Google Pixel 2 XL review, one of the top Android phones on the market

 In Mobiles, Tech Reviews

One of the main features to stick out in the Google Pixel 2 XL is the screen. Mainly because when it went on sale, the saturation and contrast of its P-OLED panel were very low, and what Google considered “natural colors” were actually the palest colors we had seen on any phone. Two weeks after its launch, almost all the reviews on the Internet had already come out, criticizing its screen (with all the reason in the world).

However, shortly after Google updated it it thanks to “Saturated Colors” mode, which could be called “Normal Colors”, and completely corrected the problem in the Google Pixel 2 XL. Not only can I say that it is no longer a bad screen, but now it is a very good panel, for maximum brightness, saturation, contrast and colors (very accomplished white and pure black).

Inside the Google Pixel 2 XL, we will find Qualcomm’s top end Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, you can opt for a 64GB or a128GB version. The Pixel 2 XL comes with front-facing stereo speakers and OLED display with a 6-inch display that has a resolution of 2880 x 1440 (538 PPI).

The phone also features FullHD + and Its aspect ratio is 18: 9 (or 2: 1). The screen is protected by the Gorilla Glass 5. There is however one minor issue which was not updated by Google, that is the viewing angles: when turning the device slightly, the colors become blue. But this shouldn’t be an issue if you use the phone facing you.

The other minor glitch is the absence of the input for the headphones. If you’re used to using Bluetooth and wireless headphones, great, if not you have to purchase them.

Its construction is mainly aluminum, combined with a glass strip at the back. Of course, on Google’s site it says that its made of aluminum and has a “hybrid coating.”

Aesthetically it’s a matter of taste, I like it a lot since the Pixels are the few that combine metal and glass in the back, it’s something different. The rear camera has a very small bulge, barely a millimeter. It has IP67 certification, so we can rest easy when using it in the rain or if it accidentally falls into water. Its thickness is 7.9 millimeters and its weight of 175 grams to place it in the middle of the pack, nothing to highlight here.

Cameras, the best of the market

What to say that has not already been said of the camera of the Google Pixel 2 XL … is tremendous. It is difficult to compare the cameras of different phones and get a clear winner, since each one can be good in some aspects as others, for sure it is in the Top 3 of all phones, for video Samsungs are still better (especially in terms of focusing speed), however as a camera, the Pixel 2 XL is the clear winner.

Having a single camera in the back (12.2 megapixels and aperture f / 1.8), it can take pictures in portrait mode (blurring the background) with total precision, even superior to mobile dual camera. And as it does by software, it applies the same algorithms to the front camera, and can also make portraits in selfie mode.

Performance and software

There is no denying that the Google Pixel 2 XL is a powerhouse. The opening of applications is instantaneous, and the load times in the games are as fast as any other device. The fact that Android stock is very noticeable. Very much. Other mobiles with the same configuration with a Snapdragon 835, Adreno 540 and 4 GB of RAM, do not work equally well.The Pixel 2 XL can take it all and without lowering the framerate or trimming animations. It is always complicated when compared with other operating systems (such as the iPhone!), But within the Android world, it is the one that has better performance.

As for the software, it does have Android 8.0.0 Oreo. It has 2 interesting additions, hidden within Settings / System:

  • Active Edge: The Pixel 2 XL has sensors on the sides of the device, which when pressed, activates the Google Assistant. From the settings it can be deactivated (by default it is activated) or change the pressure sensitivity.
  • Slide the fingerprint sensor for notifications: by making a gesture down on the fingerprint sensor, the notifications panel is displayed, and by doing so again, open the Quick Settings. Personally I have it disabled, since in more than one occasion I have opened it without wanting to, but it is interesting to know that the option is there.

The “ambient screen” to the Always On Display, is already a standard in the top range of smart phones and its also found in the Pixel 2 XL. It shows us both the current time and the icon of the applications that have launched a notification. We can activate the double-tap option on the screen to turn it on, or when notifications are received, the content of the notification will be displayed on the screen. The phone also has a notification LED, although it is disabled by default, and we can activate it from the notification settings.

Pricing

The Pixel 2 XL come with a $849 price tag for the 64GB version, and $949 price tag for the 128GB model. And only available in black or white color.
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