Google is back again with the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL, when the original Pixel phone was released last year everyone compared it to an iPhone. It was the look and feel of the phone and the features and functionalities that were reminiscent of an iPhone.
In the blog post, I will be reviewing the Pixel 2, this is Google’s second attempt at creating their version of an iPhone. The primary focus of many of the smartphone manufacturers today is to add as much new technology as possible to their latest phone.
Google has done this with the Pixel 2. However, they go a step further by getting rid of the bloatware that you will typically find on a new phone. As a result of this, the Pixel 2 provides an extremely clean Android experience. This allows the phone to work faster and more efficiently.
Google Pixel 2 Design:
The Pixel 2 looks very similar to its predecessor, the size of the bezels on smartphones have been getting smaller and smaller. However, I’m not sure why Google opted for big bezels on the Pixel 2, I think it’s a waste of space.
The back panel of the phone consists of a two-tone design which separates the top part of the phone where the camera is located from the fingerprint scanner. The top portion of the phone has a nice glossy look. While the bottom portion has a nice texture to it which makes it easy to hold.
The Pixel 2 isn’t the most attractive phone on the market but it’s easy to handle.
The volume and power buttons are located on the right side of the phone. At the bottom, there’s a USB-C port but the headphone port has not been retained. So if you would like to use headphones with this phone you can use an adapter or get a pair of wireless headphones.
The Pixel 2 has adopted the squeeze feature from the HTC U11. You can squeeze the sides of the phone to launch the Google Assistant, this feature works really well and it can be used even when the phone is locked. You have the ability to configure the amount of pressure needed when squeezing the phone to trigger this feature.
The Pixel 2 is also IP67 water resistant which means it can be submerged for up to 30 minutes in 1m of water without having any adverse effects on the phone.
Google Pixel 2 Display Screen:
The display screen on the Pixel 2 is 5.0in it has full HD 1920 x 1080 with 16:9 aspect ratio and 441 pixels-per-inch. The size of the display screen on this phone is slightly smaller than the 5.5in display screens that we’ve seen on many of the other smartphones in recent history.
This may or may not be a big deal but I think it’s good to know this type of information when selecting a new phone. As a result of having a smaller display screen, the overall size of the phone is slightly smaller than that of the average smartphone on the market today.
Even though the 1080p resolution of the display screen on the Pixel 2 isn’t as high as some of the other smartphones on the market. The picture quality is not bad, however, if you hold the Pixel 2 next to another phone that has a 2k display screen the difference in the picture quality will be noticeable.
I’m not sure why Google didn’t opt for a 2K display screen on this phone. On the upside, the Pixel 2 is one of the few phones that have the ability to play HDR content.
Google Pixel 2 Camera:
At the time the Pixel phones were released last year they had excellent cameras. The cameras on the Pixel 2 are even better as a result of the technological advancements in the hardware and the software. The primary camera on the Pixel 2 is a 12.2MP camera with a f/1.8 aperture.
This camera uses laser-assisted autofocus, dual-pixel phase-detection and it also has electronic and optical image stabilization. The cameras on the Pixel 2 takes great photos.
Many of the smartphones that were made in 2017 have two primary cameras located at the back. Many smartphone users use these cameras to take photographs with the bokeh effect. This gives the user the ability to focus on the subject while blurring the background.
The Pixel 2 only has one camera located at the back. However, you can achieve the same bokeh effect with the Pixel 2 as a result of the dual-pixel autofocus feature. The secondary camera which is located at the front of the phone is an 8MP camera. This camera can also work with the portrait mode feature.
The picture quality of the photos that are taken with the Pixel 2 are rich and vibrant there’s no over-saturation whatsoever. There’s a Motion Photos feature which will take a three-second video and then it will animate the photos. This is very similar to Apple’s Live Photos.
The panorama feature works well, this feature seamlessly meshes multiple images together to create one image. The Pixel 2 can record video in 4K and the videos are smooth as a result of the dual stabilization.
The camera app is extremely simple and it doesn’t have a Pro mode like some of the other smartphones on the market today. So there’s no way to modify the shutter speed or the ISO in the Pixel 2.
Google Pixel 2 Software:
The Pixel 2 comes equipped with the Android 8.0 operating system this is an extremely clean version of Android in comparison to many of the other smartphones.
I think this would be a great thing for the other smartphone manufacturers to adopt. Because everyone hates all the pre-installed bloatware that comes with most smartphones today.
Google did a great job with the home screen on the Pixel 2. The Google search box has been moved, it’s now located below the main icons at the bottom of the display screen. There are a variety of wallpapers that change on their own, some people may like this feature and some people may not.
There is also a dynamic calendar and weather widget which changes based on your upcoming appointments. Another great new feature is Google Lens. The Lens will scan your photos and show relevant results based on the information it finds.
For example, if you take a picture of a pair of sneakers and run it through Google Lens. The Lens will display different websites in which you can buy those sneakers as well as phone numbers for stores that sell the sneakers.
This feature works well with electronic devices as well as memorable places. I think this is a great feature that other smartphones will adopt in the near future.
Google Pixel 2 Performance And Battery Life:
The Pixel 2 is an extremely fast and responsive phone. This phone performs well when multi-tasking there’s absolutely no lag whatsoever.
The Pixel 2 comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and there are 2 variants of this phone, there’s the 64GB and the 128GB variants. But the internal storage is not expandable because there’s no Micro SD card slot on this phone.
However, you will have free unlimited space for photos and videos in Google Photos, these photos will be stored at their full resolution. I guess this is Google’s way of compensating their customers for removing the Micro SD card slot.
There’s a fingerprint scanner located at the back of the phone and it’s extremely responsive. The Pixel 2 comes with a 2700mAh non-removable battery. This battery will last for one full day of moderate use. However, if you spend lots of time watching videos or using the VR feature then the battery will not last as long.
However, the Pixel 2 has fast-charging technology which will allow you to charge the phone from 0 to 100% in roughly 1 hour and 45 minutes.
My Final Thought:
The Pixel 2 is a decent premium smartphone with an excellent camera it’s available in black, white, and blue and you can purchase it at store.google.com for $649. This phone has been billed as the phone with the best camera. Please let me know your thoughts about the Google Pixel 2 in the comment section below.