Google Pixel 2 Review: How Google Stacks Up Against Big Brands This Holiday Season
Comprehensive Review of the Google Pixel 2
There is a new Google smartphone that has been making waves in the technology world lately. This device is none other than the Google Pixel 2, which was released just this month, October 2017. The smartphone is happily available just in time for the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday events and will no doubt be available for great online shopping deals. If you or someone close to you is a big fan of the Android smartphone operating system and you are considering the Pixel 2 over the Samsung Galaxy 8, iPhone 8 or other flagship phones on the market, you should know all the details and everything this device has to offer.
The Google Pixel 2 is available in color options of Kinda Blue, Just Black and Clearly White. It is fairly light in weight at 143 grams and is available in a choice of internal storage sizes of 64GB or 128GB. Running the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system, the device size is pretty standard for a smartphone of today. Its dimensions are 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm or 5.74 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches.
Unfortunately, the smartphone does not include a microSD card slot to expand memory, but if you opt for the 128GB version, you shouldn’t have any problem running out of storage. Processing speed is impressive thanks to the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and the AMOLED screen measures in at a full five inches with a 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution or a 441 pixel per inch density. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and there is Always-on display technology for users who prefer to have their phone awake at all times.
Like its predecessor, the original Google Pixel, the Pixel 2 has its touch ID button at the back of the device. It reads your fingerprint to wake up the display. The build Google decided to utilize is an aluminum unibody design that includes what the company calls “hybrid coating.” This allows the phone to feel more natural in your grip, making it less slippery than other smartphones made with aluminum.
The rear-facing main camera found in the Google Pixel 2 is 12.2 megapixels and includes face detection, HDR, panorama mode and more goodies typically found in a flagship smartphone camera. Although the colors are slightly muted, the image quality is still very good.
A nice perk that Google included in the Pixel 2 is that it is water-resistant and dust-resistant as per the IP67 standard technology that’s included. This means the smartphone can survive the drink your friend accidentally spills on it and your walk in the rain when you forget your umbrella.
One aspect that you might not particularly like is that the Google Pixel 2, just like last year’s iPhone 7 from Apple, lacks a headphone jack. This design change was made in favor of a slimmer design and space for a larger battery. Of course, you can choose to use an adapter dongle to connect standard headphones if you prefer not to spend additional money on wireless.
A truly cool feature that you or the person to whom you gift the Google Pixel 2 is the pressure-sensitive sides of the device. Google decided to borrow technology from the HTC U11, which, when you squeeze the sides of the smartphone, Google Assistant will open so that you can tell it what you want. This is in addition to simply long-pressing the home button and saying, “OK, Google.”
Overall, the Google Pixel 2 and its larger counterpart, the Pixel 2 XL, are excellent choices if you are looking for a new Android smartphone. Be on the lookout for the best online shopping deals come this Black Friday and Cyber Monday to get your new phone.