lol it's amazing they were able to make it even uglier than the first one. This better be under $400 because if it's priced like before, it has no chance. The landscape has drastically change over the past year - cheap phones are good and flagship phones have bezel-less displays... Plus the lack of 3.5mm jack is a HUGE deal breaker regardless of the price or specs. Pixel 2 = DOA.
I use a Note 5, Moto Z Play and Moto E4, there was never a time I pick up one of the phone and think to myself "ZOMG look at them bezel, this is horrible phone". It's fine, the phones fits in my pocket. 2:1 display is actually annoying to use at times because you have to reach your thumb really low or high.
Some of the same people who whine are the one who are going to buy the damn phone anyway.
In reply to the question posed, nope, nothing can justify killing the 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Look at those bezels. Looks like a phone from 2010. I was put off the last Pixel because of the size of the bezels, but this in 2017 is not right.
Holy crap those bezels. Unless its priced under $400, its just too ugly. I only prefer pure Android phones(nexus, pixel, moto somewhat), but this ugly piece makes it not worth it. Its either pixel xl or iphone. Google is charging premium now. There is no excuse to come up with this brick.
If they make USB C headphones, I'll be ok with that since laptops are also getting USB C. I still use 3.5mm headphones.
I will NOT use wireless headphones. Those liars out there saying that wireless doesn't damage us are pure liars. "Scientists", rofl. There are real scientists, then you have the paid "scientists" out to misinform.
We have enough wireless devices around us that are damaging our bodies. I use a wired mouse for that reason. We keep our router in the living room and not in our bedroom, etc. minimizing wireless radiation is important as it's impossible to get rid of it.
NO 3.5mm Headphone Jack. Thats a Bummer in the name of innovation. Nexus Devices Used to be the Epitome of everything grouped in to a sensational Price point which gave you feeling of owning a Flagship device on a decent amount and not compromising on anything. Pixel devices to me are just to get more money.
Google Please dont go the apple way not worth it.
No 3.5mm jack, that's great! This old jack need to be gone.
I am quite doubtful if anyone would still buy the Pixel 2 after seeing this pic, looks awful really. In this bezel less era look at those top and down bezels, no dual camera yet and you are thinking you'll price it as sub $650 mark and people will still buy it just for stock android!