Review: Google Pixel 2
Hardware Software Wrap-Up Comments
The HTC-made Google Pixel 2 is a solid handset that might get lost in today's competitive landscape. HTC and Google designed and crafted a fine piece of hardware. The aluminum and glass materials are tightly put together and yet I feel the phone comes across as rather blocky and vanilla in a markets that grows curvier and more flavorful by the moment.
The 5-inch screen is decent for what it is, and thankfully it sidesteps the problems seen on the Pixel 2 XL. But it's small, and it's a shame that the full-HD resolution prevents it from being a quality VR tool.
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The software is the real story here and to that end I think Google has a success story on its hands. Android 8 Oreo as envisioned on the Pixel 2 is incredibly light on its feet. It makes everything easy to find and use. There's no doubt in my mind that the Pixel 2 offers the best Android experience to date.
Google did well with its updates to the camera app. The potrait mode is a welcome addition and it works just the right amount of magic into your camera roll. You can't ask for a more impressive camera phone right now.
With its smaller size and $649 price point, the Pixel 2 goes head-to-head with the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, Apple iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8. All three of these are fine options. What sets the Pixel 2 apart is its great software and superior camera. If you can deal with the ho-hum design, the Pixel 2 is worthy competitor in today's compact flagship space.
Mar 2, 2020
Google today started rolling out a new software update for Pixel phones that adds new capabilities. A long-press of the lock/power button will now surface a simple Google Pay interface that lets you swipe to choose a card or pass before tapping.
Dec 5, 2017
Google today made Android 8.1 Oreo official. Google had made the final developer preview of the refreshed platform available at the end of November.
Oct 4, 2017
Google today revealed that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets will include an optional, built-in eSIM card, allowing people to bypass the use of traditional SIM cards. According to Google, the eSIMs will be compatible with its own Project Fi service.
Oct 4, 2017
Verizon Wireless is the only U.S. wireless operator that will officially sell the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets, same as it was with last year's Pixels.
Oct 27, 2017
Google says it will update both the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2 smartphones in the coming weeks to resolve various issues spotted by early adopters. Starting with the Pixel 2 XL, Google says it will give users more options to tweak the screen's color through a tool added to the display settings.