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Google Pixel 2

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8/10 (Expert Score)
Product is rated as #2 in category Google
The Google Pixel 2 is the best mobile phone of 2017 in all respects, but it is very expensive for any competitor, in addition to the difficulty of getting it because it is not available in all global markets .
Design
7
Display
8
Software
10
Performance
10
Battery Life
8
Camera
9
Value for Money
7
PROS:
  • Excellent performance
  • Intelligent software features
  • Great cameras
  • Comfortable form factor, lightweight
CONS:
  • We know you have to fit the innards somewhere, but still - bezels.
  • You can't assign the Active Edge squeeze detection any other feature but Google Assistant.
  • Video camera records mono audio only.
  • No microSD card slot.
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack (ships with an adapter).

Google Pixel 2

Google has brought out the big guns, the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2XL as androids competition to the iPhone, but they haven’t been met with the same enthusiasm as last year .

should you be concerned about the Google Pixel 2 and how does the pixel to hold up, we are nasphones.com and this is a Google Pixel 2 Review

the pixels are back and both are bringing a familiar metal built, the just black matte finish has a bit of a rough texture that feels a bit plasticky in the hand .

just like last year the rear camera is accented by a glass window, but on the front the new Google Pixel 2 has had a makeover bezel wise that we’re missing on the Google Pixel 2 .

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another difference is that the Google Pixel 2 excels display has more pronounced tapered front glass, both a Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2XL are missing a headphone jack this year, you’ll have to use a bundled USB type-c adapter to plug in, to make up for it is pretty much the loudest and cleanest output from a smart phone we’ve seen .

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and they do have stereo speakers, the North allowed us that we’ve heard but the sound is clear and accurate with almost no Distortion even at max volume .

the pixels have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner on the back right in the center where it’s easy to reach, it’s fast and always on, speaking of always on, there’s an always-on display on both phones, handy if you want to see the time or notifications at a glance .

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there’s a notification LED too, but you have to activate it in settings, storage isn’t expandable on the Google Pixel 2 or the Google Pixel 2XL, but you can opt for either 64 or 128 gigs of internal storage .

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and both phones have ip67 dust and water resistance a welcome upgrade from last year’s IP53, screen wise the Google Pixel 2XL has a 6 inch display with a 1440×2880 resolution, the pixel 2 has a 5 inch that is 1080×1920 both screens use OLED technology but they are quite different .

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we’ll have good brightness deep blacks and are easily usable outdoors in the Sun, but this is where the similarities end .

the 2 XL has a tall 18:9 aspect ratio that has been pretty popular year of 2017 while the Google Pixel 2 goes for the standard 16:9 we have to note that the 2 XL display will give you black bars on the side of YouTube videos but you can pinch to crop them .

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now there has been some talk of issues with the pixel 2 XL screen, first color shifting when tilting at an angle is a bit more than most phones and there has been some talk of screen burn-in at the navigation buttons at the bottom .

the blue color shifting can be annoying, but a lot of people don’t really notice it, and as for screen burnin we didn’t see any on our own review unit .

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if it does happen to you you should still be covered under Google’s official warranty, the final issue users complain about on the Google Pixel 2XL the dull lifeless colors have already been fixed with a recent software update and they’re now nice and punchy .

Google’s pixels come with Android a doriel out of the box, the phone’s to go to for a light snappy and totally smooth stock Android experience, there’s no traditional app drawer just swipe up to see your apps .

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there are a few unique features, live wallpapers subtly change and move in the background making the interface feel alive, from the notification shade you can perform certain actions or reply directly without switching apps .

one neat feature is that the phone can detect music that is playing and automatically tell you the title and artist on the always-on display, this even works offline .

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also there is active edge squeeze detection, squeezing the phone will summon the Google assistant, too bad you can’t assign it to another feature that you choose .

both the Google pixel two and two Excel run on a snapdragon 835 chipset with 4 gigs of RAM, benchmark performance is comparable to other devices with an 835, but not outstanding, more like in the middle of the pack .

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they still do well with graphic intensive gaming though and don’t tend to heat up as much as last year’s pixels during heavy use, they might not be the absolute best in benchmarks, but they still do a great job and in day-to-day tasks everything is smooth and lag free .

battery life could impact your decision if you’re comparing the Google Pixel 2 to the Google Pixel 2XL, the pixel 2 has a 2700 milliamp hour battery while the two excels is 20% larger at 3520 milliamp hours .

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the Google Pixel 2 did a decent job in our proprietary battery tests, scoring 75 hours while the 2 XL did better scoring 88 hours overall .

fast charging actually isn’t too fast on the Google Pixel 2, in our 30-minute tests it only went from 0 to 35%, the charging rate is the same for the smaller phones so its battery went up to 43% in the same amount of time .

there is no wireless charging which everyone might start looking for now the Apple has brought it to the iPhone .

on to the single 12.2 megapixel camera, it’s the same on both phones, it’s seen some improvements since last year, the aperture is now a brighter F 1.8 instead of F 2.0 and now there was OIS .

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in addition there is now dual pixel autofocus just like on the galaxy S8, we’re gonna spoil it and say that the camera is awesome on both the Google Pixel 2 & Google Pixel 2XL but neither one offers manual controls for the camera shutter speed or ISO which might be a drawback for some photographers .

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the daylight photos taken with the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2XL are excellent, it is great exposure excellent dynamic range and very natural rendering of fine details and foliage .

colors are pleasant and vivid, but there is a little bit of visible noise if you zoom in .

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in low-light the pixels are able to get decent exposure for your subject and they can extract good detail from both the brightly lit areas and the shadows .

colors and textures are well preserved too again though there is some noise in the pictures, even though there’s no dual camera the pixel two-on-two Excel can produce a deep focus background behind your subject in portrait mode .

they do this using a combination of dual pixel phase detection and machine learning, it actually works well, with mostly accurate subject isolation one thing missing though is that you can’t preview the effect in the viewfinder you just have to hope that it comes out okay .

the front-facing camera is among the best we’ve ever used, skin tones are spot on faces are well exposed and details behind the subject actually show up really well .

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if you prefer these details blurred out no worries there’s a selfie portrait mode too and it works great, video performance is also quite good and so is the stabilization .

4k videos are well exposed in detailed without looking over processed, now spot-on colors and white balance, the mono audio recording isn’t so hot though in 1080p it’s the same story, video quality is easily on par with if not better than any of the competition .

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there’s a lot to consider when comparing the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2XL, both give you stereo speakers and what could be the smoothest Android experience out there .

the camera is among the best too, but this year Google doesn’t have a clear-cut advantage over competitors like Samsung, Apple and even the pixel makers themselves HTC and LG .

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on top of this pixels are quite hard to get, they’re expensive and they’re not available in all markets, but if you can find one we think the Google Pixel 2XL is the better buy from the Google Pixel 2 .

if the color shipping display doesn’t bother you it’s got a bigger battery and a bigger screen and a more modern slim bezel design .

Update - 2019.03.06

Disclaimer : We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct

Specification: Google Pixel 2

Technology

GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE

2G bands

CDMA 800 / 1900, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G bands

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100

4G bands

LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700)

Speed

HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat15 800/75 Mbps

GPRS

Yes

Edge

Yes

Announced

2017, October

Status

Available. Released 2017, October

Dimensions

145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm (5.74 x 2.74 x 0.31 in)

Weight

143 g (5.04 oz)

Build

Front glass, aluminum body, partial glass back

SIM

Nano-SIM card & eSIM

Other Features

IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)

Display Type

AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Display Size

5.0 inches, 68.9 cm2 (~67.9% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~441 ppi density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Other screen features

95% DCI-P3, Always-on display

Operation System

Android 8.0, upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (10 nm)

CPU

Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)

GPU

Adreno 540

Memory Card Slot

No

Internal Memory

64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM

Main Camera

12.2 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, OIS, dual pixel PDAF & laser AF, Single

Camera Features

Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama

Video

2160p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 1080p@30/60/120fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@240fps (gyro-EIS)

Selfie Camera

8 MP, f/2.4, 27mm (wide), 1/3.2", 1.4µm

Selfie Camera Features

HDR

Selfie Camera Video

1080p@30fps

Loud Speaker

Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack

No

General Features

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot

Bluetooth

5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

NFC

Yes

Radio

No

USB

3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Sensors

Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

BATTERY

Fast battery charging (capped at 10.5 W), Non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery, USB Power Delivery 2.0

Colors

Kinda Blue, Just Black, Clearly White

Price

About 550 EUR

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