Google Pixel 2
Phone Scoop Review
Oct 26, 2017 by Eric M. Zeman
The Google Pixel 2, made by HTC, is a compact smartphone that merges a metal design with a medium-sized screen. Other stand-out features include squeezable sides to call up the Google Assistant and a rapid fingerprint reader. Android 8 Oreo on the Pixel 2 is the purest software experience available on a modern smartphone. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth look at the smaller Pixel 2. read review ›
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A Lot To Like and A Lot To Hate
I've had this phone for about three months now. Here are my pros and cons:
Speed! This is by far the fastest phone I've ever owned. It boots up in less than ten seconds.
Pure Google. There is no bloatware on the phone, which could explain part of the speediness.
Security. Since this is a pure google phone, it gets regular updates directly from Google, minimizing bugs and security vulnerabilities.
Fingerprint reader: The fingerprint reader just works! Way better than the two Samsung phones I had previously.
This phone has the worst screen colors I've ever experienced in a smart phone. Google claims to have fixed the issue, but not even close. Colors simply look muted, particularly reds. If you take a picture of something that's got any red in it whatsoever, the photo will look much more saturated, on ANY other device. It's simply baffling that this screen was approved for a Google phone???
No headphone jack. Some people will say that this isn't an issue and that Bluetooth headphones are the future. My experience has been that is most definitely IS an issue. Bluetooth headphones are more expensive, and none of them and I've used display battery level. So once the battery dies, so does your headphone usage. Google provides an adapter, but it sucks, big time. More often than not, the adapter doesn't work and I have to reboot the phone to get it working again. But of course, good luck keeping track of an adapter. It's a dumb choice not to include a 3.5mm headphone jack and I will never buy another phone without one.
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Nice phone w/issues
I just bought a Pixel 2 to replace my Nokia Icon running Windows 8.1. The phone has some nice features and the call quality is great.
The first problem I've had with this phone is that using a Bluetooth headset I cannot text hands free. I receive a notification of an incoming text but this phone will not read it to me or allow me to dictate an answer. This is something that I have been able to do on every other phone I've owned.
The support staff at the Verizon store where I purchased this phone were unable to help and the Google page that loaded when I searched online says this feature is not included on this phone.
This would have been a deal breaker if I had known this before purchase.