Before we head on to Google Pixel 2 Pixel 2 XL First Impressions, Let’s Talk about the Nexus line up that didn’t work well, and that would have disappointed many Android fans, but in that place, we got the Pixel series – two Serious flagship smartphones that improved immensely upon the Nexus series’ most significant lapses, build quality and camera performance. We noticed the Pixel XL were an outstanding Android device when we tested it. Still, the Pixel phones have seen their decent share of concerns, ever since their launch this October. These included a freezing camera, difficulty with Bluetooth pairing, reports of irregular LTE connectivity and also audio distortion problems. The last of those turned out to be a hardware issue and the only fix was to get a replacement unit.
Its problems like these that made us put into perspective whether Google was confined to hardware, or whether this was yet another costly experiment. As it rolled out, the company is indeed serious enough to take a big part of HTC’s smartphone operations.
This takes us to the brand new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, handsets designed and built following Google’s supervision. This new span of flagships will take on the matches of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 series, Apple’s iPhone X & 8 series, and LG’s V30. Oh, and let’s not overlook Sony’s new Xperia XZ1 either. So, are they any good?
Both the targeting smartphones have various core features and specs in common, just like their predecessors, so let’s dig deep to know more about it. Both smartphones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC and hold 4GB of RAM with both 64GB or 128GB of storage with the fixed storage, just like with the original Pixels. They do not contain IP67 ratings for dirt and water resistance, including stereo speakers, which brings them up to speed with the all of today’s flagships. Both feature aluminum unibodies, with fingerprint sensors (back). Both also run on Android 8 Oreo and updates are supported for an extended period. There’s a unique feature called Active Edge, which operates similarly to the ‘squeeze’ display on the HTC U11, and is assigned to trigger Google Assistant.
After using both sets for a while, we think it’s safe to assume that the Pixel 2 is devised for more practical, daily use while the XL version is for those who prefer to look over performance. That’s because the Pixel 2 displays a standard 16:9 full-HD screen while the XL claims of a contemporary 18:9 QHD+ panel. The Pixel 2 is more comfortable to grip in your palm and feels really light. Its 5-inch full-HD OLED panel presents nicely saturated colors. On the other knack, the Pixel 2 XL features a 6-inch pOLED display, which is how Google can curve it around the corners of the device, as it produces equally good colors and saturation.
As they use OLED panels, there’s an always-on display feature along with the name called “Now Playing”, which makes its place into Google’s AI capabilities to try to recognize songs playing in the background, and you don’t even require an Internet connection. We’re reported that Google stores an on-device library of dozens of songs that are most likely to trend in your country, and this list is always updated. When some of the well-known tech-news sites asked Google agents how much storage space this database needs, They weren’t given a precise number but told merely”very, very little.”
Placement of the button is suitable for both phones, although moving to all of them requires a fraction of mix-up your fingers on the XL. On both phones, you get to see only a USB Type-C port at the bottom and a SIM tray on the left. There are placed headphone sockets, which might disappoint some folks. However, In order to adjust in the more extensive displays and stereo speakers, and antenna placement and battery size, the 3.5mm sockets had to bring out.
The software on current models is also tweaked a bit with a new home screen. At the peak, you’ll see a part of your daily schedule, with reminders and appointments picked from your calendar. The Google Search box has been migrated to the bottom, wherever it’s within more easy reach of your thumb. It also stays in place as you toggle between home screens. Google Assistant will be getting a lot more cycles, which means you can program a collection of tasks for it to function automatically using a single trigger.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL had shown one of last year’s best phone cameras. And the journey continues with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. These new smartphones have passed a DxOMark score of 98, which takes on the previously ruling iPhone 8 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which were balanced at 94 points. That’s a huge leap, even compared to the original Pixels. Google achieved this by breaking the code and sticking to a single camera. Rakowski stated that it’s the blend of hardware and AI or machine learning, which has helped the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL accomplish this feat. Both phones hold 12.2-megapixel sensors including Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and wide f/1.8 apertures wide f/1.8 apertures.
During video recording, the smartphone works on a combination of OIS and EIS (electronic) to produce more stability. Whereas we didn’t get a chance to seek out how well this indeed works outdoors, we got to know it only supports 4K at 30fps for this moment, which is a step behind the iPhone 8 which works on 4K at 60ft.
We examined the single-camera portrait mode, which works with both the cameras. According to Google, machine learning is used in combination with the dual-pixel sensor to generate a depth map and quarantine subjects from their backgrounds. The result has come out to be pretty impressive when you recognize that there’s no front camera. We couldn’t test out the camera lot, but the whole review will reveal out everything in few days.
Every of Google’s new hardware announcements at its event was actually an exhibition of its valor software, combining hardware and machine learning, with Google Assistant at the core of it all. As CEO Sundar Pichai reemphasized at the start of the keynote, we’re all swaying from a mobile-primary world to an AI-primary world, and Google is directing its focus on its ability to tackle that. Both the smartphones are not only the ornate of smartphones to tap into the business this year, but the company assumes that they will set a new example for user experiences which will be not easy to match for anyone.
In India, you can start buying the phones from November onwards. For Pixel 2 prices may cost you Rs. 61,000 for the 64GB and Rs. 73,000 for the 64GB Pixel 2 XL, Which is quite an expensive price. In a market ruled by Apple and Samsung, Google could bump on both or even give a tough fight, especially admitting that the first span of Pixels didn’t exactly fly off shelves.