Two of the main things that are keeping me away from Pixel 2 XL are:
-No manual camera
Though, the price can be dealt with, with a little savings here and there, the camera doesn't have manual (pro) features that I would basically be using most of the time. One can argue that I could simply just get a DSLR or any other camera, but how could I possibly fit that in my pocket when I'm on the go and literally trying to capture moments?
Unfortunately, 3rd party apps are not the best optimised applications - not the most popular and recommended ones for sure. The best camera app will always be the one a manufacturer provides - so it's the most optimised one - unfortunately my experience with 3rd parties have been rather bad so far on any high-end devices.
The headphone jack doesn't really bother me, I agree with Apple removing it and supporting Bluetooth and other wireless technologies to take place of the jack. Dongle life will likely only exist for a couple of years (just as is with USB-C only devices like laptops etc) - and many years for those who have a professional, high-end headphones.
Pixel 2 vs Iphone 8:
1. Display not the best
2. Audio is crippled : No headphone jack, buggy bluetooth.
3. Only 3 years of software update.
4. Bland boring unattractive UI.
1. Display is the best.
2. Bluetooth works best. Audio via lightning jack is good.
3. 5 years software update
4. Attractive UI.
Why should one go for pixel 2 ?
The bad low-rated screen killed Pixel 2 XL. "Show real color" what Google was thinking? The small-minded manager who decided to use the cheap display to get fired.
I have had two of these so far and am surprised that you have not mentioned the numerous occasions when the usb c dongle refuses to work with any headphones..this is now acknowledged on the official Pixel Users forums...in many ways the phone is good..but to remove a headphone jack and then replace it with a dongle solution that does not work on many phones is frankly amateurish and piss poor. Also its not an unerstatement to say that reading a web page with a mainly white background..ie 90%!!! ot them including GSM Arena the blue shift is very distracting as it happens with the slightest shift in the back and forth axis and it gives the impression that it is flicker as it changes that easily...be fair to your readers and dont underplay the screen issues...its a #900 pound flagship competing against the best..if any other manufacturer ...especially apple...released a phone with a screen this bad it would result in an outcry and a class action ...in my local carphone warehouse..you can look at every screen from all manufacturers and apart from the LGv30 and the Pixel XL2 none of them have this obvious flaw...i repeat SIMPLY NOT ACCEPTABLE..recall them and replace the screen with a Samsung....for all our sakes..
LG superfan, 04 Jan 2018Nice idea but atleast wait for around 6-7 months thats when a phone usually start to degradeI agree! Almost every phone still works decently well after 3 months.
Somehow, I think the Pixel XL 2 will not age well (especially its screen)
Anonymous, 04 Jan 2018Yes it is. This has been covered, well, by xda. The issue is one of tradeoffs. Well, I got one and it was back in the box and returned in minutes because of that. I don't know what XDA has covered but this is a HW issue.
Very ugly lines from year of 2005! The pixel's designers did extremely bad job. The suckers need to be fired. Good hardware can't save this crap-style.
Ah, good phone, yep! But not for 1000$. Half of this price and it will worth to keep all these issues.
...expected long-term 4K recording times. 10 minutes, 30 or hour? What about how camera takes toll on battery when taking photos/videos. Phone may looks godly if described without that info. Guess why are xperias still so popular(battery saving camera, 1hour+ of 4K).
That's a good idea to have long term reviews.
Sometimes (always?) long term subjective point of view is very important even more important than initial review. I always check "opinions" section for a phone before buying it!
Maybe it could be more "personalized", more subjective, non-official, like you did with "Best/worst phones of 2017". Or if everybody hates color shift, then you can tell that the majority of us does not like it.
If phone scratches easy? If phone is slippery? Is it a problem? Is button placement ok?
Again "smoothness" is very important!
Please do more long-term videos.
Nice idea but atleast wait for around 6-7 months thats when a phone usually start to degrade
Wahevah, 04 Jan 2018Huawei makes good quality devices, the latest 10 series looks and feels pretty good actuallyAgreed with Huawei, it's different class to OnePlus, but they charging more...
Mate 10 pro is more expensive than U11+ wow!
just read your article. I own this phone and have used it for a few weeks.
1. display: I have no complaint. You can manually set it very low and save lots of battery and still see it well. No problem with blue tint or burn in. I think that this is exaggerated by the internet. The competition has become so strong and so has the fight for the market.
2. battery life: very good. phantastic standby. Mine with moderate use lasts me up to 2 days. Definitely 1 and 1/2 days.
Fingerprint scanner: I cannot understand the problems of hit and miss sometimes mentioned in this article. Mine works smoothless, always in first attempt..
Using the 18:9 ratio. To use the full screen for example in youtube or pictures, use your 2 fingers to adjust screen. I am sure that google will find a better solution in the future as this screen format is relatively new and has to establish itself. I personally still like the 16:9 5.5. inch screen and hope that not every manufacturer will jump on this 18:9 bandwagon.
Smoothness: I can confirm that this phone is very smooth but as I also own the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. I have to say in fairness that the Sony phone is just as fast and smooth and has currently the best IPS screen even beating HTC.
I am very happy with my google pixel 2 xl . As I use a Spigen transparent back cover, I do not experience accidental touching of the screen as described here.
Rafe Firman, 04 Jan 2018I really don't understand so many people kissing chinese OP phones. Really2 don't...What's th... moreHuawei makes good quality devices, the latest 10 series looks and feels pretty good actually
Seems like GSMArena is changing every day. I personally like this feature. It is like an experienced review of a phone when it is used everyday.
Anonymous, 03 Jan 2018The very fact that gsmarena had to address and acknowledge so many of the problems and issues ... moreI really don't understand so many people kissing chinese OP phones.
Really2 don't...What's the fuss all about?!
Beside cheap price and fast update (Oreo has been cancelled for OP5),
there's nothing to write home about its quality: cheap chinese design, lacklustre audio,
and most crucial, crappy camera compared to Samsung, HTC or Pixel .
All three more expensive than OP but you get quality, instead of so called value, for money!