 xls??
dominionn09 (5 months ago)
Note 8 now $799 on Amazon.. yeah at that price, no brainier
dominionn09 (5 months ago)
GIVE JOHN WALL A SHOE DEAL!!!!
Shin Chan (5 months ago)
pixel 2 xl anyone experience any screen issues ? should I get pixel 2 xl or note 8 or iPhone 8plus ?
Winston Horn (5 months ago)
What is the Calendar Widget that is used?
Ahsan Ali (5 months ago)
Which theme you use on note 8 ?that black theme is dope... Tell me?
Apoorv Surana (5 months ago)
Note 8 software suck Bt pixel hardware suckkkkkk Google neglected neccessary features like Water proofing,plasticky body,giant bezzles,headphone jack,and ohhh the worst screen in the world And considering the price google pixel is poop
Vernon Warren (5 months ago)
Note 8 for me. However the pixel is a great device, it's just too boring for me. I need features
NTH THN (5 months ago)
Out of all phone on the market right now I think the Note is one of the most special in terms of UX, Design, Features. All of that actually justify its high price tag. Any other phone with that high price, you'd be just paying for the name.
carver 9 (5 months ago)
Nice review.
Jas ThePeach (5 months ago)
LOL No headphone jack on the Pixel 2 after they made fun of Apple for not having one last year. FAIL!!!! Note 8 all the way. Although I'm sticking with my LG V20, which not only has a quad-dac headphone jack it has a replaceable battery also!!!! The phones are getting WORSE over time, yet you SHEEP keep buying them. Mindblowing.
JAYAKRISHNAN H (5 months ago)
Note 8 all the way.. But great review indeed. This display is super adorable
Nameless (5 months ago)
Pixel 2XL for me coz software matters to me
Rajath Pawaskar (5 months ago)
Pixel 2 xl
Imran Muhammad (5 months ago)
His Pixel has almost no blue shift!!! wtf
Lillardfan4Life (5 months ago)
My note 4 is a lag fest and the battery is fried af, so I'm definitely looking to upgrade to one of these 🤔
kimosabi0909 (5 months ago)
I wish they would have added wireless charging on the pixel.
Sasha Meow (5 months ago)
after trying stock android for the first time on my pixel 2 xl after having other android phones that was not stock I can tell the buttery smooth difference coming from them. I can see now why people say theres stock android and then theres others with heavy ui skins and I don't like the beauty modes alot of these smartphones put on the front cameras I had on my old samsung I never used the front camera pixels front camera is amazing you never know when the front cameras going to come in handy.....The display might not be the best but it's not the worse screen i've had either.
Bryan S (5 months ago)
The note 8 is an awesome phone but the way the pixel 2 operates made it there winner for me as well.
Joshinator0511 (5 months ago)
U forgot to mention that the Note 8 can also use Google Assistant
Nikhiel Padhiar (5 months ago)
Pixel 2XL for me
Bernard Poindexter (5 months ago)
*Smart Phone Reviewers don't know shit about photography* #AMATEURHOUR
Caleb Vaduva (5 months ago)
Does anyone have a link to the wallpaper from the pixel 2 xl?
Devesh Sharma (5 months ago)
Perfect review... Recommended Note 8 to a colleague who likes all flashy things and got myself the generic pixel 2XL!! After neither of us could get the X😂

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