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Google Pixel 2 Review – Keep It Compact or Go XL?

Molly
Senior Editor, TipsHire

If you’re planning on upgrading to a new smartphone and you’re hooked on Android as an operating system, you cannot possibly ignore Pixel 2 or its big brother, Pixel 2 XL as an option. Released in October 2017, Google’s new creations have often been named the best Android smartphones.

Some prefer the Pixel 2 XL for its bezel-less and larger display. Others favor the compact design of the Pixel 2. Most go wild praising their camera. The specs are quite impressive as well, but do they justify the price? Let’s not jump to conclusions before taking a closer look at what these phones have to offer!

About Pixel and Pixel XL

According to Google, the only difference between the two smartphones lies with their size and appearance. However, many magazines found the difference significant, and gave the Pixel 2 XL the upper hand, penalizing Pixel 2 for its outdated look.

Appearance

No one seems to favor the edges around the screen Pixel 2 inherited from its predecessor. However, let’s not forget that the same bezels are present in other popular phone models, from HTC U11 to OnePlus 5 and the more pretentious iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

Leaving bezels aside, Google makes your choice easy: the small and not so futuristic-looking Pixel 2, or the stylish and larger Pixel 2 XL. The former comes with a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and AMOLED display, while the latter relies on a POLED panel.

Both models have bright colors, ensure a great view from any angle, and adjust their color scheme to ambient lighting. With the Saturation Mode update, Google already allowed users to customize the color scheme as they see fit, so any screen coloring issues have been resolved.

At the rear, both phone models display the same mix of aluminum and glass. Due to the matte finish of the aluminum coating, holding either phone will feel comfortable, and you won’t have to worry about fingerprints.

The fingerprint sensor is located near the center, below the glass. The camera juts out slightly in the left side of the phone’s top. The top glass cover houses and hides the antenna, preserving the phone’s neat appearance.

The volume and power buttons are conveniently placed on the right edge. The only port available is a USB Type-C at the bottom. For those addicted to their headphones, Google included a 3.5mm jack adapter they can plug in the USB port. There is also the option of using a set of Bluetooth 5 standard headphones.

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Google Pixel 2

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