Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Review after 2 months of being used. I love these phones even though they're not perfect. I feel they provide one of the best experiences on a smartphone. Watch for the full video!
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Hey Matt, nice review, I’m definitely getting this phone soon and it’s the phone that’s made me want to come back to Android and with it being pure Android which I enjoyed when I had my Nexus 6, I’m not that worried about the display on the XL (the one I’m looking to get) as it doesn’t distract from the phone and it’s a lot better than the display on the Nexus 6, and I’ m looking forward to Android Oreo and the timely updates and the phenomenal camera. Again great review and keep up the good work.
adel ashnaei I was worrying as well.. I decided to cancel my order while my Friend kept his order for the phone, in short all the problems were fixed with updates. Ordered my phone and should arrive in a couple of days.
Here's the thing, I see that you're reviewing the black model. Try the 2 XL black and where model - I've noticed the blue shift is virtually non-existent (many who reviewed this particular model/color say the same). It's a beautiful screen.
Chris Coakley I don't blame you ^_^. I'm just happy you're enjoying your phone :). I had my phone since it released (because I don't like buying phones every year lol). When the pixel phone comes out this year, that's that phone I'm keeping forever, until it craps out haha xD.
Kevin Ramos yeah I heard about it too! I'm not an early adopter but rumors are making me think about it lol, kinda wish I had gone with the first pixel so I could justify getting the third one (I'm sure I'd still have it if I had gotten it), but I guess I'll wait until this one craps out on me, it's been great though, it's just so smooth man
Chris Coakley wow, that’s some great battery life :)! I have the note 4 right now, but I’m going to wait until they release the pixel 3 xl this year. I heard (rumors of course lol) that the next pixel is going to have a big redesign :-o. I’m excited for that that, so I’ll be waiting patiently lol. My note 4 is still going strong, but it’s beginning to lag horribly-_- haha.
Kevin Ramos amazing man, you can get through a day and a half with light use and a full day with heavy usage, I love it, it was a pretty Stark contrast to the galaxy S7 edge I had, and standby time is ridiculous
You're in error, the Visual Core is not going to make the HDR photos better than they are now (as you say) - what it does is offloading the processing from the main processor and making HDR+ available (for the first time ever!) to 3rd party apps.
Truthfully Google is the biggest joke perpetrating this making phones business. They need to stop embarrassing themselves nothing beats Samsung they are Android and technology everything is is obsolete.
When will the pixel camera core processor be turned on exactly? Can you please elaborate a bit on this issue? There is a steal deal today on Flipkart India for the Pixel 2XL devices... So i can decide whether to splurge on this or not?
I disagree with the whole concept of waiting for a phones bugs to get ironed out to provide a review. Would you do that with a Galaxy or the Essential phone or any iPhone? Nope. This kind of thing just seems like you aren’t playing fair across the board. Review a phone as is at launch. Revisit if worthwhile but don’t bias yourself by giving leeway.
I see a lot of talk about wireless charging, but if you have a wireless charger on your office desk or something (like one that stands the phone up) it's super cool to just be able to top your phone up throughout the day.
I own the Pixel 2 non-XL. This is my first week with it and I would say that it is an amazing phone. I came from the LG G4 and it is a major upgrade. Ergonomics are really nice, feels great in the hand, though may lack some palm rejection. I would admit, however, that there is at least a few hiccups (not sure if it helps, but I'm on 8.0, not 8.1) and the fingerprint sensor can lag from time to time. Maybe, it is just me being very paranoid about the fingerprint sensor and I expect it to be *faster* faster. Overall camera is great, the UI is clean and fluid, the battery (of course not XL) is not as great, but it can lead me through the day with a small charge. Though this shouldn't discourage from buying it. I am impressed with my Pixel 2, and would recommend!
I just want to grab a minute of all of you guys who see OLED as a deal breaker; LCD is just great and is not too bad and not all LCDs are washed out; the retina displays have great colours and many qhd displays like the mate 10, LG G6 look stunning; you can always change the color mode to vibrant and saturated; you won't notice a huge pain with LCDs and oleds; my deal breaker is no 3.5mm jack! Bluetooth headphones are expensive and don't derive the real dac audio output, battery draining, and some extra privieliges like when I plugged my headphone the music app instantly opens; and you don't need to go through extra steps to connect you device; and we should go and change the settings in the phone whereas we have the volume rockers and mic on the earphones; you can get airpods and pixel buds but 159$ seriously?
Hi Matt! I love your reviews and agree with you about the Pixel 2. I think it's a great phone but I was wondering if you have had any problems with it randomly shutting off? Mine has started doing it over the last couple of days and I have no idea why.
+Yvonne Ritter Thanks man! That's really strange. I haven't had that issue at all. If it's happening a lot definitely return it. I know the smaller pixel 2 has some reboot issues that are going to be resolved with Android 8.1
Royal Boyle14 I had the xl traded it for the regular 2. The bezels aren't a problem. Came down to the size for me. I constantly had the xl in my back pocket and it was too big. The 2 is a good fit for my hands and pockets.
Dude why are you being so hypocritical ? You said you don't like squeeze feature on HTC flagship but you like it on Pixel line-up because it can be used to bring up Google assistant. I definitely think you have not used a HTC flagship as the squeeze feature can be assigned for any action 🤦♂️ The squeeze feature on Pixel is basically a invisible Bixby key💁♂️
I remember seeing so many people walking around NYC with severely over priced Beats Bluetooth headphones. Then Apple acquires Beats, removes the 3.5mm headphone jack that seemed to be trending it's way into extinction, and everyone got all offended. Personally I appreciate the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack by Apple and now Google. I think it played a significant part in the emergence of quality, affordable bluetooth headphones.
Great review by the way. 👍🏾👍🏾
Color shift is normal on OLED but it's not normal on the Pixel 2 XL. It's a very extreme color shift on the 2 XL. My Pixel XL doesn't do that. My 6p doesn't do that. My Axon 7 doesn't do that and so on and so on. It is normal but not to that extreme and that's the reason that the 2 XL isn't worth the money. The display is the MAIN thing about a phone. If it's bad then the whole thing is ruined in my opinion. I may pick up the Pixel 2 when I find it at a price it's really worth, $400, but I won't be getting the 2 XL.
Lol the blues shift is on all OLED! iPhone does it as much as the xl2. It's not a problem, it's the technology. The problem is reviewers that don't know the technology as they say! I compared devices side by side in the store. Which was a good idea because these reviewers would have had me ordering a note 8, v30 or something. I left with the xl2
Frankly, wireless charging is nice to have but I've learned to live without it now since the Nexus phone ditched it awhile ago and the constant complain of no SD blah blah blah....I got the 128 gb is more than enough storage. The Pixel 2 XL is the best solid phone running pure Android and has one of the best camera around. Yeah, I guess the screen could be better but with the new fixes the screen is perfectly fine. Only time it might matter is sharing something but then as it sits flat on my desk and check notifications, there is barely a tint on it when I look.