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Google Pixel 2 Review
The 3-Minute Google Pixel 2 Review
2017 Performance. 2016 Design.
By Zach Riley | November 15, 2017
Features & Design: 3.5/5 ● Performance: 4.5/5 ● Value: 4/5
The Google Pixel 2 is a premium phone with one of the best (if not the best) camera you can find on an Android phone. After factoring in its blazing fast performance, excellent speakers, waterproofing, squeezable sides, and easy-to-use operating system, it’s not hard to see why it’s making some noise in the smartphone market.
While there’s a lot of good things about the Google Pixel 2, its big bezels make it look like a phone that was designed a couple of years ago. The lack of a headphone jack and wireless charging are disappointing while below-average battery life and an expensive price tag are other issues with this otherwise excellent phone.
Is it for you?
If you’re looking for a phone that can take some excellent photos, you should check out the Google Pixel 2. On the other hand, if you want a huge, bezel-less screen, it probably isn’t for you. For the everyone else, the Pixel 2 will give you great performance, top-notch sound, and interesting squeezable shortcuts alongside a consistently updated and intuitive operating system. As long as you don’t mind the uninspired design and lack of headphone jack and wireless charging capabilities, the Google Pixel 2 is worth a look.
“The Pixel 2, with its great performance, easy-to-use operating system, nice sound, and cool squeezable sides, is truly a premium phone, even if it doesn’t look the part.”
Meet the Google Pixel 2
There’s always a lot of hype around anything related to Google. As one of the world’s biggest tech companies, their move into the smartphone business was met with a ton of excitement. The original Google Pixel and Pixel XL gave users great performance, excellent cameras, and batteries that would last all day. That said, the phones' designs fell short and they never really felt as “premium” as other flagship phones.
The Pixel 2 is Google’s second go and it’s clear that they have taken some major steps forward when you compare it to last year’s model. While far from perfect, the Pixel 2 gives you a viable alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy series and Apple’s iPhones.
What we like
One of the best parts of the Google Pixel 2 is the camera. It takes some amazing photos and selfies. It’s so good that it performs better in some tests than the powerhouse cameras found on the iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8. For those looking to take some fantastic photos with their phone, the Pixel 2 is a must-see.
The software is another strength. As the creator of Android, Google gives you a clean user experience that’s full of features, extremely responsive, and free of any bloatware. While other manufacturers add their own (often useless) tweaks to the operating system, Google is the king of the Android user experience.
Almost every aspect of this phone competes with the other heavy hitters. The Pixel 2’s performance is excellent. It's smooth in even the most demanding situations. The display is crisp and bright while the speakers are fantastic. You also get 64GB of internal storage plus unlimited photo and video storage on the Google cloud. So, the lack of a microSD slot is largely a non-issue. The Pixel 2 also borrows the squeezable side feature from HTC. It’s a neat add-on that lets you open Google Assistant with a quick squeeze.
What we don’t like
The original Pixel had a rather uninspired design. Not much has changed with the Pixel 2. While it does improve on the original, the Pixel 2 definitely isn’t as “pretty” as the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG V30, or Apple iPhone X. Its large bezels look dated in a market where most flagship phones have done away with them. It kind of feels (and looks) like a generic Android phone. A premium phone should have a premium design. This is where the Google Pixel 2 falls short.
The removal of the headphone jack is also unfortunate. As phones get thinner, many companies are choosing to axe the jack to save space. Still, Bluetooth headphone technology isn’t at the point where you can listen for hours and hours on a single charge. That’s why not having the option to use traditional headphones is a drawback.
Another notable omission is wireless charging. Samsung has had it forever and, now, even Apple has jumped on board. While not essential, it’s something that we’re beginning to expect on top-end phones. Even though the Pixel 2's price isn’t that high when you compare it to its competitors, it’s still an expensive flagship phone that won’t necessarily be accessible to everyone.
Should you buy it?
If you take a lot of photos and a great camera is a must-have, you need to have a look at the Google Pixel 2. It has one of best (if not the best) cameras you can get on a smartphone. For those who value performance over design and don’t mind not having a headphone jack, the Google Pixel 2 is also worth a look. The Pixel 2, with its great performance, easy-to-use operating system, nice sound, and cool squeezable sides, is truly a premium phone, even if it doesn’t look the part. It’s an excellent phone that can keep up with the best of them.
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About the Author / Zach Riley
Zach Riley is a tech author who's combined a love of gadgets with a love of writing.
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