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.
AnonD-696746, 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.
Pixel 2 XL was a huge disappointment that had a fatal flaw like every flagship did this year. I guess.
Great review, GSM arena. All of your conclusions match my experience with the phone. There is really nothing irritating with this phone. It just works
DonAlduck, 04 Jan 2018Two of the main things that are keeping me away from Pixel 2 XL are:
-No manual camer... moreused pixel 2 for nearly 2 months for work needs and i used camera FV-5 wich use latest google camera API ( so its even support HDR+ with full DSLR camera options ) its as optimized as the built-in camera app.
not all third party camera app are identical.
sachi, 04 Jan 2018Pixel 2 vs Iphone 8:
1. Display not the best
2. Audio is crippled : No headphone j... moreiphone slow down your phone to a crawl after 2 years with update ( they even admit it themselve )
iphone 8 design look like a 2010 phone.
Try again fanboy.
vrvly, 04 Jan 2018...expected long-term 4K recording times. 10 minutes, 30 or hour? What about how camera takes ... moreI did an hours 30 min of 4k on my essential the phone did not even get warm lol. not only sony can do this right.
Anonymous, 04 Jan 2018Display issues blown out of proportion by internet?? really GSMARENA?? No one will complain, o... moreYou must be a Samsung Fanboy.
The screen is easily 90% as good as the one on note 8 or iphone X.
Qualibration is very good.
brightness and contrast as well.
its better than any LCD and better than 2016 samsung oled.
A phone is not only the screen but also the rest of its hardware and software.
Samsung quality check is horrible.
AnonD-26314, 04 Jan 2018Not true for the WiFi networks, I transferred via USB c from my LG g5 and it didn't remember a... moreHumm they where clearly talking about switching to an older PIXEL device to the new pixel 2 and 2 xl.
read plz before ranting..
That display is pathetic, get over it. In comparison with iPhone X especially, and when paying premium price display quality should be premium as well.
Though still the best software experience around and along with best camera, that's the reason I am keeping my Marlin for another year.
I also prefer the long-term review over the normal review. When it comes to normal reviews I usually only read the intro page and conclusion page, because the conclusion and intro pages summarize the main points made in all the in-between pages. The long term at least gives the extra info of how the device fares in the practical realm, and has links to the in-depth info. I read many gsmarena reviews, so I got tired of reading the same similar in-depth in-between pages again and again, better to just have links to those pages.