The second generation mobile phones from Google are again available in two sizes. There is a large 6-inch Pixel 2 XL, but for the test we took a smaller, less expensive 5-inch Pixel 2. Like the Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2 comes in two versions: with 64 GB and 128 GB of internal memory,
When last year Google launched the first pixel phones, the search giant abandoned its strategy of publicly naming its production partners. The models in the previous Nexus line (for phones and tablets) were created by partners, including LG, Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, Asus and HTC. Nevertheless, it is widely known that Pixel 2 is made by HTC, and Pixel 2 XL is LG’s phone.
Along with the branding of Google, the Pixel line is different both in design and in the new pricing strategy. Google no longer positions itself, offering vanilla Android and does not promise early updates for the average price category, as it was with the Nexus. Now he wants a share in the premium market, so Pixel 2 has a starting price of 649 dollars without a SIM card, increasing the price to 749 dollars for the version of 128 GB. (Larger Pixel 2 XL with a 6-inch screen starts at $ 849 for a 64 GB model and is $ 949 for a 128 GB model) ….
One thing that surprises in Pixel 2 is its physical size. Since it is packed with a 5-inch screen, this phone is big enough. Given that the overall size of 145.7 mm in height, 69.7 mm in width and 7.8 mm in thickness, it has not been so far of Pixel 2 XL, a 6-inch screen that has the image size is 157.9 mm by 76 mm 7 by 7.9 mm.
The main reason for this – thick top and bottom front screen panels, each of which is a speaker that transmits sound through the network. Speakers offer a good amount of sound, but we would prefer a more intense bass tones and low frequencies.
The quality of construction is satisfactory. Gorilla 5 front glass is smooth and is separated from the metal parts of a thin silver frame. The back part attracts thanks to the tactile finish. In the magazine, we had a phone that was slightly pearly white, which Google calls “White Whites”. The other color variants are Just Black and Kinda Blue.
The silver screen frame is repeated at different places including the volume and the buttons with a right click around the rear fingerprint sensor and the lens of the camera and the flash. A strip of glass at the top of the back cover separates the camera from everything else. This decor is typical for this phone and provides an internal compartment large enough for antennas.
You have to take a closer look to see almost invisible on the Google logo on the back of the phone. In a sense, this sums up the general impression of Pixel 2: while some, like clean lines, others will probably look so sweet.
In Google Pixel 2 there is no 3.5 mm jack, and the only port is the USB-C connector at the bottom, which is suitable for both charging and headphones. Fortunately, Google offers a 3.5 mm USB-C adapter for those who do not yet want to live wireless lives.
The 5-inch AMOLED display offers FHD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), with 441 pixels per inch (ppi), a 16: 9 aspect ratio that contrasts with 18: 9 in Pixel 2 XL. The image quality is clear with a high maximum brightness level. There is a Night Light mode that reduces blue light, which you can manually adjust to the color depth that suits you. You can set Night Light to automatically turn on and off and add to Quick Settings to be able to use it as needed.
You may be concerned about the potential for a discoloration of the screen, which affected some Pixel 2 XL models. At the time of this writing, we used Pixel 2 for five days, while the screen was set to full brightness and was configured to shutdown (screen timeout) in half an hour. Nothing bad happened.
Like XL, Pixel 2 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset with Adreno 540 graphics, supported by 4 GB of RAM. Android 8.0 (Oreo) is amazingly quick to respond to touch screen, sometimes it seems that the phone anticipates, and does not respond.
The absence of an overlay and third-party applications also means a large amount of free space. We had a 64-gigabyte phone, but 10.92 GB was already used. In Pixel 2 there is no microSD slot for memory expansion, so the choice between the 64 GB version and the 128 GB version will be important during the purchase.
Net Android 8 – it’s fun to try. It is very convenient, you can see the current time on the lock screen, for example, and the notification icons are also displayed here. The simple use of double-tapping on the lock screen to wake the phone is also welcome, but a fairly interesting innovation is the ability to scroll the fingerprint sensor to see notifications and access to the tray of shortcuts. Swipe up – and everything hides. Very convenient, even with one hand.
Squeeze the sides of the phone and Google Assistant appears. This works best when the phone is on the palm of your hand, but it can also be done when it is on the table. It worked flawlessly every time, taking on an alternative to using a hardware or software button.
Google bet on one main camera, rather than the more bizarre options with two cameras offered today by many premium smartphones. This may seem like a step back, but in fact, the 12.2-megapixel main camera makes great shots that are subjected to some kind of complex post-processing.
Especially impressive are the pictures in low light conditions: Auto HDR + especially helps those pictures that have many differences in light and in the dark. If we used Pixel 2 as our primary phone, we would never turn this feature off. It will shoot 4k video at a rate of 30 frames per second, although it’s not the best performance (the latest Apple iPhone do 4k at 60 frames per second), but it’s good enough. Both optical (OIS) and electronic (EIS) image stabilization help to improve video capture from the back camera. The front 8-megapixel camera will shoot 1080p video at 30 frames per second.
A Google lens that can analyze photos and extract useful information, such as contact information, websites, themes, locations, etc., has not been useful to us, although in the long term this may be convenient.
The Pixel 2 battery at 2,700 mAh is the weak side for a premium phone, and therefore the battery life suffers. We had enough for a full day, but gamers and those who like to listen to a lot of music during the day can suffer from a weak battery. The good news is that with the supplied charger Google promises up to 7 hours of life with a 15 minute fast charge. However, wireless charging is not supported.
Google Pixel 2 – what to say here … Physical design is modesty, Android 8 does not look something special at first sight, without a user overlay or third-party software.
However, we like the “back to basics” feel of some of the Android 8 features – especially the smart use of a fingerprint sensor and side compression for one-handed use. The camera is also impressive.
We would like a better sound quality, others would want a headset jack, and the phone is too bloated for the size of its screen. However, with a Google phone, you are always confident that you will be the first in the software update queue.