Google is known for its ability to dazzle the market with their smartphones in the past. The surprise and interest factor have risen to a whole new level ever since Google took a shot at the Pixel Series. The second iteration to the Pixel series which is labelled as the Google Pixel 2 rolled up this year and without a doubt, it has more to offer than we imagined, let’s have a descriptive glance of the Google Pixel 2 and it’s worth in 2018.
The year 2017 was most certainly the year of smaller bezels and thus, smaller bodies with bigger screens. However, Google refused to acknowledge the trend entirely, the Google Pixel 2 does come with smaller top and bottom bezels when compared to the Google Pixel 1, but it falls short when it comes to the form factor of the Samsung Galaxy S8. The good news is that Pixel 2 has front-facing stereo speakers to make up for the thin bezels and they do a great job; it is safe to claim that the Pixel 2 has the best audio quality to offer so far with their flagship.
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Google has added a soft touch aluminium to the Google Pixel 2, which not only looks impressive but also has that premium feel in hand, however, the metal back doesn’t support wireless charging which is a definite bummer. Unlike the Google Pixel 1, the Pixel 2 is now dust and waterproof.
Overall the design feels modernized and sleek. However, we still believe that there are things that Google still needs to work on.
Google Pixel 2 Features
Size and Colors
Pixel 2 offers two sizes, a smaller 5-inch display and another one with a 6-inch display, which are being called the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL, respectively.
Google went a notch extra with the color options on the smaller, Pixel 2, by adding the “Kinda Blue” color option. The option is only available on the smaller variant. The bigger, Pixel 2 XL, comes in the standard Black (Matt Black) and Clearly White (Black and White) colors.
Camera and Display
The sharp display and the high-quality camera were the strengths of the Pixel 1, fortunately, Google has maintained the standards with the Google Pixel 2. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch AMOLED display whereas the Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch P-OLED display. Thanks to upgrade, the Pixel 2 now has the always on display which shows the notifications and the clock at all times.
On the back of the phone is a 13-megapixel shooter and on the front, there is an 8MP camera. Google chose to go with the single camera by ditching the secondary camera which became a trend in the flagships. This doesn’t mean that the Pixel 2 is not good at taking portraits, Google’s data-driven image processing does a phenomenal job.
In our opinion, the Google Pixel 2 has the best camera to offer in the market. The opinion is based on its performance in low light, sharpness and detail of the images.
Features and Speed
The Snapdragon 835 Chip combined with 4 GB of RAM does an outclass job. All thanks to the stock Android experience on Google phones, performance has never been an issue. It goes without saying that the Pixel 2 comes with Android 8.0 Oreo right out of the box.
Google has also added the squeeze feature which HTC introduced this year. Squeezing the phone from both sides enables Google Assistant, which is extremely convenient. The Pixel 2 can listen to its background; it can detect any music playing and automatically shows the name of the lock screen, tapping on the song will let you open the song on Spotify, YouTube etc.
The Nexus series which was previously being offered by Google was widely known for its lower price point. With the introduction of the Pixel 1, we saw a hike in the prices, and that made several people move away towards budget phones. With the Pixel 2, Google maintains the same price point as that of the Pixel 1 which is higher than expectations, but lower than that of its competitors. With that being said, the Pixel 2 retails at $649 whereas the Pixel 2 XL starts at $849.
While other smartphones are devouring the market day after day, Google Pixel 2 still seems to be a worthy choice in 2018 considering promising updates by Google and the super SD 835 Chip which won’t make you outdated anytime soon.