Anonymous, 07 Jan 2018The best in terms of software upgrades and security fixes, YES. But other than the up-to-date... moreA phone doesn't have to appeal to the masses to be a great phone. With your logic, McDonald's makes the best burgers because of over a billion served.
Anonymous, 06 Jan 2018Still the best phone with best screen (IPS) .Sorry but nokia got the best IPS now
The best in terms of software upgrades and security fixes, YES. But other than the up-to-date Android software and security fixes, it offers much less than the rest in the flagship Android world--- and for an iphone-like SKY HIGH price just because it is 'Made by Google', the 'original, pure, unadulterated Android'--- the 'creator' of Android so to speak. Well, this doesn't sell. This type of marketing just doesn't work with Android users and will never succeed. Good luck Google! I'm sure the Pixel 2 phones are going to have the same miserable sales figures as the original Pixel phones.
The only way for Google to get away with CRIPPLED features the way Apple does with its iphones (no sd card, no headphone jack, etc.) is to ensure EXCLUSIVITY first. PRESTIGE requires EXCLUSIVITY. If Google PROHIBITS all other manufacturers (not possible) from using its Android operating system, it can go on and set new trends, however crippled they may be, like Apple does with its iphones (NO headphone jack, NO sd card, etc.) and still sell very well.
Other than making android exclusive which is no longer possible, Google can only compete by offering extensive feature set in its Android based - Pixel phones the way other android phones are competing on (SD card support, dual SIM, bigger batteries, continued support for headphone jack, etc). --- Or, it could launch a new, exclusive mobile operating system in future Pixel phones. If the new OS succeeds, (SamsungÂ’s Tizen didnÂ’t), then it will truly be exclusive and therefore be perceived as premium, a true Apple iphone equivalent. G-sheep will then don't care about what direction Google will be taking with its Pixel phones (remove headphone jack, add display notch for face scanning, etc.) just like i-sheep. Until such time, Google's Pixel phones will remain a trying hard Apple iphone copycat but without much following or sales figures to show. It has to at least outdo Samsung. Putting back the headphone jack, a dual SIM, an SD card expansion, a bigger (or better yet, removable) battery will be an excellent start. Until such time, GoogleÂ’s stubbornness to correct its mistakes will result to the same miserable Pixel sales year after year. After all, it is Â‘insanityÂ’: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. (usually attributed to, but not quoted by Albert Einstein).
Anonymous, 06 Jan 2018The Pixel 2 XL is the most iphone-like android phone. Iphone-like not because it is the only ... moreYou sort of got it right, for the wrong reasons.
Yes, the Pixel 2 IS like the iPhone of the Androids.
And yes, the Pixel 2 and the iPhone X Are the best phones on the market now.
A very tempting phone but way too many issues for a daily driver. Maybe Pixel IV google will get it right..
The Pixel 2 XL is the most iphone-like android phone. Iphone-like not because it is the only smooth and lag-free android phone around (which is not true mind you, because a few tweaks in settings and developer options can make even midrange android phones smoother than an iphone X), but rather, it is iphone-like because it is the MOST CRIPPLED Android phone in terms of FEATURES and FLEXIBILITY. Really, it is as CRIPPLED as an Iphone. Android was supposed to be the antithesis of Iphones - the ultimate in flexibility and usability but NO, the Pixel wants to be an Iphone so there you have it: NO SD card slot, NO headphone jack, NO dual SIM, SMALL, underpowered battery that dies before the day is over when you are exclusively on mobile data (which is why anyone would buy a gigabit phone in the first place), NO slimport (usb c to HDMI) support resulting in poor screen casting of high bit rate 4k videos, NO FM radio, NO IR blaster, annoying unwanted touch magnet, curved elongated screen that makes facebook photo feeds, videos and text content feel a lot smaller than similarly sized phones with 16:9 aspect ratio, and makes reading a chore, much like you are reading from a Coca Cola bottle. There you have it, buy it if you like an iphone. Otherwise, there are lots of other choices that truly represent what android is supposed to be and cost only half or one third as much as the overpriced Pixel.
Being a Nexus fan over the last decade!! The 2XL was a complete disappointment in front of the Note 8, The note 8 was just much better with a fewer compromises compared to the compromises made towards the P 2XL.
Unless you have lived with the Pixel 2XL, you really aren't qualified to comment, and your opinion is baseless. Use the phone....or not...I don't really care.....the review is correct. Great phone.
I think it's ironic that LG phones embrace 3.5 mm headphone jacks, but when then desinged the Pixel 2 XL they omitted it. I don't get why companies make dongles (with the exception of DAC's maybe being cheaper to add to them instead of inside handsets) . Are dongles cheaper to mass produce than analog jacks on handsets? If OEM's want to omitt jacks then why bother including dongles? Reading this longer term Pixel 2 XL review prompted these statements.
I'm a sucker for timely security updates (love my nexus 5x), so the Pixels are always in my radar, but the 2 XL is way too expensive. For that price, a phone should have exactly zero flaws, and google's not there yet. If i HAD to buy one, i'd get a regular Pixel 2.
Since my 5x still has this year of security updates, i'll wait to see the pixel 3. Waiting is always the best move when it comes to smartphone purchases.
-Check your transferred text messages. Only history newer than January 2015 was transferred. Older message wasn't transferred
-The screen is crap. Very poorly calibrated compares with Apple stuffs. The 3 modes are "very undersaturated", "undersaturated" and "very oversaturated". There is no "accurate" like on iPhones. The "Night mode" also turn everything too red. Sliding to the left and still too red
-Gaming also isn't great when comparing with iPhone 7. iPhone are noticeably smoother and register touch faster
-The camera is GREAT but often too cold. If you think iPhone is too warm, Pixel 2 have the same problem except in the too cold side. I'll put it above iPhone X for its sharpness but just.
I might add that I have had a a xiaomi mi 6, (this year) there was nothing wrong with the Samsung S8+
Just wanted a change.
I do like the ethos of the pixel line of Mobile's, it just works and that's all I ask.
I have recently, (I know this could be seen as contentious) part ex'ed a Galaxy S8 plus for a pixel 2 XL. And liked it so much I purchased a pixel 2 for work.
expensive, no headphone jack (followed Apple? lol), the worst screen to come out of a flagship, not available globally, bug ridden software (still fixing them) since launch day. The only saving grace is an OS which will actually get updates (unlike 90% of the other android OEMs these days??) & a great camera.
By android standards, Pixel 2 XL is an overall FAIL, but android lovers are defending this piece of garbage. Seriously fandroids, get off your high horse, cause you guys are just as bias & annoying as Apple fans can be.
Even I created this account now just to say thanks and my appreciation to the review team. The review was not bias and exactly on point, objectively written.
The smoothness is exactly my thought. It's the thing that differentiate the Pixel other than the cheaper Android phones, like 5T. I am the user of 5T, but I admit the Pixel smoothness. In terms of smoothness, Pixel is better.
John Lofwire, 04 Jan 2018used pixel 2 for nearly 2 months for work needs and i used camera FV-5 wich use latest google ... moreThank you for sharing your experience. Sounds convincing! How is the performance and the quality of photos by using the shutter, ISO, exposure and focus settings?
Great review and write up guys.
Please try to do such long term reviews for all the flagships.
Ideally you should do for all popular models but there are just too many modes released so just focus on the flagship models first and then perhaps selected mid tier models especially the value for money make like xiaomi... How do they fare as they age.