Did you pre-order a Pixel 2? It seems that the shipping estimates shot up almost instantly, especially for the Black & White color option for the Pixel 2 XL (affectionately known as the panda color). Does that mean Googles new phones are excellent and already top sellers? No, in typical Google fashion it did not stock up enough units so it could be December before you get to own your panda XL.
You can check our hands-on and watch our encounter on video. We dont make much of a secret that we think the larger model is the better phone.
The chunky bezels of the smaller Pixel 2 makes it feel out of place among late 2017 flagships. And its not a cheap device either, especially outside the US ($650 we can swallow, 800 is just too much). Both phones have mostly identical hardware, with the exception of the screen.
Pixel 2 XL won us over with a modern 18:9 screen with QHD+ resolution to boot, not 1080p (hello, 2013). Both support Always On Display, but the larger screen has better color accuracy 100% DCI-P3 vs. 95%. Not much of a difference, but enough for you to know youre not getting the best.
A bigger issue is that Google decided against a dual camera. We do love the addition of OIS and Dual Pixel AF and the image quality looks great. But no amount of software processing will give us optical zoom or a wide-angle view.
Anyway, allow us to vent about the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack and this after making fun of Apple last year! You get a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box, but if you lose it, a new one will cost you $20 (double what Apples adapters cost). Both phones also lack wireless charging, but do have fast charging… except you need to buy a more powerful charger to take full advantage of it. 800 of value right there.
Perhaps were being too hard on the new models. They did bring waterproofing (IP67), stereo speakers and more storage. 64GB base storage is probably enough for most, so they dont have to spend the extra $100. And Google committed to 3 years of software support, which is great.
So, do you agree with us? Would you pick the Pixel 2 XL over the smaller Pixel 2, once they are available? Or were you left unimpressed by Googles new darlings?
How do you feel about the Pixel 2 and 2 XL?