Pixel 2 Review: Do Not Judge A Book By Its Cover

Pixel 2 is Google’s solely second try at making a smartphone, and boy did Google knocked it out of the park with this one. The unique Pixel was considered one of my favorite telephones of 2016, and therefore, I used to be eagerly ready to see what Google does with this yr’s Pixel telephones, and to me, Google has greater than delivered. Sure, the smaller of the 2 units that Google launched, the Pixel 2, may seem like a 2016 flagship with these massive prime and backside bezels, nevertheless it behaves like a smartphone worthy of being a 2017 flagship. To make use of it’s utilizing Android at its greatest and that appears like pure pleasure. However that’s not all that this cellphone has to supply us. So calm down and skim on as we take a deep dive and see what the brand new Pixel 2 excels at and the place it falters, as we deliver you the evaluation of the brand new Pixel 2:

Pixel 2 Specs

Earlier than we discuss my private opinion, let’s get the specs out of the best way. For sure, the Pixel 2 packs all the newest and biggest {hardware} that the smartphone world has to supply us. Take a look at the small print within the desk under.

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)
Show 5.0 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels) OLED Panel
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz and 4×1.9 GHz)
Storage 64/128 GB
Digital camera
12.2-megapixel, f/1.8 aperture, OIS, part detection and laser autofocus, with dual-LED flash
Digital camera
8-megapixel with f/2.4 aperture
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery
Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Sensors GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Connectivity Twin-band Wi-Fi 802.11 ( a/b/g/n/ac), LTE (nano-SIM)
Worth $649

What’s Within the Field

The Pixel 2 is available in considered one of nicest packaging I’ve seen with any smartphone. The cardboard field feels premium and the unboxing expertise was satisfying, to say the least. The field has all the pieces that you simply anticipate, properly that’s all the pieces besides a pair of wired headphones (extra on this later).

  • Pixel 2 (Simply Black Coloration)
  • Charging Adapter
  • USB type-C Charging Cable
  • USB-C to three.5 mm Headphone Jack dongle
  • Fast Begin Information
  • Sim Ejection device
  • USB-C to USB-A OTG

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Design and Construct High quality

Final yr’s Pixel telephones sported a really uninspiring design and this yr Google has finished a terrific job at refining that design. Nevertheless, the design has all the time been a matter of non-public alternative and also you won’t prefer it, however I definitely do. The cellphone has a metallic again with a glass shade on the prime. The glass shade has shrunk from final yr and appears and feels very nice. Some customers don’t prefer it, however for me, it has turn out to be synonymous with the Pixel model (may also be seen within the new Pixel Guide) and I wouldn’t need it to be eliminated sooner or later too. I additionally love the truth that now the Pixel telephones are IP-67 water and mud resistant, a characteristic which was lacking on the unique Pixels.

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The metallic again is just not slippery like different telephones, relatively it has been coated with a fabric which supplies it a rougher and textured really feel to it. This makes the cellphone grippier than every other flagship cellphone out there proper now. The again additionally homes the digicam and the fingerprint sensor each of that are loopy quick. Google has found the optimum place of the fingerprint scanner, and it simply feels pure unlocking the cellphone with this. The entrance is what makes this cellphone actually polarising when it comes to design. The prime and backside of the cellphone sport enormous 2016 bezels. Sure, additionally they retailer the dual-front firing audio system, however the Pixel 2 XL additionally does that with the virtually bezel-less design so Google doesn’t get a go right here. The display screen is a 1920*1080 AMOLED panel which seems to be fairly good. The show together with the entrance digicam is protected by the Corning Gorilla glass 5 which is as robust as they arrive.

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Now that you already know the general design of the Pixel 2, let me inform you one factor, the cellphone feels far premium within the hand than it seems to be from a distance. And it is a development that you’ll discover all through this evaluation. The textured metallic again feels very nice in hand and likewise makes positive that the cellphone by no means slips out of your hand. Sure, the bezels are there, however after utilizing the cellphone for a number of days, your mind robotically rejects them out of your view. You’ll discover it whenever you evaluate it aspect by aspect with the likes Samsung Galaxy S8, the brand new iPhone X and even the Pixel 2 XL, however when you’re simply utilizing the cellphone for what it’s, it is not going to trouble you. The underside line is that this cellphone is just not going to win any design awards, however it’ll really feel fantastic in your hand.

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Whereas its elder Sibling (Pixel 2 XL) has been affected by a myriad of display-related issues, I’m completely satisfied to report that the Pixel 2 doesn’t present any of these issues. The show sports activities a 5-inch full HD (1920*1080) OLED panel and it seems to be nice. Sure, the blue-shift is there however that’s current on all of the OLED shows, and it’s not as massive an issue as you may suppose. You will want to show the show actually off-axis after which additionally actively search for it to see it.

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There’s nothing extra so as to add, it’s an OLED show and it does all the pieces that an OLED show does. The blacks are pure black and the colour copy is excellent. Google has toned down the saturation a bit to make it extra true to life and therefore the colours should not as punchy as Samsung’s panels, however that doesn’t trouble. For those who just like the over-saturated colours on the Samsung’s panel, Google has included a vivid coloration mode which is able to give it additional punchiness and has additionally promised to provide customers extra management over the show coloration calibration with future software program updates. That’s the factor to note right here, the OLED show panel has all these capabilities which a Samsung’s panel has within the {hardware}, nonetheless, Google used software program to tone it down.

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To conclude, no the Pixel 2 doesn’t undergo from any show points. Sure, the show seems to be nice. Nevertheless, if you would like extra saturated colours, you’ll need to allow the Vivid mode contained in the settings and look ahead to the subsequent software program updates which is able to give customers extra management. On the finish of the day, it is a very nice OLED panel and you’ll not be disillusioned by what you might be getting.

Consumer Interface

With regards to user-interface Pixel 2 wins in each division you possibly can consider. Google’s tackle Android is phenomenal and also you get the most effective and probably the most fluid Android expertise ever. All of it begins with the brand new Pixel 2 launcher. Similar to earlier yr Pixel telephones, the brand new Pixel 2 comes with a barely tweaked model of Android and it’s nice. The house display screen has a translucent search bar simply above the software program buttons giving you quick access to look. The perfect half about utilizing this search bar is that now, not solely it searches the online, it additionally searches the content material inside your cellphone. For instance, you possibly can faucet on the bar and seek for an app or an electronic mail or a contact in your cellphone. This makes the search bar a extremely helpful device which is accessible at your fingertips at on a regular basis.

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Above the search bar is the dock which may home as much as 5 apps and a particular widget on the prime which reveals you date, day, and your most up-to-date upcoming appointment or calendar occasions. I actually love the widget as now I don’t should open calendar to see what’s subsequent on my agenda. While you swipe left to proper on the house display screen, you get your standard Google Now panel which reveals you essential info like climate, upcoming occasions, and extra together with trending information, and different issues relying in your preferences. The ever studying and enhancing Google Assistant is clearly right here. Nevertheless, now you possibly can entry it in a few methods. You may both long-press on the house button as you all the time did or now you too can squeeze on the aspect of the cellphone to summon your Google Assistant.

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Sure, the characteristic is much like HTC’s energetic edge and it really works flawlessly right here. You may calibrate the squeeze pressure you want within the settings, and upon getting set it up as per your liking, you possibly can summon the Google Assistant fairly simply. It took me a number of days to get used to it, however now it has turn out to be so intuitive that I don’t know why it was not there from the beginning. Utilizing the squeeze characteristic has turn out to be a second nature to me and due to that, I’m utilizing the Google Assistant far more than I used too, so kudos to Google for that.

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As all the time, you possibly can swipe as much as get to your app drawer the place all the pieces is organized neatly in alphabetical order. There’s additionally a prime row which homes your most lately used apps together with a Google search bar. Scrolling the app drawer is silky easy and the interface by no means stuttered even for a second in all my time of utilizing this cellphone. There are additionally many small refinements and add-ons that the brand new Pixel 2 launcher brings with it which makes utilizing the cellphone extra joyful, however we’ve an entire devoted part for that later within the article. Proper now, it’s best to know that the Pixel 2 offers you the most effective Android expertise packed inside an exquisite and fluid consumer interface.


With regards to efficiency, the Pixel 2 is correct on the prime with the most effective of the smartphones. It has all of the specs which we come to anticipate from a 2017 flagship system, that’s the octa-core Snapdragon 835 coupled with Adreno 540 GPU and 4 GB of RAM. The {hardware} when coupled with the Pixel 2’s fluid software program makes Pixel 2 a screamer. The cellphone dealt with all the pieces that I threw at it with ease. Regular operations like launching apps, going house, and loading video games was as quick as anticipated. Nevertheless, what stood out to me that even after an hour of sustained gaming (Asphalt Xtreme, injustice 2), the cellphone didn’t lavatory down.


That degree of sustained efficiency have to be attributed to the thermal administration of the cellphone. Even after gaming for one hour, the cellphone by no means actually bought sizzling and was solely heat to the touch. The underside line is that the cellphone is quick and also you gained’t really feel it backing down even for a second. I don’t place a lot of my belief in numbers, however I do know a few of you care about that stuff, so you possibly can discover the Geekbench and Antutu scores within the image under. While you evaluate the rating to iPhone 8 Plus’s A11 Bionic chip, the Pixel 2 doesn’t even stand an opportunity. Nevertheless, having used each of them aspect by aspect, I barely observed a distinction within the efficiency. Relaxation assured, when your Pixel 2, you might be in for a buttery easy efficiency.



Eventually, we come to the part of this evaluation which I used to be wanting ahead to. No, it’s not as a result of I’m a digicam geek, quite the opposite, I chorus from utilizing cameras on my cellphone greater than many of the smartphone customers I’ve met. I not often take photos with the first digicam of my cellphone and selfies are out of the query. Do you wish to know what I’ve used my smartphone’s digicam to do within the final yr? I’ve bought two issues to your, “Video calling and doc scanning”. So, why was I wanting ahead to penning this a part of the evaluation? Nicely for one, the digicam on the Pixel 2 is a delight to make use of. It additionally helps that it has arguably the most effective freaking cameras on any smartphone, interval.

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I’m somebody who simply factors and shoots. I don’t go into settings and tweaking each minute element and adjusting each setting that the digicam provides. I would like my digicam to be as good on the software program aspect as succesful it’s on the {hardware} aspect. And I’m completely satisfied to report that by far, the Pixel 2 cameras are the neatest smartphone digicam’s on the planet. Each shot I took got here out to be lovely. Whether or not I used to be taking pictures within the low-light situation or regular daylight circumstances, the pictures got here out excellent. Don’t even get me began on the Portrait mode. I for the love of god can’t perceive the sorcery Google has used within the picture processing, however the Pixel 2 takes superb portrait pictures with only one digicam.

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Sure, that’s proper, the Pixel 2 sports activities a single 12.2-megapixel main digicam (f/1.8 aperture) together with an 8-megapixel front-facing digicam (f/2.4 aperture). So, the portrait mode works flawlessly with only a single digicam, one thing which different producers can’t even pull-off with two cameras. Google says it’s utilizing a dual-pixel expertise which basically signifies that every pixel on the digicam captures a proper and a left view. The distinction in perspective within the views mixed with Google’s machine studying permits it to create an ideal bokeh impact. When Apple launched portrait mode, it was in beta for months earlier than it labored correctly, the Pixel 2 does this out of the field. It not solely can take portrait photos for people but additionally for objects with well-defined boundaries and soft-blurred background.

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For the reason that portrait mode is applied utilizing software program options, it has another benefit. You get portrait mode even on the front-facing digicam. That’s proper, now you possibly can take selfies in portrait-mode. I need to say I used to be tempted sufficient that I attempted it out, however because it seems, nothing can get me into the selfie sport, not even the Pixel 2. The Pixel 2 digicam can be nice for video recording. The first digicam combines the Optical Picture Stabilisation together with Digital Picture Stabilisation to offer you the most effective shake-free movies ever. It might probably shoot 4K at 30 fps and sluggish motions movies at 120 fps at 1080p or 240 fps at 720p. The small print captured in movies have excessive dynamic vary and there’s low noise even within the low-lighting situation.

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For those who nonetheless don’t belief Pixel 2’s digicam, don’t belief me, strive it out within the wild for your self or belief the DxO mark. They no what they’re doing they usually have awarded Pixel 2 a rating of 98 which is greatest in any smartphone until now. There’s one final thing earlier than we finish this a part of the evaluation. Google has included a customized Pixel Visible Core SoC which packs eight picture processing models together with a single Cortex A53 core, DDR4 RAM, and a PCIe line. All that technical jargon apart, the customized SoC has only one goal, that’s picture processing. Google has stated it might probably do HDR+ picture processing 5X sooner at lower than 1/tenth of vitality. And you already know what, the customized chip remains to be dormant and is alleged to allow with future Android updates. Now, I floored by the Pixel 2 digicam’s smartness proper now and I can’t wait to see what it does after the customized Pixel Visible Core SoC is enabled sooner or later.

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Telephony and Audio High quality

Some customers had reported that there was a slight crackling sound popping out of the Pixel 2 however I don’t have that difficulty on my cellphone. Aside from that, cellphone calls on the Pixel 2 had been loud and clear. Either side had been capable of hear one another with none drawback. The Pixel 2 can be excellent at noise cancellation as proved by the truth that the individual on different aspect didn’t hear something even in noisy circumstances. However, that’s anticipated of a flagship smartphone. The place Pixel 2 takes the cake is in audio by way of its dual-firing front-facing audio system. The audio system are the most effective audio system on any smartphone launched until now. I additionally don’t see every other smartphone aside from the Razer cellphone beating Pixel 2 relating to audio high quality via speaker within the close to future.

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Enjoying video games on the audio system is pure pleasure as you hear all the pieces loud and clear. Watching motion pictures and listening to music can be very immersing because the speaker handles itself fairly properly even on the very best quantity settings. Look, it gained’t substitute your moveable Bluetooth audio system, nevertheless it additionally gained’t allow you to down in case you forgot to deliver one with you. Nevertheless, doesn’t matter how nice the audio system are, it nonetheless doesn’t justify killing of the headphone jack. I hated when Apple did it with iPhone 7, I hated it when different producers like HTC adopted swimsuit, and I hate it now. Google makes the matter worse by not together with a USB-C headphones. If they will’t make a USB-C headphone, how are we presupposed to discover a good one out there? Individuals who have tailored to this variation and now depend on Bluetooth headphones won’t be affected by this, however I nonetheless use my wired headphones and utilizing dongles is the one alternative I’ve, and I hate it.

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With regards to connectivity, the Pixel 2 comes with a nano-sim slot and helps many of the main LTE bands all over the world, so that you gained’t have any drawback utilizing it anyplace on the planet. It additionally helps the newest 802.11 (a/b/g/n/ac) dual-band WiFi with WiFi direct expertise. There is no such thing as a slot for microSD card however the cellphone does include both 64 or 128 GB mannequin which ought to greater than sufficient for everybody. As I discussed above, the decision high quality is nice because the Pixel 2 by no means loses connection even in an space with shoddy community protection. To summarise, it does all the pieces that’s anticipated of a flagship degree system.


In my week of utilizing it, Pixel 2 confirmed a reasonably first rate battery life. For me, it lasted the entire day with 10-15% battery nonetheless within the tank. That’s once I was utilizing the cellphone very closely with gaming, photograph and video capturing, a lot of Twitter, and internet searching. In regular day-to-day makes use of, it’s best to anticipate to finish the day with 20% juice left within the tank. With regards to specs, the Pixel 2 sports activities a 2700 mAh battery and helps Qualcomm’s quick charging. It goes from 0 to 100% in round 80 minutes. Google says you possibly can anticipate 7 hours of utilization with quarter-hour of cost and I agree. Nevertheless, remember the fact that the 7 hours of utilization refers to regular utilization and never 7 hours of screen-on time which now as I’m typing appears absurd to consider.

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Superior Tidbits

Bear in mind once I stated that this cellphone is a pleasure to make use of, properly that’s made potential due to all of the above glorious options mixed with some superior tidbits which I’m going to say right here. A few of these options include Android Oreo natively and may attain different units in the end. That being stated, they’re current on Pixel 2 now and they’re superior:

Free Limitless Storage In Google Photographs:

While you purchase Pixel 2, you get limitless photograph and video storage within the cloud inside Google Photographs. The perfect half is that every one your pictures are saved in unique high quality and therefore should not compressed in any respect. Pixel 2 has phenomenal cameras and you may take photos with out serious about operating out of house.

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Google Lens:

The Pixel 2 additionally comes with the beta model of Google Lens. Consider Google Lens as Google Glass however inside your cellphone. Proper now it’s current contained in the pictures app and you may activate it anytime you need by hitting the lens button. It principally analyses the picture and provides you related hyperlinks like shopping for info, related pictures, generic details about the product within the picture and so on. It’s in beta so it doesn’t work on a regular basis, however it’s fairly cool.

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Squeeze Foe Google Assistant:

I do know I already talked about it, however critically after you might be used to summoning your assistant with the squeeze characteristic, you possibly can’t return. It’s so intuitive and higher than long-pressing the software program house button or calling it out loud.

Swipe to Carry Down Notification

It’s not a Pixel 2 unique characteristic however I like it, so right here it’s. It’s a lot straightforward to verify your notification by pulling them down by swiping on the fingerprint sensor on the again. I’m going to overlook this characteristic a lot once I transfer onto different telephones.

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See Battery Standing of Related Bluetooth Units

Android Oreo in Pixel 2 additionally provides one very neat characteristic. Now, you possibly can simply see battery standing of all of the Bluetooth related units proper in your Pixel telephones. You don’t even want particular headphones or audio system. Any related headphone or Bluetooth speaker’s battery standing will likely be displayed in your cellphone. This can be a very helpful characteristic for individuals who are into wi-fi headphones.

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That’s not all, there are lots of different superior options like this that Pixel provides. You’ll uncover them slowly however certainly as you get accustomed to the system.

Pixel 2: The Greatest That Android Can Supply

Pixel 2 is a wonderful cellphone, there are not any two methods about it. There are solely two issues that may maintain somebody from shopping for this cellphone. The primary is the massive bezels and the second is the omission of the headphone jack. Personally, I can stay with the primary, however the second has stored me on the fence. Nevertheless, seeing how all producers are shifting in the direction of headphone jack-less cellphone design, I too must transfer on in the end.

Aside from the above talked about two issues, all the pieces is nice right here. For those who love inventory Android, you’ll love Pixel 2. All of it begins with the Pixel 2 launcher which brings the most effective of Android together with some added tweaks which makes the expertise even higher. The software program expertise is fluid as it’s backed by the newest flagship grade {hardware}. The SnapDragon 835 mixed with Adreno 540 GPU offers this cellphone all of the horsepower that it wants. The cellphone won’t ever stutter on you, doesn’t matter how a lot you push it.

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Nevertheless, even when Pixel 2 didn’t have the above qualities, I may advocate this smartphone in heartbeat only for its cameras. Google’s computation expertise together with the 12.2-megapixel main and an 8-megapixel secondary digicam create a magic which will likely be onerous to beat by every other smartphone on the market. Each shot you’re taking will likely be excellent and also you don’t have to be a photographer to take nice pictures with this cellphone. If it might probably flip a consumer like me whose least helpful characteristic in a smartphone is a digicam, in its favour, suppose what it is going to imply for customers who’re going to really use it.

To conclude, the Pixel 2 is likely one of the greatest telephones obtainable out there. I’d say it’s the most effective, however that’s arguably as everybody has a unique definition of greatest relating to smartphones. Nevertheless, regardless of what your preferences are, this cellphone is just not going to disappoint you in any method. For those who purchase it, you may be a contented buyer.


  • Pure Android expertise
  • The perfect cameras in any smartphone
  • Quick Charging OLED Show
  • IP67 Water Resistance


  • No headphone jack
  • No wi-fi charging
  • Large 2016 bezels

SEE MORE: Apple iPhone 8 Plus Overview: Evolution Over Revolution

Pixel 2 Overview: Don’t Decide A Guide By Its Cowl

It’s rightly stated that appears may be misleading. At first look, the Google Pixel 2 appears like a 2016 flagship with enormous bezels and a dated design. Nevertheless, whenever you take it in your fingers and begin utilizing it, all the pieces modifications. The Pixel 2 gives customers with the most effective Android expertise which can be backed by loopy efficiency. Pixel 2 additionally sports activities arguably the most effective cameras in smartphone. It might probably do issues with single lens which different flagship units should not capable of obtain even with a dual-lens system. The entire expertise of utilizing a Pixel 2 is a delight and you’ll take pleasure in proudly owning this system. Nicely, that’s the tip of my evaluation, do inform us your ideas in regards to the smartphone by dropping them down within the feedback part under.

Purchase Google Pixel 2: ($649)

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