The back of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are made from aluminum with a thin \"premium coating\" of plastic and has a top section made from glass to provide wireless transmissivity. Unlike the original Pixel XL, which was simply an enlarged version of the Pixel design with no other changes, the Pixel 2 XL's external design differs from its smaller sibling, employing a taller 2:1 P-OLED display (marketed as 18:9) instead of the Pixel 2's 16:9 AMOLED.
Both phones have a 12.2 megapixel rear camera capable of recording 4K video at 30 FPS, 1080p video at 120 FPS, and 720p video at 240 FPS. The camera also contains phase-detection autofocus, laser autofocus, and HDR+ processing. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL also include the Pixel Visual Core (PVC) image processor for faster and lower power image processing, though it was not enabled until Android 8.1 was released in January 2018. The PVC was custom design by Google's consumer hardware team with collaboration from Intel. The Pixels do not have support for 4K video at 60 FPS, as the processor is not powerful enough. The Pixel 2 includes optical image stabilization which the Pixel lacked. Google uses Fused Video Stabilization which reduces issues with camera shake, motion blur, rolling shutter distortion, and focus breathing as found in other image stabilization methods.
On October 4, 2017, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were granted an extended warranty period which guarantees Android version updates for them until October 2020, 3 years from when they were first available on the Google Store, and free unlimited storage for all photos and videos taken on the phone in original quality through the end of 2020, with unlimited high-quality storage continuing afterwards.
The Pixel 2 camera initially received a score of 98 (currently updated to 99) from DxOMark, making it the highest performing mobile device camera at the end of 2017, and was overtaken in March 2018 by Samsung's Galaxy S9+.
YouTuber JerryRigEverything, who performs durability tests on various smartphones, criticized Google for their design choice with the antenna lines on the sides of the handset. When he bent the Pixel 2, it cracked at the antenna line near the middle of the phone, voiding its water resistance and warranty, while most other phones from competitors pass his bend test. This does not apply to the Pixel 2 XL.
In the United States, Verizon and Project Fi are the exclusive carriers for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. They are available direct-to-consumer for use on any wireless network through Google's online store, or from Best Buy and Target.According to IDC Senior Research Director Francisco Jeronimo, Google shipped 3.9 million units in 2017, twice as much as Pixels sold in 2016.
It costs $649 / 629 / AU$1,079 for the 64GB version, and $749 / 729 / AU$1,229 for the 128GB configuration. In the US, this phone is sold on-contract through Verizon only among carriers, but worry not, ordering it from the Google Store will mean it works on all networks, including AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.
Music on this phone sounds great through headphones, and we even liked listening to music through the dual front-facing stereo speakers. Yes, there's an odd ticking noise coming from some Pixel 2 speakers, but Google promises a software fix for this issue.
The latest smartphones from Google were made available on October 20, and are being sold exclusively (for now) in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, India and Germany. The Pixel 2 is priced at $649 for the 64 GB version and $749 for the 128 GB version. In the US, the Pixel 2 can be bought from the Google Store, Best Buy and Verizon. In addition, it is compatible with other major carriers like AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, which is offering a 50 percent off BYOD (bring your own device) rebate.
Several new features have been added since the last Pixel. The search bar is now on the bottom of the screen, making it easier to access and allowing for a widget at the top to display the date, temperature and the weather. The Google App on the left, formerly called Google Now, can be disabled easily via the home screen settings. The pretty Live Earth wallpapers already known from the first Pixels also make an appearance here.
Aside from the dynamic range, the camera has a lot to offer. Despite a few exceptions, the white balance is accurate in most cases and the colors are very true to life. When the brightness is accurate, the result is even better than the first Pixel which washes out the blacks a bit.
Even more interesting is the low light potential of the device. The Pixel 2 captures excellent shots in less than ideal lighting scenarios. The accurate brightness, rich details and lack of noise result from several factors: the combination of multiple photos, short opening times, low ISO sensitivity, and software magic. Even photos taken at night look excellent, with true to life colors, unlike the competition. Of course, in a future article, we will do a direct comparison of the Pixel 2 with other flagships of the moment.
Case tip: Google's fabric cases are not cheap, but they are excellent. The colourful power buttons retain their sense of fun and they are durable and protect the phones well from drops (I've had several). They are also easily washed with soapy water if they get dirty.
And yet where these phones excel are the most important areas on any smartphone: real-world performance, battery life, software and truly game-changing cameras that leave the best from Apple and Samsung a very, very long way behind.
Please note: In September 2019, we updated the DXOMARK Mobile test protocol to cover ultra-wide-angle performance and renamed the protocol DXOMARK Camera. We also expanded our low-light testing and created the new Night sub-score, which incorporates the previous Flash score. We have retested this device using the new Wide and Night test protocols and updated the scores in this review, but we have not changed the text from the original review. For more information, please see the articles about our new Wide and Night test protocols.
In lower light conditions, the Google Pixel 2 camera does a very good job preserving fine detail, although at the cost of some luminance noise. In addition, there is some loss of detail in brightly-backlit indoor scenes. In terms of dynamic range and autofocus performance, the Pixel is very good in low light as well, and apart from some color non-uniformity in indoor conditions and lower light, color rendition is very nice, too.
Because the Pixel 2 has only a single main camera, software is what generates Zoom, Depth Effect, Portrait Mode, and Bokeh from one or more frames captured with that camera. The software on the Pixel 2 does a good job on all of these, although with some flaws.
In low light, the Pixel 2 does a very good job of noise suppression, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 takes it even further, as you can see from this crop of the same indoor test scene we used above for comparing detail preservation:
The Pixel 2 is impressive for taking excellent flash images both when the flash is the only source of light, and when it is assisted by ambient light. In both cases, White Balance, Color, and Exposure are very good. There is a slight amount of luminance fall-off, but less than for most other mobile devices, as you can see from these images comparing the Pixel 2 with the original Pixel:
Despite not having a second camera, the Pixel 2 does a good job using software to synthesize blur in both the foreground and the background of images. The feature is susceptible to irregularities from frame to frame, however, with occasional artifacts along the edges of subjects. Indoor scenes can also display gradient artifacts. Here you can see the improvements over the original Google Pixel, but even the Pixel 2 version shows some depth-estimation artifacts behind the model, as well as in such high-frequency areas as the top left corner (click on individual images to get a full-size version for easier comparison):
Released a month after the regular-sized Pixel 2, the 2 XL is a 6in smartphone with a P-OLED screen and a 20-megapixel rear camera that, according to DxOMark, is unbeatable. The latest Snapdragon 835 processor runs the show, complete with 4GB of RAM and a choice of either 64GB or 128GB of non-expandable storage.
Well, with the Pixel 2, Google is offering an enticing smartphone for Audiophiles. The latest from the house of Google boasts of dual frontal stereo speakers to ensure crisp audio directly fired at you while you are enjoying multimedia content.
After mocking Apple last year for missing 3.5mm jack, Google followed the suite and chucked out the trusted old Jack from its Pixel 2 phones. To compensate for the missing 3.5mm, Google is packing a bunch of latest Bluetooth codecs and adds granular Bluetooth settings control under developer options.
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