Google Pixel 2 XL Review
Released in November 2017, this water-resistant phone with 3520 mAh battery, also has the best camera on a phone and this is why it is known as the Pixel phone. The Pixel 2 XL hasn’t stuck with a familiar blueprint and mimics the iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy S8. Essentially this is a phone for those who want expert-looking photos and video.
As far as looks go, when Galaxy S8 slimmed the bezel down, and like the Galaxy S8, the Pixel 2 XL has an 18:9 display with rounded corners with a prominent bezel around its sides. Above and below the display are front-firing stereo speakers, and Google has also included pressure-sensitive edges.
Some Distinct Advantages
The back of the Pixel 2 XL is made up of glass and aluminium. The Pixel 2 XL is IP67-rated for water-resistance, and while you don’t want to deliberately do it, the phone can actually be submerged in water for a while without any damage resulting. Quite different to other phones which are beyond repair when they accidentally slip into the water for a few seconds. Maybe it is why the Pixel 2 XL has had the headphone jack removed – for waterproofing purposes. There is a USB-C to 3.5mm port dongle in the box and there are also other USB-C headphones which have been made for Google.
As far as the screen goes, it is a 6’’ plastic OLED screen and if you tilt the phone the wrong way you experience banding and an altering of colours.
Some of the other features of the Google Pixel 2 XL include –
• A superb camera of 12.2 MP
• Dual-LED flash
• Phase detection & laser auto-focus
• 1.4 µm pixel size
• Touch focus
• Face detection and more
Able to take wonderful high quality photos, the Pixel 2 XL measures 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm, making it larger and more modern looking than the Pixel 2. The Pixel 2 XL display is larger, shifting into the 18:9 aspect ratio and coming with a higher 2K resolution.
The Pixel 2XL supports HDR which has been adopted by Google Video, Amazon Video and Netflix. Google has also joined in with Apple’s decision to take away the headphone jack and has rather launched AirPod Pixel Buds as a wireless alternative. Included is a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box.
We look at some advantages –
• 4GB RAM for multitasking
• Comes with Dual 12.2 MP rear camera
• Comes with latest Android OS, v8.0(Oreo)
• 6.0-inch P-OLED Quad HD capacitive touchscreen
• An internal memory of 64/128 GB
• Supports Single Nano-SIM card & eSIM
• Supports the likes of Bluetooth, wifi, 3G, 4G, USB and NFC
• Good front facing speakers
• Supports extra features such as fast battery charging and Active noise
cancellation with dedicated mic
One or two disadvantages include –
• Very expensive
• Video camera only records mono audio
• MicroSD card isn’t supported
Generally, the bigger XL has some distinct advantages and for starters, its battery life is better, but most people who have it say that for the price, Google could have gone with better display panels. The truth is, that some people say that the smaller, cheaper Pixel 2 does pretty much all that the Pixel XL does and with a more affordable price tag.